Ever wondered how to grill filet mignon to perfection? Well you’re in luck, today’s the day… and just in time for the kick off of grilling season!
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. As always, all opinions shared are my own.
Grilled steaks are one of the things I look most forward to when grilling season arrives, but for many people (formerly myself included!) grilling steaks (especially grilling filet mignon) can be intimidating. Getting them to the perfect temperature, getting a great sear and getting the perfect flavor can be just a few elements that leave steak-lovers hesitant to fire up the grill. Especially when spending money on a nice quality cut like a filet, it can be nerve-wracking to try cooking methods that you haven’t hammered down to foolproof.
Grilled filet mignon is a grilling season staple in our house. Of course because it is so tender and delicious and also because it is so lean and packed with protein to fuel all of our summer-time activities (a.k.a. helps energize our post-hibernation bodies haha!)
Since Memorial Day feels like the unofficial kick off to grilling season, now is the perfect time to get grilling and master that grilled steak. If you’ve been wanting to know how to grill filet mignon to perfection, you’re about to find out (printable recipe below!)
How to Grill Filet Mignon to Perfection
It really all starts with the quality of the meat. A great piece of meat doesn’t need a lot of fuss, I just season with some Worcestershire Sauce and a combo of cracked salt and pepper, dehydrated garlic and dried rosemary. It’s also key to let steak rest outside of the refrigerator for about 20 – 30 minutes before grilling so that it doesn’t toughen up on the hot grill.
Getting those beautiful grill marks isn’t just for appearances, that means you’ve achieved a great sear that will keep those delicious juices put until you’re ready to enjoy your filet!
How long to grill filet mignon is based on a number of factors such as the type of grill you use, the thickness of the steak and how you want it cooked so a grill thermometer is going to be your best friend.
Medium Rare is the only way to fly in my book! 😉
How to Grill Filet Mignon to Perfection
- 1 1/2 " thick 8 oz. Filet Mignon steaks whatever quantity necessary for your party size
- Worcestershire sauce
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
- Dehydrated garlic
- Dried rosemary
- Remove filet mignon from the refrigerator and pat dry. Trim away any connective tissue around the edges of the meat.
- Drizzle both sides of filet with Worcestershire sauce and liberally season with salt, pepper, dehydrated garlic and dried rosemary. Allow to rest for about 30 minutes.
- Turn burners for one half side of a gas grill to high and leave the other side of the grill burners off.
- Once the internal grill temperature has reached about 450 degrees F, place the steaks on the hot, direct heat side of the gas grill. Grill for 3 minutes then rotate 1/4 turn (to get those pretty hatch grill marks). Grill for another 3 minutes then flip. Grill for another 5 minutes on the other side and then move to indirect heat.
- Cook filets over indirect heat until they have reached about 5 degrees below the desired cooking temperature (they will continue to cook slightly even once removed from the grill).
- Remove filets from the grill and tent lightly in tin foil for about 5- 8 minutes. As mouthwatering as they will look and smell, resist the urge to cut right in as those juices you worked for will spill right out.
Medium Rare: 145º F
Medium: 160º F
Well Done: 170º F
You can find some other fabulous grilling tips here and also check out this handy resource for the Best Beef Cuts for Grilling. The infographic you can find (and print out) at the bottom of this post can serve as your grilling bible!
Now, how about some more ideas for your Memorial Day and summer celebrations? It’s so fun and easy to create treats that double as your patriotic red, white and blue decor!
Skewer blueberries, strawberry and banana slices to create a refreshing fruit flag.
Berry Cheesecake Bites
Top halved strawberries with cheesecake filling and a blueberry for a delicious little berry cheesecake bite! Tip: Take a little slice off the bottoms of the strawberries as well so they lay flat, making them easier to top and to grab!
Cool off with some Skittles Coolers or Frozen Yogurt Fireworks Pops.
Frozen Yogurt Fireworks Pops
Here is your reference guide for all of your beef grilling needs! Laminate this bad boy and hang it inside of your grill cabinet! Find a ton more info and resources on all things beef at Ohio Beef Council.org as well as on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds!
Who’s running out to get some filets to grill tonight?! 😉 I hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and thank you for stopping by today!
Chad Donten says
This website makes me hungry; What’s your top tip for barbecue? Thank you
Hi Chad, well thank you, that’s a great compliment! 🙂 I’ve had some time off so I’m so, so sorry for the delayed reply! I’m not sure what you mean… barbecue like tips for grilling or barbecue sauce?
Kristina Harman says
Thank you for this! The steaks look amazing. But, everywhere i’ve looked says medium rare is 130 degrees. Yours and theirs are much different!
Hi Kristina! I go by the grilling guidelines on Beef’s official website for all of my grilling times and temps. Enjoy! https://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/cooking/grilling-basics/grilling-time-guidelines
D Griller says
132 degrees & let it rest 5+ minute
= a perfect Med. Rare Filet Mignon
These steaks look mouth-watering.
They were, Mary! 😉 Thanks so much!
Wonderful filet presentation
Thank you Robin!
You are a master griller!!
That filet likes so yummy!!
Give me some beef!
Haha I don’t know about master griller, my hubby likes to hold that title Jana. 😉 Thanks so much, have a wonderful holiday weekend!