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Tips for Grilling Pizza

Grilled Pizza on a white plate

Grilled pizza is a perfect summer meal because you don’t have to heat up the house with the oven. Read below how easy grilling pizza is.

I think I can officially say that pizza is my favorite food. I love it in all its glorious shapes and sizes and it definitely passes the, “If I were stranded on a desert island and had to pick only one food” test. So, after seeing several grilled pizza recipes and pins come through my feed I thought it was high time I try to grill my favorite food at home. 

I read through a few different recipes and techniques and decided on this one from the kitchn. I even went all out and made the dough they recommended. It was quite tasty even at my first go! You can find the recipe I used here, but before you do here are a few tips I learned from grilling pizza.

How to Grill Pizza

1. Make the dough a day ahead. The pizza dough was very easy to make. However, even though there was an option for then making the pizza within an hour or so, I found that the dough was really best refrigerated and then used within 24-48 hours.

 
Pizza dough on a white plate
 

2. Spread your pizza dough thin. It took me a few tries to get this right and I look forward to perfecting it even more this summer, but I was tentative with my dough. I was afraid to make it too thin because it might burn too fast. The reality was it puffed up pretty quickly and was a little doughier than I would have liked. For me thinner is better. Also, I wasn’t too worried about the shape. Perfect circles are overrated, ha!

Pizza Topping Station
 

3. Get yourself organized. While the grill is heating up, use that 10 or so minutes to make a station next to the grill that includes a bowl of sauce with a ladle, olive oil with a brush, cheese and toppings. This technique asks you to cook one side of the pizza, flip it and then immediately dress the top while its cooks another 5 min or so. That means you have to be fast and being organized helps tremendously!

 
Pizza Topping Station on a picnic table
 

4. Take it slow. My first attempt had me heating up the entire grill surface and grilling four at a time. They cooked so fast that a few got scorched. Next time, I will cook two at a time so I can keep up and also get a good sense of when they’re done and ready to flip, dress, and eat!

Pizza on the grill
 

5. Have fun with it! Why not throw a pizza party poolside? Its a great alternative to classic grill food, yet it’s still quite the crowd pleaser. Yum!

 
grilled pizza on a white plate by a pool
Yield: grilled pizza

How to Grill Pizza

How to Grill Pizza
Grilling pizza is easier than it looks! With these simple tips for how to grill pizza you'll be a pro in no time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost Under $20

Materials

  • pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • pizza toppings

Tools

  • grill
  • spatula
  • tongs
  • bowl
  • ladle
  • brush

Instructions

  1. Make the dough a day ahead. The dough is best refrigerated and then used within 24-48 hours.
  2. Spread your pizza dough thinly or it could puff up too much. And don't worry about the shape. Perfect circles ruin the rustic vibe.
  3. Get organized. While the grill is heating up, use that 10 or so minutes to make a station next to the grill with a bowl of sauce with a ladle, olive oil with a brush, cheese and toppings. This technique has you cooking one side of the pizza, flipping and then immediately dressing the top while its cooking another 5 min or so. 
  4. Take it slow. I recommend cooking no more than two at a time.

More Summer Meal Inspiration

In case you need some more summer dish ideas, I shared a few more of my favorites below!

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