How to make Pizza on the Grill

How to make grilled Pizza

Step by step directions on how to make pizza on the grill that the entire family will love! Plus maybe a story on why we started making homemade pizza in the first place. 

Grilled pizza has become our new favorite meal. Its easy, fast and not as intimidating as you would think. This is coming from someone who before this didn’t know how to turn on the grill!

So whether you’ve never turned on the grill or are a grilling master who hasn’t tried grilled pizza, this is the how to for you.

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The story of Pizza Night!

Every family has that one easy meal that everyone enjoys. And as you grow, you start looking back fondly on the meals and family time you use to have when you were younger.

Now that I’m the mom in charge of the meal memories, I wanted us to create something that was easy, special and something the kids can take part in as well.

I first started making pizza at home 3 years ago. 

We had just moved to this duty station and I wanted to create a new normal. Mom’s homemade pizza night!

A memory our kids could look back on.

I wasn’t afraid of trying new recipes but I could NOT get making pizza at home! First I cheated and bought the premade pizza crust and sauce packets. Those did NOT satisfy our craving for pizza. 

Take Two

Doing it from scratch

After many burnt pizzas, turning vegan for 9 months and using fake cheese, and having a difficult time transferring it from the counter to oven, I gave up!

But not for good.

A friend introduced pizza on the grill to me, and even though it sounded complicated, I was desperate to give it a try. 

A year later and this family has mastered grilled pizza night. We look forward to gathering around the table and enjoying this fun, delicious, fast easy meal.

How to make Grilled Pizza

You’re going to want to prepare your pizza dough a couple of hours in advance. Recipe here.

And make a pizza sauce. Recipe here

It only takes a few minutes; you just need to give the dough time to rise.

Grilled Pizza Accessories

First you’re going to want to grab your pizza stone. (I feel like a bunch of you just went “oooooh” in your head. Signifying now you know how it doesn’t fall through the grate.) Magic pizza stone.

At what temperature do you cook Grilled Pizza

Put the stone on the grill and turn it on high. You want it around 450 or higher.

While it heats up, roll out your dough. I know I’m supposed to stretch it… but I like rolling it. Its faster and I like thin crust. 

Bring out everything you’ll need for making pizza. 

  • Olive oil
  • Brush & Tongs
  • Oven mitt
  • Sauce with Spoon
  • Cheese and toppings

Put a little flour on the pizza peel and transfer your dough.

Slide the dough from the peel to the pizza stone.

Apply a generous amount of olive oil and spread on top and close the lid. 

How long does it take a make Grilled Pizza

You only want to leave it for about 2-3 minutes at 450 before you add your cheese and toppings. Then allow to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted. 

Take your tongs and slide the pizza onto the peel. Cut into slices with your pizza cutter and Voila!

You have grilled one delicious pizza.

I found that making 3 pizzas is perfect for us. It takes around 7-8 minutes per pizza and is enough for a family of four with a little left over.

And there you go!

Grilled Pizza Toppings

  • Pepperoni
  • Onions & Peppers
  • Pineapple 
  • Buffalo Chicken/turkey
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Mozzarella and Basil 
  • Ground Beef

Our personal favorites are red onion with tomato, and pepperoni with mushrooms. Other days we put on left overs; cooked ground beef or buffalo turkey. 

Mom's Homemade Pizza Night

Since we started cooking it on the grill, mom’s homemade pizza night has become one of the meal memories I know they’ll cherish. The days of playing in the yard just waiting for mom to call “Pizza’s ready!”

We’ve created a new normal and can finally say, we’ve settled in.

Best Wishes,

Sara

How to make Pizza on the Grill

Fast, Easy, Delicious Grilled Pizza the entire family will enjoy!
Active Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Grilled Pizza, Pizza

Equipment

  • Pizza stone, Pizza peel, Pizza cutter, tongs, spoon, oven mitt

Instructions

  • Place your pizza stone on your grill
  • Start your grill, wait for the temperature to reach 450
  • Roll or stretch your dough and place it on your lightly floured pizza peel
  • Transfer from pizza peel to pizza stone
  • Add a table spoon of olive oil to your dough and spread coating the entire top of the dough
  • Close the lid and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. You'll start to see air bubbles form
  • Once the air bubbles begin to form add a thin layer of pizza sauce, cheese and your toppings
  • Continue to cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until your cheese is melted
  • Use your tongs to transfer the cooked pizza back unto your pizza peel
  • Using your pizza cutter, slice your pizza into the desired number to pieces.

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