Help! My husband has a problem. He loves his grills and we don’t have a back yard. See, our little front balcony (well, thankfully not that little) is home to a gas grill, a charcoal grill, a smoker and 2, yes, 2 pizza grills. PLUS, he informed me he just ordered a second smoker. Why? Go ahead and ask me why we, empty nesters, need all this. I HAVE NO IDEA! But, he is happy…

pizza on the grill

So, when he received the shipping notice about the arrival of the second pizza grill, I received a text message. “New Grill Coming Today” and I calmly reply “Ok”. But really boiling inside, wondering why the heck do we need yet another grill…

Anyway, after I accepted the fact that there’s going to be little room left on balcony for anything other than grills, we made wonderful pizza with a new dough recipe I finally perfected! Please don’t be afraid to make your own dough, seriously. This is even something you can do with the kids and they get to see it rise and have fun. Fresh, homemade dough just makes the pizza taste so much better, so I really think it’s worth the effort. Just try it once and see if you agree. If not, you can always go back to the store bought…

So, here you go…enjoy the fruits of my 2 pizza grill family!

Pizza Dough for the Grill

A quick and easy homemade pizza dough recipe.
Author Dana Zucker


  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active yeast you can also use instant
  • 1/4 cup olive oil; please do not substitute
  • 4 cups all purpose flour you may need an additional tablespoon or two
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place water and yeast in the bowl and mix a few times, then let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add in olive oil and stir.
  3. Mix in flours one cup at a time and then add salt.
  4. Once all is added and it is a bit shaggy, either turn mixer to 2-4 and let the dough hook do its work or turn onto your counter with a little flour and start kneading.
  5. Once springy, put back in the bread bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap and wrap the whole bowl in a towel and let it be.
  6. After 2-3 hours, your dough will be double in size and ready to make pizza.
  7. Divide into 3 pieces and start throwing your dough or rolling or stretching, whichever you like.
  8. Your pizza is now ready to be dressed with ingredients of your choosing and baked.
  9. Follow your pizza grill instructions for baking.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can either be made in a Kitchen Aid or by hand. Either way, you will need a bowl for the dough to rise in and the dough will double in size in 2-3 hours, so no need to make days in advance.
You will follow the same instructions if you are using a Kitchen Aid or doing by hand. The only difference is in how you mix. If by mixer, knead on low speed (2-4) for about 5 minutes; if mixing by hand, knead about 8 minutes.

Rising dough…

pizza dough for the grill

Ingredients of your choosing…


Ready for the grill…