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How to Grill Filet Mignon: 8 Easy Steps for a Mouthwatering Steak! [2021]

by Outdoor Cooking Pros May 29, 2021

filet mignon with vegetables

Been wanting to grill some steak for dinner?

Having a hard time perfecting their temperatures?

Don’t worry because our team has your back! This is your one-stop guide for cooking that PERFECTLY DONE steak.

What You Will Need

  • 6 oz Filet Mignon (around 2 inches thick)
  • 7:2:2 All-purpose seasoning or coarse salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Optional sprigs of rosemary herb
  • Thermometer (to measure the internal temperature)

Grilling Guide

Steaks are DELICIOUS -- we know that much.

But why does grilling it have to be SO HARD?

We understand you… recipes are easy to follow, but results will be different without the right temperature and grilling time to guide you. 

filet mignon on a white plate

Before we tell you our recipe, you first have to FULLY UNDERSTAND this:

  • Rare Steak: 125°F at 4 minutes per side
  • Medium Rare Steak: 130°F at 5 minutes per side
  • Medium Steak: 140°F at 6 minutes per side
  • Medium Well Steak: 150°F at 8 minutes per side
  • Well Done Steak: 160°F at 10 minutes per side

You’re good to go...

Let’s Get Cooking!

Step 1: Rest Your Prime Cuts for 30 Minutes

Yes, we mean it: 30 minutes.

Get your filets to room temperature so that your steaks are cooked PERFECTLY according to the grill guides.

Step 2: Pre-Heat Your Grill to 450°F

We want the filets to reach the grill while it’s at HIGH HEAT. 

The grilling guides provide the measurements for the internal temperature of the steak and NOT the grill. 

Step 3: Season the Cuts With Your Choice of Seasoning: 7:2:2 or Salt & Pepper… Season Generously

This makes or breaks your steak! 

Ample seasoning brings out ALL the mouthwatering feelings in you so really DO season generously. 

Of course, balance this to prevent making your steak too salty. 

Remember: THE STEAK SHOULD STAND OUT.

Step 4: Layer Your Grill Racks With Olive Oil

This is to prevent your filets from sticking to the grill!

Feel free to add more olive oil whenever you feel like the grills are sticking over onto one side of the filet.

Step 5: Put the Filets on the Grill and Close the Lid

Make sure that you position your cuts over the MOST INTENSE HEAT on your grill.

Follow the grilling guide for the recommended times and internal temperature you should be monitoring!

cooked food on a white plate

For this recipe, we’ll cook it at MEDIUM RARE: 130°F at 5 minutes per side

Feel free to put sprigs of rosemary over the meat for a more earthy feel. We personally RECOMMEND you try it!

Step 6: Flip the Filet Cuts and Grill the Other Side

Again, remember to follow the grilling guide.

Step 7: Remove From Heat and Let the Meat Rest

Remove it once you’re fully confident that the internal temperature is right according to the grill guide: 130°F for medium rare[1].

Once ready, let the meat rest for around 5-10 minutes before serving!

Step 8: Plate and Then Serve!

If you plan to serve the steak in smaller cuts, remember to cut AGAINST THE GRAIN.

Do this so that it will be easier for you to cut them along the grain while eating.

Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Grill Should I Use: Gas or Charcoal?

Both are correct answers! It all depends on the flavor you prefer.

  • Choose a CHARCOAL GRILL if you’re after a SMOKY and SOUTHERN BBQ FLAVOR
  • Choose a GAS GRILL if you want to CONTROL your temperatures better

Gas grills are easier to manage. They feature two-zone grilling where you can opt to expose your filets to its HIGHEST HEAT AND LOWEST HEAT

Again, this is for you to control your internal temperatures better.

What Grill Temperature Should I Use?

We’ll say it again: keep your grill at around 450°F and FOLLOW THE GRILL GUIDE.

Steaks are almost always associated with their degree of doneness.

Why? Because it’s what gives them the FLAVOR and the DISTINCTION.

There’s just something so mouthwatering with the idea of getting different tastes and textures depending on their temperature.

meat with sauce on white plate

But more than the measurements, there are also VISUAL CUES that tell you about your steak’s temperature: COLOR.

  • Rare Steak: Cool red center
  • Medium Rare Steak: Warm red center
  • Medium Steak: Warm pink center
  • Medium Well Steak: Slightly pink center
  • Well Done Steak: Little or no pink

Of course, this will only be visible to you once you’ve finally sliced the steaks open.

Final Thoughts

Don’t ruin a perfect day with a wrongly cooked steak. 

Follow this recipe and grilling guide! Have you tried it out yourself? Let us know in the comments below.

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