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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
Replies (31-40):
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Yes we are but when we use Reynolds Wrap we don't. :)

by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I over flip all the time, but my grilled meat is always yummy!

by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I may be guilty of squishing hamburger from time to time. I just like to make sure all the jiuce runs clear before taking it off of the grill.
by New Member on Jul. 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM

 Nope, hubby currently does all the grilling...he does like to flip lots though.

by Member on Jul. 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM

I am guilty of flipping over or squishing meat.

by Gold Member on Jul. 27, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Hubby does the grilling :) he does a good job!
by Sarah on Jul. 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Not guilty
by Bronze Member on Jul. 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM

DH does most all of the grilling but I would like to start learning.

by on Jul. 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I think DH over flips but doesn't squish. I also thinks he puts cold food on. Guess I will share these tips with him
by Gold Member on Jul. 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

No squishing...but i am a flipper ha h aha a bad habit..but it is just me!!! LOL

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