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RealSimple.com: How to Grill Anything

Easy Grilling Guide

By Dawn Perry
This primer covers everything from hot dogs to cherry tomatoes. As for seasoning, most foods will taste great if you add just a little salt, pepper, and olive oil beforehand. If you want even more flavor, try a rub or a marinade.

How to Grill Beef

Burgers
Heat: Direct (uncovered), high.
Time: 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Internal Temperature: 140° F for medium.
Tip: Don’t press down on the patties during cooking or you’ll squeeze out the delicious juices.

Hot Dogs
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high.
Time: 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally.

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Steaks, ¾ to 1 Inch Thick
(such as flank and New York strip)
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high.
Time: 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Internal Temperature: 130° F for medium-rare.
Tip: For the best sear, turn steaks just once halfway through.

Steaks, 1 to 1½ Inches Thick
(such as rib-eye and porterhouse)
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high, then indirect (covered), medium-high.
Time: Direct for 3 to 5 minutes per side, then indirect for 4 to 6 minutes.
Internal Temperature: 130° F for medium-rare. Note: For steaks 2 inches thick or more, increase indirect cooking time to 8 to 10 minutes.

If you're just learning how to barbecue, this primer will help you get your grill started. Then, learn exactly what high, medium, and other grill temperatures mean.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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