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How to Make Homemade Pizza on the Grill

Note from Crystal: So many of you asked for details on how to grill a pizza on my Hawaiian Pizza Recipe, so my sister — the grilled pizza expert — is sharing her pizza recipe and how to bake pizza on the grill.

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

We love pizza at our house! Over the years, I’ve tried countless different recipes, temperatures, baking methods, and pizza pans. The first time I served grilled pizza, however, my husband took one bite and proclaimed it the best pizza I had ever made.

I can’t believe it took me so long to work up the courage to try! I say courage, because for some reason making pizza on the grill just sounded so… intimidating. While it did take a little bit of practice initially to get that “perfect” crispy crust, it was well worth it. And all those visions I had of the dough sticking, melting, and permanently uniting with my grill racks proved completely unfounded.

One of the secrets of making really great pizza is baking it at an extremely hot temperature. The grill is the perfect summertime solution, because not only can it cook at a higher temperature than your oven, it does so without heating up your house at the same time. (Of course, this pizza is so good that we’ve been known to haul out our grill in the middle of winter, but that’s beside the point! )

The main difference I’ve found between cooking pizza on the grill versus in your oven is that it cooks much faster on the grill. Everything needs to be ready to go (cheese shredded, vegetables chopped, etc.) before you start cooking the dough.

The other thing to remember is that smaller pizzas are much easier to handle. I make individual pizzas (letting each person pick which toppings they want), and this makes transferring the dough to the grill and flipping the pizzas much less complicated.

This is my go-to crust recipe for grilled pizza. It happens to be the only one I’ve tried, but I’ve never had a reason to look for another! 

What is your favorite type of homemade pizza?

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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  1. Ashley - Embracing Beauty says

    We grill pizzas on the grill all the time and I even thought about submitting a tutorial as a guest post but I thought no one would want to read it! How funny! My husband has delved so far into the pizza making world that he now grows his own yeast. It’s pretty interesting!

  2. Tyra says

    we grill pizza all the time and it is seriously the best. Try basil pesto instead of pizza sauce. then put cheese, spinach and tomatos. delicious!!

  3. says

    Thanks for the instructions! Would love to try this sometime since pizza is a great summertime food but the oven heat’s not great on the house. We put pizza sauce and toppings onto tortillas and then crisp them on the grill. That’s really good too, if you want a thin-crust style pizza.

    • Sarah says

      The grill is hot so it doesn’t. I oil my dough first and it cooks so quick it doesn’t go through the grate. We do this for entertaining all the time. I’ll grill a bunch of doughs on one side before people come. Then I pull out my big wooden cutting boards and bowls with different toppings and let people get creative. When a pizza comes off the grill we slice it small and let everyone taste their creation. At the end of the meal blueberries, peaches, or brown sugar make a sweet dessert with vanilla ice cream.

    • Brigette says

      Elizabeth: That’s right – no pizza pan! I was scared to try it at first as well. :) I can’t vouch for every dough recipe, but I know this one works every time for me (some recipes might be “stickier” than others – if it’s not sticking to your fingers when you’re stretching it out, it shouldn’t stick to your grill grates). The dough starts cooking immediately and doesn’t have time to fall through the cracks.

  4. says

    We are having grilled pizza tonight for dinner. I really like to make the pizza on the grill the crust comes out so good. We have a wood pellet grill and it adds a nice smoke flavor to the pizza too.
    I really like to bake bread on my bbq too when it is hot out. I am out of practice though, the first time I made it this year I ended up burning the bottom of the loaves a little but they were still very good.

    We usually like to make Turkey pepperoni and olive pizza or mushrooms instead of olives. My kids are allergic to cow’s milk so we use a goat gouda I get at trader joes and it turns out great.

  5. says

    I’ve always wanted to Ty grilling pizza, but I don’t think gluten-free pizza dough would work. Maybe one of these days I’ll have my wheat eating family over for dinner and we’ll give it a try. :)

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Kathy says

    Can you do this on a charcoal grill? I’ve often wanted to try grilled pizza, but as you said, it takes courage. :-)

    • Brigette says

      Kathy: I wish I knew the answer to this, but I’ve never tried it on a charcoal grill. Has anyone else tried this?

  7. Melissa says

    I am so excited to try this that I feel a little silly! Thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions!

  8. says

    Looks delicious! I make homemade pizza all the time, but we have no grill (we’re apartment-dwellers…no deck). My pizza was transformed when I went from baking it on a cookie sheet to baking it on a pizza stone. SO much better!

  9. says

    When you put it back onto the grill, you put it directly on the grates again, right? It doesn’t specify in your instructions, but it seems right….the photo of the crusts on a baking sheet made me decide to ask and make sure. Thanks!

    • Brigette says

      Laura at TenThingsFarm: Yes – you put them directly on the grates again. I just use the baking sheet as a “work surface” when I am putting the sauce and toppings on in between grilling sides.

  10. Michelle says

    This sounds like a great Friday evening meal! My husband arrives home earlier than me (with the children) but if I’ve prepared the pizza dough (which is happily dairy free … yeah!!) in advance, he should be able to let the children burn off some steam in the back yard while still getting dinner started!! Win, win!

    Can’t wait to try it!

    PS: Did you know up here in Canada we don’t call it a “grill” … to us it’s a barbeque!!

  11. Kimberly says

    Hello, I am totally going to try this next week!! Was just wondering if I could use all purpose flour instead?? I don’t want to buy 2 different kinds of flour

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