How To Make Pizzas on a Charcoal Grill

‘Tis the season to grill and the new “it” thing to grill is pizza!

After seeing everyone grilling pizza all over social media, I decided it was time to jump on this trend and I am now obsessed. So obsessed that I grilled pizzas on both Saturday and Sunday this past weekend!

What You’ll Need


  • Pizza dough (I made mine with store-bought pizza dough, feel free to make your own)
  • Olive oil
  • Flour (to keep your pizza dough from sticking to surfaces)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Your favorite toppings, for mine I had
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Basil leaves
    • Arugula
    • Fresh mozzarella
    • Calabrese salami
    • Prosciutto
    • Shredded mozzarella
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Red Pepper Flakes
    • Balsamic Glaze

Before you begin

  • Make sure the grates of your grill are sparkling clean, otherwise any gunk will stick to your pizza
  • Pre-heat your grill for 15 minutes
  • Have your toppings nearby and ready to go


Take your pizza dough out of the fridge 30 minutes before you plan to begin cooking. Once the dough is at room-temp, roll it out in a lightly floured countertop.

Cut the dough in half and set your dough in parchment paper lined baking sheets. Use a fork to poke holes throughout the dough to prevent bubbling. Drizzle with olive oil.

Prep your charcoal grill: the pizzas will need both direct and indirect cooking by arranging the charcoal over 1/2 to 2/3 of the fuel grate depending on how big your grill is. Leave 1/2 to 1/3 of the grate empty so you have a safety area for indirect cooking/warming.

If you’re using a gas grill, simply set your grill to medium!

You are now ready to start cooking,

Place your dough on the grill (direct cooking area) and cook the bottom of the dough for 1-2 minutes until it begins to set and get grill marks. Use a spatula to transfer the cooked dough to your parchment lined baking sheet (cooked side up) and add your toppings.

Place your pizza (direct cooking area) for 1-2 minutes to cook the dough and then move to the indirect cooking area until the cheese on your pizza is melted.

Voil√°, you’ve got grilled pizzas!

What are your favorite pizza toppings that I need to try? Let me know in the comments.


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