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This perfectly grilled ribeye is easy to achieve with a few tips! I’m sharing the best steak seasoning, grill temperature, cook times, and internal temperature for perfectly juicy ribeye with a crispy crust.

Whether it’s your first time using an outdoor grill or you’re a grill master, this ribeye steak recipe is for you. Follow our tips and tricks to help you achieve a perfectly grilled ribeye steak.

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Feel confident and excited about using your grill this summer! Ribeye is considered one of the most flavorful and popular cuts of beef and is a favorite among steak lovers (myself included!).

One of my favorite meals to grill for company or special occasions is a juicy ribeye steak. I’ve spent countless hours with the Ohio Beef Council learning about ribeye, how to grill it, and the best beef temperatures. I’ve taken that knowledge home and cook ribeye on the grill a couple times a month and can now confidentaly share all I’ve learned with you!

Consider this your ultimate guide to grilling the best boneless ribeye steak. Learn all of our tips like purchasing a quality steak, prepping it for the grill, the best grill temperature for steaks, and how long to grill a ribeye.  Any home chef can make and master this ribeye recipe!

What is Ribeye? Ribeye is a portion cut of beef that comes from the rib primal. It’s cut from the front section of a cow’s ribs under the backbone, including ribs 6-12. (The other ribs are grouped with chuck and short plate.)Its purpose is mainly for support rather than work, so it’s often very tender. 

It is a well-marbled cut of meat, which means it has fat running throughout the muscle, giving it a tender and juicy texture and a rich, beefy flavor. 

You can also purchase an entire ribeye roast, also known as a standing rib roast, which is the whole rib section prior to being cut into steaks. 

Why You’ll Love this Grilled Ribeye

  • Rich marbling, with tons of flavor
  • Straightforward and delicious
  • The best steak seasoning
  • Easy to achieve perfect medium-rare
  • Goes with anything!
  • Perfect for special occasions and holidays
raw ribeye steak on a cutting board

How to Grill Ribeye: Step-by-Step

Grilling is the most popular ribeye cooking method. Cooking over an open flame at high heat results in a flavorful and tender piece of beef or steak. Follow these simple steps to grill the best ribeye steaks on either a gas grill or a charcoal grill.

Buy the Best Ribeye

Choose good quality boneless ribeye steaks that are at least 1 inch thick with good marbling throughout. White flecks engrained in the meat itself means a lot of fat and flavor. A USDA Prime cut of steak usually has the most (but will be pricier).

Preheat the Grill

Allow it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling.

Clean the grates with a grill brush to ensure there is no leftover debris. Preheat the grill to high heat (450-500°F). This is the best grill temperature for steaks because the high heat creates the Maillard reaction, giving the steaks a brown crusty outside. It tastes delicious and locks in the juices!

Season the Ribeye Steak

Season the outside of the steaks generously with salt and pepper, or your favorite dry rub. We love to use a basic steak seasoning for all of our ribeye and steak recipes. 

three ribeye steaks coated in steak seasoning

Grill Ribeye

Sear steak for 4-5 minutes on each side with the lid closed or until the internal temperature reaches 130-135°F for medium-rare because the steak temperature will rise to 135-145°F as it rests.

Success tip: Always pull the steak off the grill 5-10° before the target temperature. The steak will continue to rise in temperature as it rests.  

Let it Rest

Once the steak is cooked to your desired doneness, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Tip: You can top it with a pat of butter or compound butter while it rests. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a more tender and flavorful steak.

ribeye steak on the grill

Internal Temperature Chart

The exact ribeye grill time will vary based on how you like your steak cooked, how thick the steak is, and your specific grill type and temp. Always use a meat thermometer for the perfectly cooked delicious steak.

DonenessRemove from the GrillTarget Temperature
Rare125-130°F130-135°F
Medium-Rare130-135°F135-145°F
Medium135-140°F145°F-150°F
Medium-Well140-150°F150-160°F
Well Done150°F and above160°F and above

grilled ribeye resting on cutting board

How Long to Grill Ribeye

Grill a 1-inch ribeye steak on high heat (450-500 degrees f) for 4-5 minutes on each side, or 8-10 minutes total, for a medium-rare steak.

Keep in mind: the length of time to grill a ribeye steak varies based on the grill, the size of the steak, and the amount of marbling. Always use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature for best results.

