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This delicious grilled pizza will be the star of your outdoor feast! Fresh pizza dough cooked on the grill with the perfect grill marks, topped with fresh toppings and gooey melted cheese – pure perfection! Just follow my straightforward instructions on how to grill pizza the easy way and master the pizza grilling today!
Is your usual grilling menu getting a little boring? Are the only things you grill amount to burgers, hot dogs and chicken? Don’t get me wrong, I love grilled chicken, burgers and hot dogs too, but sometimes I just feel like grilling something different… something unique. For a new grilling experience, you have got to try grilling pizza! This is so tasty and so fun – and everyone is going to go crazy for your homemade grilled pizza and demand it every time!
If you have any vegetarians invited to your BBQ, pizza is a perfect option for vegetarian grilling! Forget about grilling veggie burgers and eggplant :) Unlike grilled vegetables, pizza is a REAL main dish that will actually fill people up!
Grilled pizza can be customized with the toppings of your choice. The basic toppings are tomato sauce and cheese, and after that anything goes – mushrooms, peppers, onions, sausage, pepperoni, pineapple, olives, you name it! You can even make small individual pizzas when people can choose their preferred toppings! Custom grilled pizzas – hey, I want to be invited to that BBQ ;)
How To Grill Pizza
Grilling pizza might sound intimidating, but it is actually not that hard. Once you try it the first time, you’ll get the hang of it and think it’s easy! The difference between my instructions and other people’s instructions that you’ll find on the Internet is that they recommend adding sauce and toppings while the pizza is still on the grill. I think their way is a recipe for disaster if you are not an experienced grillmaster – you can get burned yourself or burn the pizza, not to mention feeling like you are in the episode of “Hell’s kitchen”! My way of grilling pizza is much more laid back – I grill one side of pizza, take it off the grill, add the toppings and then put it back on the grill – it’s much easier this way and more foolproof!
Step 1: Preheat the grill on High heat
Preheat the grill on the highest temperature that you have.
Step 2: Prepare the pizza dough
Pizza dough can be homemade (see my easy bread machine pizza dough recipe) or store-bought. Canned pizza dough is sold in well-stocked supermarkets in the refrigerator isle next to other kinds on refrigerator dough. Roll out the pizza dough to the correct size.
Step 3: Brush pizza dough with oil
Brush the pizza dough with olive oil on both sides. The oil will keep the dough from sticking to the grill.
Step 4: Put dough on a grill
Using 2 spatulas, carefully put the dough on a grill. Do not close the lid. Let it grill for several minutes, checking periodically the underside of the crust with tongs for doneness, until the bottom is golden-brown.
Step 5: Remove pizza crust from grill and flip onto a plate
Remove the dough from grill carefully, carry it to the plate and flip it, so the pizza is on the plate with the cooked side UP.
Step 6: Add toppings to pizza
Add the pizza sauce, cheese and any other toppings to pizza while it’s on a plate. Make sure the toppings to the side of the crust that’s cooked (uncooked side should be down).
Step 7: Put pizza back on the grill and finish cooking
Carefully transfer the pizza back on the grill. Close the lid for 2 minutes. Open the lid, check the bottom of the pizza for doneness with tongs. Continue grilling on the open grill until the bottom of the crust is golden brown and the pizza is ready!
- 1 can pizza dough
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ can (4 oz) pizza sauce
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 tomato, sliced
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
- Preheat the grill to High heat.
- Take the pizza dough out of the can and roll it out to desired size.
- Brush both sides of pizza dough with olive oil.
- With 2 spatulas, carefully transfer the pizza dough on the grill.
- Grill uncovered for 2 minutes, or until the bottom of the crust is golden-brown.
- Carefully remove the pizza from the grill and flip onto a plate, so the cooked side of the crust is facing up.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the crust, then top with mozzarella cheese, tomato slices and basil.
- Carefully return the pizza on the grill and close the cover. Grill for 2 minutes, then open the cover. Check for doneness, and remove the pizza from the grill when done.