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Summer Cooking Challenge Day 10: Tips for Grilling Meat!

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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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by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

No, I don't flip or squish.

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

My husband is gilty of squishing the burgers,lol   thanks for the other tips

by Gold Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

 I don't like it being flipped, this is one of the things that inexperienced grillers always want to do.

When making hamburgers, using your thumb, make an indent in the center, that way they'll end up nice and even across instead of looking like billiard balls.

by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Nope. I don't squish. My dad taught me and he is a great cook.
by Ruby Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Great tips!

by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM
I knew most of those. Hubby does the grilling for me though. :)
by Lauren on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I never realized the tip about cooking bone-in chicken n directly and boneless, directly.  I will have to keep that in mind, although we almost always have boneless chicken breasts.   DH has really upped the grilling game around here over the past couple of years and is full of tips and tricks.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

It's fun to squish, but yeah, it makes the meat dry.

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM
Guilty of squishing meat but will do better now that I know. ;)
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM
I use to squish, but now I'm very patient :)
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