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Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe

This Grilled Pizza is the best way to make pizza at home! It’s crispy, grilled flatbread pizza layered with cream cheese, chicken, mushrooms and onions. This is the next best thing to a pizza made in a wood fired oven. The heat and hint of smoke from the grill take this grilled pizza to the next level.


We have convinced ourselves to believe that pizza is not a good meal choice because, it’s considered “junk food.” Well, it’s junk food when you buy it from a fast food place, but homemade pizza is not junk food. AMiright?!

Really though, pizza can actually be a wonderfully balanced meal. Stay with me here. You have a thin flat bread crust, topped with fresh ingredients, such as veggies, herbs, a little bit of cheese, and your choice of protein; chicken, turkey, sausage, etc…

For an even lighter alternative, grab my recipe for Keto Pizza Margherita. 😍

top view of grilled pizza


We love to grill and we love pizza, so I decided to make grilled pizza. 🙌

Since the best pizza is almost always prepared in a wood-fired hot oven, grilling pizza has to be the closest method to achieving that greatness. The grill can get pretty hot resulting in a delicious pizza that is chewy with a crispy crust, and it might be the best pizza you’ll ever have. 🍴 

Besides, who wants to heat up the oven to make pizza in the middle of summer?! Now, you won’t have to. Fire up the grill!


Hot Tip: When grilling pizza, you need to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go.

  • Refrigerated pizza dough – you can also use homemade pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • Cream cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • red onions
  • shredded Mozzarella Cheese

raw pizza dough on top of cookie sheet

pizza dough topped with cheese, mushrooms, chicken and onions

How to Make Grilled Pizza:

  1. The first thing we’re going to do is roll out the dough on top of a lightly floured cookie sheet, and press it down with your fingers to flatten it a bit.
  2. Then, slide the dough onto the preheated grill and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until it starts to brown on the bottom.
  3. Remove pizza crust from grill; flip it over, brush grilled-side with olive oil, and spread with cream cheese.
  4. Next, layer all of the ingredients on top.
  5. Pop the pizza back onto the grill for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and everything is heated through.
  6. Remove from grill; let stand couple minutes before cutting and serving.

grilled pizza with toppings set on top of a baking sheet

How to Store Grilled Pizza

  • The best way to store this pizza is to stack and wrap: Place a single layer of slices on a dinner plate. Place a sheet of wax, foil or parchment paper. Then keep stacking, alternating pizza and paper, until all the pizza is on the plate. Tightly wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: You can also freeze your pizza. Prepare the pizza the same way and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. To avoid freezer burn, double wrap the pizzas. You can do two layers of plastic wrap or one layer of plastic wrap and one layer of foil. Lay pizzas flat in the freezer.

Reheating Frozen Pizza

When reheating your frozen pizza it requires a method that will crisp up the crust. Thus, you want to reheat the pizza using the dry heat of a hot conventional oven to crisp the crust and melt the cheese.

squared slice of pizza topped with chicken and mushrooms

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top view of a grilled pizza topped with Cheese, mushrooms, chicken, and red onions

Grilled Pizza

Katerina | Diethood
Crispy and grilled flatbread pizza layered with cream cheese, chicken, mushrooms and onions. 
5 from 8 votes
Servings : 12 slices
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ⅓ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 4 ounces cooked/grilled chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • Olive oil


  • Preheat the grill to HIGH.
  • Prepare the dough and shape it on top of a cutting board or a flat cookie sheet.
    Lightly flour the surface so that the dough does not stick.
  • Once the grill is hot, brush the grates with olive oil.
  • Slide the pizza dough off the baking sheet and onto the grill.
  • Close the grill and grill the dough for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned on the bottom.
  • Check if the dough is browned underneath. If it’s not browned, give it another minute.
  • Take the dough off the grill with a pair of tongs and put it back on top of the cookie sheet or cutting board.
  • Turn the pizza crust over, browned-side up.
  • Brush with a bit of olive oil, then spread the cream cheese over the entire pizza crust.
  • Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese, red onions, shredded cooked chicken, and mushrooms.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Put the pizza back on the grill.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-high, and close the lid.
  • Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Pull the pizza off the grill onto a cutting board and let it rest for a minute or so before cutting and serving.


