Time for restaurant quality steak at home.
Cooking a prime filet mignon on a Traeger grill is easy and guaranteed to serve up all of the great steak flavor you are looking for at home. With a little preparation and a high quality piece of meat, we can make a steakhouse quality dinner at home.
Cooking the Filets on the Traeger Grill
Let's start with how to cook a Filet Mignon on the Traeger Grill. My method is simple:
- salt the steak 4-24 hours ahead of time
- preheat the Traeger with a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet to 425F
- rub the steak with vegetable oil and spices
- cook the steak for 6-7 minutes per side
The seasoning is fairly simple. Check out the recipe card below. The magic with this steak is that we are cooking an exceptionally great cut of beef on a cast iron skillet to get an even crust on the outside. Cooking this on the Traeger allows the steak to cook evenly in a short amount of time.
Traeger Filet Mignon Recipe
Filet Mignon on the Traeger Grill
- Traeger Grill
- sheet pan with wire rack
- Lodge cast iron skillet
- 2 6-8 ounce beef tenderloin steaks
- 2 tsps salt
- 2 tsps vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tsps unsalted butter
Dry Aging the Filets
- Prepare the filets 4-24 hours in advance.
- Place a wire rack on a baking sheet.
- Season filets with salt on all sides and place them on the wire rack. Season to taste, not too heavy. About 1 teaspoon per steak.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator uncovered. This allows the salt to penetrate the meat below the surface and dry the outside. This will create a nice crust when cooking the steak.
Cooking the Filets
- Preheat the Traeger Grill to 425F. Place a cast iron pan inside the grill.
- Remove the filets from the refrigerator.
- Drizzle each steak with vegetable oil and rub all over for an even coating.
- Season the filets with fresh black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
- Once the Traeger has reached 425F, place each steak on the preheated cast iron and close the lid. Cook the filets for 6-7 minutes.
- After 7 minutes, flip the steaks. Be sure to place the steaks on other sides of the grill pan for maximum heat. Cook for another 6-7 minutes.
- Check the temperature of the filets with a meat thermometer by testing the center of the filet. For rare steak, the filet should reach an internal temperature of 125F and for a medium steak 140F.
- Turn the Traeger off and top each steak with a teaspoon of butter.
- Remove the filets to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy.
How long should I cook my filet?
Due to differences in cooking temperatures and possible "hot spots," I am including desired cooking temperatures. Generally speaking, these filets need to cook for 6-7 minutes per side.
I highly recommend using a meat thermometer if you are unsure of doneness based on touch. Since these steaks are dry aged, they will stay more tender even though they have reached the desired internal cooking temperature.
|Medium Well||not recommended|
Buying a Whole Beef Tenderloin
Why buy a whole tenderloin?
A Peeled PSMO Extreme had the chain and silver skin removed. This prime beef tenderloin was trimmed to perfection.
A prime peeled extreme is one of the best pieces of beef you can buy. There is an even amount of marbling throughout the tenderloin and very little fat on the exterior. This prime piece of meat has a mild beefy flavor and extremely tender bite.
To be honest, I was nervous the first time we bought one of these. I did not want to screw it by overcooking, cutting it too thick or thin, and I still wanted to get great flavor out of the filet. Now, this is our preferred purchase for filets at home.
We buy our beef tenderloin at Costco. They consistently offer the best value on the highest quality meat. I have never been disappointed by a steak or beef of beef from Costco.
Cutting a Whole Beef Tenderloin into Steaks
When cutting a whole tenderloin into individual steaks, I work my way backwards. First, I consider how I want the steak to be cooked: rare, medium rare, medium, etc. The lesser temperature I plan to serve the steak, the thicker the cut. For a more well done steak, I cut a filet a little thinner.
Rare: 2" steak
Medium Rare-Medium: 1.75"
Well Done: not recommended
How many steaks can I get out of a whole beef tenderloin?
You should get between 9 and 12 filets out of a whole tenderloin. I save the tail and cut it into smaller, almost bite sized pieces, to make a kabob for my kids because it's easy to serve.
11 steaks plus enough for a steak kabob leftover
More Steakhouse Quality Recipes to Make at Home
For a complete steakhouse experience at home, amazing side dishes are a must. Check out these Fancy Apron favorites including mashed potatoes, wedge salad with homemade blue cheese dressing, and French onion soup.