Grilled Ham Steak: Your Guide to Perfecting This Classic Dish

Apr 01, 2024 / MIN READ

When you're looking for a meal that's perfect for family gatherings and cozy dinners alike, you can't go wrong with grilled ham steaks. This main dish is not only versatile but also easy to make — so you enjoy a simple preparation process every time.

We're uncovering everything you need to know to make grilled ham steak at home, including the top tips and tricks to ensure consistently flavorful results.

The ease of grilled ham steak for busy households

In the bustling rhythm of modern households, grilled ham steak emerges as a quick, nutritious and satisfying meal that everyone can get behind — even the pickiest eaters. Its versatility and simplicity shine, making it an ideal choice for a busy weeknight dinner or a special weekend get-together. Ham steak also complements virtually limitless side dishes, so you can enjoy a unique dining experience every time.

With a variety of cuts and variations available, grilled ham steak caters to a wide range of preferences and dietary needs. That way every family member can indulge in this comforting classic. Embracing grilled ham steak means enjoying ease, flavor and adaptability, all wrapped up in one delectable package.

Bringing a grilled ham steak recipe to life

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins


How to grill ham steak to perfection

  • Step 1: Preheat your grill to a medium heat.
  • Step 2: While the grill is preheating, whisk together the brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Step 3: Place each ham slice on the grill over direct heat and brush the top of the ham steak with the brown sugar glaze. Cover the grill and cook for about five minutes.
  • Step 4: After this time, flip the ham steak and baste the other side. Close the lid and cook for four more minutes, or until the ham is heated through (grill marks can be a good indication).
  • Step 5: Remove from the grill, serve immediately with your favorite sides and enjoy!
A grilled ham steak, tomato and lettuce sit on a plate next to a forkBringing a grilled ham steak recipe to life

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Helpful hints to consider in the process

Here are a few best practices for the most delicious results:

Grilling techniques to keep in mind

  • Keep your grill at medium heat to achieve caramelization without burning.
  • Use a grill brush to oil the grates lightly to prevent sticking.
  • Rotate the steaks halfway through cooking for even browning.
  • Consider using a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • Rest the cooked steaks for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.

How to get the most flavorful results

Marinating or basting each ham slice during cooking is important to get the most flavor out of the pork. A good marinade can tenderize and infuse the steak with deep, aromatic flavors. If you're tight on time, consider opting for a pre-marinated alternative like Hatfield® Maple Ham Steak or Hatfield® Hot & Spicy Ham Steak. These options offer convenience without sacrificing taste.

Tips for storing, freezing and reheating leftovers

  • Storing: Wrap leftover ham steak tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze ham steak in airtight freezer bags to maintain quality for up to two months. Be sure to label the bag to keep an eye on its freshness.
  • Reheating: To retain moisture, reheat leftovers gently in a covered skillet over low heat, or wrapped in foil in the oven. Add a splash of water or broth to prevent the ham from drying out.

Great sides for a ham steak recipe

Consider pairing this main dish with:

  • Mashed potatoes: Creamy and comforting, they're a classic pairing.
  • Green bean almondine: Adds a crisp, nutty contrast.
  • Apple sauce: Its sweetness complements the ham's saltiness.
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts: Offer a caramelized, earthy flavor.
  • Sweet potato mash: Brings a naturally sweet touch.
  • Cornbread: Perfect for soaking up flavors.
  • Grilled mango salsa: Offers a vibrant, tangy sweetness.

Your grilled ham steak FAQ guide

Read on for answers to all of the most pressing questions about making grilled ham steak:

Does it matter what cut of ham I use?

While you can certainly use any cut of ham you prefer for this recipe, it does make a difference in the final result. Generally, a cut that's thick enough to withstand the heat from the grill without drying out is best for flavor and texture. About ½ to ¾-inch thick cuts are typically safe bets.

Can I prepare the ham ahead of time?

If you know you'll be in a pinch for time later, it's a great idea to prepare ham ahead of time for grilling. Marinating the ham steak overnight not only streamlines the cooking process but can even boost flavor. Simply store your marinated ham in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, until ready to grill. But, be sure your ham steaks are brought to room temperature before cooking for even results.

How can I prevent the ham from drying out during grilling?

To prevent ham from drying out, ensure you're following the proper cooking temperature and time — and keep an eye on your steaks throughout the process. Basting with marinade or sauce according to the recipe should be enough to keep moisture and flavor, but you can also wrap the ham in foil to help retain juices even more.

Are there other ways to cook ham steak?

If you don't have a grill, there are plenty of other ways to prepare ham steaks at home. They can be pan-seared for a crispy exterior, baked in the oven for a juicy texture or even broiled for a quick and flavorful option. Experimenting with different cooking methods can yield delicious results to suit your individual preferences.

Discover the perfect blend of quality and convenience

Grilled ham steak is a classic option for a reason — its simplicity and versatility are perfect for cooks of all levels. If you're on the hunt for ham steaks that can simplify the cooking process, Hatfield can help. Our range of pre-marinated pork products saves you time while guaranteeing flavorful results; not to mention ensuring a level of quality you can trust. Explore ham steaks from Hatfield® and prepare a meal that strikes the perfect balance between excellence and convenience for any occasion.

Ready to get started? Head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® pork products today!