Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe

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Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe made with herby dough, smoked mozzarella, and basil. A delicious summer dinner that your family will love.

In an effort to change the same cheese pizza, I made it more parent-friendly by adding herbs to the pizza dough, using smoked mozzarella instead of plain and throwing on a few fresh basil leaves. YES. It was delish. Oh, and I grilled it instead of using our oven. I love my oven, but it was waaaaay to hot to turn my oven on the other day. I am not happy when things get HOT.

Margherita Pizza

But first, what is Margherita Pizza?

Margherita pizza is not to be confused with margarita drinks! The name Margherita actually comes from Italian royalty (I’m talking about Margherita of Savoy, the Queen of Italy during its unification)… okay now that that history lesson is over, let’s talk about what ingredients make a Margherita pizza what it is.

  • Firstly is tomatoes, this can be seen in a lot of pizza recipes as whole tomatoes or good quality tomato sauce.
  • Second is mozzarella cheese. Fresh is always always better than grated. Trust me on this.
  • Thirdly is fresh basil placed right on top of everything else! This adds a fresh quality to the dish.

Other recipes sprinkle on a little bit of salt and extra virgin olive oil too but tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil are the three key ingredients that make up this pizza.

Herby Pizza Dough

Herby Pizza Dough

Now instead of using just regular ol’ pizza dough, I whipped up some of my homemade pizza dough and mixed in some Italian Seasoning. This was to create a nice herby taste with every bite that goes perfectly with the basil leaves. You can also sometimes find herb pizza dough at the store.

And instead of baking this Margherita pizza (which you can totally do instead), I decided to grill it! Those char marks and smokey flavor are the best. Luckily for you, I have a whole how-to on grilling pizza, you’re welcome.

Margherita Sauce

Margherita Pizza Sauce

Instead of using whole tomatoes, I decided on a good quality pizza sauce (I use Trader Joe’s brand). You are welcome to use your favorite brand or use homemade pizza sauce.

Also, consider slicing up some tomatoes too! That way your Margherita pizza is a little more authentic. 😉

Adding Smoked Mozzarella

Smoked Mozzarella

When I talk about fresh mozzarella, I’m talking about the kind that comes in a ball that you can slice up. That is the good stuff that I would recommend using for this Margherita pizza recipe.

Now I used a smoked mozzarella that goes along with the grilling theme. Smoked mozzarella is seriously yummy stuff. It takes a rather plain cheese pizza and elevates it to the fancy territory. If you can find it, use it!

How to Make Margherita Pizza

How to Make Margherita Pizza

To make this Margherita pizza you’re going to grill the dough then pile everything on and keep cooking. This is a fairly quick process once the grill is up and running so don’t step away while it’s cooking. For full details see the recipe card below.

  1. Start your pizza by preheating your grill and scraping the rack off. Place your spread out herbed pizza dough onto the hot grill. Once it gets bubbly and the bottom gets grill marks, flip it over!
  2. As you can see a few spots got darker than others. This is normal….especially if you have a husband who is used to making a specific hot spot within the charcoal. Whatevs. Spread your pizza sauce over top and place your slices of smoked mozzarella on evenly. Cover and cook another 2-4 minutes or so. And be sure to add on a little grated parmesan to it too. Because you forgot.
  3. After the cheese is all melted, add on a little fresh basil and that’s it! Finito!

Note: If your pizza crust is getting a little too toasty in one spot {because of that hot spot….} remove from the grill and just broil for 30 seconds to finish it off and then serve right away.

Margherita Pizza

More Pizza Recipes to Make!

If you loved this Margherita Pizza recipe you’ll love all of my other pizza recipes too!

Anyways, here’s the printable. Enjoy, friends!

Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe

Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe made with herby dough, smoked mozzarella, and basil. A delicious summer dinner that your family will love.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins


  • 1 lb herb pizza dough*
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce homemade or store-bought
  • 8 oz smoked mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat charcoal grill by lighting briquettes and heating up for 10 minutes. Spread coals evenly.
  • While grill is getting hot, spread pizza dough out on lightly greased baking sheet to be 1/2-1/4 inch thick in any shape you'd like. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle!
  • Place dough onto hot grill and cook for about 2 minutes or until top gets bubbly and bottom has grill marks. Turn dough over and work as quick as you can to spread sauce and place slices of cheese overtop. Cover with lid and cook another 3-4 minutes. Remove from grill, top with fresh basil and serve.


*If you'd like to make your pizza dough from scratch, use my Fail-Proof recipe and while kneading, stir in 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1336mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: margherita pizza, margherita pizza recipe, what is margherita pizza
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11 Responses
  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Awwww, that smile is precious! Well done!

    And this pizza. Yes and yes. Grilled is definitely the way to go. I love the simple toppings too!

  2. Biz

    I could have grilled pizza, or any pizza for that matter, every single night and never get sick of it. My hubs? Not on the pizza bandwagon – wtf?!

    I am actually going to be a the What’s for Dinner event in Chicago in October and wanted to stop by and say hello! 😀 Should be a fun event!

  3. Cookin Canuck

    Oh, I absolutely adore grilled pizza. There’s something about the taste and texture of the grilled crust that makes pizza taste even better (if that’s possible).

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