These are good estimates of cook times when using a medium-hot (350° to 400°) to hot (450° to 600°) grill. Keep in mind that heat intensity varies, especially with charcoal or hardwood fires.
Start with a clean grill, because food sticks to dirty grates. It's easier to clean a hot grate than a cool one—just make a few passes with a stiff wire brush after each use to keep the grill ready for your next cookout. Use tongs instead of a fork to turn food. They won't pierce the flesh, keeping juices inside.
Feel the Heat
Low 225° to 250°
Medium 325° to 350°
Medium-high 350° to 400°
High 450° to 600°
Ingredient Total Grilling Time
Boneless steak (1 inch thick) 4 to 5 minutes per side (medium-rare),
5 to 6 minutes per side (medium)
Hamburgers (1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch thick) 4 to 5 minutes per side
Chicken breasts 4 to 6 minutes per side
Whole chicken, halved 30 to 40 minutes per side over indirect heat
Pork tenderloin 25 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally, over indirect heat
Fish fillets (1 inch thick) 4 to 5 minutes per side
Shrimp 2 to 4 minutes per side