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The Foolproof Guide to Grilling Burgers, Chicken, and Everything Else

Here's how to perfectly grill any food, every time.

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Get your grill on!


You’re a master of the marinade. You flip burgers like nobody’s business. You’ve got mad skewering skills. But when it comes to deciding how long to leave a chop or filet on the grill, you usually just wing it. Not this summer! Kiss the grilling guesswork goodbye and use this guide for perfectly cooked meals every time.

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Chicken breasts


Boneless/skinless: Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
Bone-in/skin on: Grill 40 to 50 minutes, away from direct heat, covered, turning when necessary. Make sure you’re not making these grilling mistakes that even seasoned cooks make.

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Chicken wings, thighs, and drumsticks


Wings: Grill 25 to 30 minutes away from direct heat, covered.
Thighs and drumsticks: Grill 40 to 50 minutes, away from direct heat, covered, turning when necessary.

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Steak


½-inch to 1-inch thick: Grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side (for medium rare).
1-inch to 1 ½-inch thick: Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side, then move away from direct heat for 4 to 10 minutes more (for medium rare). Check out some more tips for grilling the absolute best steaks and burgers.

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Burgers


1-inch thick: Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

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Lamb chops


½-inch to 1-inch thick: Grill 3 to 4 minutes on each side (for medium rare).
1-inch to 1 ½-inch thick: Grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side (for medium rare). Here are some foolproof ways to solve the most common grilling problems.

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Pork chops


3/4-inch to 1-inch thick: Grill 5 to 7 minutes on each side.

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Fish filets and steaks


1-inch thick: Grill 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Check out these tips that’ll help you have the healthiest grilling season possible.

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Shrimp and scallops


Grill 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

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Veggies


Mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, peppers (1/2-inch slices): Grill 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
Onions (1/2-inch slices): Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

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