3 Fun and Easy Grilled Pizza Recipes Perfect for Beginners

Cooking pizza on a grill will give it a delicious smoky flavor that cannot be achieved when cooked in a regular oven. Pizza is easy to grill and inexpensive, too!

Here are 3 easy and delicious grilled pizza recipes perfect for beginners:

All-Veggie Pesto Pizza

What you need:

  • 1 regular-sized refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Portobello mushroom, sliced
  • 1 cup bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup cubed fontina cheese
  • 3 tbsps. olive oil

Brush a grill pan with 2 tbsps. olive oil and arrange zucchini, squash, mushroom, broccoli and onions onto it. Cook in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from grill and set aside. Grill pizza crust for 3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove from the grill then spread with pesto sauce, top with grilled vegetables and sprinkle with 2 cheeses. Return to the grill, cover and cook for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

Mushroom and Sausage Cheesy Grilled Pizza

What you need:

  • 1 regular-sized pizza dough
  • 1/4 kg. Italian sausage, cooked
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Snipped fresh basil

Divide dough into 8 equal round portions. Brush 1 side of each dough circle with olive oil. Arrange dough circles in a covered, pre-heated grill lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil oiled side down. Cook over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes or until bottom is browned and firm. Transfer to a large flat dish, grilled side up. Spread with pizza sauce then top with sausage, mushroom and cheese blend. Return to a covered grill and cook for 2-3 minutes until cheese has melted and bottom has browned. Garnish with red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese and fresh basil before serving.

Classic Grilled Pizza Margherita

What you need:

  • 1/2 kg. pizza dough
  • 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup whole basil leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Divide the pizza dough in half and roll into a 10-inch diameter circle. Place dough circles in a grill pan or paddle and cook in a covered, pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until grill marks appear. Remove from the grill and place in a work surface grilled side up. Brush each dough with olive oil and spread with Asiago cheese. Top with tomatoes, basil and Mozzarella then season with salt and pepper. Return to grill, cover and cook for 6-8 minutes until crust is lightly browned and cheese has melted.

Add fun to any barbecue party with these easy grilled pizza recipes!

Homemade Pizza – Tips and Tools For the Best Results

Pizza is popular, no doubt about it. It’s a simple food that evolved from the fast flatbreads, or focaccia, eaten in Italy as a quick meal.

We used to have it at home on Saturday nights, or even for lunch on school days. In those days, the pizza was made from a box mix. Those remain available. You can also buy frozen dough and canned sauce separately.

We like to make our dough from scratch, and use a canned sauce for convenience. After making thousands of pizzas over the years, we’ve learned some tips and tricks!

For a great homemade pizza:

  • Coat the dough lightly with olive oil before putting it in a bowl to rise. This prevents the surface from drying out.
  • Use fresh ingredients, especially the cheese, meat and peppers.
  • We like meat on pizza, but it can make it too greasy. To avoid this, precook the meat and drain well on paper towels before adding to your pizza.
  • Bake in a hot oven, 500 degrees or hotter if your oven goes that high.
  • Those lucky enough to have an outdoor, wood-burning oven, trying baking your pizza there. Be sure to turn the pizza during baking for even cooking.
  • Use double potholders or thick oven mitts to handle the hot pizza, especially if you’re using a ceramic baking stone.

If you cook much, you probably have most of the tools in your kitchen to make a pizza already. In addition to measuring cups (liquid and dry) and measuring spoons, here are tools that will help if you’re just starting with homemade pizza:

  • Bowl – Use a heavy Pyrex glass or ceramic bowl to retain warmth and allow your crust to rise evenly
  • Cover – A clean cloth or dish towel keeps out cool drafts, and prevents the dough from drying out on the surface
  • Ceramic pizza stone – best for even baking
  • Metal baking sheet – light weight and easy to store
  • Pizza cutter – Choose a model with guarding between the handle and the blade to prevent cuts

Armed with a few tools and easy techniques, you’ll be making great pizza at home in no time!