Somehow, everything tastes better when it’s grilled. Pizza is no exception. Grilling pizza is so easy, and the results are nothing short of amazing—maybe even life-changing, depending on how seriously you take your pizza. Cooking pizza on an outdoor grill at super-high temps just does something magical. (Like the brick ovens in commercial pizzerias, outdoor grills reach 700 to 800 degrees or higher.) The dough becomes a mystical combination of contradictions—crunchy but soft, chewy but crisp—and the toppings get that awesome charred-but-melty thing happening. It is just so good. And fast, easy, and healthy(ish) … all things we love. As the song goes, “That’s amore!”
1 lb. of premade pizza dough (from the refrigerator section at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and most pizzerias), left out at room temperature for 30 minutes
1/2 cup to 1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Your favorite pizza toppings
Preheat your grill on the highest setting for 10 minutes. Use a grill brush or a ball of tinfoil to scrape away any remaining charred residue. Using a grill brush, liberally brush the grill grates with vegetable oil
Meanwhile, prepare your dough by dusting a board with flour and rolling the dough to about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle; any oblong shape works.
When the grill is ready, carefully transfer the dough to the grill grates and put the grill lid down. Check on your dough after 2 to 3 minutes by lifting an edge with tongs to see how it’s coming along. Continue to check the dough in 2- to 3-minute increments, replacing the grill lid each time. You want nice grill marks, but the dough will burn easily at the end of the cooking time. When the dough has reached your desired doneness, remove it from the grill and leave the heat on.
Place the grilled dough on a cookie sheet. Spread the dough with the sauce, then top with cheese and your favorite toppings. Place the cookie sheet on the grill grates and close the grill lid. Check after about 5 minutes and remove from the grill when the pizza has reached your desired doneness.
Transfer to a cutting board, slice, and serve!
Serves 2 to 4 people.