3 More Tips for Better Grilled Pizza This Summer

Grilled pizza is an excellent way to enjoy the smoky flavors of outdoor cooking combined with the timeless appeal of pizza. However, achieving that perfectly crisp crust and well-cooked toppings can be a challenging task. Through trial and error alongside advice from seasoned grill masters, I’ve discovered a few more tips that can elevate your grilled pizza from good to great.

Tip 1: Grill Pizzas With Aluminum Foil Rather Than a Pizza Stone

Yep, you read it right. While many may regret the investment in pizza stones, don’t worry! Cleaning those stones without soap can be a real headache.

Third try with GMG pizza attachment in Camp Chef ZG 24. Turned out amazing!  Grill temp set to 375 gave 600F stone which was perfect : r/pelletgrills

But guess what? There’s a solution! Swap out the stones for aluminum foil, and you’ll say goodbye to all that hassle. Plus, the crust you’ll get with foil is seriously top-notch – better than anything from a stone. Trust me on this one. Give grilling pizzas with aluminum foil a shot instead of using a pizza stone, and see the difference yourself!

Tip 2: Selecting the Right Ingredients

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In my experience with grilling pizza, the foundation of a memorable pie is the quality of the ingredients. Paying attention to the dough and the freshness of toppings can elevate your grilled pizza from good to exceptional.

Choosing Quality Dough

For grilled pizza, I select dough that is high in gluten as it provides the necessary elasticity and strength to withstand the direct heat of the grill.

A good choice is either homemade dough given a long fermentation time for flavor development or a high-quality store-bought dough that promises a crunchy crust with a chewy interior.

Fresh Toppings and Flavor Combinations

I prioritize freshness in toppings as they contribute to the overall texture and taste of the pizza. When selecting cheese, I opt for fresh mozzarella which melts beautifully and provides a creamy contrast to the charred crust.

For vegetables, I ensure they’re crisp and colorful, like bell peppers and red onions, which not only add vibrancy but also a sweet and sharp balance.

For meats, it’s important to choose ones that are well-seasoned but not overpowering; a thinly sliced prosciutto or spicy salami complements the grilled flavor without dominating it.

Tip 3- Mastering the Grilling Technique

In my experience, the secret to exceptional grilled pizza lies in meticulous heat management, precise flipping and topping, and impeccable timing.

Controlling the Temperature

Direct vs. Indirect Heat:

  • Direct Heat:
    • Keep one side of the grill hotter for initial crust char.
    • Monitor the heat to prevent burning (around 500°F is ideal for the dough).
  • Indirect Heat:
    • Use the cooler side to finish cooking without charring.
    • Control gas grill temperatures with knobs or adjust charcoal placement on a charcoal grill.

Having a hard time at 900F melting the cheese before burning crust. Tips? :  r/Pizza

Grill Lid:

Resist the urge to constantly check on your pizza while it’s cooking – trust the process! If you want that perfect, gooey cheese, it’s essential to let it melt undisturbed.

Once you’ve loaded up your pizza with all your favorite toppings, close the grill lid and let the heat work its magic. This allows the toppings to heat through and the cheese to bubble and melt to perfection.

You can use Pizza Dome for a few minutes so the toppings warm up and the cheese starts bubbling.

Flipping and Topping Tips

Flipping the Dough:

  • The dough should release easily when ready to flip (typically 2-3 minutes).
  • Use a large spatula or pizza peel to turn it over confidently.

Adding Toppings:

  • Apply sauce, cheese, and toppings quickly to avoid heat loss.
  • Use pre-cooked or quick-cooking toppings to ensure even doneness.

Timing Your Pizza to Perfection


  • Have all toppings ready before placing the dough on the grill.
  • Time the flip once the crust shows charred grill marks and a puffed edge.

Cooking Time:

  • Total cooking time ranges from 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Watch for melted cheese and a crispy crust as indicators of readiness.

By adhering closely to these specific techniques, I’ve consistently crafted perfectly grilled pizzas that boast a delicious smoky flavor and the ideal texture.

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