Grilled Pizzas {How To}

Grilled Pizzas {How To}

This is the first year I have tried my hand at grilling something other than the ordinary steak, burgers, or chicken, and I must say that grilled pizzas have quickly become a household favorite. The grilled crust is surprisingly much better than anything I have baked indoors; so crisp and full of flavor. It takes just a few minutes to grill and as an added bonus it does not heat up your kitchen in the summertime.

I have seen many different ways to grill a pizza, however, I have had the most success using the method below. I do use a gas grill, though if you are good at regulating the temperature on a charcoal grill, the same tips can be applied.

I begin with the homemade dough recipe from yesterdays post {here}. Keep in mind this dough can be made ahead of time and left in the fridge for up to two days, using as needed.

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees. I have found this to be just the right temperature for our grill. You do have to carefully watch the pizzas as you are grilling, though I think that holds true to the whole concept of grilling, no matter what temperature or type of grill you may be using.

Roll out your dough to the desired thickness and place on a sheet of aluminum foil, lightly brushed with olive oil. Many cook their pizzas directly on the grill grates, however this is one of the only foods that I do use a sheet of foil for when cooking. {It just seems a lot easier for me especially when cooking multiple pizzas} Using a fork, poke a few random holes into your dough. I also like to dust with a light sprinkle of garlic powder.

Place your dough on the heated grill and shut the lid. Leave the dough to cook for 3 minutes, then check. The dough will start to bubble when it is getting ready to turn. Check the bottom of the crust by lifting up an end. The bottom of the crust is what you want to keep an eye on in determining when to flip. The crust should not have to cook for more than five minutes.

When you dough is ready to be flipped, pour on a little olive oil and brush it around, completely covering the top.

Using a spatula or tongs, flip the crust over.

Working quickly add your desired toppings. I would suggest to go light on the toppings for grilled pizzas. {note: if you are topping the pizzas with items such as mushrooms, peppers, or onions, you may want to pre-grill or sauté these as they do not fully cook on the pizza – I simply place these items on the upper rack of the grill while the dough is cooking and of course make sure any meats you use are fully cooked} I happen to not mind the light crunch of the uncooked vegetables, however, some may prefer them fully cooked.

Shut the lid of the grill and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bottom is cooked to your liking.

Remove from the grill and enjoy!

If you have never tried grilled pizzas before, I highly suggest you give it a go. It adds a bit of fun to mealtime allowing everyone to join in, customizing their own pizza. Plus, it is a fantastic idea for small gatherings and a huge hit especially with kids.

It is surprisingly very quick and easy, which rates very high, as a busy summertime meal choice, in my book. Happy Friday Everyone!


  1. I really need to give this a try!! You make it seem easy!!

  2. These look so scrumptious!! I have never tried it, but I guess it would help if I actually had a grill huh 🙂

  3. oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I love pizza anyways, but this definitely looks like the best way to make it. I will definitely have to give this a try!

  4. Wish I’d read this post a few weeks ago, before I brought home a gourmet (eXpensive) take-n-bake pizza and subsequently burnt it to a crisp on my (too hot) grill. Once the memory of my first scorched attempt has faded, I really must try this again. ThanX for the helpful tips! 😉

  5. We worked out a method for the grill and pizzas a few years ago-we stretch the dough over the bottom of an oiled jellyroll pan-then flip the dough onto the hot grill. Our favorite topping is olive tapenade with fresh mozzarella.

  6. That looks AMAZING!!! I’m definitely going to try this now.

  7. Thank you so much for these tips. I would have made the pizza complete then put it on the grill. So glad I waited for your instructions.

  8. Our family loves pizza and loves to grill. I am definately going to try this!! Yum!

  9. I will be tryin this this week, for sure.

  10. I definitely want to try this. We love to grill, but have just not ever tried grilled pizza. It looks delicious!! Love & blessings from NC!

  11. I might suggest trying a pizza stone instead of the tin foil. I have a Traeger (if you don’t know what one is they are devine) wood pellet grill and this is what I grill my pizza on. My temp is around 400 as well so I am sure it would work just as well on a gas grill. It helps it back evenly as well.

  12. Love your blog! I’m a follower and such a big fan of yours! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas! By the way, I grabbed your button! Have a beautiful day!

  13. I made the pizza dough yesterday, read the instructions aloud to my husband today and just enjoyed a delicious lunch! We’re planning to make the pizzas again when we have friends over in two weeks. Thank you for your detailed instructions! It’s delicious!

  14. Thanks for the directions. I can’t wait to try them.


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