Grilling Tips

by John Rost


The Grillmaster’s Guide

Alright, so you’ve declared yourself grillmaster. You’ve told friends and family (and yourself) that you can handle it. Steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, veggies, kabobs … they’re all headed towards your grill and it’s up to you to prepare them all perfectly.

Don’t panic. We can help. Start with the heat.

Heating Levels


Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons

Gas Grills

Propane people, use your multiple-burner facilities to your advantage. Preheat your grill so everything is good and hot, and then follow this:

• Starting from the right or left, leave one or two burners on HIGH.
• Set the middle burner or burners to MEDIUM.
• Leave the other side on LOW.

This way, you have a place to sear and grill steaks and other high-heat items, a medium zone in the middle for chicken and fish, and a low-heat area for longer-cooking items like bratwurst.

Charcoal Grills

Ever heard of a three-zone fire? That’s what you need. Use a chimney or a starter to light a big pile of red-hot coals. Push more than half of them to the right or left 1/3 of your grill. Leave a shallower pile in the middle 1/3 and leave the opposite 1/3 empty. Now you have high heat, medium and indirect heat areas on your grates, ready for a variety of grillables.

Cooking Times

Next, make a schedule! Most popular grilling foods have fairly easy cooking guidelines. Basically, you’ll put the longer-cooking foods on first, on your low- and medium-heat areas. As those foods cook, you’ll add faster items like steaks and finish everything at just about the same time.

These guidelines are general. See our detailed Steak Cooking Chart and Seafood Cooking Chart for complete cooking times on our signature cuts.

• 3 – 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness & doneness
• HIGH heat


Omaha Steaks Chicken Breasts

Chicken Breasts
• 10 – 12 minutes, depending on thickness
• MEDIUM heat

• 8 – 10 minutes total

Fish Fillets
• 4 – 5 minutes total
• MEDIUM heat

Bratwurst & sausage (fresh)
• 20 – 25 minutes
• LOW heat

• Slice thick, coat with olive oil & seasoning
• 8 – 10 minutes
• MEDIUM heat

Steak Time App

Steak Time Cropped

Free Download

Of course, if you want to do things the easy way, try Omaha Steaks fantastic grilling app, Steak Time. Our all-in-one tool is a grillmaster’s best friend. Here’s what you get with this FREE app:

Cook by Time or Temperature
– Enter the size, desired doneness and name of each steak you’re cooking. Steak Time will tell you when to flip each and when it’s done perfectly.
– Use an iGrill electronic thermometer and Steak Time will actively monitor your meat. When it’s time for action, your phone or tablet will let you know.

Steak 101
– Steak Time is loaded with how-to videos, handy cooking charts and Omaha Steaks signature grilling tips.

Recipe Center
– Browse our chef-tested recipes by steak cut, seafood, poultry, appetizers, sauces and more.
– As you choose recipes, Steak Time adds the ingredients to an interactive grocery list. You’ll know exactly what you need and how much of it to buy.

Connect & Shop
– There are plenty of easy ways within the app to bring the finest Omaha Steaks to your door. Participate in social media, enter Omaha Steaks contests and send gifts straight from the app.

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6 Responses to The Grillmaster’s Guide

  1. Evelyn says:

    Do I defrost the burgers before grilling?

  2. SteakBytes says:

    Hi, Evelyn! We recommend that you do defrost the burgers before grilling, but you are able to see satisfactory results when cooking from frozen. If doing so, just place meat farther from the heat when broiling or grilling. Broil or grill 1 1/2 to 2 times the required time for unfrozen burgers. Let me know if you have anymore questions. – Matt

  3. Jack Henderson says:

    I saw your company President on Fox & Friends this week and he basted his steak with oil & seasoning prior to placing on the grill. What was the oil & seasoning? Thanks.

  4. SteakBytes says:

    Your standard olive oil will do the trick, and we always use Omaha Steaks All-Natural Steak Seasoning! It’s a well-rounded blend with onion, garlic, pepper, salt, and citrus. Yum!

  5. Palmer Dante says:

    Hi, I’m a 74yr old newbe. How do I get this app. onto my iPhone SE. I just took delivery of a bunch of beef wellingtons (inside in the oven), so next to come will be a ribeye, I want to cook it outside on my propane grill. I have cooked outside for over 50 yrs, but you’re never too old to learn new tricks.
    Please Help!

  6. SteakBytes says:

    Hi Palmer – here is a guide on downloading apps from the App Store to your iPhone:

    To find ours, just search “Omaha Steaks.” Thanks! 🙂

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