Serving: 1 Slice | Calories: 171 kcal | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 25 mg | Sodium: 356 mg | Potassium: 88 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 203 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 105 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 17 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken dinner, grilled pizza, grilling recipes, pizza
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93 comments on “Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe”

      1. Hi Katerina,
        Is it possible to cook this pizza in the oven or broiler?
        Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

        1. Katerina - Diethood
          Katerina Petrovska

          Sure! Prepare the pizza all the way through – you don’t have to prebake the crust. Once assembled, bake the pizza at 450˚F to 475˚F for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted and golden. Toward the end of the cooking time you can sprinkle on a little more cheese.

  1. What a delicious way to make pizza!! It adds such a great flavor! Can’t wait for our next pizza night to try it!

  2. What a genius idea pizza on the grill! We did this for a family birthday party it was perfect everyone got to top off their pizza and it was easy and delicious. Thanks for the idea!

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    Jared (Random Food Blog)

    This looks so good! one question for you though; I have the same exact grill and the grates have warped so badly. Are your’s holding up and do you think it would affect the pizza? Each one is bowed up about a half inch in the middle.

    1. Katerina - Diethood

      Hi Jared! I’ve had the grill for two years and so far it’s good… R2D2 has been treating us well! 🙂

    1. Katerina - Diethood

      Thank you for sharing this recipe with me!! I’ll definitely give this a try… sounds incredibly simple!!

  4. I know Im a day late and dollar short but girl I hope you saved me a slice of that because it sounds great!

  5. Wow, I never would have thought of trying cream cheese as a pizza topping, but I can see how deliciously it must pair with the spice of a red onion. Can’t wait to try it.

    Also, your photography (and that gorgeous wood table on which it happens!) is simply stunning.

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    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Love the combination of flavors – I bet it was just divine! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Oh Kate, pizza is pizza and grilled is always a great way to have it! This one looks absolutely scrumptious! R2D2 is absolutely cute!

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    Kim - Liv Life

    Kate… I’m a little bit behind, but what a great job you did!! We’ve been out of town and this was one of the first posts I’m catching up on. Gorgeous photos, as usual. Love the toppings, and well, I won’t admit it anywhere else, but I occasionally use the same dough you did!! 😉

  9. It looks fantastic! I must let my husband know of this recipe. He love pizza and make great pizza too. He posted it on my blog also. Congratulations on top 9!

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    Emily @

    I’ve never thought to put cream cheese on pizza before, but that looks incredible! Must try ASAP!

  11. anyway you make it, homemade pizza is always the best! I have not tried grilling pizza yet or using cream cheese, both sound heavenly!
    Congrats on the top 9 today!

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    I have been meaning to try grilling a pizza for a long time. I think that this post finally has me convinced to give it a try. It looks SO good. One of my kidlets is allergic to tomatoes so I am forever looking for alternative “sauces” for pizza. The cream cheese is genius! We will definitely give it a try.

  13. It’s so hard to get a good shot of a pizza. Great job, and delish looking pizza, too. Way to go, Kate!

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    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

    I won’t judge, not at all! I stopped making my own pizza dough when Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough came into my life. It’s really good! You don’t even need to add water, just let rest on the counter for a half hour, roll out and it’s ready to use.

    I’ve never used cream cheese on pizza but it’s a great idea. Love this pizza!

    Congrats on Top 9 and hope you feel better soon!

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    Heather @ DIYduJour

    WOW! I am trying this soon – I keep meaning to make one, and I’m glad I found a new recipe!

  16. I have been meaning to grill pizza forever; this post is a sign that I must get off my duff and do it. I never thought to put cream cheese on pizza!

  17. This looks wonderful!!! I love the use of cream cheese and grilling the pizza on the bbq grill is brilliant. As always fantastic pictures….I must know what camera you use. I want one and a slice of that pizza. : )

  18. I love Liv Life too! This pizza sounds like the perfect treat to grill on a beautiful summer day! Good thing I’ve got some leftover pizza dough in the fridge because I’m really thinkin’ about making this for dinner tonight =)

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    Hester Casey - Alchemy

    Kate, this looks really great – grilled pizza? Fantastic. I LOVE R2D2! It’s a grill with real character. Congratulations on the No.1 spot!

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    I love that your grill is named R2D2 and that your pizza has cream cheese and mushrooms on it, YUM 🙂

  21. Interesting topping the pizza with cream cheese. I’ll bet it’s awesome! I have never grilled a pizza but it looks like it came out great! Time to break out my dough 🙂

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    Marmande in the Kitchen

    Pizza on the grill is really good, and I love the idea of using cream cheese. My grilled pizza never looks as good as yours – that looks great!

