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How To Make and Grill Pizza: Kid-Friendly Meals

Updated on August 4, 2012

Enjoy Grilling Pizza!

Forget Hamburgers! Grill Pizza!
Forget Hamburgers! Grill Pizza! | Source

Easy and Kid-Friendly Grilled Pizza

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Our kids love pizza. Sometimes nothing is more fun on a Friday night than letting kids have pizza and watch a movie. They think they are having a party! But when summer rolls around, my husband and I love grilling out and the kids want to be outside playing. How do you combine our fun times with pizza and our love of grilling?

Try grilled pizza.

About ten years ago, my husband and I had dinner at another couple’s house. They told us that dinner would be grilled pizza and drinks. The drinks I understood, but I was curious what the grilled pizzas were all about. Grilled pizzas are as fun to make as they are to eat.

We have continued this tradition and now enjoy making grilled pizza with our kids.We enjoy grilled pizza crust as its taste and texture differ from normal, oven baked pizza.

The only thing each family member’s pizza has in common is the starting point, a grilled pizza crust. The real fun comes with decorating the pizza. There is no need for the group to compromise on toppings when each crust is individual size. We set out multiple dishes with toppings. Once the crusts are ready, the kids enjoy adding the toppings exactly as they wish.

Remember that the crust is a canvas. The artwork is the pizza creation!

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 8 individual sized pizzas

Most Popular Family Pizza Toppings

  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Crumbled sausage
  • Mushrooms
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

Ingredients for Grilled Cheese Pizza

  • 2, 16 oz. Frozen pizza crusts, thaw in the refrigerator for one day
  • 2 jars Pizza sauce
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings: Choose additional toppings based on family preference

Preparing Thawed Pizza Dough

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Corn meal and sea salt combinedRoll pizza dough in the corn meal and sea saltPizza dough rolled outPizza dough rolled into fourths resulting in four indivdual servingsPulling the fourths of pizza doughSetting aside pizza dough on cookie sheet
Corn meal and sea salt combined
Corn meal and sea salt combined | Source
Roll pizza dough in the corn meal and sea salt
Roll pizza dough in the corn meal and sea salt | Source
Pizza dough rolled out
Pizza dough rolled out | Source
Pizza dough rolled into fourths resulting in four indivdual servings
Pizza dough rolled into fourths resulting in four indivdual servings | Source
Pulling the fourths of pizza dough
Pulling the fourths of pizza dough | Source
Setting aside pizza dough on cookie sheet
Setting aside pizza dough on cookie sheet | Source

Dough Preparation

Depending on time I prepare pizza dough one of two ways:

  • Using the bread machine on pizza dough setting
  • Thawing out frozen pizza dough

I prefer frozen pizza dough and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator so it is ready for me the next afternoon.

  1. Roll the dough over corn meal and sea salt. The corn meal adds texture and allows the dough to easily spread with a rolling pin. The sea salt adds flavor.
  2. Once the dough is rolled out, cut it into fourths.
  3. Hand pull each fourth into individual sized pizzas and set aside on a cookie sheet.

Toppings for Grilled Pizza

All the pizza toppings including grilled pizza crust
All the pizza toppings including grilled pizza crust

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Preparing The Pizza Toppings

My five year old daughter rolled the dough while I prepared the mushrooms and sausage on the stove. Once the sausage and mushrooms were cooked, we added them to the topping table which we had already started. The kids chose six toppings:

  • Cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet bell peppers

Preparing the Grill for Pizza Crust

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Be safe and use oven mitts when helping make grilled pizzaAfter cleaning grill grates, rub the grill with olive oil on a paper towel
Be safe and use oven mitts when helping make grilled pizza
Be safe and use oven mitts when helping make grilled pizza | Source
After cleaning grill grates, rub the grill with olive oil on a paper towel
After cleaning grill grates, rub the grill with olive oil on a paper towel | Source

Preparing the Grill for Grilled Pizza

  1. Prepare the grill grates. Because the last item grilled on our grill was beef, using a scraper, I cleaned the grates very thoroughly and rubbed the grates with olive oil on a paper towel. You don't want the crusts to stick to the grill grates.
  2. Start the grill, close the lid and let the temperature gauge reach about 400 degrees.
  3. Turn the temperature down to medium allowing the grill's temperature to settle in around 350 degrees.

Grilled Pizza Crusts

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First batch of grilled pizza crustsSet pizza dough directly on grill gratesAfter about three minutes and when dough is crusty, turn pizza crusts over
First batch of grilled pizza crusts
First batch of grilled pizza crusts | Source
Set pizza dough directly on grill grates
Set pizza dough directly on grill grates | Source
After about three minutes and when dough is crusty, turn pizza crusts over
After about three minutes and when dough is crusty, turn pizza crusts over | Source

Grilling Pizza Crusts

  1. Place pizza dough directly on the grill.
  2. Keep an eye on the crusts, checking every two minutes. Crusts can grill quickly depending on thickness of the crust and internal temperature of the grill!
  3. Keep a fork handy to pop any bubbles that form.
  4. When the crusts are crusty on the outside, they are done.
  5. On average, the crusts grill about three minutes per side.

