How to Grill Pizza

A barbecued pizza probably brings to mind one styled after the smoky-sweet flavors of the grill, with a slathering of barbecue sauce and meats like chicken and beef piled on top. But what if we took things a bit further? That is, what if we actually barbecued the pizza itself?

While this might sound pretty out there, a BBQ pizza is nothing to scoff at. In addition to being a great method for cooking pizza at home on a charcoal or gas grill and without a stone, it also imbues your food with a unique flavor you just don't get in a home oven. Though it's far from traditional, it's almost a closer flavor experience to a pizza cooked by a real wood-burning fire.

Intrigued? Then we've got good news for you. Here's our recipe guide for how to grill pizza that might just put the delivery places out of business.

Grilled pizza on a wooden, circular cutting board.

Servings: 4 individual pizzas

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 10 mins.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

4 pizza dough balls on wooden, circular cutting board.
How to grill pizza - prepped ingredients on wood background.
  • 4 individual pizza dough balls
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (Pasatta)
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 100 grams prosciutto
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Step #2. Roll Out the Dough Balls

Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.

Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough ball into an irregular oval, dusting with flour as needed. Grease a baking sheet and add the pizza dough.

Step #3. Add the Passata

Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.

Spread the passata over the dough. If you don't know what passata is, it's basically a tomato sauce using uncooked tomatoes that are strained so that the seeds and skin are removed.

Step #4. Add Mozzarella

Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Step #5. Add Other Toppings

Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.

Let your guests or family add whatever toppings they like for each individual pizza.

Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.

Step #6. Heat the BBQ & Place Pizza on Grill

Mushroom pizza in a pan on the bbq.

Heat the BBQ to high heat.

For gas grill: Light all of the burners to preheat the grill. Then, turn off half of the burners for an indirect and direct heat source.

For charcoal grill: Using long tongs, move all of the charcoal to cover only ½ of the grill. Doing this will give you a direct and indirect heat source.

Place the pizzas on the direct heat side of the grill (in the pan) and close the grill for 4-5 mins. This will make the crust easier to transfer to the grill.

Step #7. Finish Grilling the Pizza Over Indirect Heat

Mushroom pizza on the bbq.

Now that the crust has baked a bit, place the pizzas onto the indirect heat area of the bbq grill (without the pan). This would be the area where there is no flame directly below the pizza. Cover the bbq and finish cooking until done, when cheese is melted and crust is fully cooked; slightly charred is perfectly fine. In fact, I love it like that!

Step #8. Serve & Enjoy

Grilled pizza on a wooden, circular cutting board.

And now you know how to cook pizza on the grill. Simple, right? Delicious, definitely. I can't even begin to describe how much I love that smoky flavor the bbq imparts on a grilled pizza.

Using the direct and indirect cooking zones on the grill strategically allows you to get plenty of that smokiness without the risk of burning or overcooking, all with the added bonus of some great grill marks on the bottom of the crust.

As you can probably tell, there's hundreds of different ways you can spice up this recipe. Different toppings, sauces, types of dough, and more are all great ways to make this recipe your own. Give the delivery drivers the night off and get to cooking now that you've mastered the barbecue grilled pizza.

Looking to further enhance your grilling skills? Check out...How to Grill Corn

Mushroom pizza on the bbq.
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How to Grill Pizza

While this might sound pretty out there, a BBQ pizza is nothing to scoff at. In addition to being a great method for cooking pizza at home on a charcoal or gas grill and without a stone, it also imbues your food with a unique flavor you just don't get in a home oven. Though it's far from traditional, it's almost a closer flavor experience to a pizza cooked by a real wood-burning fire.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 individual pizzas
Calories 737kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 4 individual pizza dough balls
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (Pasatta)
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 100 grams prosciutto
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Instructions

  • Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough ball into an irregular oval, dusting with flour as needed. Grease a baking sheet and add the pizza dough.
    Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.
  • Spread the passata (tomato sauce) over the dough.
    Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese.
    Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.
  • Let your guests or family add whatever toppings they like for each individual pizza.
    Pizza dough on a pan with toppings.
  • Heath the bbq to high heat.
    For gas grill: Light all of the burners to preheat the grill. Then, turn off half of the burners for an indirect and direct heat source.
    For charcoal grill: Using long tongs, move all of the charcoal to cover only ½ of the grill. Doing this will give you a direct and indirect heat source.
    Place the pizzas on the direct heat side of the grill (in the pan) and close the grill for 4 to 5 mins. This will make the crust easier to transfer to the grill.
    Mushroom pizza in a pan on the bbq.
  • Now that the crust has baked a bit, place the pizzas onto the indirect heat area of the bbq grill (without the pan). This would be the area where there is no flame directly below the pizza. Cover the bbq and finish cooking until done, when cheese is melted and crust is fully cooked; slightly charred is perfectly fine.
    Mushroom pizza on the bbq.
  • Serve & enjoy!
    Grilled pizza on a wooden, circular cutting board.
Nutrition Facts
How to Grill Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 737 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 2743mg 114%
Potassium 953mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 19g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 54.3%
Vitamin C 78.4%
Calcium 47.7%
Iron 32.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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