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The Best Grilled Steak

Grilled Steak

I’m going to share our family recipe for the best grilled steak. It’s so good that my kid eats it for dinner and then asks for more after dessert. If you have a picky eater, this is the grilled steak to make! I like to make sure that we buy our meat from a reputable butcher. I always buy the meat directly from the butcher vs getting it prepackaged from the case. I suggest that you ask the butcher questions about the cuts of meat. This is the best way to learn what you like. It’s also a great way to learn about cooking times. I find that most of the butchers love answering questions, and I am more likely to go back to someone who takes the time to educate me and has the patience to answer my questions.

Making the Marinade

It’s important to make sure that you mix all the ingredients for the grilled steak marinade really well. You want the liquid to emulsify before you put it on the steak. Sometimes I add a little extra salt and pepper to the meat before I add the marinade. It’s very difficult to over season meat like this if you are using salt and pepper in a conservative manner.

Grilling the Meat

Once you heat your grill to high, it’s crucial to grease the grates so the meat doesn’t stick. You can use regular kitchen spray but that tends to flame more. I recommend using Pam Grill Spray. Depending on how you like your meat dictates how long you grill it for. I am more a rare grilled steak person, so I grill our steaks about 4-5 minutes per side. I love this article from Food & Wine Magazine talking about how to tell when your meat is cooked and there is a great pro-tip about using a cake tester!

Plating the Steak

I’m a huge fan of an easy clean up, so I’ll generally put the grilled steak on a wood cutting board to rest and then cut it and serve it right on the same board. I love the way a wood board looks on a table or a buffet set up. I recommend using a board with a well so that it catches any residual juice from the meat. I’ve had this cutting board for over 10 years and it’s in perfect condition!

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Grilled Steak

Best Grilled Steak

The only recipe you'll ever need for grilling the perfect steak
Prep Time 1 d 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Total Time 1 d 53 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lb sirloin steak You can use flank or london broil too
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • tsp crushed red pepper flakes


To Marinate

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they emulsify
  • Put the steak in a shallow dish or a ziplock and add the marinade
  • Marinate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours turning occasionally

To Cook

  • Heat your grill to high
  • Use grill spray to coat the grates. I usually use Pam
  • Grill 4-5 minutes per side for rare to medium rare. Grill longer for a warmer temperature or a thicker cut of meat.
  • Let the steak rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving. I usually tent it with foil.


Grilling time will vary based on the cut of meat and the thickness.
How to tell if the meat is cooked:
  • If you pierce it with a fork do the juices run clear?
  • I use the touch method:
    • Soft to the touch: rare
    • Slightly firm to the touch: medium rare
    • Firm to the touch: well done
Keyword Easy, Kid-Friendly


  • Shannah
    July 9, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    That sounds great! My kids love steak but I do not have a grill, is that something I can make on the stove?

    • Hallie@halliesays.com
      July 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Shannah, yes! You can use a grill pan on the stove vs an actual grill. You might have to adjust the cooking time a bit as grills are hotter, than stoves but you’ll still get that outside char!

  • Amy
    July 9, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    This look delicious! I love a good grilled steak and I love the fact that this recipe uses simple ingredients that I always have on hand!

  • Lisa Manderino
    July 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    I think I will give this a try this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sara
    July 11, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Glad I found this recipe in time for Sunday! This is exactly what I was planning on making!

  • Erin Cannon
    July 12, 2020 at 2:43 am

    I love me some grilled steak, and this is a good lookin’ recipe. I also agree about talking to the butcher. Although, I tend to listen to a blood-covered man holding a large knife in almost any circumstance.


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