Here are approximate cooking times for a 1-inch steak:

  • Rare (125-130°F): 3-4 minutes on each side (6-8 min total).
  • Medium-rare (130-140°F): 4-5 minutes on each side (8-10 min total).
  • Medium (145-150°F): 5-6 minutes on each side (10-12 min total).
  • Medium-well (150-160°F): 6-7 minutes on each side (12-14 min total)
  • Well-done (160°F+): 7-8 minutes on each side (14-16 min total)

Success tip: use two-zone grilling for thicker steaks. This means you heat one side of the grill to high heat for searing and one side to medium heat or low heat (indirect heat) to finish cooking.

a plate of sliced grilled ribeye

Quick Tips for Juicy Ribeye

  1. Choose a good quality ribeye steak that is well-marbled with fat running throughout the muscle. The fat will help keep the steak moist and tender during cooking.
  2. Let the steak come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling. This will allow the steak to cook more evenly and prevent the center from being cold while the outside is overcooked.
  3. Season the steak with kosher salt and black pepper or your favorite steak seasoning before grilling. This will enhance the flavor of the steak and help it retain its moisture during cooking.
  4. Avoid piercing the steak with a fork or knife while cooking, as this can cause the juices to escape and make the steak dry.
  5. Grill the steak over high heat to sear the outside and seal in the juices. If the beef is stuck to grill it’s not quite ready to flip. 
  6. For best results, let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a more tender and juicy steak.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you grill a 1 inch ribeye on each side?

Preheat the grill to high heat (450-500°F) and grill each side of a 1-inch ribeye steak for 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Add 30 seconds on each side for every degree of doneness (medium, medium-well, etc.).

How do you grill a ribeye steak on a gas grill?

Clean the grill grates and wipe them down with a small amount of olive oil. Turn the propane tank on and preheat the grill to high heat (450-500°F). Place the steak on the hot grill and sear with the lid closed for 4-5 minutes on each side for the perfect steak (medium0-rare).

Do bone-in ribeye steaks take longer to cook?

The bone should not affect the grill time for 1-inch ribeye steaks. Thick ribeye steak will take longer to cook, so use a meat thermometer and utilize two-zone grilling if the surface of the steak is charring too much. 

Do you close the grill when cooking steak?

Always close the grill when cooking steak to keep the temperature of the grill up and create an oven-like environment for even cooking. 

How often do you flip a ribeye on the grill?

Try your best to only flip a ribeye steak one time on the grill.

How to grill a ribeye medium well?

For a 1-inch thick steak cooked medium-well: Grill for 7-8 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 145-155°F.

Should I oil Ribeye before grilling?

Yes, you can oil ribeye before grilling to help prevent it from sticking to the grill and add some additional flavor. However, it is important not to use too much oil, as this can cause flare-ups on the grill, which can burn the steak and affect the flavor. However, I prefer to oil the grill grates instead of the steak. Dip a paper towel in oil and use tongs to rub it over the grates before heating the grill.

a piece of medium rare grilled ribeye on a plate

How to Serve Grilled Ribeye

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Grilled Ribeye Recipe

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Feel confident and excited about using your grill this summer! Whether it’s your first time using an outdoor grill or you’re a grill master, this ribeye steak recipe is for you. Follow our tips and tricks to help you achieve a perfectly grilled ribeye steak.

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Servings: 4 ribeye steaks

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 1-inch boneless ribeye steaks (Note 2 Thicker Ribeye Steaks)

Instructions 

  • Pat the ribeye steak dry with a paper towel and let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes. This helps reduce the chill for even cooking.
  • While it’s coming to room temperature, mix together all of the dry rub spices in a small bowl.
  • Clean the grill grates and dip a paper towel lightly in an oil with a high smoke point. We like to use avocado oil. Use tongs to lightly grease the grill grates. Preheat the grill to high heat (450-500°F).
  • When the grill is hot, place the steaks on the grill and immediately close the lid. Sear the steaks with the lid closed for 4-5 minutes on each side. For the best results, pull the steak off the heat at approximately 135°F for medium-rare ribeye. We always recommend using the internal temperature rather than the grill time. This allows for 5 degrees of carryover cooking while it rests for a target temperature of 140°F. See recipe note 3 below for degrees of doneness.
  • Transfer the grilled ribeye to a clean plate or cutting board and rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
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Notes

Note 1. Pellet Grills. These can cook up to 20% faster because of the convection inside, so start checking the internal temperature sooner.
Note 2. Thicker Ribeye Steaks. Utilize two-zone grilling for thicker steaks because they’ll take longer to cook. This helps finish cooking the steak before the outside is too charred. Have a low heat or indirect heat area of the grill. When the steak is seared on both sides, move it to low/indirect heat, close the lid, and continue cooking to your desired doneness.
Note 3. Steak Doneness Guide. Don’t forget to pull the steak off the grill about 5 degrees prior to these internal temperatures.
  • Rare (125-130°F): 3-4 minutes on each side (6-8 min total).
  • Medium-rare (130-140°F): 4-5 minutes on each side (8-10 min total).
  • Medium (145-150°F): 5-6 minutes on each side (10-12 min total).
  • Medium-well (150-160°F): 6-7 minutes on each side (12-14 min total)
  • Well-done (160°F+): 7-8 minutes on each side (14-16 min total)

Equipment

  • Gas grill or Charcoal Grill (Note 1 Pellet Grills)

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces of grilled ribeye | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.7g | Protein: 49.9g | Fat: 19.1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 44.2IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Don says:

    5 stars
    Outstanding! Followed the recipe to a tee and was rewarded. Good stuff Molly! TU Don

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Glad to hear that, Don! Thank you for letting me know!