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How to grill a great steak on an indoor grill

You don’t need to go outdoors and fire up the grill every time you get a hankering for a steak dinner. If the weather is too cold, or you want the convenience of being in the kitchen amongst your utensils, seasonings and dinner companions, turn to the ease and versatility of an indoor grill.

Master the method of indoor grilling

Indoor grills can help you make a juicy, perfectly cooked steak in no time with minimal hassle. You can also get those tempting sear marks along with the great taste that goes with them. Just make sure your indoor grill has an adjustable temperature that goes up to 450˚F like our Electric Indoor Searing Grill, or has a SEAR option, like our Steak Lover’s Indoor Grill. And as a bonus, enjoy the convenience of a removable drip tray for easy cleanup, included with many Hamilton Beach models.

Ready to get started? Here’s our top tips and techniques for grilling a perfect steak on an indoor grill, plus an easy indoor grill steak recipe.

Prep the steak

Our Consumer Test Kitchen experts recommend seasoning your steak based on the cut of meat you’re grilling. For classic grilled steaks such as boneless ribeye, New York strip or sirloin beef, which are very tender and cook more quickly than other cuts, a dry rub or salt and pepper will give you the best flavor. For tougher cuts, like skirt or flank steaks, marinate the meat in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours before grilling.

Preheat the grill

To get the best possible sear, make sure your grill is hot. You should preheat your grill on the SEAR setting for 10-15 minutes or until the ready light comes on (if your model has one). As soon as you begin preheating, remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it rest on the countertop. Since your steak will be cold from the fridge, letting it warm up a bit allows it to cook more thoroughly. Be careful not to leave it out too long (preferably under 2 hours), and always adhere to food safety guidelines.

Cook the steak

Cooking time may vary based on the cut of steak, thickness, and beginning temperature of the steak and the grill. Consider this helpful guide: for a New York strip steak (1 inch thick), grill at 450˚F for 8 to 16 minutes or until it reaches your desired internal temperature. If you are using a grill with only one cooking surface, turn the steak once halfway through cooking. If you are using an indoor grill with two cooking surfaces, reduce the cooking time to avoid burning it.

Take the temperature

To get a great steak cooked to your desired pinkness, check the temperature. Insert a digital instant-read meat thermometer in a thick spot in the middle of the steak. The USDA recommends cooking your steak to a minimum of 145˚F, plus three minutes minimum of rest time. For reference, it will take approximately 6-7 minutes for a 1-inch ribeye steak to reach medium doneness (around 160℉). Since all indoor grills are different, check the Use and Care of your model to determine how long it will take you. Use and Care guides are available on our website.

Let it rest

Once your steak is off the grill, it will need to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. For food safety, the USDA recommends at least three minutes of rest after cooking steaks to a minimum of 145˚F, but our Consumer Test Kitchen experts prefer to let it rest a bit longer to get the most flavor. You can cover it loosely with foil during this time to trap in the heat.

Alternative method: reverse-seared steak

Reverse-searing is a cooking technique that produces steakhouse-quality results at home. The process involves slow-cooking the steak at a low temperature in the oven or grill until it reaches the desired internal temperature. Then, the steak is seared on both sides. This cooking method allows the meat to retain moisture and tenderness while the final sear adds edge-to-edge texture and flavor. A reverse sear is particularly beneficial for thicker cuts of meat as it helps ensure the desired degree of doneness on the inside while achieving a perfectly browned and sizzling crust on the outside.

Classic grilled steak recipe

Once you discover the ease and convenience of preparing perfect and flavorful steaks on your indoor grill, you’ll say goodbye to those expensive restaurants and hello to restaurant-quality steaks anytime, right from the comfort of your kitchen.

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Featuring powerful heating elements that reach searing temperatures or temperature probes that achieve meat’s perfect doneness, Hamilton Beach® Indoor Grills have what it takes to bring out meat’s best flavor. And since our indoor grills are built with ease in mind, you also get convenient features such as electronic controls, indicator lights, and removable grids that go in the dishwasher.

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