I’m not going to lie, grilling pizza is not an easy task. It takes a bit of patience and quite a bit of practice, and if your grill is too hot you can easily burn the dough (and if it’s not hot enough, your dough won’t cook through). I know because I’ve done all these things. But it really is worth it. Grilling your pizza adds smoky flavor to the entire thing, and it is definitely an event.
First off, a word about the dough. Now, you probably aren’t going to go to the trouble of making your own, although I would always recommend it. Especially because you can now easily find pretty decent pre-made pizza dough at shops like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. It typically comes in a 12 to 16oz balls. Just make sure that whatever dough you do make or purchase isn’t overly sticky and floppy or your dough will slide right through the grate. You want a thicker, more substantial dough.
Bring your dough to room temperature for an hour before you start. You can do this while you get the toppings ready.
With sweet caramelized onions, nutty fontina cheese, and a bunch of garlic-kissed earthy wild mushrooms, this is one of my favorite pizzas, but feel free to use your favorite toppings using this method. This is what’s known as a white pizza, meaning it has no tomato sauce. I find that works well on the grill because the sauce does tend to make the crust a bit soggy if you over-do it.
The first step is to grill one side of the crust to get the crust to set. Then pull it off the grill and top the grilled side. Put the ungrilled side back onto the grill grate, and then cover the grill to mimic an oven so that the cheese will melt. This is where things can get tricky. I find that if the coals are too hot, your pizza will burn before the dough cooks through. A medium fire should do just fine. But make sure you move that dough around and rotate it so that you don’t end up in a hot spot. You want to evenly cook the dough on both sides.