Homemade Pizza Dough From Scratch + Grilled Pizza!

Pizza dough from scratch is the only way to make pizzas. This is my fool proof and easy recipe for homemade pizza dough and how to grill it to perfection!

Today… I’ve brought you a lot of beige.

Beige bowl. Beige pizza dough… beige, beige, beige, BEIGE, blah. Sorry.

Homemade Pizza Dough

After the 167th time of being asked if I had a pizza dough recipe on my blog I finally realized that it might not be the easiest recipe to find here on SS. That’s ummm, because I did the step-by-step of it for a calzone recipe… but hey it’s still a great reference if you don’t have a Kitchen Aid and want to make it by hand. But since I have one of those beasts… and strongly dislike wearing dough-gloves while mixing, I thought that I should probably make this pizza dough recipe a post all in its own. Ya know… so you can actually find it.

Homemade. From scratch pizza dough is where it’s at you guys. I tell ya, it’s easier than it looks and the more times you make it… the more you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed.

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PLUS. I made grilled pizza… and who doesn’t love the sound of that?


Next, in the bowl to your mixer add some honey… about a half teaspoon, I eyeball it.

warm water (115-120 degrees)

Then add a cup of water that is between 115-120 ° (my mom goes by instinct… I use a digital thermometer [affiliate], I’m not that good) and quickly whisk so the honey dissolves into the water.

yeast sprinkle

Next, sprinkle in a packet of yeast, DO NOT MIX.


Next, allow it to just sit there for about 10 minutes.

olive oil

Then add in a skosh of olive oil… like about a teaspoon. Again, I eyeball it.


Next, measure and add in 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt.

mix in flour

Then add in a cup of flour and mix on low to incorporate.

more flour and mix

Repeat with more flour.

pulls clean from the bowl

Next add in all of the flour until the dough is sticky, it should pull clean from the sides of the bowl.


Next form a ball.

lightly oiled bowl

Then add a splash of olive oil to a large bowl. Use the pizza dough to coat the inside of the bowl. Roll the ball around and up the sides to coat the dough and bowl completely with olive oil.

throw a towel on it

Next, cover with a towel and let’er rise for an hour.

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There you go, pizza dough from scratch! You know it’s ready when it has doubled in size.

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Next, once risen, punch down the dough with your fingers.

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Then lightly flour a large cutting board and sprinkle the dough as well…

spread it out

With your impeccably clean hands, work the dough into a shape that will fit on your grill or on a pan in your oven.

clean and oil

Next, clean the grates and rub with a little olive oil before preheating. I drizzled some olive oil on a paper towel and used tongs to wipe every square inch. ALSO this is very important: make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go; sauce made, cheese grated… etc. Have it all by the grill because this pizza moves FAST.

slap it on...

Once hot; open the lid for a few to let the heat escape a tad, reduce the temp to medium-high and slide the dough onto your grill.

golden edges

Check on the pizza crust after 3-4 minutes. Watch for the bottom side to start getting nice and golden. And for the record, no I did NOT purposefully shape my pizza to look like a stocking. It’s cool… but not that cold.


Using tongs and a flipper-do, I flipped the dough onto my cutting board. I reduced the temp again to medium…

flip, reduce temp and schmear on the sauce

… And slid the dough off and back onto the grill. Working fast, I smothered it in this sauce…

sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni

Next, top it with grated farmers cheese (or use Mozzarella) and with as many pepperonis as you can fit.

Close the lid and let the grills heat circulate to melt the cheese… I also sprinkled it with Parmesan. I couldn’t resist.

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Once the cheese is melted and the bottom side of the pizza is golden… I pulled it back onto the cutting board and let it cool down for a smidge.

There is nothing like a pizza made from pizza dough from scratch.

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I urge you to grill your next pizza. It’s WAY faster and tastes unbelievable. I prefer the darker edges, but you knew that already.

I know it feels like fall out there, especially here in the mitten. But it’s never, EVER too cold for pizza.

Oh and here’s my whole wheat version!

Enjoy! And if you give this Pizza dough from scratch recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 1 large, two medium pizzas

Homemade Pizza Dough from Scratch + Grilled Pizza

Homemade Pizza Dough from Scratch + Grilled Pizza
Easy-peasy homemade pizza dough recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
  • 1 packet (2-1/4 teaspoon) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon for oiling the bowl
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed


  1. In the bowl of your mixer add the 1/2 teaspoon of honey.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of warm water [115-120 degrees] and whisk. Sprinkle in the packet of yeast and let it sit and get all puffy.
  3. Pour in a half teaspoon of olive oil, a half teaspoon of kosher salt and a cup of the flour. Mix adding the rest of the flour gradually.
  4. Keep mixing until the dough pulls easily from the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if necessary, a couple tablespoons at a time.
  5. Add a splash of olive oil to a large, clean bowl.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and place it into the bowl. Toss the dough ball around and up the sides of the bowl to coat.
  7. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  8. Once the dough has risen, punch the dough down until deflated. Lightly flour a work surface and the dough ball and reshape it into a ball.
  9. Using your fingers press the dough out into your desired size to fit your grill or pan. I use a cutting board that so I can transport the pizza dough to the grill and so it will slide of easily.


