Three Cheese Grilled Pizza

I have two favorite things about living in New Jersey.  First is having the luxury of living in the secluded countryside while only being a short train ride away from one of the world’s biggest and greatest cities.  And second, is pizza.  Good classic Italian pizza (and all other Italian deliciousness you find everywhere).

I rarely make pizza at home because we are surrounded by so many wonderful restaurants with those blazing brick ovens.  The ones that cook your pizza to a crispy, flavorful perfection within seconds.  But sometimes in the summer, when grilling season is upon us, I love to put on my sweats, grab a glass of wine and put a cheesy pizza over the coals.  It’s the next best thing to the brick oven kind. 

And if you’re like me, you’ll seek out your favorite pizza shop and buy the dough already made for only a couple of dollars.  More time to sit back, relax and soak up these sweet summer nights.

Three Cheese Grilled Pizza

This is more of the method opposed to a recipe.  Use whatever toppings you like.  For the three cheese pizza I used Shredded Provolone, Fresh Mozzarella and Shaved Parm, and it was superb.

  • Prepared pizza dough
  • Tomato sauce, recipe below
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings (I used shredded provolone, fresh mozzarella and topped with parmesan and basil, but you can use whatever you’d like!)

Tomato Sauce

(This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so if you’re only making one pizza, freeze the rest of it in individual ziplock bags to reuse in the future.)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes

Heat a saucepan to medium and add garlic, oil, red pepper and salt. Continue to saute for just about a minute. Add tomato paste, oregano and basil and cook for a minute longer. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for about 5 minutes and then adjust seasonings according to taste.

For the Grilled Pizza

Roll out dough on floured surface.  I like a thin crust, but don’t roll it out too thin or else it will burn quickly on the grill. Once your dough is rolled out heat the grill to med/high and have your sauce and toppings ready to go. 

Place the floured dough on a pizza peel (or back of a cookie sheet) and slide the dough onto the grill.  It should only take a few minutes, but check frequently to ensure it doesn’t burn.  You want it to have a nice browned bottom.  Once the bottom is browned remove from the grill with a spatula and pizza peel.

With the grilled side up, brush with olive oil and then add your sauce (a very thin layer of sauce is all you need).  Add the rest of your toppings beginning with the cheese.  Place the pizza back on the grill and cook covered until the bottom begins to brown and the cheese melts. 

Finish with fresh basil if desired.

UPDATE: If you are using the back of a cookie sheet or other surface, instead of a pizza peel which is made specifically for handling pizza dough, make sure you dust it with plenty of flour to ensure your dough does not stick to the surface when trying to transfer.  Or, it may just have to be a two person job!



Filed under All Posts, Appetizers and the likes, Great for a barbeque, Happy hour anyone?, Holidays - 4th of July, New Jersey, Pizza, Recipes, Seasonal - Summer

173 responses to “Three Cheese Grilled Pizza

  1. Erina

    Serendipitious timing b/c I just so happen to have pizza dough in my fridge that I recently got at Trader Joes, and I just so happen to have been craving grilled pizza. Thanks!!

  2. Hey, great pizza. It would be great if you linked it in to Food on Friday Series which is all about pizza this week.

  3. This pizza is really really ridiculously good looking!

  4. Grant Lewis

    This is absolutely delicious

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  6. reveles123


  7. This made me instantly hungry.That pizza looks so good I tried to eat my computer screen 😦

  8. OMG….my mouth is watering. They just don’t know how to make good pizza here in SoCal.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  9. virginiaalamode

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  10. This looks so yummy! Craving pizza now… if only I had a decent kitchen… and hadn’t already had dinner…

  11. Carlie Chew

    Yumm, I’ve always wanted to know how to make grilled pizza. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  12. Know what the hubby will be cooking for dinner!

  13. OMG I am so hungry right now! Pizza is always on the top of my crave list! I always swing by Original Pizza and Tony’s in Canarsie and Mill Basin, Brooklyn when I don’t have time to make my own 😉 Thank you for the recipe!

  14. Can’t wait to try it. Our favorite pizza place in the ENTIRE world is Turoni’s Pizza in Evansville, Indiana. It’s a brewery with beer baked into the thin, crispy crust and endless fresh toppings fired in a blazing brick oven. I never even thought about trying to buy the crust there but will do so soon!! Loved your post!!

  15. amb

    oh, YUM. And congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

  16. Fantastic! Looking forward to trying red pepper flakes in the sauce… 🙂 Thank you!

  17. lori martin gregory

    Thanks so much! This sounds and looks delish. If you get a chance, stop by my ‘place.’ Cheers!

