Forget marinades and complicated recipes – the hanger steak is perfect for fast, easy, and flavorful grilling. This cut is known for its rich, beefy flavor and tender texture when cooked hot and fast over high heat to medium-rare. Grill up the perfect hanger steak in minutes with just a few simple steps for seasoning, and don’t overcook it – we’re showing you how.

Grilled hanger steak on a black plate with peppers and herbs.

In this recipe:

This is a special cut of steak, with only one per animal and only cut by skilled butchers; it’s worth seeking out. This is a steak recipe best cooked hot and fast, whether on the grill or in a cast iron skillet. It packs a ton of flavor that we find wonderful paired with the bite of a garlicky homemade chimichurri.

A piece of hanger steak on a black pan, showing signature connective tissue down the center.

🥩 The Cut: What is Hanger Steak?

Cut from the plate area of the cow, directly below the rib primal, the hanger steak is known as a ‘Butcher’s cut,’ a cut reserved for the butcher who did the work. It’s named for the way the cut “hangs” from the diaphragm and is also known as the hanging tender steak, which means exactly like what it sounds.

Hanger steaks are small, around one and a half pounds total, but always rich in flavor and an incredibly tender cut of beef. At first glance, a hanger steak looks similar to a skirt steak in grain but has a signature line of silverskin running down the center of it. You may find it already trimmed, with the silverskin removed from the center of the steak and cut into two or kept whole.

Oftentimes times it is suggested to use a steak marinade recipe to help the bold rich flavor this delicious steak has, but we find it enjoyable without one when sliced thin and cooked to a steak temperature of medium. Although this isn’t a lean cut, it’s best not cooked past medium and, just like flank steak with a heavy grain, cut into thin slices against the grain for a tender chew.

Chances are, you are not finding this cut at your local grocery store, as most of the time, it’s used for making ground beef. Order it from a local butcher or check out our favorite places to buy meat online, and treat yourself to something unique.

Ingredients for hanger steak with peppers and onions on a black background.

Ingredients

Unless you want to use a marinade, like our flank steak marinade, which is great for grilling, keep it simple with the ingredient list. We like to skip the olive oil and use a dry rub because we’re cooking this steak over high heat and want to avoid additional flare-ups. If using a marinade, be sure to pat the steak very dry of any excess marinade with paper towels before grilling.

  • Hanger steak
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin (or your favorite fajita seasoning)

How to Grill Hanger Steak

Prep your charcoal grill for indirect heat, a two-zone fire, by lighting your coals in a charcoal chimney starter. When the coals are about 70% ashed over, carefully pour them on only one side of the grill. Add the grill grates and clean them; cover the grill with the lid. Then, adjust the vents for airflow to preheat the grill to high heat, around 450-500°F. If you want to use smoking wood for additional flavor, add it now. We love adding Jack Daniel’s bourbon barrel wood chips for a mild oak flavor when grilling steaks.

Meanwhile, remove the steak from the package and pat it dry with paper towels. Liberally coat the steak in salt, pepper, and cumin and let it sit at room temperature while the grill preheats.

When the grill is hot, add the hanger steak to the hot side of the grill, sear the meat, for 90 seconds, rotate, and continue to sear for another 90 seconds. Then flip the steak with long tongs and transfer it to the cooler side of the grill. Grill the hanger steak until it reaches your personal preference for its internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer, about 7 to 10 minutes longer for medium-rare.

Don’t be afraid to flip this steak often. Maneuvering it over the hot coals to evenly cook it on all sides and get a good crust on the top of the steaks.

When cooked, transfer the steak to a clean cutting board and tent with foil. Use our favorite trick and top the steak with a dollop of compound butter, like our chimichurri butter, while the steak rests for 10 minutes. Then, using a sharp knife, separate the steak at the seam (if needed) and slice thinly against the grain for juicy bites.

Hangers steak on a grill with peppers and onions.

Girl Carnivore Expert Recipe Tips

For a pellet grill

Preheat your pellet smoker to its sear setting or 450-500 degrees F. Cook the steak as instructed in the recipe card. Because you’re working with a super hot grill, don’t be afraid of flipping and rotating the meat on the grill grates for the most, even cook and sear.

We love Jack Daniel’s Charcoal pellets for a real grilled flavor when using our pellet smoker.

