Instead of baking your pizza in the oven, why not try cooking pizza on the grill? This Grilled Pizza Recipe is super easy and adds a unique flavor to a familiar dish. With a char on the crust and yummy melty cheese, you’ll be surprised how much you love pizza this way. It’s one of my favorite go-to dinners on a hot summer night.
An Easy and Family-Friendly Meal
If you have kids who love to help at dinner time, this would be a great meal to make together! They can help add the sauce and cheese as well as choose their favorite toppings. Sometimes I even like to separate the pizza dough so everyone can customize their own! It makes dinner a really fun experience for all of us. We also love to make Pizza Bagels, too!
Summer is a time for barbecues and get-togethers. Why not suggest pizza? It’s an amazing grilled food that I rarely find someone not enjoying. It’s super easy to make and sure to please a crowd!
Related: Love a super crispy crust? Try making Cast iron Skillet Pizza. It adds a deliciously chewy and crunchy texture and it’s a deep dish!
How to Make This Grilled Pizza Recipe
Even though this recipe is made with store-bought ingredients, nothing beats the flavor from cooking on a hot grill. It takes less than 30 minutes to make dinner, giving everyone more time to eat. Plus, you have control over the toppings! You can add your favorite meats, and veggies, or keep it as plain cheese!
Related: Check out this pizza bagel recipe!
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What You’ll Need to Make Grilled Pizza
- Pizza dough – Homemade or store-bought will work.
- Pizza sauce – Choose your favorite brand.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Pizza toppings – You can choose pepperoni, sausage, ham, peppers, olives, red peppers, red onion etc. Whatever you prefer!
Directions for Cooking Pizza on the Grill
Get your grill ready by preheating it to high heat. This will give your pizza dough great color and crispiness.
With a rolling pin roll and stretch your pizza dough into a circle as round as you can. Make sure it is only about ¼ inch thick.
Cook your dough for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place it right on the grill grates to get the char and grill marks on the bottom of the crust, there’s no need to use a pizza stone on the grill. Remove from the grill once both sides are done and you have some nice grill marks.
Spread your sauce evenly on top of the dough, but make sure to leave a small border without sauce.
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce and then add your desired toppings.
Place your pizza back on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Repeat the process if you decide to divide the dough and make smaller pizzas.
Enjoy your ooey gooey grilled pizza!
How do I make homemade pizza dough for grilling?
- In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast.
- Add 1 1/4 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and mix until a stiff dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, then shape it into a smooth ball.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours before grilling.
TIPS for THE BEST Pizza on the Grill
- When grilled your homemade grilled pizza indirectly, make sure your grill is around 375-400F.
- You don’t have to have a stone for a grilled pizza. But it will make a more even and crispy crust.
- Don’t add oil to your dough first. It may be tempting to add olive oil or something for more sauce, but it’ll ruin your dough.
- Mixing your cheese with mozzarella and parmesan cheese will give you more flavorful toppings.
- Don’t like mouthfuls of herbs? Chop them up and cook them in your pizza sauce.
- If you make your own pizza sauce allow it to cook before putting it on the pizza dough.
- Homemade mozzarella will work, but won’t be as melty as store bought cheese. Either will make your homemade grilled pizza taste great though.
Can You Freeze Leftover Grilled Pizza?
I wouldn’t recommend freezing the leftovers. It can negatively affect the texture of the pizza dough, making it dry and chewy.
Do the Toppings Affect Cook Time?
If you are adding meats, veggies, or both, you will want to watch the pizzas closely. The meats tend to take a little bit extra time to brown while the veggies cook faster. You want to make sure that you don’t overcook things like mushrooms as they are done quickly and become mushy.
Can You Use Fresh Mozzarella?
Yes! Thin slices of fresh mozzarella are delicious on grilled pizza! I highly recommend adding fresh basil leaves for an authentic and delicious Italian flavor.
How long does it take to grill pizza?
Grilling time for pizza depends on the size of your grill, the grill temperature, and the thickness of the crust. On average, it takes about 10-15 minutes to grill a pizza.
What are some good toppings for grilled pizza recipe?
Tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, barbecue sauce, and white pizza toppings such as ricotta cheese, garlic, and herbs are all great options for grilled pizza.
Can I grill pizza on a charcoal grill?
Yes, you can grill pizza on a charcoal grill. Just follow the same steps as you would for a gas grill, but adjust the grill temperature and cooking time as needed.
- 1 pound pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Your choice of toppings: sausage, pepperoni, vegetables, etc
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- Roll and stretch dough into a round shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Place the dough directly onto the grill grates, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly charred and crisp.
- Remove the pizza crust from the grill and place it on a baking sheet or pizza peel.
- Spread pizza sauce onto the crust, leaving a small border around the edges
- Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce
- Add the desired toppings
- Return the pizza to the grill, close the lid, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the toppings are lightly browned
- Remove the pizza from the grill and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
- Repeat the process for each pizza
- Store leftovers in refrigerator
For smaller pizzas, divide the pizza dough into 2-4 equal portions, depending on how big you want your pizzas.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 483mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
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- Chicken thighs are always delicious when grilled. We love this recipe for the juiciest Grilled Chicken Thighs. They pair well with any side dish!
- Not exactly grilled, but this recipe for Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler is perfect for camping when you want a warm dessert.
- If you are interested in trying something new, these Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with Strawberry Salsa are unique and yummy. Mahi Mahi is a great fish for someone who doesn’t enjoy the fish flavor. It is tender and meaty!
- Hobo Packets combine meat, veggies, cheese, and your favorite seasonings. The aluminum foil makes for easy cleanup. You can cook them on the grill or in the oven.
- Don’t miss out on these great easy grilling ideas!
- Here is a fun cast-iron Pizza!
What’s your favorite pizza topping? Let us know below how you made this recipe for grilled pizza your own!