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Top Sirloin Steak

Top sirloin steaks are cut from the top sirloin butt; a large muscle on the animal's hip. This muscle is used relatively often, so these steaks aren't the most tender, but they have plenty of flavor. They are usually grilled or broiled over high heat but can also be sliced for kabobs or stir-fry.

Primal Cut

  • Loin Primal

Top Sirloin Steak Cooking Methods and Tips

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Grill

  • Broil

  • Stir-Fry

  • Reverse Sear

General Cooking Recommendations

Top sirloin steaks are rather tough, so it's best to marinate or otherwise tenderize them before cooking. Avoid overcooking, which will make the meat even more difficult to chew. The thinner the steaks are sliced, the easier they will be to chew -- which is why they are a good candidate for stir-fry.

How to Cook Top Sirloin Steak on Your Traeger

Reverse searing is a good method for cooking sirloin steak on a Traeger. You can take advantage of your Traeger's grilling and smoking abilities. Marinate or rub the steaks before cooking for extra flavor.

Preheat your Traeger to 225 degrees Fahrenheit with Super Smoke turned on if available. Place the steak on the grill for 30 to 45 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 115 degrees.

Remove the steaks from the grill and turn up your Traeger to 500 degrees. Once the grill is preheated, return the steaks to the grill, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees for medium-rare.

Top Sirloin Steak Internal Temperatures

  • For rare, aim for 120-130 °F internally.
  • For medium-rare, aim for 130-135 °F internally.
  • For medium, aim for 135-145 °F internally.
  • For medium-well, aim for 145-155 °F internally.
  • For well-done, aim for 155-165 °F internally.

Top Sirloin Steak FAQs

Is Top Sirloin Steak a Good Cut?

Top sirloin steak is usually a good value. It can cost half as much as more expensive steaks, and deliver similar flavor.

How Much Does Top Sirloin Steak Cost?

Expect to pay between $5 to $10 per pound for sirloin steak -- usually half what you'd pay for ribeyes or strip steaks.

How Do You Know When Top Sirloin Steak Is Done?

This steak is done when cooked to an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare.

What Is a Top Sirloin Steak Best For?

Top sirloin can be grilled and sliced, but it really shines as kabob or stir-fry meat.

Is Top Sirloin Better Than Sirloin?

Top sirloin is a type of sirloin and is typically considered to be the best for sirloin steaks.

What Is the Difference Between a Filet Mignon and a Top Sirloin?

It's a big difference. Top sirloin is tough but flavorful while filet mignon is extremely tender but lacks flavor.

Can Top Sirloin Steak Be Cooked From Frozen?

Yes, if you cook top sirloin steaks over high heat, you can cook it from frozen.

Interesting Facts About Top Sirloin Steak

In most other English-speaking countries, what we call the top sirloin is called the rump -- so top sirloin steaks are called rump steaks. In other countries (as here), the steaks are considered as inexpensive alternatives to the finer cuts.

France has adopted the UK terminology and calls the cut "rumsteck."

Of 40 muscles measured for tenderness by food scientists, top sirloin ranked as the 31st most tender.

Top Sirloin Steak Nutritional Facts

According to the USDA, a 6-ounce portion contains 302 calories, 50 grams of protein, and 9.88 grams of fat.

Top Sirloin Steak Recipes