How to Grill Pizza

Perfect, crispy grilled pizza that will rival anything you’ve ever had at your favorite pizza spot.

How to Grill Pizza

It’s a hot summer evening and let’s face it, no one feels like cooking indoors. In fact, it’s sacrilegious to not spend as much time outside as possible. Grilling pizza is probably not something people even consider, however it’s been a staple in our family for years! And I guarantee it will be some of the best pizza you’ve ever had.

Grilled pizza creates a crust, unlike anything you could produce in an oven or on a pizza stone for that matter. Ultra crispy, grilled crust with the perfect soft center. Plus, it’s the easiest prep and cleanup in terms of making homemade pizza.

How to Cook Pizza on the Grill

The method is a little different than your typical pizza process. You start by actually grilling one side of the crust before flipping, seasoning, and adding any toppings. This gives you perfectly even crust as you can basically grill both sides very quickly, producing a nice crispy exterior. The faster the crust cooks, the better it will be.

It’s very important to thoroughly clean and oil the grill grates before starting. This prevents the disastrous sticking of the dough to the hot grates. Use a basting brush or rolled-up paper towel gripped with tongs to grease the grates. Olive oil or canola/vegetable oil should work fine.

My favorite kind of pizza is brick oven pizza that almost has a slight sear with that wood-fired charred flavor—something you simply can’t produce in an oven (say goodbye to mediocre, soggy crust).

Pair this perfect crust with my absolute favorite classic margherita pizza recipe, made with fresh basil and fresh sliced mozzarella. Trust me, simpler is always better when it comes to pizza.

One more excuse to crack a beer, enjoy the nice weather, and fire up the grill.

How to Grill Pizza
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How to Grill Pizza

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Italian


Perfect, crispy grilled pizza that will rival anything you’ve ever had at your favorite pizza spot.


  • 1820 ounces pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup Victoria’s Pizza Sauce or homemade pizza sauce
  • 67 1/4 inch slices fresh mozzarella
  • 34 basil leaves chopped or arranged in the center
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for crust
  • pinch of salt
  • extra olive oil for grill grates

Homemade pizza sauce

  • 1 can (28 ounce) whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat, about 350 to 400° F.
  2. Meanwhile, roll out the dough into a large rectangle or oval. This is the best shape for grilling.
  3. Clean the grates well and brush with olive oil using a basting brush. Transfer dough to the grill (remember, no toppings yet) and cook for 5-7 minutes with the lid closed, or until bottom of crust is golden brown. Pierce any air bubbles that form with a fork.
  4. Flip the crust with a pizza peel or 2 large spatulas. Evenly coat entire crust with brushed olive oil. Add pizza sauce leaving a 1 inch crust all the way arounf. Add the fresh sliced mozzarella and close the lid and grill for another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted.
  5. Remove from the grill, let cool, top with fresh chopped basil. and slice.


This recipe is ideal for moderately crispy, yet soft crust. If you prefer pizza crust softer, grill for less time. If you don’t have olive oil, any oil will do.


  • Serving Size: 2 slices
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 788mg
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.2g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 10.2g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg

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