How to Make Cross-Hatch Grill Marks

Cross-Hatch Grill Marks

Almost anyone can heat up the grill and produce burgers, steaks or chicken breasts that smell and taste great. However, cross-hatch grill marks can easily take your entree from looking grilled by an amateur to expert. This professional look can be mastered by cleaning and preheating the grill to high. Place the steaks or chops onto the grate, lined up in the same direction. Wait 2 minutes before using a spatula or tongs to rotate the meat. A 45 degree rotation will create a diagonal cross-hatch or a 90 degree rotation will make a square crosshatch. After about 2 more minutes, flip the meat and repeat the procedure. Exact cooking times will vary depending on preference for doneness and meat type.