Enjoying a wood-fired pizza usually requires heading out to a trattoria, but when you have a Traeger, you can enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza at home. Here's how to do it.
Yes, you can grill pizza! You can grill pizza on any type of grill, but we think it’s easier and tastes better when grilled on a Traeger. Because you can set a Traeger grill like an oven, you can set it and forget it. Plus, the pure wood pellets infuse the pizza with authentic wood-fired flavor.
You don’t have to use a pizza stone to grill a pizza. However, a pizza stone holds and distributes heat more evenly than a baking sheet. What that means for your pizza is that when the pizza stone is properly preheated, your crust will get a lot of heat the moment it hits the stone, which firms up the crust. It will also lead to a more evenly-cooked crust overall.
Also, the porous surface of a pizza stone helps draw the moisture out of the dough as it cooks, resulting in a nice, crispy crust.
When using a pizza stone or a pizza steel on a grill, it's important to preheat it. To do so, put it on the grates before you heat the grill, then set the Traeger as high as it will go, 450°F to 500°F. Once the grill is at temperature, wait another 15 minutes or so to ensure the stone is thoroughly heated.
If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can either grill your pizza on a baking sheet or directly on the grill grates. When grilling directly on the grates, it's best practice to cook the dough on both sides first to firm it up before adding any toppings
Just like with a pizza stone, you want the grill grates to be hot so the crust gets that quick burst of heat the moment it hits the grill. This will cause the crust to start cooking and firm up immediately.
The time it takes to cook pizza on a grill depends on the temperature at which you set the grill and how well done you like your pizza. A hotter grill will cook pizza more quickly, and a cooler grill will cook it more slowly. On average, a fresh pizza will finish grilling in about 12 minutes.
Because your Traeger cooks with convection, your pizza is more evenly heated than it would be on other grills. The best way to grill pizza without burning the crust is to simply check the bottom of the crust every few minutes to make sure that it’s not getting too dark. Another method is to flash-grill the dough at a high temperature (500 degrees Fahrenheit) on each side until it cooks completely. Then, you lower the temperature of the grill to cook the toppings and melt the cheese. The idea is the same as buying a pre-cooked pizza crust, but fresher and tastier.
Grilling a frozen pizza on a Traeger is as easy as baking it in an oven. To grill a frozen pizza, heat your grill to the recommended temperature according to the packaging, and grill until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted. Because a Traeger doesn’t have open flame like a gas or charcoal grill, you don't have to worry about the crust burning. Simply set a temperature and cook, just like you would with your indoor oven.
In general, wood pellets with a stronger flavor profile like hickory, work best with meatier pizzas like our sausage-topped Combination Pizza because they hold their own against the stronger flavors of the meat.
Milder wood pellets like alder are great for vegetarian options like our Baked Wood-Fired Pizza because you don’t want the strong flavor of the wood pellets to overpower the more delicate flavors of your toppings.
A lot of us have our go-to pizza recipes and favorite toppings. If you’re looking for a little inspiration or want to try out a new dough recipe, here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
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