Don't have an outdoor pizza oven and trying to switch things up a bit when making homemade pizza? Try grilling it! Pizza on the grill tastes fantastic and is extremely easy to make. It makes for a great appetizer, dinner, or it is the perfect item to bring to a potluck or picnic. Grilled pizza is easily customizable and versatile, making it simple to accommodate anyone's needs, wants and taste buds. Below, I will go through step-by-step on exactly what you need when grilling pizza, as well as steps on how to grill a perfect pizza.
- A grill that is big enough for pizza and can keep a temperature of 500-600ºF
- Rolling pin
- Pizza dough (I recommend buying from a pizza shop. They will sell you pre-made dough, which makes your job a whole lot easier)
- Pizza peel or large metal spatula for flipping pizza
- Oven mitt (for flipping pizza on grill)
- Good extra virgin olive oil
- Ingredients for pizza toppings (You will want to prep your pizza toppings in advance)
- Heat your grill. Your grill should be heated anywhere from 500-600°F while cooking your pizza over direct heat.
- Prep your ingredients. Second, you will want to prep your pizza ingredients and toppings in advance and refridgerate until ready to use. I usually limit my grilled pizzas to no more than 3 toppings to avoid adding too many flavors.
- Prep your dough. Third, you'll want to get your dough shaped in the right size making a perfect circle. It should be stretched and rolled into a thin circle with no holes forming in the dough. This may require extra flour, so have some handy.
- Brush dough with olive oil. Next, you'll want to brush olive oil and a little salt on the bottom of your pizza dough.
- Lay on grill. Following, you will slide just the dough on the grill grate with the olive-oil brushed side facing down.
- Cook dough. With the grill open, let the dough brown on one side for 3-4 minutes. Use a metal spatula to gently lift the dough, checking for grill marks. Once that side is slightly browned and you see grill marks, flip.
- Flip dough. Use a pizza peel or large metal spatula to flip your pizza dough and brown the other side for 3-4 minutes. After the 3-4 minutes are up, add your pizza toppings.
- Add pizza sauce and toppings. Working swiftly, you'll then want to add your sauce, toppings and cheese very quickly. Don't overload your toppings!
- Close grill and cook pizza. Close your grill, and cook for roughly 5-8 minutes, closed, checking pizza every 3 minutes or so to make sure it's not burning. Remove pizza from grill and enjoy. Once you see your pizza edges brown and crispy, and all of your cheese is melted, remove your pizza with a pizza peel or large metal spatula. Let it cool for 2-3 minutes then slice into pieces.
Below are some of my favorite combinations when grilling pizza:
- Ricotta, proscuitto, basil, tomato
- Artichoke hearts, mozzarella, garlic, tomato
- Grilled corn, purple onion, jalapeno, goat cheese
- Bacon, pablano pepper, goat cheese
- Grilled chicken, pesto, mozzarella
If you feel like I missed any steps or have any other good tips on cooking pizza on the grill, please share in the comment section below. Also, feel free to share your favorite grilled pizza combinations or toppings.