Pizza On the Grill

My husband and I live in oh-so-sunny Arizona which is great for 8 months a year but the other 4 months are torturously hot so we always try to get out of the 115 degree summer heat and visit my folks in Seattle, which has the best summers ever. We went out to Seattle a couple weeks ago and while there, took an “Italian Grilling” cooking class at Whole Foods. My favorite recipe of the evening was this pizza and learning how to make it on the grill. It doesn’t take a long as pizza in the oven, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen, and they are much tastier. Not to mention, people can individualize their own pizzas.

Serves : 3



1 premade 16 oz pizza dough (my favorite is Trader Joe’s but any will do…the better the quality, the better the taste)

2 Cups Tomato Sauce (to make your own easy-peasy Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce click here)

¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt (to taste)

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Your favorite pizza toppings


Step 1: Preheat the grill to medium (low-ish) heat.

Step 2: Working with a lightly floured surface, divide the premade pizza dough into 3 even portions.

Step 3: Flatten each pizza dough (making into rounds) and dust all over with flour.

Step 4: Hold the dough round by its edge and turn it, steering-wheel style, letting gravity stretch it into a 6-inch circle.

Step 5: Lay it on the work surface and stretch it to form an 7-inch circle. Set aside and repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Step 6: Working in batches if needed (depending on the size of your grill), brush dough with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Step 7: Lay the dough on the grill, oil side down, and brush the other side with oil. Grill until the bottom browns (about 3 minutes).

Step 8: Using a spatula (and tongs if needed) flip the dough and QUICKLY top with pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. Close the grill lid, or cover pizza with a tent of heavy foil, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown on bottom and cheese melts. (If you feel like the bottom will burn before the cheese melts, turn the grill down but leave the lid closed)

Step 9: Remove from grill and drizzle a bit of the remaining olive oil. Cut (if desired) and serve the pizzas.


July 5, 2010. Tags: , . Dinner, Pizza, Recipes.


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  2. jlw replied:

    Jess – Your pictures were my motivation to give this recipe a try on our grill. I was worried about the dough sticking though, but super happy with how well it turned out. Absolutely no problem. Far prefer this to pizza to what I can do in my electric oven. The only thing I did differently was trying my hand at making the dough from scratch because I really didn’t want to run out to the store – I had all of the other ingredients. Other than that, followed all of the above directions, along with the roasted tomato sauce. Delicious! Love your blog – It’s giving me renewed umph in the kitchen 🙂

  3. Chelsea Pearson replied:

    Jess! Adam and I did pizzas on the grill last night and they turned out SOOO good. I also made your “Easy-Peasy Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce” …it was SO delicious. Thank you for those recipes! 🙂

  4. Bethany Blatz replied:

    Hi Jess,

    The other day I wanted to make a pesto chicken pizza with artichoke hearts and I invited your mom over for lunch, and she offered to bring the dough, so we ended up making it together. She told me about your blog, and mentioned that I should definitely check out this post on your grilled pizza. Anyway, I totally recommend the pesto pizza we threw together…I bet it would be beyond amazing grilled. Happy cooking! 🙂

  5. Katie Gamaunt replied:

    Hi Jess – missing you and loving your blog. Can’t wait to hear all about your time in Istanbul! xox katie

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