Grilled Pizza Recipe: Have an Outdoor Pizza Party With This Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe by Debi Lilly

Pizza Dinner Entertaining
11 months ago

Grilled Pizza Recipe: Have an Outdoor Pizza Party With This Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe

If you've never grilled a pizza before, you're in for a special treat. Grilling a pizza is not only easy, but also delicious (and so much fun)!

All you'll need to grill pizza besides a grill is pizza dough (try these homemade pizza dough recipes), pizza sauce (try this homemade pizza sauce), shredded cheese, cornmeal and your favorite toppings. My family enjoys crumbled sausage, fresh basil, chopped red pepper, red onion, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, fresh tomatoes, fresh mushrooms and a shake of Italian seasoning. You know your family best, so customize the toppings to make everyone happy. They can make their pizza just the way they like it.

So fire up the grill and have an outdoor pizza party this weekend (Mother's Day?).

Cuisine: Italian and American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Servings: Makes one pizza (larger or smaller depending on how thick you like your crust)


  • 1 ball pizza dough (about 1 pound, can buy or make)
  • 16 ounces pizza sauce (can buy or make)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (to taste)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Shredded Italian cheese (to taste)
  • favorite toppings: crumbled sausage, basil, chopped red and green pepper, chopped red onion, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.
  • cornmeal

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the grill: Aim for high, 550 degrees F. If you have a choice of heat source, choose direct heat.
  2. Set out toppings on boards or bowls: Turn your table into a pizza party with dough, cutting boards to roll out dough and ingredients all at hand.
  3. Roll your dough: Sprinkle cornmeal on your cutting board surface to help prevent sticking. It should be stretched or rolled out into a thin circle.
  4. Grill one side of the pizza: Place dough round on the grill. Let the dough cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Use a large metal spatula to check how it is doing. You want grill marks on it, but you don't want the dough to get crispy; it should be just set.
  5. Top the pizza: Remove dough from the grill when the first side is set and golden brown. The dough should come up easily and flip without tearing. Place dough on board or platter with the cooked side facing down, so uncooked side faces up. Bring it to the table spread of toppings. Add a thin layer of sauce, some cheese and toppings.
  6. Cook the pizza: Add pizza to the grill. Put the lid on and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Use your sense of smell; if the pizza smells like it's scorching, take the lid off and move the pizza to a cooler part of the grill or turn the heat down. Watch that the crust doesn’t burn.
  7. Remove the finished pizza: Lift pizza off with the spatula. Let cool for about 3 minutes, then cut into pieces and eat!

Photos and recipe courtesy of Debi Lilly. 

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Donna John
What a fun, interactive idea! I've had my kids over for make-your-own-pizza night, but we cooked them in the oven. Moving it outside next time! Debi Lilly
Elisa Schmitz
I've never grilled a pizza before, but you can bet I'm going to try this. Thank you for your fun and creative ideas, Debi Lilly !

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