Easy Grilled Pizza

One of the things I quickly realized during our last (first!) Italy vacation was the beauty of food’s simplicity. Quality ingredients can go a loooong way, and don’t need to be bogged down with superfluous oils and seasonings. If you use fresh ingredients, the natural taste of the food can truly shine. I learned a lot about the types of food I enjoy on that trip (in Italy this would be: all the foods) and new ways to enjoy and prepare certain dishes.

For example: pizza.

Grilled pizza

Nothing in the world will be as good as REAL Italian pizza, but I did learn that it’s more delicious at home with high-quality and simple ingredients.

San Marzano tomatoes

Better: with a cracked egg on top.

Cracking an egg on top of pizza

Best: one pizza per person, no sharing allowed ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grilled pizza

I noticed that fellow diners would look at us kinda funny if we ordered a pizza to SHARE. (<– or maybe that was in my brain?) I guess you get your own pizza and nicely eat it with a fork and knife like a civilized person. My face plant probably alarmed some people.

Yesterday, the weather was beautiful, we knew we’d be enjoying some pizzas, and I cooked them on the grill. I suddenly decided I want to learn how to grill, so I’ve been all about testing the proverbial waters. Thank goodness the Pilot has been here to literally put out the fires.


(watch out now!)

Here’s the recipe: quick, simple and delicious for spring dinners and gatherings.


Easy grilled pizza

Pizza is pretty amazing on its own, but cooked it on the grill with a cracked egg on top, and it’s kind of the best thing ever.

  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 80


  • Dough of choice, prepared and ready to go (on a cookie sheet or pizza stone, round, flat and lightly sprayed with olive oil on both sides).
  • 1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes: tomatoes roughly chopped and sauce reserved
  • Cheese of choice (mozzarella and goat cheese are lovely options)
  • Fresh basil
  • Peeled garlic 35 cloves), olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Carefully slide the pizza dough onto the grill and shut the lid. Check on it in 5 minutes. The bottom should be nicely browned (<-- if not, put it back on the grill and check again in a couple of minutes). Using a large spatula, flip the dough onto a plate GRILLED SIDE UP. This is the side you're going to top.
  3. Lightly spray the grilled top with olive oil and rub the raw garlic cloves on the dough to give it a beautiful aroma and flavor.
  4. Top with tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. If you’d like, crack an egg into the middle of each pizza.
  5. Place the pizza(s) back on the grill (doughy uncooked side down) and shut the lid once more. Check on the pizzas in 5 minute intervals, until golden brown and the egg is cooked to your preference. (As you can see in the above pictureโ€ฆ I kind of burnt the dough. Liv woke up from her nap and I spaced it. Good thing we all like toasty crust around here haha)
  6. Top with fresh hand-torn basil.


  • For a protein boost add some anchovies, prosciutto or sliced chicken

Grilled pizza is perfect for hot summers when you don't want to use the oven! Fresh ingredients and topped with an egg make it best! fitnessista.com

What’s your favorite thing to cook on the grill? Are you the grillmaster in your house, or is it someone else?



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  1. Virginia on April 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Love the San Marzano tomatoes, great flavor. BTW, you look like a warrior in that picture. That’s pretty cool.

  2. Erin Motz on April 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

    awww, love that pic of you and the spatula! ๐Ÿ˜‰ pizza looks yummy! i had that for lunch ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on April 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I love the picture of you grilling! That pizza looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Katie on April 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

    YUM! I could dig into that pizza right now. My favourite thing to make on the grill is potatoes! Chopped potatoes and onions with garlic and butter, wrapped in foil, and grilled to perfection. A taste of summer! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on April 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Three cheers for grilling weather! I am excited to try this. Question – what is your favorite gluten free crust? Store bought or recipe? I have tried a few with very little success. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      i really like the bob’s red mill mix. i tried making one yesterday with tj’s gf flour and almond meal, but it wasn’t my fave

  6. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on April 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

    What kind of dough did you use? It looks really good! I love love love fresh pizza on the grill!

    I’ve never considered cracking an egg on top before. That one is new to me!

  7. Tia on April 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I do about 95% of the cooking (in the kitchen) but 0% of the grilling. It just snowed in Chicago last night so it’ll be a while, but I can’t wait for grilled chicken and zucchini.

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I miss grilling days. Sadly, no grills are in my life in San Francisco city living. But, I enjoyed throwing big veggies on the grill. This pizza looks excellent. One day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tracy on April 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I just loved this: foods “donโ€™t need to be bogged down with superfluous oils and seasonings. If you use fresh ingredients, the natural taste of the food can truly shine”. It’s nice to step back and truly enjoy the food itself other than it’s seasoning!

    Also, although I loooove hot sauce, I’ve been trying not to go to crazy with it. Sometimes all I can taste is hot sauce! LOL! This actually works in your favor if what you’re eating isn’t the best however ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Alex @ Kenzie Life on April 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Mmm grilled pizza. That sounds amazing! I’ve never had an egg on top of my pizza, but I’d be willing to try it ๐Ÿ™‚ My parents went to Italy a few years ago for their anniversary and they cycled through Tuscany. Ever since, they’ve been making homemade pizza and pasta, because apparently that’s just what happens when you come back from Italy! (I studied in Greece but didn’t make it to Italy, so I’m still ok with Dominos ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Have a great one!

  11. Jackie on April 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m terrible with the grill! I make my BF do it all!

