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Grilled Pizza is really simple to make and once you try it, take-out and delivery will be a thing of the past. This recipe includes a simple homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings.

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Pizza night is a year round favorite for our family. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from weekend grilling and everyone can choose their favorite toppings. We’ve been making this BBQ Chicken Pizza on repeat.

Grilled Pizza on a walnut cutting board

Ingredients for Grilled Pizza:

sliced onion, peppers, tomatoes, smoked sausage

  • Pizza Dough – homemade or store bought
  • Pizza Sauce ~ olive oil, onion, carrot, tomato sauce, granulated garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, smoked paprika, ground fennel, brown sugar, salt and ground chili flakes.
  • Smoked Sausage 
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Onion
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cornmeal – for sprinkling the peel and pizza stone

More Pizza Topping Ideas:

  • Venison Pepperoni
  • Smoked Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Sliced Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Jalapeños

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How to Grill Pizza:

collage making pizza sauce

  • Make the sauce. Add olive oil to a pan and cook onion and carrot over medium heat until softened. The carrot will help cut the acidity in the tomatoes. 
  • Stir in tomato sauce.
  • Mix the spices together with brown sugar, salt and red pepper. 
  • Mix into tomato mixture, cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Set aside and cool slightly. Pizza sauce can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

pizza dough on a pizza peel

  • Roll out pizza dough, forming an 10 -12 inch circle. Fold in the outer edge. 
  • Sprinkle pizza peel or baking sheet (without a rim) with cornmeal. 
  • Place dough onto peel. 

pizza with toppings - not baked

  • Top with pizza sauce in a thin layer. 
  • Add sliced smoked sausage, tomatoes, peppers and onions. 
  • Top with mozzarella cheese. 

pizza on a grill with pizza stone

  • Prepare a grill fire to about 450° with a pizza stone and hickory for smoke flavor.
  • Sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal.
  • Slide the pizza onto the stone and close the grill lid. 
  • Lower grill to about 350° and cook for about 3- 5 minutes. 
  • Use a large spatula to turn pizza a ¼ turn and continue to cook with the grill closed. 
  • Continue to rotate pizza about every 3- 5 minutes, cooking until pizza is well  browned on the bottom and the cheese starts to bubble. Total cooking time should be about 15- 20 minutes.
  • Remove from grill and cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

Grilled pizza with smoked sausage, peppers and onions

 

How to Store and Reheat:

Store cooled pizza slices in a zip top bag in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 

Reheat on a baking sheet in a 350° oven or toaster oven for about 8 minutes.  An air fryer is also great for reheating pizza at 350° for about 3- 5 minutes.

More Homemade Pizzas to Try:

Smoked Brisket Pizza is one of our favorite meals to make with leftover brisket. It’s loaded with delicious toppings and extra cheese.

Sausage Mushroom Pesto Pizza is made with ground sausage, mushrooms and delicious pesto that will beat any restaurant take-out!

Apple Pie Pizza is a great dessert to make on the grill. If you have the grill hot and an extra pizza crust, this apple dessert is a snap to make!

slice of pizza on a walnut cutting board

Skip the take out or delivery pizza this week and make an incredible family pizza night on the grill. Grilled Pizza is always a dinner everyone can agree on and it’s so simple to add your favorite toppings. 

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slice of pizza on a walnut cutting board
Yield: 2 pizzas

Grilled Pizza

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Grilled Pizza is really simple to make and once you try it, take-out and delivery will be a thing of the past. This recipe includes a simple homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella and your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrot
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red chili flakes

for the pizza

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup thin sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup thin sliced sweet peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal for sprinkling peel and pizza stone

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce. Add olive oil to a pan and cook onion and carrot over medium heat until softened.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce.
  3. Mix the spices together with brown sugar, salt and red pepper. 
  4. Mix into tomato mixture, cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Set aside and cool slightly. Pizza sauce can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  5. Roll out pizza dough, forming an 10 -12 inch circle. Fold in the outer edge. 
  6. Sprinkle pizza peel or baking sheet (without a rim) with cornmeal. 
  7. Place dough onto peel. 
  8. Top with pizza sauce in a thin layer. 
  9. Add sliced smoked sausage, tomatoes, peppers and onions. 
  10. Top with mozzarella cheese. 
  11. Prepare a grill fire to about 450° with a pizza stone and hickory for smoke flavor.
  12. Sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal.
  13. Slide the pizza onto the stone and close the grill lid. 
  14. Lower grill to about 350° and cook for about 3- 5 minutes. 
  15. Use a large spatula to turn pizza a ¼ turn and continue to cook with the grill closed. 
  16. Continue to rotate pizza about every 3- 5 minutes, cooking until pizza is well  browned on the bottom and the cheese starts to bubble. Total cooking time should be about 15- 20 minutes.
  17. Remove from grill and cool about 5 minutes before slicing.
  18. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 2 pizzas.

Notes

Store cooled pizza slices in a zip top bag in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 

Reheat on a baking sheet in a 350° oven or toaster oven for about 8 minutes.  An air fryer is also great for reheating pizza at 350° for about 3- 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1444mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 22g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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