Pizza on the grill is gaining popularity and with good reason. It’s quick and easy, and it’s the best pizza you’ll ever have. Ever since I figured out how to make grilled pizza, I swear I’ll never go back to baking pizza in a conventional oven. It sounds frightening and intimidating at first—what happens if the dough slips through the grate?—but once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be hooked.
How to Make Grilled Pizza – What You Need
Gas Grill vs Charcoal Grill: Everyone has their own opinion about which grill is best. I personally use a gas grill, but you can certainly use a charcoal grill or a wood-fired grill as well. This article will explain all about grills and how best to use them.
Pizza Dough: Make your own if you have the time. Four ingredients—unbleached flour, water, salt and yeast—that’s all you need! Don’t have time to mix and knead dough? Buy some really good pizza dough from your local bakery or supermarket. Most of the time I start off with whole wheat pizza dough, or Italian pizza dough with garlic and herbs.
Grilled Pizza Recipes: You really don’t need formal recipes. Most people wing it by choosing seasonal ingredients and toppings, or letting their tastes dictate what they make. You’re the pizza chef. Whatever you have a craving for should go on your next pizza. Read “Pizza On The Grill: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes” by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer if you’re looking for more ideas. This is one of my go-to books for grilled pizza inspiration.
Sauce: Traditional red pizza sauce, pesto, alfredo sauce, maple chipotle sauce, refried beans, salsa… anything goes. Use your imagination when building your pizza. Consider theme pizzas like Mexican, Italian, Greek, meat lovers’, veggie, etc. The sauce you choose should complement your pizza toppings.
Toppings: Be creative. Use what you like, but consider the sauce you’re topping. The change of seasons will often dictate what you use on your pizza. For example, spring asparagus is great on a pesto pizza. Summer offers an abundance of fresh veggies from the Farmers’ Market. Fall is perfect for an apple dessert pizza. Winter may see you using more root veggies and canned toppings. Check out 12 Perfect Grilled Summer Pizza Recipes for more ideas.
Cutting Boards vs Pans: Put away your pizza stone. The only pan you’ll need is the one to carry your pizza dough to the grill. You can do double-duty by using a cutting board instead eliminating the need for any pans.
Tools and Gadgets: Stainless tongs, metal spatula, large knife, aluminum foil, spoons for toppings, ziploc bags and containers for toppings, pizza cutter, and of course beer, wine and cocktails!
The weather is getting nicer, so go clean off that grill, and make some grilled pizza!
Grilled Pizza Recipe Ideas
- Grilled Pepperoni Pizza
- Very Berry and Pineapple Dessert Pizza
- Marinated Flank Steak Grilled Pizza with Maple Chipotle Sauce
- Chicken Caesar Grilled Pizza
- Funky Chunky, Caramely Monkey Dessert Pizza
- Barbecued Chicken, Caramelized Onions and Basil Pizza
- Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Pesto Asparagus and Artichoke Pizza
Photo by Donna Diegel