When it comes to making pizza, a conventional oven doesn’t match up to the professional oven, even with a baking stone. While at home or in your backyard, the grill is the way to go.
This is because the heat of a hot grill is excellent enough, and makes it possible to make fantastic pizza at the comfort of your home.
Use your grill as a pizza oven to create deluxe, garden-fresh flatbreads. The grill’s hot surface is known for giving better results, faster than your oven.
Learning how to grill pizza makes you enjoy the tastiest pizza recipe that you’ve ever encountered!
Lightly charred spots on your grill are just but the beginning, grilled pizza lets you get a crispy crust alongside perfectly melted toppings.
You can use your favorite toppings but make sure you don’t overload the pizza. Keep it light.
The secret to grilling success is ensuring that you have all your ingredients ready to go before heading out. Grilled pizzas cook pretty quickly, giving you no room for chopping extra veggies.
You just cook your dough for a couple of minutes then it’s the sauce and topping time!
Finish off with a closed-lid to cook for a few minutes more and just like that, it’s a night of enjoying savory pizza! Everything is always better on the grill, try it today with our grilling pizza recipe!
What You Need
- 1 ball pizza dough (about 1 pound)
- ½ to 1 cup of tomato sauce.
- Toppings such as herbs, thinly sliced veggies, pepperoni and salami or diced tomatoes.
- Olive oil
- Make-Ahead the Dough
Before the actual grilling, you need to make a double batch of the dough, let it rise and then divide it. Wrap it then in a plastic wrap and freeze it!
Also, when you want pizza for your dinner, you can take the dough out of the freezer and put it into the fridge before heading to work, and when you come back home, you just take it out of the fridge and put the dough on the counter to warm whilst you heat the grill.
- Make-ahead the Crusts
Stretch out the dough and grill it lightly on both sides. Then, you let the crust cool on a rack so that the heat and steam that is on the underside of the crust doesn’t make it soggy.
You can as well make several this way, a few hours ahead of time, and then when you are ready to grill once again, you just easily paint the crusts with sauce, add toppings, and grill!
Step 1: Make the Pizza Dough
If you had not prepared the pizza dough early enough, this is the time to do it. If already done, you just use the prepared pizza dough.
Step 2: Preheat the Grill
The first step is to fire up your grill to medium-high before you start prepping. This gives it plenty of time to get hot. A temperature of 600oF is ideal with the lid on while baking the pizza, but you can always aim for at least a temperature of 500oF.
Moreover, if you have a choice on your grill between direct and indirect heat, set it up so the pizza is over direct heat.
Step 3: Prep Your Ingredients
Set up a table or bench near the grill for easy access to everything. Measure out the sauce and get your veggies ready as well. Shred or crumble cheese if it is part of your pizza ingredients.
Then, put the toppings on a large baking sheet or cutting board and add a small bowl of canola oil, a paper towel, and tongs to oil the grill rack. Preparation of different toppings in advance means that you get to make different pies for different tastes, or you can as well make a host of personal pies-one to suit each person.
Roll and stretch 1 pound of your already prepared whole-wheat pizza dough into a 12-inch-long oval and then transfer it to a floured baking sheet. Letting the dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes makes this part easier.
Step 3: Start Grilling
If you had not prepared your crust ahead, then this is the time. With the paper towel well secured with the tongs, dip it in oil and rub it on the grill rack. This prevents sticking and yields a crisper crust.
Nonetheless, you can also brush the dough with olive oil, beginning with the side that you will lay down on the grill first.
Take the lid off and transfer the dough to the grill, (with the olive oil side down, if you hadn’t oiled your grates in advance) close the lid, and cook it until it’s puffed and browned. This takes about 1-2 minutes.
Then, use the tongs or a large spatula for flipping the crust. Before flipping the crust, brush the top of the dough with a thin layer of olive oil too.
Use the pair of tongs to lift the dough from time to time, checking on the progress.
Step 4: Top Your Pizza
Spread the crust with sauce, top up with veggies and sprinkle with cheese as quickly as possible. It shouldn’t be heavily loaded or the pizza won’t cook well.
Cook until the cheese is melted. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes. You can as well use your sense of smell. If the pizza smells like it’s scorching, take the lid off and move the pizza to a cooler part of the grill or you can turn the heat down as well.
Step 5: Serve and Eat it Up!
Transfer your well-grilled pizza to a clean cutting board then let it cool for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the garnish on the top, slice, and serve!
While you may be worried about your pizza dough falling through the grates, worry not, for this won’t happen. Cooking times for grilling pizza may vary, depending on how thick your dough is and the grill’s hotspots.
Your first-ever grilled pizza is just a gauge for future hassle-free grilled pizza dinners. With our detailed pizza grilling recipe, hope it helps you grill the savory pizza that you and your family have been craving for! Happy pizza grilling!