If you have never tried cooking pizza on the grill, now is the time to try! These easy to follow instructions include a recipe for homemade dough that makes the best crust for grilling pizza on a stone. Choose your favorite toppings and fire up the grill for the best pizza night at home!
This post was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated for content.
Grilling pizza is one of our favorite summertime dinners. It gives the pizza such a unique flavor and the crust gets perfectly crispy on the bottom while still staying chewy on the inside. I love serving these grilled pizzas with a nice antipasto salad, melon prosciutto salad or even roasted artichokes.
🍕 Ingredient notes
- Dough/Crust - This homemade pizza dough recipe is adapted from one of my go to recipes for pizza dough from Sugar Spun Run. It's easy to put together and has amazing flavor. It is enough dough to make two 12-inch pizzas. Store bought pizza dough may be used or even a premade pizza crust. Approximately 1 pound of pizza dough is needed for each 12-inch pizza.
- Sauce - I always have a batch of my old school italian gravy on hand to use for pizza, pasta and other dishes. You can also use your favorite store bought pizza sauce. You will need ½ cup of sauce for each 12-inch pizza.
- Toppings - This recipe includes italian sausage, ricotta cheese and fresh oregano for the toppings. However, you can use whatever your favorite toppings are for your pizza.
🔪 Step by step instructions
To make the pizza dough, whisk together half of the flour with the yeast, sugar, italian seasoning, and garlic powder. In a small bowl, stir together the warm water, olive oil, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to form a thick paste.
Slowly add the remaining flour, one half cup at a time until the dough forms a ball. Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead till smooth.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover it and allow it to rise till doubled in size. Once risen, punch down the dough and divide into two equal pieces.
Preheat the grill on high heat and then place the pizza stone on the grill. Allow it to heat up for at least 5 minutes and then lightly sprinkle it with cornmeal.
Stretch out the pizza dough and lay it on the pizza stone. Gently press it onto the stone to cover it completely in an even layer and brush it lightly with olive oil. Close the grill and pre-cook the crust for about 5 minutes until it's lightly browned on the bottom and the olive oil is bubbling on top.
Using kitchen tongs, slide the crust off of the stone and directly onto the grill grates. Top the crust with the sauce and toppings and then close the grill to finish cooking.
The pizza should take another 5-7 minutes to finish cooking. The crust should be browned on the bottom and the cheese should be slightly melted. Remove the pizza off of the grill and sprinkle it with any fresh toppings, like the oregano leaves. Repeat with any remaining pizza dough you have.
Allow the grilled pizzas to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
⭐ Expert tips
- Make sure to sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal before adding the pizza dough. It helps to prevent sticking and makes it easy to slide to the grill grates when needed.
- Be careful not to overload the pizzas with toppings so they are easy to transfer off of the stone and the grill.
🍕 Pizza topping ideas
- Meat - salami, diced ham, grilled chicken, pepperoni
- Cheese - fresh mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, feta
- Vegetables/Fruit - peppers, pineapple, olives, garlic, fresh herbs, greens
- Sauce - alfredo sauce, pesto, olive oil
💭 Frequently asked questions
If you don't have a pizza stone, use a sturdy baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal to pre-cook the crust on the grill or in the oven. Pre-cooked crusts can then be moved from the baking sheet to the grill grates. If using a premade crust, it can be added directly to the grill. Top with your desired sauce and toppings and finish cooking with the grill closed.
🥘 Alternative cooking methods
- Oven - These pizzas can be cooked in an oven at 475˚, either on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Pre-bake the crusts for 5 minutes before adding toppings and placing them back in the oven to finish cooking.
⏲️ Make ahead instructions
Dough - Follow the instructions for making the dough up until the rising time. Place the unrisen dough in an airtight container and store in the fridge for a few hours or up to overnight. Let the dough come to room temperature before stretching it out and cooking it.
Crust - Make the dough, allow it to rise and then pre-cook the dough on the grill. Instead of adding the toppings, remove the crust from the grill and allow it to cool completely. Wrap the pre-cooked crust in plastic wrap and then store it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days or the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw frozen crusts and then finish cooking them on the grill with your desired toppings.
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