How long should I let charcoal burn before cooking?
But how long should you let the coals burn? Let the charcoal or briquettes burn until they’re covered with white-gray ash (it takes about 5 to 10 minutes for the coals to get to high heat and 25 to 30 minutes to get to medium heat).
How long will coals stay hot?
A properly built fire should stay hot enough to cook for 30-40 minutes.
How long do burgers take to grill?
For rare burgers, cook for 4 minutes total (125°F) For medium-rare burgers, cook for 5 minutes total (135°F) For medium burgers, cook for 6 to 7 minutes total (145°F) For well-done burgers, cook for 8 to 9 minutes total (160 °F)
Why is my charcoal grill not getting hot enough?
If your grill is full of ashes from the last time you grilled it can impede the proper flow of air inside of the kettle, which makes the coals burn cooler. Fire needs oxygen, and if enough ash builds up inside of the grill it can make it next to impossible to get the coals burning well, or to keep them lit.