Grilling Pizza

Grilling Pizza is an easy, fun and fast way to serve summer’s garden-fresh produce, so fire up the grill and get cooking.

While most grilling experts consider the grill an appropriate forum for burgers and dogs, grilling pizza will create an inspired meal that all your family members and guests will adore.

The intense, direct heat of the grill approximates that of a wood-fired pizza oven. This gives the pie’s veggies and cheese a pleasing smoke flavor, meats real sizzle and the crust a delightful crunch.

Get grilling

To grill on a charcoal grill, be sure the coals are white and medium-hot. For a gas grill, close the lid, turn it on high for 5 to 10 minutes, then lower the heat. The grill rack should be 3 to 4 inches above the coals or lava rocks.

These thin-crust pizzas cook quickly, usually a minute or two for each side. Exact cooking times depend on the fire. Because the pizza is on the grill for such a short time, vegetables, shrimp, chicken, meat and any other shredded toppings must be precooked.

On a floured board, roll one portion of your favorite homemade or store-bought pizza dough into a 10-inch circle about 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick.

Carry the dough to the grill and carefully slide it onto the rack. Within 1 to 2 minutes, grill marks will appear on the underside of the crust as it starts to puff up and become firm. At this point, use tongs to turn the crust.

Add the toppings. Cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until the cheese is melted and the dough is cooked through. Check to make sure the underside is not burning.

Place on a wooden board and cut into wedges. Serve immediately.