Traeger Steak: Grilled Steak Recipe with Dry Rub

Learn how to cook ribeye, filet, sirloin, and other cuts of mouthwatering steak on a Traeger or pellet grill. Whether you’re a grill master or a novice, this Traeger steak recipe always yields steakhouse-quality results! 

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Want to cook a restaurant-worthy steak? Do it right in your backyard with a Traeger or pellet grill! It’s my go-to tool for summer because the duo of temperature control and hardwood pellets always infuses the meat with irresistibly rich and smoky flavors.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn how to cook steakhouse-quality steak on this incredible grill. You can use any cut of steak you like, too. From cost-conscious cuts, like top sirloin and porterhouse, to premium cuts, like filet mignon and ribeye, this Traeger steak recipe has you covered!

First, the cut of your choice is seasoned with a flavor-rich dry rub, then cooked to perfection on the Traeger grill. The steak ends up with a crisp, golden crust and tender, juicy, and flavorful meat every time.

Are pellet grills good for steak?

Cooking steak on a pellet grill is a game-changer. The Traeger grill especially sets this cooking method apart from the rest. Here’s why:

  • Precise heat distribution – Traeger’s digital controllers allow you to maintain a steady temperature to ensure even cooking. 
  • Wood-fired flavor – Smoking the meat over hardwood pellets infuses it with a delectable smokiness that can’t be replicated with other cooking methods. 
  • Convenience and versatility – You can cook practically every cut of steak on a Traeger grill. From cooking tougher cuts low and slow to searing tender cuts over high heat, the Traeger method always delivers mouthwatering results. 

Ingredients needed

Here’s everything you need to cook steak on a Traeger or pellet grill:

  • Steak – Practically any cut of steak goes! Opt for a lean and tender cut or choose a well-marbled and flavorful cut. A Traeger grill will cook ribeye, tri tip, New York strip, filet mignon, sirloin, porterhouse, hanger, flank, and skirt steak to perfection,
  • Dry rub – I used a blend of Kosher salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, and brown sugar to season the steaks. Head to the Variations section below to learn even more ways to season the steaks.
Steak sprinkled with dry rub.

How to cook steak on a Traeger grill 

Make the dry rub by whisking the ingredients together in a bowl. Coat both sides of the steaks with a generous layer of the dry rub.

Place the steaks on the preheated Traeger grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the steaks have a beautiful crust around the outside and are cooked to your desired internal temperature.

Let the finished steaks rest, then slice and serve!

Steak temperature guide

Use the guide below and a meat thermometer to cook the steak to your desired internal temperature:

  • Rare: 120°F to 125°F (3 to 4 minutes per side)
  • Medium-rare: 130°F to 135°F (4 to 5 minutes per side) 
  • Medium: 140°F to 145°F (5 to 6 minutes per side)
  • Medium-well: 150°F to 155°F (6 to 7 minutes per side)
  • Well done: 155°F (7 to 8 minutes per side) 
Sliced medium rare traeger steak on plate with asparagus.

Tips and tricks

  • Remember to take the steaks out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking so they can come down to room temperature. It’s the trick to getting a nice sear on the surface and helps the meat cook evenly.  
  • For smoking on a Traeger grill, choose high-quality wood pellets that have a flavor you want to infuse into your steaks. Oak, hickory, mesquite, apple, cherry, pecan, or maple are all good choices.
  • Always let the steaks rest off of the heat when they’re done cooking! This way, the delicious juices can redistribute back into the meat and the steak can finish coming up to temperature.

Customize it

Traeger steak always comes off the grill with a rich, hardwood-smoked flavor. To enhance this flavor, you need a dry rub.

You can put your own spin on this recipe by customizing the ingredients in the dry rub. Choose the simple route with just salt and pepper or go all out with any of the spice rubs listed below:

Once they’re ready, use a serving sauce to take every bite of Traeger steak over the top:

Finished traeger steak resting on plate.


How long does it take to cook steaks on a Traeger grill at 425ºF?

It depends on the thickness of your steak and how you like it cooked. For medium-rare, most 1-inch steaks should take between 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Can you overcook steak on a pellet grill?

Yes, it’s possible! However, you can avoid overcooking the steaks on a Traeger by watching them closely and using a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature.

Should you use a two-zone setup for cooking steak on a Traeger?

Two-zone grilling is good practice if your steaks are extra thick. With this technique, you need to (1) sear the steak over high heat on the grill to develop a flavorful crust, then (2) transfer it to low, indirect heat to finish cooking. 

Serving suggestions

Make your juicy grilled steak part of a well-rounded meal by serving it with any of these delicious side dishes:

Plus → don’t miss these 17+ Sauces for Steak.


Place the cooked and cooled leftover steak in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. 

To reheat, warm the steak in the microwave or heat it in a lightly oiled or buttered skillet over medium-low heat.

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Overhead close up of steak cooked on traeger.

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Steak on plate with asparagus spears.

Traeger Steak

Learn how to cook ribeye, filet, sirloin, and other cuts of mouthwatering steak on a Traeger or pellet grill. Whether you’re a grill master or a novice, this Traeger steak recipe always yields steakhouse-quality results!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 6-ounce steaks (top sirloin, ribeye, etc.)

Dry Rub:

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • Preheat your smoker to 425-degrees for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dry rub ingredients. Coat the steaks on all sides with the dry rub.
  • Place the steaks on the preheated grill, close the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, until the steaks reach your desired internal temperature*** (130-degrees for medium rare).
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing against the grain and serving.


Rare: 120 degrees
Medium-Rare: 130-degrees
Medium: 140-degrees
Medium-Well: 145-degrees
Well Done: 155-degrees
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Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 2623mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 869IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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