Tender & Juicy Grilled Filet Mignon Steak recipe

Tender, succulent grilled Filet Mignon steak has long been considered the most exclusive (and expensive) cut of beef in high-end restaurants and steakhouses.

Most people recognize those succulent beef tenderloin steaks wrapped in bacon and tied up with the little piece of butchers twine a mile away.

raw filet mignon steaks wrapped in bacon

There's an optional marinade with this filet mignon recipe but to be honest, these also taste just as great grilled with just a rub of olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper too.

flame grilled filet mignon steaks

The perfect companion to this filet mignon steak recipe has to be Grilled Lobster Tails.

Make this dynamic steak & lobster duo and your family and friends will think they're at their favorite surf & turf restaurant.

If lobster isn't your thing then try these Lemon & Garlic grilled shrimp kabobs and add this Proscuitto wrapped grilled asparagus recipe found here to go with the filet mignon.

Makes a great meal - all of it from the grill!

› Filet Mignon

Serves: 2 (1 filet mignon steak per person)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes (Rare to medium-rare, depends on thickness)

Direct Heat: 600F

Note: if using the optional marinade then let the filet mignon recipe soak 4 hours.

What you'll need:

  • 2 slices of beef tenderloin cut as steak at least 1 1/2" thick
  • 1 slice of bacon for each filet mignon
  • butchers twine to secure the bacon to the steak

For the Optional filet mignon steak recipe marinade:

  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon basalmic vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

slicing beef tenderloins

Step 1:
Either purchase beef tenderloin steaks (try for 1 1/2" thick) or buy an entire beef tenderloin and cut your own.

I go the bulk route, look for a whole beef tenderloin on sale if possible and cut my own steaks.

You can get decide how thick to cut them and easily freeze the rest for another day.

Tip: Consider buying a vacuum food sealer - these are one of the best investments you'll make for all your cooking. This allows you to save money by buying food in bulk, dividing it and vacuum sealing it to freeze for extended periods.

wrapping bacon around beef tenderloin

Step 2:
Wrap a slice of bacon around each filet.

tie steak with butchers twine

Run a length of butchers twine around the bacon to secure it to the filet.

Tip: When making a knot loop the twine several times (instead of the usual once) as this will help secure the twine while you finish the knot.

tied filet mignon steaks

Cut off the excess twine.

steak marinade for filet mignon

Step 3:
If using the optional marinade then place the steaks in a glass dish.

Pierce the meat all over (both sides) with a fork to increase flavor penetration.

In a small glass mixing bowl combine all the marinade ingredients well.

marinating filet mignon

Pour the marinade over the steaks.

Turn the steaks over several times to coat the meat.

Cover and refrigerate 4 hours.

sear bacon on filet mignon

Step 4:
Clean the BBQ grates and oil them well.

Preheat the grill to >600F if possible. The hotter the better for these thick steaks, it sears the outside and keeps the inside perfect medium-rare.

Once the grill's reached temperature use your tongs to hold the filet mignon sideways, or bacon-side to the grill to give the bacon a quick sear.

Slowly and carefully rotate the steaks so all the bacon sees some quick heat.

Since the steaks cook so quickly you need to make sure the bacon is also cooked at the same time. 

bbq filet steak

Once the bacon looks partially seared, place the steaks flat side on the grill.

Monitor them for a moment as there will be a flame-up if you've used the marinade.

Let the flames subside and close the lid.

In 2 minutes rotate the steaks 45 degrees on an unused portion of the grates and close the lid.

This will give you the sought-after diamond grill marks.

diamond marks on steak

After another two minutes lift the lid, flip the steaks and close the lid.

After another 2 minutes lift the lid and rotate the steaks 45 degrees and close the lid.

It should only take a total of 4 minutes or internal temperature of 145F to cook the steaks to medium rare - when you reach that then remove the steaks from the grill to a platter.

Tent with aluminum foil with a little hole poked in the top to allow steam to escape. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.


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