I get asked how to grill pizza more than any question I get. And, for a while, I really hesitated to answer, because there is so much “feel” to it. I think this method, however, combines flavor and ease for your best pizza making. This method is how I made my award winning Prosciutto, Romano, and Pinot Noir Grilled Pizza, so you know it’s legit. Let’s talk about how to grill pizza.
How to Grill Pizza
- Grill spatula
- Paper towels
- Pizza peel or pizza pan
- 1 batch pizza dough Half a batch of this Sourdough Pizza Dough works great
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or any neutral oil)
- Pizza Toppings (note, this is *not* the time to go for a loaded pie. Think artisan; suggestion in the notes below)
- Preheat your gas grill on high for 10 minutes. Remove any upper racks, and ensure the grates are spotless (any little bit will make your pizza stick).
- As the grill heats, roll out your pizza dough using a rolling pin (yes, tossing it in the air looks fun, but it takes a fair amount of practice). Your goal is around 12" (or smaller if your grill can't take it) and as thin as you can (I use 2 stacked quarters as a thickness guide). Place the dough on your peel/pan, and make sure the dough can slide off easily, using flour on the pan/peel as needed.
- Stage all of your toppings outside; these next few minutes are going to go quick!
- Lift grill lid, dip a few paper towels in the oil, and brush the oil on. There will be flames and hissing, thats okay! Re-lid and let subside for 2 minutes.
- After the two minutes are up, gently slide the dough onto the grates. Let dough cook for 1 minute, then open lid and check on the underside of the pizza. It should be a little dark, but not fully burnt. Depending on the thickness of your dough, cook for another 30 seconds, then remove dough from grill using spatula back onto the pan. Close grill.
- Flip dough, and top grilled side with toppings. Reoil grates as you did before, and cook pizza just as you did before. The second cook will last 3-4 minutes, as the grill has cooled (which is good for melting cheese). If pizza needs more time (but the crust is done), turn off grill and place pizza on a pan and set in the grill to coast through.
- Cut pizza immediately and enjoy!