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Cooking on a Grill for Beginners


Now that you just purchased your new grill, need to know how to cook on it. We are going to explain to you beginners how to cook baked potatoes, steaks and hamburgers. 

Once your coals are ready at their gray-ash state each type of meats, poultry, fish and foods require different ways and time just like cooking on a stove or baking in an oven. Make sure you always start with a clean cooking grate.

Knowing when to turn, how long to leave on the grill so your foods are cooked property is a skill of learning to be a successful at grilling. As a beginner at the grill start simple. Here we will give you the proper way to cook steaks, hamburgers and baked potatoes.

Spray your cooking grate with spray type cooking oil or pour some cooking oil on to a wad of paper towels and rub over the cooking grate. This will help from foods sticking and make it easier for cleaning.

Use a long handle tongs for turning and removing steaks and potatoes. A long handle and long, wide metal spatula used for turning hamburgers over. One does not want to use a fork as it will poke and cause the meat juices to escape, which can lead to being dry.

Season your steak and poultry with a dry rub of seasons for your taste. Hamburgers season with salt and pepper. Do not add a wet seasonings or barbecue sauces till the beginning. This will burn and not cook properly. Wet seasonings and barbecue sauces are added at the end if desired in using them.

Baked Potatoes 
Potatoes are very easy to cook on a grill, just takes time to cook as it would in an oven. Baked potatoes on a grill are cooked with an indirect heat. Cook them first before cooking other food products.

Thoroughly wash the whole potato with the skin on. Pat dry. Poke a few hole in the potato with a fork. This will allow the heat to even cooking and eliminate the potato from exploding while cooking on the grill.

Take a piece of tin foil long enough to cover the potato with about 2-3 inches extra. If using a thinner tin foil place two sheets on top of each other. Lay the potato in the center of the tin foil, lift up both sides above the potato, fold the top over about 1/2 inch, then fold again. Lay the folded tin foil down on over the potato and fold up about half way, then push lightly against the sides of the potato.

Placed the tin-foiled potatoes close to each other onto the grill on the hottest part of the coals. With the lid on, bake for 40-45 minutes. About 20-25 minutes turn the potatoes over with using long handle tongs. To test if the potatoes are done, poke in the center with a toothpick. Once removed from the grill with the use of an oven mitt open up the tin foil, cut potato in half to add the butter. Fold the tin foil back over till ready to eat. Sweet potatoes are great cooked on a grill and are cooked the same way you would with baked potato.


Steaks are cooked with direct heat, meaning with no lid. You want enough coals ready that lay from top to bottom and sides of the steaks. When cooking a steak on the cooking grate, one leaves it on one side then turns over only one time with use of the long handle tongs before removing.

Knowing when to turn the steaks are by how the grill marks appear on the bottom and starting to see the meat juices appear at the top. The grill marks will appear between 3 to 5 minutes. Longer left on the more well done the steaks before. If you get a flare up from the coals, which can be caused by fat and juices lift it up.

Never cut open a steak to see what cooked desire it is. This is tested by slightly pressing in the center of the steak with the long handle tong. These tips will help you determine the how the steak is cooked.

* Rare the touch feel will be very soft and push down with an imprint.
* Medium rare will push down lightly with a slight spring back up effect.
* Medium will feel firm with a spring back up once touched.
* Well done will feel very firm and not have the spring up effect.

Once removed steaks from the grill will continue to cook some, which is best to let it rest as it will keep the juices and not have a dried out steak. Now you can go grill your steaks to your perfection.


When preparing hamburger meat use a 80% lean/20% fat portion. Form your ground beef into a ball, then flatten out till 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. The ground beef will shrink when cooking. Gently put a thumb print in the center, this helps from rising up during the grilling cooking process. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both side. Place them onto a cookie sheet and into the refrigerator till your coals are ready.

Once your coals are ready at the gray-ash state bring your hamburgers out to put onto the grill. Hamburgers are cooked same way as steaks by turning over only one time. If the meat causes a flare up, move with the use of a long spatula off the flare up and set back on same side on the grill. Once the hamburgers have a good sear on them turn them over. Once the hamburgers are cooked, one can add sliced cheese on top, if desired, with indirect heat. Indirect heat is when the lid is on. Now you can go enjoy your yummy hamburgers.