Grilled pizza seems terrifying to newbies. It might be the strangeness of putting raw, stretched dough onto a grill, or it could be the fear of accidentally folding the crust onto itself while it’s on the grill, turning the whole thing into a charred, Italian-style amoeba. Or maybe it’s the speed of the process, which is a lot more like Neapolitan-style pizza cookery than throwing a Totino’s into your oven for 20 minutes.
But there’s good news: Grilling pizza is way easier than you think. Just lay your favorite pizza dough, well-oiled, onto the grill. Wait a few minutes, flip it over, throw on all of your ingredients, then cook, covered, until it’s done. Once you get the hang of it, grilled pizza is an impressive dish that will knock even the best burger right off the grill.
The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t top a grilled pizza the same way you might in a home oven, given the different cook times and the speed with which you have to actually put ingredients on. Whatever you use, make sure to have it pre-prepped and organized near the grill so you can move fast. Here are some expert ideas for toppings that are quick, grill-friendly, and super flavorful.