How to Grill a Steak on a Pellet Grill

How to Grill a Steak on a Pellet Grill


Two Methods For Searing Steak Over the Flame on the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill

One of man’s greatest achievements was the moment we discovered fire. Fire gave us the ability to gather and stay warm, but it also provided the ability to add flavor and texture to meals. To this day, a quality steak cooked over the fire in a steakhouse is considered the holy grail meal for many people.

With the Yoder Smokers YS640s pellet grill, achieving better than steakhouse results at home is achievable, thanks to the ability to sear directly over the fire. Let’s explore methods of grilling a steak on the YS640s by cooking directly over the fire on grates as well as cooking directly over the fire on cast iron.


Over The Flame Grilling with GrillGrate Panels

The first method we'll explore involves removing the diffuser access door or the entire diffuser under the grates and replacing the grates on the left side of the grill using GrillGrate panels. This setup exposes the flame to the cooking surface and delivers direct flame contact with the steak, which provides optimal searing and the coveted cross-hatch grillmarks that characterize perfectly grilled steaks. 

For more info on grill setup and over-the-flame grilling on the YS640s, check out our article: Over-The-Flame Grilling On The YS640


Full Surface Searing Over the Flame

Alternatively, you can opt for searing utilizing the Yoder Smokers Cast Iron Griddle over the flame on the YS640s. This setup begins by removing the heat diffuser and installing the griddle on the left side of the grill.  With the exposed flame directly under the griddle, the entire surface of the cast iron gets hot, so the steak cooks evenly, producing an all-over crust that locks in juices and enhances exterior texture. 

To learn more about the Yoder Smokers Cast Iron Griddle, read the following article on The Yoder Smokers YS480/YS640 Cast Iron Griddle.

In conclusion, the Yoder Smokers YS640s pellet grill offers multiple methods for grilling a steak over the flame, each yielding exceptional results. Whether opting for direct grilling with grill grate panels, griddling for full surface searing, or even combining cooking methods for a reverse sear, the YS640s delivers consistent performance and precise temperature control. With the flame always under control, and the YS640s’ versatility, mastering the art of steak grilling becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

To see both techniques in action and learn more about seasoning steaks, watch our video: How To Grill A Steak On A Pellet Grill

Happy Grilling!



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