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How to use a Sear Burner

by Natalie Heflin 15 Apr 2022 10 Comments

1. Preheat your grill with all of the burners on high or the dampers open and the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Remove your steaks from the fridge, season them, and allow them to come up to room temperature while your grill is preheating.  A room temperature steak will cook faster than a cold one will, and less cooking time means less time to dry out. Additionally, a cold steak will contract more when you put it on the grill, pushing more of the juices out.

3. Brush your cooking grates clean and adjust your grill for direct, high heat. The best temperature for steaks is 450°F to 500°F.

4. Put your steaks on the grill, close the lid, and set your timer for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steak. 

5. Flip your steaks to a new area of the cooking grate. They’ve already absorbed the heat from the area of the cooking grate they were placed on first.  Putting them somewhere new ensures that the cooking grate is still hot enough to create those beautiful sear marks.

Close the lid and set your timer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. **

6. Test your steak for doneness.

7. Once your steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 30% to 40% of the total time on the grill.

8. Enjoy!

**A thicker steak will require a longer cooking time. If that’s the case, follow steps 1-5 to sear, and then move your steaks to an indirect zone to finish them. This will prevent the outside from burning before the inside is cooked.

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22 Nov 2022 ifuadjeci

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22 Nov 2022 murray hagerman
I don’t see how to use the side sear burner. The link takes me back to using the main grill. Can you help? Thanks
22 Nov 2022 Ed Nagorsky
Not sure that this was for the sear burner. That’s what the title said, but the text was about using the grates and closing the lid.
22 Nov 2022 Donald San Souci

Does not address using the search burner but talks about using main grill

22 Nov 2022 John K

Your sear directions are for the main burners. How do I use the side sear burner?

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