  23. Oh I so wish I had a grill…and your pizza to put on that imaginary grill. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cream cheese based pizza but I think that’s about to change real soon!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    This pizza looks incredible. I love how you put cream cheese on the pizza. YUM!!! 🙂

  25. Kate, this must be one of the fastest and most satisfying dishes ever in the summer – LOL, bet your neighbours were sniffing out that grilled pizza after their steaks. I also saw Kim’s one and now this – I’m going to have to bring out that BBQ! This is fab.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Looks fantastic!! I’m too scared to grill my own pizza just yet… so far I’ve only used naan on the grill.

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    Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutrtional Calculator

    My judgement is that this is absolutely stunning! I love pizza and the dough looks crispy

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    Awesome pizza my dear…it looks so healthy and tasty. I love pizza cooked in a BBQ (nice to meet you R2 D2) nd this is a winner. Will have to make it.

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    Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    Love the pizza and love the photo! I saw Kim’s post on her pizza dough too and I have it bookmarked to try. I thought it would be fun to do some individual pizzas so everyone has their favorite topping.

  30. I’ve never grilled pizza either, but I see one in my future. Your pizza looks so good, and your directions are very clear and easy. I love the chicken and red onion combo.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    This pizza looks amazing! I am going to grill pizza this summer, I am making it my mission! I say this everytime someone grills pizza – just wait, I will post one sometime this summer!

  32. I never thought of using cream cheese on savory pizza! Definitely need to try next time I make some :).

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Ok, R2D2 is an awesome grill, but geeeeez; it’s gas. Charcoal, my friend. Charcoal.

    You pizza….wow. I’ve yet to try grilling one, but I see it in my near future (very near). I’m thinking of an alfredo sauce instead of cream cheese though. Hmmmm. And probably spinach instead of mushrooms since the fungus makes Hubby and Dudette gag (they have no taste).

    Gorgeous pictures. Absolutely gorgeous (but then again, yours always are).

    1. Katerina - Diethood

      Hubs hangs out with the charcoal 🙂

      Thank you for the compliments on my photos… I really appreciate it!

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    Emily @ Life on Food

    1. Your grill is gigantic!
    2. Your pizzas make me regret not having a grill.
    3. Make next pizza will have cream cheese on it.
    4. I cannot wait to see your next grilling creation.

  35. I’d pass on the steaks and kabobs for just one slice of your incredible pizza. So nice to see R2D2 again 🙂

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    claudia lamascolo

    My favorite time of the year to eat pizza, if your viewers havent tried this, you have the perfect recipe! WOW!!

  37. LOVE grilled pizza (actually any kind of pizza! LOL!)… and love the cream cheese on your version! 😀

  38. No judging 🙂 I cheat all the time with my pre-made pizza dough. When you’re hungry, you’re hungry! I think using cream cheese might be the coolest thing ever. Genius!

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    Megan @ pipandebby

    I have been staring at these pizza photos for about 10 minutes straight now. This is brilliant! I always say that cream cheese makes everything better, and I’m sure cream cheese makes this pizza delicious! Yum, gotta try this one to celebrate grilling season.

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local

    This looks so good. I’ve been craving homemade pizza all this weekend. I think I’m going to make it tomorrow and grill it! (and I don’t judge, I love TJ’s pizza dough. I buy a bunch at once and throw it in the freezer).

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    Aaah I want to get a grill again so badly looking at this pizza. Love the idea of adding in cream cheese. Great job Kate!
    PS- everytime I look at your pics I see that behind the scenes photo you posted on FB! LOL

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    i didn’t even know betty crocker had a pizza mix! cream cheese with veggies melted on there… just looks fabulous!!

  43. A. I NEED your grill. We just have an indoor grill right now. I need a nice one.
    B. This pizza looks INCREDIBLE.

  44. This looks delicious! I’ve never put cream cheese on a pizza. And I’ve never tried to grill a pizza. It sounds like fun. And I have to go back to the cream cheese…there wouldn’t be a slice leftover!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    This pizza looks absolutely delicious! I have to try “grilling” pizza on the outside grill, but probably I need to try making homemade pizza dough first! 😉 Beautiful pizza Kate!

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    Sounds delicious! I love pizza and grilling and had heard of grilled pizzas but never been brave enough to try them. This looks like the one to change my mind 🙂

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    Veronica Gantley

    That looks just yummy my friend. Great way to keep the house cool grill outside. I will try to make your dough and mix up the toppings. Thanks for the recipe.

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