  18. NUM. We’re finally hitting some warmer weather here in the Netherlands and I may soon be the proud owner of a tiny potbellied grill — I’m stoked to try out this idea!

  19. I just bought a grill yesterday and today I stumble upon your beautiful, delicious looking pizza. I think it’s a sign. 🙂

  20. Reblogged this on Insight and commented:
    I am always looking for new recepies for great pizza. I never of making izza on a grill!

  21. Wow, that looks awesome! I love pizza! What else do you like to grill? I love grilling vegetables! My favorite is cabbage! It’s amazing!

  22. D’awwwe, looks & sounds delicious!

  23. That looks soooo good! I’m stuck with yucky ham and bean soup tonight. 😦

  24. Oh wow this looks absolutely divine!

  25. Pizza from Philly and NYC are the best….oh yeah I love me a good chicago pizza too!
    I’m from Philly but live in FL…and needless to say it can be pretty hard finding a good crust down here!

  26. carolinebakker

    Reblogged this on Caroline Bakker and commented:
    Here’s a beautiful recipe from Daily Crave. Natalie Lewis (founder of Daily Crave) has reached ‘freshly pressed’ and below you can see why! This is a great yummy beautiful recipe.
    Personally I love making pizza’s so here’s another great pizza idea! Enjoy! Much love Caroline

  27. Reblogged this on LifeDelicacy's Blog and commented:
    Pizza is Amazing, extra cheesy delicious!

  28. There’s nothing quite like pizza on the grill, but this kicks it up a notch. Love your cheese choice. 🙂

  29. Vintage Living Magazine

    Did you say grilled pizza? Looks wonderful! Have to try it! 🙂

  30. Natalie, if you don’t have your own website yet, you might want to consider doing so. You would have more creative freedom. It’s not hard to do either, click on the following link for an easy to follow tutorial. Bon appetite!

  31. any suggestions on a gluten free version of this?!?! – gabriel roybal

  32. Looks so good! Thanks for posting this.

  33. mowanling

    It lookS so great . Must try it.~`.

  34. pizza yang enak….(you can translate it !)

  35. I adore grilled pizza. Makes for a fun party idea, too. Set out a variety of toppings and let guests make their own. One of the most popular I make is a white pizza with sour cream, grilled red onions and smoked salmon with fresh chives. If you don’t make your own pizza crust and want a crust you know you love, see if your fave pizza joint will sell you some.
    Some will.

  36. Alyssa

    That is such a yummy-looking pizza. Thanks for sharing the recipe and congrats on making this post to freshly pressed. 🙂

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  37. Reblogged this on shonsodiva and commented:
    The Three Cheese Grilled Pizza via Natalie Lewis of DailyCrave

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  39. Manisha Choudhary

    yummy…..cant wait

  40. Yum! Love your site and I’m planning on starting to blog on my site( about healthy eating. Some of your food does look healthy so I will be sharing your site for sure.
    Kamal Johl

  41. brookalice

    wow!!! this is really cool … i like it!

  42. Joanna Aislinn

    Looks awesome, Natalie. I’m a Jersey girl too and started putting together my own pies a year or so ago. I’m blessed with a neighborhood bakery whose dough is awesome; my family prefers homemade to any pizza in the area. Bought some whole wheat dough last night–just might toss that baby on the grill! Thanks!

    One question: how do you get it not to stick to the grill?

    • Hi Joanna. If you make sure the grill is hot before you put the pizza on and also don’t try to flip it too soon, I’ve never had a problem with it sticking. If you do, you can brush a little olive oil onto the grill before you put the pizza on.

  43. That pizza looks good!
    I’m going to try to make really soon.

  44. I’ve never tried grilling my own pizza before, but this really makes me want to fire up my old grill!

  45. mmmmmmmm pizza…. my favourite!

  46. This looks delicious! I want one.

    You might like my project – We’re currently on a mission to find the best burgers in the world, starting with Scotland.

  47. L

    Yum! Looks delicious 🙂 Congrats on being Pressed!

  48. Don’t you love the simplicity of recipes like this? I do believe I’ll make this over the weekend and pour up some Blackberry Smashes to boot. Do tell…what is a pizza peel?

  49. Thanks for a wonderful reminder! I love grilled pizza! Though I’ve been adventurous and have made culinary creations, our favourite is still the Sunday night Epic Pizza: everything left over in the frig from a weekend of cottage entertaining. I get the chicken and goat cheese, my husband and kids get the ‘kitchen sink’ version!!

