Heads Up: Grassfed beef cooks differently than conventionally-raised feedlot-finished beef. But it’s still a snap to grill once you learn just a few easy, basic steps that you can master quickly. These methods produce great results for us, and we’re confident they will for you, too!
Generally, Nitschke Natural Beef grills 25-30% faster over high heat like with grilling. If you’re new to our NNBeef community, I encourage you to grill a few rounds of burgers before grilling a steak so you can get a feel for the difference in cooking times with less at risk. Cattle produce lots more ground than steak! (And if you happen to overdo a burger, just crumble it up in a pan, season, and make tacos!)
So, let’s get to it!
Defrost your wrapped NNBeef steaks or ground beef in the fridge about 24 hours (Place in a container to catch any drips). If you happen to forget, like I frequently do, that’s OK! You can sink that package in a bowl of room temperature water for about 30 minutes, give or take.
Open package(s) & set out on the counter about an hour to remove the chill and allow it to “bloom” or re-oxygenate. While that’s going on, get all your sides and fixin’s ready to serve.
Season with salt and pepper, which are the only seasonings really needed, but if you enjoy a lightly smoked flavor, you could also lay a stick or 2 of dry oak or pecan wood on the charcoal or even across the gas burners. Yep, right out of your yard! Yummy!
Use a good instant-read thermometer like this one.
Grilling Burgers Make 3 to 4 burger patties per 1 lb package, about 3/4 inch thick. Using your thumb, make a shallow indentation right in the middle of the patty, then put on a 200 degree grill for 5 or 6 minutes per side. Pull patties off as they reach 115-120 degrees F. No need to cover or tent them. Heat up the coals or turn up the flames if using a gas grill. Then put the patties back on the fire, 25 to 30 seconds per side for 2 rounds of meat flips. [25+25] + [25+25]. This caramelizes the surface without overcooking the interior and will produce a delicious medium rare burger you can enjoy like a steak, or with buns and all the fixin’s!
Grilling Steaks Grill 7 minutes per side on a 200 degree grill, remove steaks, heat up the fire, then finish 35-40 seconds per side for 2 rounds of flips. [35+35] + [35+35]. Let rest 5 minutes, then sit down and dive into your amazingly juicy, treat for your tastebuds medium rare steak.
Bonus Tip You can get pretty awesome results indoors, too, with a seasoned cast iron skillet. Preheat your skillet, using that great instant read thermometer as your guide, and use the same methods as above for grilling. A little butter in the skillet is all you need but add it right before putting your NNB burgers or steaks in so it doesn’t overbrown. Careful not to crowd those guys in there – everybody needs their space!
Now go enjoy a fabulous NNBeef experience!