Instructions for grilling filet mignon on the BBQ including cooking tips, grilling times, and an easy grilled filet mignon
recipe to add flavor to this tender meat. Plus a video for bacon wrapped filet mignon.
Cooking Tips for Grilling Filet Mignon
Cooking filet mignon on the BBQ is easy when you follow these quick tips.
1. The best filet mignon steak for grilling is USDA Prime Aged Beef. If that is not available then go for Choice Beef.
2. When you prepare filet mignon for the barbecue don't over-season or over-marinate this quality meat.
3. Whether grilling whole filet mignon steaks or medallions, all meat should be brought to room temperature before grilling. This avoids charring the outside
while waiting for the inside to cook.
How to Grill Filet Mignon
1. Preheat the grill as follows:
Gas: Direct heat, high (500 degrees F), grate on lowest setting
Charcoal: Direct heat, red hot, 12 x 12 inch charcoal bed with high and low-heat areas (about 36 coals), grate on lowest setting
2. Just before placing your filet mignon on the bbq, lightly oil the grate. This prevents sticking and cracking which can cause your meat to dry out.
3. Place meat on the grill over direct heat and cook 2 - 3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium-low (on a gas grill) or
move the meat to the low-heat area (over charcoal). Close lid and continue grilling according to the chart below depending on your desired level
of doneness. Flip once. Have a sprayer handy to avoid flare-ups.
Filet Mignon Grilling Times
Rare 8 - 10 minutes
Medium 10 - 12 minutes
Well 12 - 15 minutes
(Grilling time is based on 1 - 1 1/2 inch thickness. Grilling time for filet mignon should be
adjusted for thicker or thinner cuts.)
1. Use a spatula or tongs to flip your filet mignon halfway through the cooking times outlined above. Do not use a fork because it will cause juices to leak out.
2. Use the press test to see if your filet mignon is done cooking. Press on it with the edge of your spatula or tongs. It will depress easily if it's rare, offer some resistance if it's medium, or be firm if
it's well done.
While we recommend the press test to preserve juices you can use a meat thermometer:
Rare 125 degrees
Medium 140 degrees
Well 170 degrees
Grilling Tip: After grilling filet mignon, tent it with foil, and let it rest 5 - 10 minutes before cutting or serving to allow juices to distribute evenly.
Grilled Filet Mignon Recipe
These recipes is quick, easy, and compliments this type of meat without overpowering it.
Ingredients (Serves 2 - 4) Time: Under 1 Hour
2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
2 tablespoons gorgonzola, divided
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup full-bodied red wine
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking Filet Mignon on the Barbecue
1. Salt and pepper filet mignons and leave at room temperature 30 minutes.
2. Preheat grill and cook filet mignon on the bbq per the instructions on this page.
3. The last 2 minutes of grilling top each steak with a tablespoon of gorgonzola.
4. While the steaks are resting after being grilled, prepare the dipping sauce:
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, red wine, brown sugar, and minced garlic. Stir frequently and
continue cooking until it has thickened (8 - 10 minutes). Serve alongside your grilled filet mignon as a dipping sauce.