Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

Have you ever grilled a pizza?  If not you absolutely have to!

Grilled pizza is one of the most delicious things ever!

My husband and I make all sorts of grilled pizza all the time.  Our little guy loves it too!

It honestly couldn’t be simpler and you can just buy dough from your local grocery store or try out your favorite pizza place.  A lot of them sell their dough, all you have to do is ask.

If you’ve got a favorite homemade pizza dough you can absolutely use that as well.  I don’t make my own dough all that often but my grocery store sells homemade dough that is just delicious and works out prefect for me every time.

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

It really is quite simple to grill a pizza and it’s a great meal idea to make for a family who can’t agree on pizza toppings.  You can make everyone their own individual pizzas.  It only takes a few extra minutes. 

This would be great for a summer barbecue too.  You are probably already firing up the grill so why not make a few pizzas.  Make them for an appetizer, it’s less stressful.  Then you only have to make a few and you can cut them into smaller pieces.  If they sit out and aren’t hot anymore, well we all know that pizza is perfectly wonderful cold.

This is super fun to do with your kids too.  You do the grilling, and the kiddos can put on all the pizza toppings.  I’ve never met a group of kiddos who doesn’t enjoy creating their own kitchen masterpiece!  Have a toppings bar set up and let the kids have fun.  They may not be the prettiest pizzas but your kids will have a blast.  Just remember who made which pizza when you take them off the grill!

There isn’t really a recipe for a grilled pizza since everyone likes their pizza a little different but I’ll let you in on a few tips and tricks that my husband and I have come to find that work for us.

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

First up is the dough.  Room temperature dough works best here. It actually works best in general whether you are grilling or baking your pizza.  When the dough is room temperature it makes it much easier to work with.

Depending on how much dough you have you can always cut the ball of dough in half and make two smaller pizzas.  That’s what we do in my house.  It’s a little easier to manage that way.

Olive oil.  Rub a little olive oil on your hands when preparing the dough, then you wont be a sticky doughy mess.

Stretch or roll out the dough onto parchment paper.  It must be parchment!  It can stand up to the high temperature of the grill for the few minutes that it will be on there.

Once your dough is rolled out onto the parchment you are ready to place it on the grill.  You need to flip the dough so the dough is touching the grill grates and not the parchment.  The parchment paper should be on the top so you can peel it off the dough in a minute or two.  *Side note – make sure your grill is clean, you don’t want yesterday’s chicken sticking to your dough.*

The main purpose of the parchment paper is to help keep the dough from shrinking, and of course easier clean up.

After about two minutes you can peel the parchment paper off the dough, but keep it close by because you are going to place the dough back on to it.  Let the dough cook for another minute or two.

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

The cooking time will vary a little depending on how thick you rolled out the dough as well as the grill.  Everyone’s grill is different and we don’t all use the same. 

Keep your eye on the dough, you are just looking for some light grill marks.  Once you see the grill marks remove the dough and place it back on the parchment paper grilled side up.

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

You are going to want to have your toppings ready by the time you get to this step.  I normally have everything cut up before my husband starts the grill.

Place your desired toppings on the grilled side of the pizza dough.  The key here is to not overload the pizza with toppings.  You have to remember that this pizza wont be in the oven for twenty minutes so the toppings don’t get all that much time to cook.  In addition to not laying on the toppings too heavy make sure you have them all sliced or diced in thin pieces, otherwise they wont cook at all.

When the toppings are ready carefully place the dough back onto the grill.  A large spatula works great for this step.

From this point on its just matter of keeping your eye on the grill so you don’t burn the pizza.  It can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes.  Like I said before every grill is different, so just keep watching.  Don’t open the grill every 30 seconds though otherwise you’ll keep letting out all the heat.

That’s all there is to it.

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This time around we went simple with our pizza.  A little pizza sauce, some thinly sliced red onion, diced tomato, mozzarella and a bunch of fresh basil.  You’ll want to put any fresh herbs on the pizza once it’s done cooking.

Get creative with making grilled pizzas.  The toppings are endless and once you make a grilled pizza once or twice you’ll have it mastered.  The first time we grilled a pizza it didn’t come out perfect, but we just kept trying because it was delicious.  Now it’s a no brainer!

Grilled Tomato Basil Pizza

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