  12. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I have never had an egg on pizza. Not sure how I feel about it. But we definitely need to try grilled pizza this year!
    If it makes you feel any better, people looked at my husband funny (and even giggled) in Paris when he was eating French fries. We couldn’t figure out if it was because he was eating them with his fingers (vs. a fork) or because he had them with ketchup (vs. the more traditionally French mayo). Either way, I wanted to point out plenty of their silly eating habits as well. And I’m a Frenchie.

  13. mary on April 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Good timing. I asked for a pizza stone for the grill for xmas and noticed it unused in my pantry yesterday and wondered why the heck I wanted it.

    I love an egg on pizza.

  14. Becky @ goodness grapevine on April 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with letting the natural quality flavours shine through and wow, great recipe! Ps- definitely laughed pretty hard at the ‘face plant’. We’ve all been there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Colleen on April 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Grilled pizza is our Friday night staple! We even shoveled off our deck in the winter so that I could get to the grill, because it is SO WORTH IT! If you grill the dough with no toppings, it is perfect fake naan to go with Indian food too!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      dude. that will be happening.

  16. Natalie on April 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I am so the grill master! My husband pretty much leaves it to me until he has to assert his manliness with steaks. I’m a little bummed that we won’t be doing much grilling this spring/summer as we are apartment dwellers with no outside space. Looking forward to closing on our new home and having the grill fired up again soon. I love to do kebabs on the grill. Healthy, quick cooking, and even faster clean up!

  17. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Loving this pizza. I am all about different variations when it comes pizza. My husband loves pizza and I am always wanting to grill the pizza, I think this might just give me the push to try it out!

  18. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on April 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This truly looks like perfection! And how did you know that eggs are one of my most favorite pizza toppings? SO good! Now I need to buy a grill..and learn how to work it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Emily@WhateverFloatsYourOats on April 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    The pizza looks delicious! I’d really like to try grilling pizza but I’m worried the dough will stick to the grill.

  20. Tabitha on April 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    This looks delicious! I love what you’re doing with your blog! Keep up the good work. I look forward to more posts about deliciously simple and healthy recipes!

  21. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on April 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I do most of the cooking inside, but yay for summer because my fiance is 100% the grill master! These pizzas look divine, but I’m just not sure about the egg on top! I love crispy crust pizza, so I’ll be leaving mine on longer on purpose ๐Ÿ™‚ Which dough did you use?

  22. Abi@AbsofSteel on April 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I think the egg on top of pizza idea is so interesting. I’ll have to try it out sometime to see how it tastes. Which reminds me that I should make homemade pizza more often, so good!

  23. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on April 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    That looks delicious! I’ve never had pizza with a cracked egg on top before!

  24. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    This pizza sounds (and looks!) so good! Yum!

  25. Shaina Anderson on April 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    We LOVE grilling pizzas! That’s the routine pretty much every Saturday over here. Its a fun tag-team dinner to switch it up since I normally cook solo. We had a pizza party for my birthday last year and grilled about 15 big pizzas. So. Fun.

  26. Caroline C on April 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I lived in Florence, Italy for a year and YES it is strange to SHARE a pizza! True Italian pizza isn’t heavy, greasy, or laden with ridiculous amounts of meat and cheese. It is balanced and perfectly fit for one person! And people wonder how the Italians stay thin. You know the scene in Eat, Pray, Love where Julia Roberts eats a pizza in Napoli? That was me…almost every day. I would love to see the Italians react to our deep dish pizzas! I doubt they would even call that pizza, haha.

    • Eleonora on April 16, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Well, let’s say we call it…American-style pizza ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Generally speaking, 1 pizza is for 1 person. If you’re not particularly hungry, you can either ask for a smaller one (called “baby”) or just leave/take home what you can’t eat. Doggy bags are not that common in Italy, but pizzerie typically have boxes because they usually offer also take-out service, so it’s a bit more frequent to see people taking home leftover pizza. It’s not comparable to the US, though!

  27. Danielle @ It's a Harleyyy Life on April 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I love grilled pizza but my fiancรฉ says putting it on the grill is hard and annoying lol

  28. Nicole paolone on April 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This looks absolutely delish!!!! Can’t wait to go to Italy ๐Ÿ™‚ what did you use for your dough (it looks yummy)?

  29. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    If I grilled dough, I would likely burn it. This looks yum though! I’ve been making cauliflower crust pizza. It’s to die!

  30. Pua on April 16, 2014 at 3:18 am

    This looks really good! I’d like to add this recipe to our summer bbq rotation… I think it would be a hit! I’ve never heard of an egg on the top. What is your preference for the egg? Cooked all the way through or a little runny?

  31. Lucie@FitSwissChick on April 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I NEED to learn how to grill! I live on my own again, so it’s a must!! I love prawn-skewers on the grill or salmon.
    And Pizza!! That’s such a great idea and I love eggs on pizza.

  32. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on April 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I love grilling pizza! I think it’s so much easier that way than in the oven too since I just put mine directly on the grill like you do. It’s always interesting to see what shape it ends up in–definitely never round!

  33. Nicole on April 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Grilled pizza sounds delicious! I love fresh basil. I currently don’t have a grill, but I always love to make marinated grilled chicken when I’m at my parents’ house. Next time I’ll be grilling pizzas ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Laura on April 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This grilled pizza looks delicious! I totally agree with the Italian food philosophy of using the best ingredients and not screwing them up!

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