Letting Kids Create Their Own Pizza

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Kids starting their grilled pizza creationsKids enjoying making pizzaAdding toppings to grilled pizzaYoungest son creating his pizzaGrilled pizzas ready to finish cooking
Kids starting their grilled pizza creations
Kids starting their grilled pizza creations | Source
Kids enjoying making pizza
Kids enjoying making pizza | Source
Adding toppings to grilled pizza
Adding toppings to grilled pizza | Source
Youngest son creating his pizza
Youngest son creating his pizza | Source
Grilled pizzas ready to finish cooking
Grilled pizzas ready to finish cooking | Source

Instructions for Assembling Grilled Pizzas

  1. Put grilled pizza crust on a cookie sheet.
  2. Let children assemble pizzas as they wish including sauce, cheese and toppings
  3. Place pizzas on grill at 350 degrees.
  4. Monitor pizzas. Estimate eight to ten minutes for pizzas toppings to be warm and the cheese to melt.
  5. Use large spatula to pull pizzas off the grill.
  6. Cut and enjoy!

Grilled Cheese Pizza

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 of one pizza dough
Calories 541
Calories from Fat243
% Daily Value *
Fat 27 g42%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 44 g15%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 14 g28%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Our Kids Enjoyed Their Own Pizza Creations!

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Grille pizza tastes great!Kids love pizzaYum!Pizza all over my face
Grille pizza tastes great!
Grille pizza tastes great! | Source
Kids love pizza
Kids love pizza | Source
Yum!
Yum! | Source
Pizza all over my face
Pizza all over my face | Source

Enjoy Your Grilled Pizzas!

The kids were laughing while they were making their pizza. They enjoyed checking the progress on the grill as their cheese melted. They ate it quickly because, of course, it was their own creation. My husband and I ate our own creations in peace as the happy, full bellied kids were talking about how much fun they had.

Try your own grilled pizza combinations.

Have fun enjoying the great weather and a new grilled menu item!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Letita, for taking the time to comment. Try it and let me know what you think!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I hope you find time to try this recipe out, emilybee! Let me know how it goes for you!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Janine, for reading. The kids had so much fun! Thanks for the share, too!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, vespawoolf, on the congrats and for taking the time to comment!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, ktrapp! We don't have power due to storms that rocked through Ohio, but I was so surprised to see that I received a hub prize! What a nice change from our lack of electricity. I had to find a hotspot across town to check my email and internet! Glad you loved the pizza, too.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      What a terrific idea! My first thought on seeing Grilled Pizza was "how do you transfer the ingredient layered dough to the grill?"Now I see that grilling the dough first is the solution! I'm sure the taste is phenomenal. Voted up.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      You have wonderful photos and instruction! This hub really details how to make grilled pizza. Thanks for sharing it! We'll surely try this sometime this summer.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      This not only sounds un, but delicious too. Thanks, I am pinning, sharing and voting up!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great hub! I've always wondered about grilling pizza. Congrats on placing in the contest!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      We must have both had grilled pizza on the mind this week. I made some for dinner the other night, so I can "second" the fact that it's fun and really tasty to make it this way. Congratulations on winning one of the daily recipe hub prizes. That's really awesome, especially with since your kids were involved too!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      The kids really enjoy making the pizzas and they were very excited that I said we were grilling pizzas. They ate the left over bread (crust) the next day at the pool. I hope you have a good time if you try grilling pizza, Simone! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is so cool- I've never heard of grilled pizza before either, but I love the idea, and how the whole process is social and inclusive! The pizzas look delicious and I'd love to have a go at grilling some of my own- surrounded by friends and family, of course!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the post and let me know what your husband thinks. We ate the left over pizza crust as flat bread the next day.

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      LOL... Posted this to Facebook because I thought my kids would like to do this with my grandbabies. I don't know what they thought, but my husband decided he wants to try it.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading, Just Ask Susan. Let me know if you have a chance to try and how it turns out!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have never tried to make pizza on the BBQ before, but will have to try this soon. Looks like fun.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      darryimdavis, let me know if you have a chance to try this way to make grilled pizza and if it works for you! Best of luck and thanks for reading!

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      I toyed with doing something like this a few times but never had a clear, doable-seeming idea. Thanks!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Angela_Michelle! The kids were pretty excited about the pizza. I am biased but I think they are cute kids! :) Thanks for commenting!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      What a creative great idea! Man your kids are adorable! You seem like an excellent mom!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      The kids had fun and our weather has been beautiful! We love being outside as much as we can. We decorated inside to avoid the bees. Thanks for reading, Laura.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      This sounds like so much fun to make as a family. What a good idea!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I love the taste of grilled pizza crust. The kids really enjoyed themselves. That always makes for a good dinner! Thanks for reading, jellygator!

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      I wouldn't have dreamed of it, but it sure looks like fun!