Great pizza is the result of good dough and intense heat. Your creativity dictates the rest - from the shape, to the toppings. Perfecting great pizza at home is one of the most satisfying activities a home cook can master. That said, keeping your oven at 500°F for an hour during peak summer turns your kitchen into a sweaty zone of sad. If you are grilling in your backyard this weekend and are tired of kabobs, veggie burgers and corn on the cob; consider making pizza on your grill. Here are thirteen ideas for grilled pizza that highlight fresh and seasonal ingredients. I kick it off with a post about how to grill pizza with a focus on technique. That is followed with a selection of incredible topping ideas from other sites.
1. Grilled Pizza (101 Cookbooks)
My go-to grilled pizza method, this post highlights my favorite pizza dough, technique and topping ideas. The pizza pictured here has grilled corn, quick pickled Serrano chiles, toasted pine nuts and mozzarella.
2. Greek Summer-Squash Grilled Pizza (Eating Well)
This pizza broadcasts summer with a bright yellow color, and is perfect for the grill. The feta adds a nod to Greece.
3. Mushroom Pizza with Havarti Cheese, Fresh Herbs, and White Truffle Oil (A Beautiful Plate)
A lot going on here, in a good way! This recipe calls for shiitake and baby bell mushrooms, Havarti and fontina, rosemary, thyme and a touch of truffle oil.
4. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon (Pure Wow)
Artichokes are one of the best things summer offers. This is a great combination of artichokes, lemon and riccotta. If you have extra time and can source some fresh artichokes, that will make this pizza even better.
5. These Gorgeous Pizzas Are the Best Way to Use Up Your Farmers’ Market Haul (Bon Appétit)
The Bon Appétit test kitchen guide to grilling pizza focuses on the placement of dough on your grill (especially if you are using charcoal). Many good tips and suggestions here. What I want to try first? Squash blossoms, mozzarella, fontina, and chive blossoms.
6. Grilled Shakshuka Pizza (The Modern Proper)
I've seen plenty of pizzas topped with eggs, but for some reason I associated it with shakshuka, until now. Cumin and paprika alter the traditional red sauce flavors to reference shakshuka.
7. Charred Corn with Rosemary Grilled Pizza (Naturally Ella via Foodie Crush)
Along with summer squash, corn is perfect match for a summer pizza on a grill. (Check out our recent look at some great corn on the cob recipes). There are other summer pizzas that call for corn, but check out the flavor combination of this one, corn paired with gorgonzola.
8. Grilled Heirloom Tomato Pizza (Salt Pepper Skillet)
Summer can be an embarassment of riches. You come home from the farmer's market with a haul of heirloom tomatoes and they beg to be used in different ways besides salads. Here's your answer. The recipe couldn't be simpler and works with whatever tomatoes are available where you live.
9. Grilled Gluten-free Pizza with Peas, Lemon and Mint (Bojon Gourmet)
This pizza screams: fresh. One of the tricky things about grilled pizza is you want to cook the dough before you add the toppings, which can create some timing issues if you want to cook those toppings without burning the crust. In this case, the ingredients only need a few minutes to get warm.
10. Grilled White Pizza (What's Gaby Cooking)
The debate about what makes a pizza different from a flatbread will never be settled. For some people sauce makes the difference. In this view, any white pizza is a flatbread, but I'd argue certain toppings indicate white pizza (carmelized onions, mushrooms). Have that debate with this pizza over a glass of very cold rosé!
11. Grilled Summer Veggie Spelt Pizza (Wife Mama Foodie)
This is one of the most attractive grilled pizzas, popping with summer colors! You can certainly improvise with the list of bright summer veggies depending on what you have on hand. What catches my attention about the recipe itself is the sprouted spelt crust - it's probably going to behave and taste similar to whole wheat.
12. Grilled Peach, Basil and Goat Cheese Pizza (Jessica in the Kitchen)
If you are doing a series of pizzas on the grill, why not save a dessert pizza for last? Grilled fruit is definitely a bbq secret not everyone knows about, or at least doesn't turn too often enough. This recipe features what looks like an amazing basalmic reduction sauce, which will provide the perfect flavor counterpoint to the sweet fruit.
13. Grilled Fig Pizza with Balsamic Onions and Gorgonzola (Feasting at Home)
This pizza makes a lot of sense. Warm figs are great, with a tangy cheese, they're even better. Put that on a grilled pizza and this might be a new summer classic.
Bonus! Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Pizza (This Savory Vegan)
Here's a vegan pizza that would work well on the grill. Barbecue sauce acts as the sauce (here's a bunch of good barbecue sauce recipes if you want to do homemade). The cauliflower is tossed with sirachca and red wine vinegar, so there's going to be plenty of flavor.
If you have any favorite pizza grilling ideas (or favorite toppings), let me know in the comments! And again, if you're at all overwhelmed or don't know where to start, I've done posts about the building blocks here: pizza dough and how to grill pizza, so you can always jump in there and circle back for more inspiration! I've also posted a big list of pizza topping ideas. Enjoy!