Feed your meat-tooth with a juicy thick cut Traeger grilled steak. Whether you like it fresh from the field, with some pink, or deader-than-dead, we’ve got you covered. We’ll teach you how to cook the perfect steak to your preferred doneness.
Rare – Just a minimal sear on the exterior of the meat. People cook it rare because they’re embarrassed to eat it fresh out of the fridge in front of guests.
Internal Temperature: 140 degrees F
Grill Time: ~2.5 minutes per side
Center Color: Red
Center Temperature: Cool
Who Eats It: True carnivores.
Medium Rare – A truly seared steak. This is the recommended doneness to taste the natural flavor of the meat. It’s usually how meat connoisseurs and chefs like to eat it.
Internal Temperature: 148 degrees F
Grill Time: ~3.5 minutes per side
Center Color: Pink with thin brown stripes on top and bottom.
Center Temperature: Room Temperature
Who Eats It: Ron Swanson.
Medium– Most everyone is happy with this doneness, it’s not bloody or as dry as the Sahara desert.
Internal Temperature: 150 degrees F
Grill Time: ~4.5 minutes per side
Center Color: Some pink
Center Temperature: Lukewarm
Who Eats It: Flavor Savorers
Medium Well – It’s definitely cooked, still showcases the flavor of the meat.
Internal Temperature: 155 degrees F
Grill Time: ~5.5 minutes per side
Center Color: Sliver of light pink
Center Temperature: Warm
Who Eats It: Nervous Nellie - those who believe safety comes first.
Well Done – It’s browned and cooked throughout.
Internal Temperature: 165 degrees F
Grill Time: ~6.5 minutes per side
Center Color: Mostly brown
Center Temperature: Warm throughout
Who Eats It: Donald Trump
What have you done?! (insert expletive here) – This is the hockey puck of steaks - Go ahead and eat a salad if you hate steak this much.
Internal Temperature: 165+ degrees F
Grill Time: ~8-10 minutes per side
Center Color: Brown throughout
Center Temperature: Hot off the grill
Who Eats It: Recovering Vegetarians
Selecting the Perfect Steak:
Always purchase high quality meat. The quality determines the texture, tenderness, and how flavorful the steak will taste.
The thicker the steak, the easier it is too cook and the better it will taste. Stop by your local butcher shop and ask for exactly what you want, i.e. a 2” thick cut steak. Most grocery stores stock steak that is ½” to 1” thick, thin steak cooks faster and has less flavor.
Pre-heat your grill and make sure the temperature is at least 450 degrees F. Grilling steak can be a quick and easy process. Also, thick cut steak has more forgiveness with cook time and tenderness.
Try each of these steak cooking times at home and taste the rainbow of steak flavor to see what you’re favorite doneness is. Enjoy!