For a gas grill

Preheat your gas grill for indirect heat to create a two-zone fire. Start by turning all the burners on and letting the grill preheat with the lid closed. Clean the grill grates and turn off 2 of the 3 or 3 of the 4 burners creating a hot side and a cool side. Close the lid and allow the grill to preheat for another 5 minutes. If using wood chips to smoke on a gas grill for added flavor, add them now. Follow the steps in the recipe card for a perfectly cooked steak. Remember always to use a meat thermometer for the best results.  

Grilled steak with peppers and onions on a black tray.

What to serve with Grilled hanger steak

We pair this easy grilled hanger steak recipe with easy side dishes like grilled peppers and onions. We toss them on the grill while the steak is cooking and rotate them as needed to get a good char. From there, we slice the steak thin and serve it as tacos drizzled with chimichurri sauce.

It’s also great with duck-fat french fries as epic steak frites or over a bed of leafy greens as a salad.

Wine Pairing

Due to the robust flavor of this cut of meat, don’t shy away from a bold red wine. Go to the deep end of the spectrum with a Petite Sirah or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Leftovers & Reheating

Tightly wrap any leftover hanger steak in foil, and once cooled, store in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, carve off just enough slices that you will need and reheat in an oven preheated to 325°F still wrapped in foil until heated through.

We love using leftover steak thinly sliced in salads, egg scrambles, breakfast burritos, steak tacos, and pretty much anywhere you can use slices of beef.

Grilled steak with peppers and lime on a black pan.

More grilled Steak recipes

We hope you seek out this butcher’s steak and give it a try. It’s the perfect steak recipe for those who truly love big beefy flavors and want to try something new.

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Grilled Hanger Steak

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Grilled steak with peppers and lime on a black pan.
Seared quickly over high heat and cooked to a perfect medium-rare, a pinch of salt, pepper, and some spices are all that's needed to highlight the rich, beefy flavor of hanger steak. This easy grilling recipe relies on the cut's great taste and tender texture when cooked hot and fast – no marinade required.

Ingredients  

  • 1.5 lbs hanger steak
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin or your favorite fajita or taco seasoning of

Instructions 

Prep the grill

  • Prep your charcoal grill for indirect heat, a two-zone fire, by lighting your coals in a charcoal chimney starter.
  • When the coals are about 70% ashed over, carefully pour them on only one side of the grill.
  • Add the grill grates and clean them, cover the grill with the lid, and adjust the vents for airflow to preheat the grill to high heat, around 450-500°F. If you want to use smoking wood for additional flavor, add it now and make sure its burning clean before you add your meat to the grill.

Prep the Steak

  • Remove the steak from the package and pat it dry with paper towels.
    1.5 lbs hanger steak
  • Liberally coat the steak in salt, pepper, and cumin and let it sit at room temperature while the grill preheats.
    1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin

Grill the steak

  • When the grill is hot, add the hanger steak to the hot side of the grill, sear the meat, for 90 seconds, rotate, and continue to sear for another 90 seconds.
  • Then flip the steak with long tongs and transfer it to the cooler side of the grill.
  • Grill the hanger steak until it reaches an internal temperature of 125 – 130 degrees F, with an instant read thermomter, about 7 to 10 minutes longer for medium-rare for medium rare or to your desired doneness. Rotate and flip the steak with grilling tongs, as needed, for even cooking and to avoid flare-ups.

Rest, slice, and serve

  • Transfer the steak to a cutting board and tent it loosely with foil.
  • Let the steak rest for 10 minutes.
  • If the connective tissue is still on the steak, use a sharp knife to cut down the center, making two steaks.
  • Rotae the steak to find the grain, and slcie the steak into thin strips against he grain for the best bites.
  • Serve immediatley.

Notes

FOR A PELLET GRILL

  • Preheat your pellet smoker to its sear setting or 450-500 degrees F. Cook the steak as instructed in the recipe card. Because you’re working with a super hot grill, don’t be afraid of flipping and rotating the meat on the grill grates for the most even cook and sear.
  • We love Jack Daniel’s Charcoal pellets for a real grilled flavor when using our pellet smoker.

FOR A GAS GRILL

  • Preheat your gas grill for indirect heat to create a two-zone fire. Start by turning all the burners on and letting the grill preheat with the lid closed. Clean the grill grates and turn off 2 of the 3 or 3 of the 4 burners creating a hot side and a cool side. Close the lid and allow the grill to preheat for another 5 minutes. If using wood chips to smoke on a gas grill for added flavor, add them now.
  • Follow the steps in the recipe card for a perfectly cooked steak. Remember always to use a meat thermometer for the best results.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts

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