  50. Reblogged this on TEES AND MORE and commented:
    A Must try… Looks so good 🙂

  51. Thanks for this recipe. I love pizza and this looks yummy.

  52. Pop the gluten-free version of that yummy pizza on the grill, and I’m there with you.

  53. This pizza looks so good, I could almost lick the screen. Yuumm

  54. I’d so swap my lunch for this pizza of yours.
    But – is this Three Cheese Grilled Pizza better than three Grilled Cheese ones? 🙂

  55. Nothing screams Jersey like a Fresh made awesome pizza!!! I have never thought about grilling my Pizza, Thanks for the idea.

  56. You’re inspiring me to go buy a grill!

  57. It seems interesting that you can simply slide pizza dough off of a cookie sheet raw! Maybe with a ton of flour! I like the idea of grilled pizza though, seems to ring summer! Congrat’s on being FP’d and thanks for sharing.

  58. delightsanddisciplines

    Oh my goodness!! I can not wait to share this with my husband!! He loves to cook, and he loves his grill! A match made in Heaven! Yummy!

  59. Looks delicious, I love pizza but I’m on healthy eating kick at the moment so this is a no no. Gutted!
    Steven Wade Dundee and Edinburgh

  60. That looks incredible! I have never grilled a pizza before, but I will now!

  61. grilled pizza! Looks AMAZING!!!

  62. We love grilled pizza and have had good luck with them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  63. thegirlbehindthepen

    That looks delicious! I’d love to taste that. Craving for pizza :O

  64. Geez, that is so delicious looking. Drool~~~

  65. It does sound strange but it never occurred to me that you could make grilled pizza… with a grill. Gosh it looks better than those oven kinds. Great work at making us all crave pizza!

  66. That looks amazing! I know about the whole pizza store thing. I live in NJ too and there are pizza shops, diners and beer stores on almost every block. Looking forward to summer grillin’, hope you are too! 🙂

  67. Reblogged this on EMPOWERED RESULTS ~ Creating A Difference In Our Communities… and commented:
    For the past couple of days, I have had pizza for lunch. This looks like a great recipe to try this summer! I am so grateful to find such yummy-looking recipes!

  68. superb ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,awwwwwww Mouth Watering,,,,,,,
    Awesome post indeed

  69. solfasila

    Grilled pizza!! Never had one, I’m really gonna try this.

  70. oh God, pizzas! I love them! :DDD

  71. geologyfreak

    wow……. amazing……. i am going to market!! NOW!!

  72. jamino23

    Nice….3 cheese is one of my favourites, one for the mother in law i think

  73. It’s always a great time for pizza! This one looks great, 3 Cheese has always been a favorite of mine 🙂

  74. the pizza looks divine i have looked at your other posts it seems you have the same passion for food as i do

  75. I recommend making a pizza sauce from scratch by roasting fresh tomatoes, garlic and red bell peppers. Peel it all and mash or blend, reduce in a pot on the stove. You can control the salt, spice and herbs to suit your pizzas!

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I often make tomato sauces from fresh tomatoes and they are always great! This is a nice alternative for a quick sauce to whip up for pizza without having to turn your oven on.

  76. I had my first experience with grilled pizza last year…and it was so good!!! Sure beats the typical cook-in-oven or order-from-down-the-street pizza. We had personal sized whole wheat crusts that were rolled thin, then had a whole array of toppings to mix and match from pepperoni and cheese to chicken, sausage, feta cheese, olives, all kinds of veggies, oils and sauces. It was awesome!!! Great idea for a party. I will definetely have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  77. Reblogged this on easyhomemaking and commented:
    Thanks for sharing the tips and recipe! Love to try soonest! Looks yummy!

  78. jfml97

    very good page

  79. Good food is love. Must try!

  80. getyerwitsoutforthelads

    Looks delicious!!! Great post, thanks for making me drool, haha!

  81. Oh yum!!!! That is on my weekend menu – thanks for sharing!!!

  82. Susan T's Kitchen

    The pizza looks so delicious! Thanks.

  83. mdprincing

    Great stuff. We make our own dough now and freeze individual servings so we can pull one out in the morning to make that night. I also use porcelain tiles as my stone on the grill, I get the 16×16 size and let it heat up slowly to 550-600 F. Love Pizza night, I can’t wait to try your sauce

  84. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.. We have pizza on a regular basis and nothing is better than home-made! I’m following you now:) ps love your background:)

  85. yum didnt realise u could make that simple pizza! 🙂

  86. I’m just having coffee, havent even had breakfast yet, and am hungry. For pizza! lol Think pizza will be in the works soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

  87. megacolby

    Reblogged this on Colby is Mega.

  88. JPK

    i have to make this asap

  89. Oh, I’m so going to hijack my sister’s BBQ grill to make this! So delicious! Thanks for the pictures as proof that it doesn’t all ooze between the grill and wind up on fire!

