- March 16, 2023
- 30 Minute Meals
Grilled Ham Steak Recipe
Looking for a sizzling and savory dish you can make quickly on the grill? Try this mouth-watering grilled ham steak recipe! With its juicy, flavorful, perfectly charred exterior, and tantalizing aroma, this dish is sure to be a hit with your taste buds for a simple weeknight meal or weekend breakfast.
Ham steaks are a tasty and convenient option for meat lovers looking for an easy and quick meal. Not only are they delicious, but they are also a good source of protein, making them a great choice for a balanced diet.
Whether you’re grilling them up for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner, ham steaks are a versatile and satisfying option that can be paired with a variety of sides and sauces.
Why This Recipe Works:
Grilling ham slices instead of searing them indoors enhances the natural flavors of the meat and gives it a delicious smoky taste. The higher direct heat from the grill also helps to caramelize the sugars in the meat, creating a crispy crust on the outside while keeping the inside tender and juicy.
Additionally, while grilling allows for a quick and easy cooking process, making it a great option for busy weeknights or summer BBQs, it also aids in adding other layers of flavors (like seasoning with your favorite BBQ rubs or my pineapple BBQ sauce for example).
This recipe is also ideal for small families who want to enjoy ham for the holidays without having so much excess meat remaining. It can be an easier and more affordable option.
- Paper Towel
- Meat Thermometer
- Baking Sheet or Plate
- Small Saucepan
- Basting Brush
What Is A Ham Steak?
Ham steaks are thick slice of ham that is originally cut from a whole ham. You can typically find them bone-in, but this depends as they can be from different parts of the ham (such as the shank or the center portion). They are usually pre-cooked, smoked, or cured, and can be eaten cold or warmed up before serving.
You can usually find them in the meat department of most grocery stores. You can look for pre-packaged ham steaks that are pre-cooked and ready to eat or ask the butcher if they can cut a fresh ham steak for you.
Ham steaks may also be available at deli counters near other pork products, and some stores may offer them in the frozen food section as well.
Here is what you need for this recipe-
- Ham Slice
- Olive Oil
- Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- Apricot BBQ Sauce
- Mango Pineapple Salsa
- BBQ Dry Rubs (use your favorite)
- Preheat your charcoal grill or gas grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F).
- Remove the ham slices from the packaging and pat them dry with paper towels to remove the excess moisture (if you skip this it may not brown as well over the grill grates).
- Rub the ham steak with a little bit of olive oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill. If you prefer to season with a dry rub for a different flavor profile you can at this point. Avoid rubbing with salt, as the ham is already naturally salty.
- Once the grill is hot, place the ham steak in the center of the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, so the grill marks form and flip it. Repeat this a total of two times per side until the ham slice is caramelized and heated through. Please note that the FDA recommends that ham slices are cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- After searing both sides over the heat, reduce the grill temperature to low heat or move the steaks to indirect heat. Add a BBQ sauce or glaze to both sides of the ham steak if desired (I think it adds so much flavor so I recommend it).
- Once the ham steak is cooked to your liking and the glaze is tacky, you can remove it for serving.
Serving Grilled Ham Steaks:
Here are some options for serving up and pairing the smoky ham slice to make a whole meal.
- Add grilled pineapple or mango pineapple salsa over the top for a bright, citrusy flavor to the meal.
- Melt butter, pineapple juice or orange juice, and brown sugar together in a pot for a glaze and brush it on before serving as a sweeter option.
- Serve with yellow mustard or dijon mustard over toasted bread and a fried egg to make a delicious breakfast sandwich
- Serve with fried rice, green onions, an egg, and a side of soy sauce.
What To Pair With Grilled Ham Steaks:
If you find yourself with leftover ham, try adding it to my smoked breakfast casserole recipe or this old-fashioned ham salad. If you’re looking for other ham recipes, check out my double smoked ham on the big green egg as well.
Grilled Ham Steak Recipe
- 2 Ham Slices
- 2 tsp. Olive Oil
Optional Add On's
- Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- Mango and Pineapple Salsa
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and set it for direct heat.
- Remove the ham steaks from the packaging and pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
- Lightly oil the outside of each side of the ham steaks. Add any BBQ dry rub seasoning to the sides if desired.
- Place each ham steak in the center of the grill and sear for 2-3 minutes per side. After you've flipped each steak you can sear again and apply a glaze or the pineapple BBQ sauce to each side to allow it to get tacky.
- Remove once the steaks are heated through fully. The FDA recommends cooking ham steaks to 145 F. internally.
- Serve the ham steaks with additional BBQ sauce and the mango and pineapple salsa if desired.