Fire up the grill for pizza night.

By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
July 10, 2018
Photo: Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Good news, world! Your favorite Friday night take-out order is getting a summertime makeover. ICYDK, you can make a perfectly cooked pizza at home, right on the grill. Not only does this method create a slightly charred yet chewy dough, it's also ready in 10 minutes flat. (Yep, way faster than waiting for delivery.) Don't believe it? Here's the scoop.

Cooking a pizza from scratch may sound like a tiresome task, but it doesn't have to be. Rather than attempting to make homemade dough, opt for store-bought pizza dough-Trader Joe's has a great option. (While you're there, stock up on all of these must-buy Trader Joe's food items, too.) Pro tip: Room-temperature dough spreads more easily than cold dough, so leave it on the counter for an hour before cooking. (And if you're looking for a gluten-free option, Bob's Red Mill has a really tasty dough mix that requires just a few extra ingredients.) Top it with in-season summer veggies, olive oil, basil, and buffalo mozzarella for a fresh, healthy version of your usual cheese and pepperoni pie. (Peep these other grilled pizza recipes for even more tasty ideas.)

When it's time to cook, the dough goes straight onto an oiled-up grill. It gets charred in about a minute and tastes better than you can imagine. The only difficulty may be forming a perfectly round circle a lá your fave pizza shop. But, who cares?! An oblong triangle makes it look rustic and homemade, and it tastes just the same. Close out of that Seamless browser window, and invite your friends over for homemade pizza night. (You can even grill some fruit for dessert, too!

Homemade Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 store-bought pizza dough
  • cooking spray or oil (to coat the grill)
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced paper-thin
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8-ounces buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • handful of fresh basil leaves (about 1 teaspoon)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the grill to 400° Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat a surface with the all-purpose flour. Place dough on a flat surface and use your fingers to press dough out from all angles, until it's flat and round (about 10" x 10").
  3. Coat grill with cooking spray or oil so dough doesn't stick.
  4. Place dough directly on the grill, close the lid and cook for 1-minute. Flip dough, cover, and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  5. Using a spatula, take dough off the grill and top with tomato, zucchini, garlic, mozzarella, and drizzle olive oil on top.
  6. Place pizza back on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese melts.
  7. Remove pizza from heat and top with basil, salt, and pepper to taste.


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