Let me teach you how to grill a filet mignon to perfection every time! Achieve the perfect medium rare filet that is juicy, tender, and super easy to do. Pair with your favorite sides and make my easy herb butter to top your steak for a luxurious finish. The perfect low-carb, high-protein meal any night of the week!
Perfectly Flavorful Grilled Filet Mignon
Easy plus best flavor. Grilling filet mignon that is perfectly seasoned is as simple as using three things - kosher salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Perfect medium rare steak. Filet mignon is at it's best with it's medium rare--a warm pink center, a seared exterior. The key is to have 2 zones in your grill--direct and indirect heat. This will allow you to cook the steak without overcooking and sear filet mignon over direct heat for the best finish. A thermometer is critical for determining doneness.
Healthy. Grilled filet mignon is low-carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and high-protein! Add your favorite seasonings to make it your own, and serve alongside grilled veggies for a healthy, easy meal all made on the grill.
Grilled Filet Mignon Recipe Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you will need for making grilled filet mignon:
- Filet Mignon Steak: we used a 2-inch thick filets as that is the most common size; you will need to adjust cooking times for thicker or thinner cuts.
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Seasoned Garlic Butter or Compound Butter: use store-bought butter or make my easy recipe for garlic herb butter for steak!
A must piece of equipment (besides a grill) is an Instant Read Thermometer!
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
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Substitutions and Variations
You can follow this recipe for other cuts of steak, such as ribeye or new york strip. Your internal temperature will still be the same(130 degrees F), remove and let rest for 10 minutes for the perfect medium rare (135 degrees F).
Drizzle with olive oil instead of butter.
Marinate filet mignon in your favorite bottled marinade.
Use other seasonings, such as a steak blend or your favorite blend.
Add heat by using crushed red pepper flakes or chipotle seasoning.
Use a cast iron skillet on your grill to cook as well! You will cook it as the instructions follow; you will cook your steak in cast iron skillet on the grill. I use this method for so many things like fish, veggies, steak, and even cornbread!
How To Grill Filet Mignon
Here are the step-by-step instructions for grilling filet mignon:
1. 24 to 48 hours prior to grilling, rub the steaks with olive and generously sprinkle with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
2. 30-40 minutes before grilling, remove from the fridge to bring to room temperature.
3. Grease grill grates. Preheat your grill to 450 degrees F. Create two zones - one side with direct heat (gas grill burners on or charcoal grill coals underneath), the other indirect heat (no burner or no coals). Close the lid.
4. Place steaks over direct heat, cover grill, and sear for 2 minutes on each side.
5. Move steaks over to the indirect heat side of the grill. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the steaks reach 130 degrees F in the center when tested with a meat thermometer.
6. Remove filets from heat, place on a plate, and tent with foil for 10 minutes before serving. The temperature of the steaks will continue to rise by about 5 degrees.
7. Serve steaks with herb butter or other favorite steak topping.
Timing is everything: How long to grill a filet mignon.
Once you have created two zones (indirect heat and direct heat) and your grill is preheated to 425 degrees - sear the filet mignon steaks for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat. Move to the indirect side and continue cooking filet mignon 3-4 minutes on each side or as soon as their internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F. Remove from grill and let rest with foil tented over the top for 10 minutes. The grilled filet mignon will finish cooking on the plate, reaching 135 degrees F--the perfect medium rare!
Tips for Grilling Filet Mignon
- Have the grill temperature at 450 degrees before even considering searing the steak.
- Use an instant-read meat thermometer to test doneness of filet mignon on the grill. Removing the steaks at the exact temperature is key to the perfect done steak.
- Seasoning with salt and pepper several days before grilling allows the meat to tenderize and get the best flavor.
- Putting your steak on a rack and in the fridge the night before grilling helps dry the exterior or the steak to create the perfect crust on the outside and an extra juicy center.
- Let your steaks rise to room temperature 30-45 minutes before you cook filet mignon to allow the steaks to cook evenly for the most precise doneness.
What We Love to Serve with Filet Mignon on the Grill
Top steaks with garlic butter with herbs or compound butter. Flavored butters add fresh herb flavor, richness from the butter, and give you a restaurant experience right at home. Purchase from the grocery store or make your own--it's super easy!
Carmelize onions and mushrooms in butter to top your steak - a classic steak topping.
Garnish with fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, dill, rosemary, or thyme.
These grilled filets pair really well with any of the following recipes:
Storing and Reheating Grilled Filet Mignon
Once your steak is cooled, transfer it to an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
For the best reheating of any steak is to store it whole and reheat it whole if possible. Put your steak on a plate and add a pat of butter on top. Microwave on half power for 30-second intervals until the steaks' internal temperature reaches at least 135 degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting to serve.
Filet Mignon Grill Recipe
- gas or charcoal grill
- instant-read thermometer
- 2 filet mignon steaks (about 2" thick)
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pats (optional) seasoned butter or compound butter
- 1 to 2 days prior to grilling, rub the steaks with olive oil then generously sprinkle all sides with kosher salt and pepper. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
- 30 to 45 minutes prior to grilling, remove the filet mignon from the fridge to and bring to room temperature.
- Grease the grill grates. Preheat grill to 425℉. Create 2 zones, one side of the grill over direct heat (burners on or charcoals underneath) and the other half with indirect heat (no burners on or no charcoal underneath).
- Place the steaks onto the grill over direct heat. Cover and sear for 2 minutes on each side.
- Transfer the steaks to indirect heat. Cover and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove as soon as the steaks turn 130 degrees in the center.
- Set the steaks on a plate to rest and cover with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. The temperature of the steaks will continue to rise another 5 degrees or so - resulting in a perfect medium rare temperature.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- TIPS: Use an instant-read thermometer to test doneness. Removing the steak at the exact temperature is a key element to the success of your steak. After grilling filet mignon, be sure to let the steaks rest before serving. Season with salt and pepper several days before grilling. Remove the steaks from the fridge at least 45 minutes prior to grilling - you need them at room temperature before they hit the heat.
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve with blue cheese sauce, dill sauce, hollandaise, garlic herb butter, or another compound butter.
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