For those of you that have been following along with my other posts, you’ve probably figured out that am an avid fan of charcoal grills. There’s just nothing like building and controlling an open fire to cook, while also giving your food better flavor. Every now and then, when I am staying at an Airbnb or I’m at a friends house, I run into situations where only a gas grill is available to me. This gave me the idea of writing a post discussing how to grill a steak on a gas grill. Many of my readers are going to have gas grills so I should dedicate some posts to how grill with them. Enter today’s post: “How to Grill a Steak on a Gas Grill”.
Season your steak as you normally would.
There is no reason to season your steaks any differently when using a gas grill. My recommendation is to generously season all over the steak with our Open Fire BPS Rub or any seasoning of your choice. You can dry brine your steaks for 24 hours as I did with our Dry Brined Steaks post, or you can season right before you’re going to grill. Whatever method you decide, make sure to season generously. Steaks are big/thick and can take a lot of seasoning.
Preheat your grill.
When grilling with a gas grill, I prefer the hot and fast method of grilling vs the low and slow. It’s not that you can’t use the low and slow method, I just feel that gas grills are better suited for hot and fast. Preheat your gas grill by turning the burners on high. If your grill has a thermometer, you’re going to want to get the temperature to around 500ºF degrees. Once the grill has reached this temperature, you can lower the heat to medium-high. Now your steaks are ready to be grilled!
Grill them hot and fast.
Add the steaks to the grill, cover, and cook for 4 minutes. If you want your steaks to have nice crosshatch grill marks, start with your steak angled about 45 degrees to the left of the grates. Think of the steak pointing from the 10:00 and 4:00 position on a clock. At the 2 minute mark, rotate the steaks 120 degrees so that it’s in the 2:00 and 8:00 positions. Grill another 2 minutes (total of 4 minutes on this side), flip, and repeat on the second side. When the 4 minutes on the second side are over, start checking the internal temperature of your steaks (it should be around medium-rare). Continue cooking (if necessary) until the doneness of your liking is reached. Flips the steaks again if one side is getting too charred.
Can I reverse sear on a gas grill? Yes!
While it might not be as good as it is on a charcoal grill, you can cooks steaks with the reverse sear method on a gas grill. My Dry Brined Steaks post discusses reverse searing as well. To do this on a gas grill, light one side of the gas burners and preheat to 250ºF-300ºF degrees. We want two zones: direct heat and indirect heat. Put the steaks on the indirect heat side (the side with the unlit burners) and cook until an internal temperature of your liking. Remove the steaks and boost all burners to 500ºF degrees. Add the steaks back and sear for 1 minute each side. That’s all there is to it!
Let the steaks rest.
Just as you would with any steak that you’re making, allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This is an essential step anytime you’re cooking meat. The rest allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, leaving you with a juicer steak. I know we’re hungry, but we’ve come too far to mess this up now! It’s truly worth waiting it out just a little longer. When it’s time, slice and enjoy!
You can now grill steaks on a gas grill.
That’s all there is to it. Following the easy steps laid out in this post will get you a delicious gas grilled steak. Being the charcoal snob that I am, I wouldn’t say the steaks will be as good as they are on a charcoal grill. But there’s no doubt about it, you can get a tasty grilled steak on a gas grill. If you have a gas grill, try this out and let me know how you did. If you’re like me and only use gas grills when on vacation, save this post so you can easily look it up when you’re in that situation. Just because you don’t have a charcoal grill with you, doesn’t mean the grilling fun needs to stop.
How to Grill a Steak on a Gas Grill
- 1-2 Steaks of your choice Ex: Porterhouse, NY Strip, or Ribeye
- Open Fire BPS Rub or any seasoning of your choice
- Generously season your steaks all over with Open Fire BPS Rub or any seasoning of your choice.
- Preheat your gas grill on high heat to 500ºF.
- Once the grill is at temperature, add the steaks and close the grill cover. You can lower the grill temperature to medium-high if grill's thermometer is going significantly higher than 500ºF.
- Grill for 4 minutes per side. Flip and repeat for another 4 minutes on the second side (with the grill covered). Start checking the internal temperature of your steaks. At this point it should be around medium-rare. Continue cooking (if necessary) until the doneness of your liking is reached. If cooking for longer, you can flip the steaks again to keep one side from getting too charred.
- Remove the steaks from the grill and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. Once the rest is over, slice the steaks and enjoy!