Use a Palm Test to Determine the Correct Temperature for Your Grill

Knowing when to grill and when to wait or turn down the heat is what separates a perfectly cooked hamburger from an undercooked or hockey puck. Here’s a quick test to get the timing right.

All you have to do is hold your palm 4 inches above the wire shelf and start counting, according to Goodhousekeeping Test Kitchen and their grill maester friends. The number of seconds that elapse before you feel the need to remove your hand will indicate what level of heat your grill is at:

While holding it there, count how many seconds (one thousand, two thousand, three thousand …) it will take before you feel the need to remove your hand. Then use the time to decipher the cooking heat:

2 seconds = strong fire

3-4 seconds = medium-high fire

5-6 seconds = medium heat

7-8 seconds = medium-low fire

Infinitely = low heat

This can be useful when you are cooking delicate proteins or vegetables on the grill and you need a weak fire, or when you begin to cook the steaks on the weak, and then finish on a high heat. However, if your heat sensitivity is absent or unusually high, perhaps stick to creating multiple grill zones .

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