  90. Reblogged this on Ear to the Hive and commented:
    I love this idea and have had it before but been too afraid to actually try it. I’m used to grilling meat, not doughy things. Since I’m a Louisiana girl, I would probably use shredded provolone, shredded gouda, and shredded fontina cheeses, then add La. Gulf shrimp and lump crab meat. I would also use the fresh basil out of my flower bed (that’ts the only place I had to plant it). What variations would you do?

  91. This pizza looks amazing and of course I have a massive pizza craving now too! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  92. Sounds delicious. There are really good pizza places where I live too, but there’s just nothing like home cooked pizza to me. I use Mama Mary’s pizza crust and spread olive oil on the top side of it. Then just add your favorite ingredients. Mine are pizza sauce, four cheese blend (Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and Fontina), pepperonis, Italian seasonings, and a little sprinkled Parmesan cheese. Now that’s some good pizza!

  93. Because of your post, and thanks to freshly pressed, I no longer have everything I need for the weekend. Congrats! and thanks..

  94. awi

    Reblogged this on escritura.

  95. Reblogged this on Sweet, Salty 'N Sour and commented:
    Perfect! Just got a new barbecue with an actual spot for making pizzas! Very COOL! Keep cooking! 🙂

  96. Mmmmm….I love cheese pizza! It looks so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. nothing better than hot pizza on a summer’s night – this looks amaazing! 😀

  98. Em

    Ohmygosh, I salivated at the title….don’t get me started on the photos! This looks delicious! If only I didn’t suck in every possible way when it comes to cooking…

  99. I just made grilled pizza too, but I use unglazed quarry tiles – it kinda makes my gas grill into a pizza oven!

  100. Wow! Grilled pizza….. I’ve never tried it! Since I’m a “real” Italian I make pizza every week… Saturday is my pizza time!

  101. YUM! This looks so delicious. I’ve never made my own pizza before but grilling is such an interesting idea that I might just have to give it a try this summer. I’m definitely writing this recipe down. Congrats on FP!

  102. KharmaIsis

    I am on my way to get pizza dough and fire up the grill now. I was mildly hungy when I logged on – am now starving. Thx!

  103. pueppi


  104. That pizza looks so deliciously mouth-watering, I’m glad I decided to check out your post! Now I have a new recipe to show my sister when she decides to make another pizza :]

  105. Oh yummy. And I love NJ for the same reasons!

  106. very rich taste….am hungry now…wkwkwkwwk! greeting from

  107. This sounds delicious, even thinking of making it for dinner tonight!

  108. dosaunecompany

    it’s awsome! am hungry now too

  109. Anjana

    Reblogged this on lemonyjazz and commented:

  110. Wowww, this is really awsome… Very nice preperation and presentation… We love this smart idea…

  111. So Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Reblogged this on orgullosamenteanormal and commented:
    Ugh, now I want this. Please?

  113. Sacrificing pizza to stay thin is bloody tough with teasing pics like this, still a moment on the lips and all that 🙂

  114. wooow looks so good…
    I just remember that i have some pizza dough in my fridge too

  115. Reblogged this on 323 Archery Shoot and commented:
    Mmmmm… pizza!!!

  116. This looks great, and sounds simple too. Bookmarking this one for sure!
    How about a dough recipe? Do you have one to recommend?

  117. Reblogged this on amateuraficionado and commented:
    Yet another recipe I have to try….

  118. I used this method before building my own clay oven. I recommend a wood fired grill over a propane one. Use hickory for the best flavor.

  119. I’ve never made my own Pizza, but I do buy it in NJ every time I visit my friends there (I live in NY).

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  121. Ooh… I’ve never thought to grill pizza! Hmm… A good idea to keep in mind for next time…

  122. Grilled Pizza recipe, that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks:)

  123. this pizza looks divine! I am soooo trying this recipe! thank you!

  124. TJ

    Looks like I know what I am making for dinner (switch wine with whiskey)

  125. Grilled pizza makes my life better.

  126. Reblogged this on Monique Terez and commented:
    I love pizza! Check out this recipe.

  127. DCM

    Love making pizza on the BBQ! My favorite is moz, basil & hot sausage. Can’t really go wrong with grilling pizza… unless you burn it.

  128. Reblogged this on tenleymyers2 and commented:
    Tenley Myers

  129. this look RIDICULOUSLY good…thank you. xo

  130. I have been wanting to do pizza on the grill forever! This looks so good… (awesome food-photography, btws)

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  132. YWS

    That looks like an exceptionally tasty and ultra-thin pizza, yummy!

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  136. Now all I need is a grill…this pizza looks amazing!

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