Making a pizza at home is always fun, but have you ever wondered if you can bake a pizza on your grill? The truth is, this is not a crazy idea at all. There are actually a couple of reasons why grilling a pizza might actually work even better than baking in a conventional oven.
First of all, traditional pizza ovens are made to bake the pizza at extremely hot temperatures. The standard oven most of us have in our kitchens simply doesn’t get that hot. While the pizza will come out just fine even at lower temperatures, it will not have the beautiful, crunchy crust like pizzas make in wood-burning pizza ovens.
Moreover, baking pizzas in your kitchen can make the whole kitchen really hot. Especially in the summer, this might be something you would rather avoid. So why not take all the heat outside and bake the pizza on your grill? We really can’t see a reason no to.
In fact, pizzas can be made both on charcoal grills and on grills that run on gas. To help you narrow down your choices, today we’ll talk about the best grills for making a pizza in your own back yard.
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Grilling Pizza Over Charcoal
The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is one of the classics and probably among the most popular charcoal grill models out there.
This is grill comes without bells and whistles, but it comes with everything you need for a fantastic grilling experience, and we also found it works great for grilling pizza over charcoal.
So let’s start at the beginning. First of all, the bowl and lid on this grill are what you’d expect from Weber and what they use for most of their charcoal grills – both the bowl and the lid are covered with porcelain enamel.
Thanks to this, they retain heat really well and keep it inside the grill while also being durable and resistant to corrosion and rust.
- Holds up to 13 burgers made with a Weber burger press; Built-in lid thermometer
- One-Touch cleaning system with high-capacity ash catcher provides hassle-free ash cleanup
- Porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel
- Use the lid hook to avoid placing the lid on the ground while grilling
- Cooking grate is hinged for easily adding charcoal while grilling
Concerning the actual grilling area – you get a circular grilling grate measuring 22 inches in diameter with this grill. This is just perfect for making pizza, as it allows you to make pizzas of any size you like – up to 22 inches in diameter.
Moreover, the grilling grates are hinged (you can lift the part on the side without moving the grate) which lets you arrange the coals without having to disassemble half of the grill.
Finally, this grill comes with it’s own stand which is really stable and also features an enclosed ash catcher below the bowl for extra safety.
The round, 22-inch grilling grate is just perfect for pizza
The porcelain-enameled bowl and lid conserve the heat allowing you to reach extremely hard temperatures
The enclosed ash catcher ensures there is no mess whatsoever
A durable and well-built grill
The assembly can be a little bit tricky
Pizzacraft PC7001 PizzaQue Deluxe Outdoor Pizza Oven Kettle Grill Conversion Kit
Grilling pizza on a charcoal grill is no problem. You can use a pizza stone, a pizza pan, or even grill the crust right on the grilling grates. However, if you want to kick it up a notch and take your pizza grilling game to a whole new level, you can use the PizzaQue Conversion Kit to transform your charcoal grill into a real pizza oven.
The Pizzacraft PC7001 PizzaQue Deluxe Outdoor Pizza Oven Kettle Grill Conversion Kit will fit many kinds of kettle-style charcoal grills, specifically the models that measure 18 or 22 inches in diameter (one of which is the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill we mentioned before).
- Transform the kettle grill you already own into a pizza oven
- Achieves high temperature and smoky flavor of professional, wood-fired pizza ovens (about 900 F)
- Fits many grill models including Weber and Home Depot’s Master Forge kettle grills (18” and 22.5” models)
- Cooks a pizza in 3 to 5 minutes
- Deluxe kit includes: stainless steel kettle converter with built-in thermometer, 15” round Cordierite pizza stone, 13” wide folding aluminum pizza peel, charcoal fence and flex door with hooks (door may ship separately)
The most important part of this grill is, of course, the converter itself that goes inside your grill. The converter is made of stainless steel, really easy to install, and comes with a built-in thermometer.
When you install the converter, you basically already have a pizza oven in your backyard. However, when you buy the PizzaQue Deluxe Outdoor Pizza Oven Kettle Grill Conversion Kit, you will also get a range of useful accessories.
These include a 13-inch pizza stone, an aluminum pizza peel, a pizza pan for serving and a useful recipe book full of interesting ideas.
Easy to install and use
It’s almost like having a real pizza oven in your backyard
Makes amazing pizzas
Comes with a range of accessories included
It’s hard to achieve temperatures as high as a real pizza oven, but this doesn’t mean the pizzas don’t come out great
Doesn’t fit perfectly with all of the grills in this size range
Pizza On A Gas Grill
Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
When it comes to grilling pizza, there are basically only two things you need in a grill. The first one is obviously enough space, but, secondly, you also want a grill that can get hot enough. If we are talking about gas grills, a portable grill with a single 5,000-BTU burner just won’t cut it.
This is why we suggest Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill as a great grill for making pizza (but one that is also capable of doing much more, of course).
The Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill is equipped with 3 stainless steel burners, each one offering 10,000 BTU of grilling power for a total of 30,000 BTU which is more than enough to achieve the scorching hot temperatures you need for a perfect pizza.
- Boasts the GS4 grilling system with improved infinity ignition, burners, porcelain-enameled Glamorizer Bars, and grease Management system
- Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates
- 529 Square inches of cooking space over three burners. Left Table down width - 42 inches
- 30, 000 BTU-per-hour input main burners with fuel gauge
- Open cart design with six tool hooks and two large wheels.Built-in lid thermometer
Other than that, it’s also good to know that this grill gives you a total of 529 inches of grilling space, which is more than enough for a pizza, and can even fit multiple pizzas at the same time. The grill also comes with a nicely designed cart with a side table and gives you the ability to control each of the three burners separately.
With a total of 30,000 BTU, this grill definitely gives you enough heat to make a pizza
Includes a thermometer built into the lid
The porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates spread heat evenly
Well-built and durable
Easy to use
Some users found the frame to be a little flimsy
Assembling the grill can be a little complicated
As we have already mentioned, pizzas can be made both on gas grills and on charcoal grills, and which one you choose is really a matter of personal choice.
In both cases, you can use a pizza pan or a pizza stone to keep the crust flat and the temperature evenly spread, but you can also bake the crust directly on the grilling grates – no, it will not fall through!
If a gas grill is what you are looking for, we recommend the Weber 45010001 Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill as it is both large enough and powerful enough to make a great pizza. On the other hand, if you prefer grilling over charcoal, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, or any other similar kettle-style grill is definitely the way to go.
And if you want to get as close to a pizza oven in your yard as possible, get a Pizzacraft PC7001 PizzaQue Deluxe Outdoor Pizza Oven Kettle Grill Conversion Kit to go with your charcoal grill – we promise you won’t regret it!