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Grilling a Pizza? It’s As Easy as 1-2-3!

Grilling a pizza? That’s right! As if you needed a reason to make pizza…here are three:

  1. It’s easy to make.
  2. It’s cheap
  3.  It gets you closer to that brick oven pizza – just like you’d have in Italy…well…almost!

Below, are some helpful instructions for how to properly grill a pizza. Join us at our next Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, June 11th at our Raleigh Campus, and enjoy fresh, grilled pizza complete with seasonal toppings from Chef Chris!

Instructions for Grilling a Pizza



  • 8 oz. ball of pizza dough
    • Let it sit at room temperature until it’s pliable (30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • 1 (28 oz) can of your favorite pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Toppings
  • Salt
  • Prepare grill for medium-high, indirect heat (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on one side of grill; for a gas grill, leave one or two burners off).


On a Gas Grill:

  1. Place a pizza stone on the grates, and set the burners below to medium-high
  2. Allow the grill to heat, covered, with the stone inside.
  3. When the grill is super hot (thermometer should register around 500°, (about 10 minutes) —remove the lid.
  4. Place an 8-oz. ball of dough stretched to a 12″–14″ oval on the stone, add your toppings, and brush the crust with a little olive oil.
  5. Replace the cover with vents open & cook until the underside of the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbling (appx. 7 to 9 minutes)
  6. Using a couple of large metal spatulas, transfer the pizza to a platter/board.

On a Charcoal Grill:

*Method is the same though the setup is slightly different.

  1. Once you get one chimney’s worth of charcoal hot, spread the coals in a ring around the perimeter of the grill & set the grate on top.
  2. When the coals are glowing but no longer flaming, place the stone on the grate, cover, and preheat (20 minutes should get to around 500°.
  3. Proceed as described above for gas grills.

No Pizza Stone? No Problem! Bon Appetit Magazine give some great step-by-step instructions for grilling a pizza without a pizza stone here.

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