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Summer Cooking Challenge Day 10: Tips for Grilling Meat!
July 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

A great thing about summer cooking is that can you enjoy fresh air while you cook outside on the grill. Sometimes cooking meat on the grill can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.

Here are some tips for grilling meat:

  1. Preheat your grill about 20 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature.
  2. Don't put cold meat on the grill. Be sure to let your meat get to room temperature before it goes on the grill.
  3. Flip your burgers and other meats only once during cooking. Usually about 7-9 minutes on each side.
  4. Don't squish your meat! You will drain it of its juices and flavors.
  5. Once your meat is finished on the grill, let it rest on a clean platter for about 10 minutes, tented with foil, so juices can redistribute evenly.
  6. If you are grilling fish, choose fillets that are even in thickness so they cook evenly. Fish can cook really quickly, so keep a close eye on them.
  7. When grilling chicken, use indirect heat for bone-in breasts, legs, or thighs and direct heat for boneless breasts, legs, or thighs.


Are you guilty of over flipping or squishing meat on the grill? Are there any tips for grilling meat that you would add?

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  • Sunshine2plus2
    July 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    No but I dont grill my Dh does. He would never squish food!

  • mewebb82
    July 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM
    Occasionally, I have to flip the meat more than once because I flipped it too soon. I have found that steaks can be easier to cook to perfection by searing them first.
  • MrsNewman
    July 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I think I do a pretty good job at it, my husband is a squisher. We always have flat meat.. lol

  • AzariahsMother
    July 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I am not an over flipper at all.

    The one tip would be to season I love season.  I also like to have my stuff a little burtn and can always taste the coals. 

  • HaleysMom10
    July 29, 2013 at 6:37 PM
    I don't squish the meat and I try not to over flip them.
  • Flaca43
    by Flaca43
    July 30, 2013 at 1:41 AM

     Good tips! I didn't know about the cold meat one, thanks!

  • joeannaanthony
    July 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for the great tips! I always had a problem while grilling, now I guess my problem is sorted.

  • TerriC
    by TerriC
    July 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Not at all.  I took over the grilling reigns because DH was a flipper.  I tried to tell him, STOP....I watch Food Network, I know what I am talking about!  LOL.  He agreed that my way was better and now when he does grill, he isn't a flipper anymore.  =-)

  • TerriC
    by TerriC
    July 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

     Same here!!  =-)

    Quoting gigis1:

    We definitely don't over flip or squish lol. We are calm and patient about our grilling.


  • TerriC
    by TerriC
    July 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

     You are free to go!  LOL!  Not guilty as well. 

    Quoting batjmom:

    Not guilty


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