A medium rare steak should be warm through the middle with a hint of red. Most of the center of the steak should be pink. The sides should be well browned, the top and bottom caramelized to a dark brown color with good grill marks. This steak should have a firm surface but give towards the middle. It will spring back quickly. This is the recommended level of doneness for a good steak.
Ask any chef how they like their steak prepared and they will almost all, say medium rare.
For a 1-inch steak grill as hot as you can and:
- Place steak on grill for 5 minutes
- Turn and continue grilling for another 4 minutes
Times depend on the grill so watch closely, monitor the temperature, and adjust accordingly until you find the right time for your grill.