  1. Preheat your grill to high, clean your grill and lightly oil the grates with some paper towel that you've doused with a little olive oil. Once hot, open the lid and let the hot air out. Reduce the temp to medium-high and slide the dough onto the grill.
  2. Close the lid and let the dough grill up for 4 minutes or until the underneath of the dough starts turning golden brown.
  3. Turn the grilled dough {grilled side up} onto your cutting board. Reduce the temp once more down to medium. Slide the dough back onto the grill and quickly slather it with pizza sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese, top with pepperoni and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Close the lid and continue to grill the pizza for 4 to 6 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is golden and the cheese has melted.
  4. Pull the grilled pizza back onto the cutting board and let it rest a bit.
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63 Responses to “Homemade Pizza Dough From Scratch + Grilled Pizza!”

  1. #
    Tieghan Gerard — August 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Nothing beat homemade pizza dough and everything is better on the grill! Such a great post!

  2. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I love grilling pizza, it’s so quick and easy!!

  3. #
    cassie — August 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

    We do a lot of grilled pizza around here. Love the sound of your recipe with the honey!

  4. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I made a grilled pizza a year ago and I think it’s time for me to make another one. This looks delicious.

  5. #
    Kathryn — August 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love love love homemade pizza especially on the grill!

  6. #
    Alan — August 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I didn’t know it was this easy to make. Wow, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought. Hmm, I guess this is much cheaper then buying it at Pizza Pizza.

  7. #
    Sally @ Sallys Baking Addiction — August 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I personally think all of the beige is gorgeous. 🙂 I love grilled pizza and nothing beats homemade crust Laurie!

  8. #
    Julia @ hungryandconfused — August 16, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Looks delicious. Makes me wish I had a grill!

  9. #
    David — August 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    fyi – 1 yeast packet = 2 & 1/4 tsp. (“flipper-do”? Really?)

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 16th, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

      Thanks. And yes, really. 😉

  10. #
    Sarah Blunt — August 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Wow! I never thought pizza can be cooked so easy. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I love it! 🙂

  11. #
    krissyw — August 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been making your pizza dough recipe since you posted that calzone recipe…..it’s my favorite and always turns out great!

  12. #
    Amber@BareNaturalMommy — August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I love the way that pizza looks on the grill! I too always make your calzone recipe, one of my husbands absolute favorites! Thanks for your great recipes.

  13. #
    Kathy C — August 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    What can you substitute for the honey. This looks great. Never thought to make pizza on the grill. I usually make the dough with my bread maker. Comes out great and so easy. The mixer is handy too. Come visit my blog. Just starting to get it going.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      You could swap it out with sugar… but maybe us a little less. 🙂

  14. #
    Amy Cochran — August 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Laurie! I made this pizza last night and it was awesome! The crust had such a nice taste to it. I found it challenging to get the dough onto the grill.
    I just had a quick question, most pizza dough recipes call for several minutes of kneading. Would you mind explaining why kneading isn’t necessary in this recipe?
    Thanks so much!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      Oh sure Amy! Great question! It’s because all the kneading is done in the mixer. The dough hook does all the work so your hands don’t have to 😉

  15. #
    Lindsay — August 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Made this last night, topped mine with carmelized onions, sundried tomatoes, and fontina and mozzarella chesses! Thanks for the great how-to! Everyone I know kept saying they haven’t had any luck with grilling pizza, but this was easy and I love how crispy it is throughout the pizza due to cooking it on both sides! Will have to make this with a group of friends soon. Love your blog, make your stuff all the time! (Also, a fellow Michigander! LOL)

  16. #
    Matt Lisowe — October 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    No Grill: Suggestions for making in oven?

  17. #
    Josie W — November 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Just made this pizza dough, fabulous!! Unfortunately I had to bake it in the oven but it was delicious. Perfect thin-ness, baked crisp – we enjoyed it so much. Can’t wait to make the honey wheat. Our only choice up here is a pizza chain, this is so much better! Thanks for posting it.

  18. #
    Natalie — October 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    How long approximately for it to get “puffy” after adding the yeast packet??

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 21st, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

      Hi Natalie! It’s 10 minutes

  19. #
    Olivia C — May 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Can you make the dough ahead and refrigerate or freezer?

  20. #
    Jamaal G. — July 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Can you make the dough, let it rise, and then refrigerate for use the next day?

  21. #
    Roxanne — September 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Can I use active yeast? In my country we don’t really have access to dry ones. If I can, than how much will be enough? (In one box there is 100 grams of active yeast)

  22. #
    Maria — October 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Absolutely love this pizza recipe. It’s the only one I use. I make it every Friday night, my husband and kids love it. ‍‍‍ I’ve also done it for other members of the family and they can’t believe how amazing and authentic the pizzas turn out
    I’ve been using a shop bought pizza sauce but would love to make my own.

  23. #
    Kartic Gill — November 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Made it and love it!! Thank you for saving me on a night where I needed some comfort food.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 28th, 2018 @ 7:40 am

      You are most welcome!

  24. #
    LEO JACK — November 28, 2018 at 4:07 am

    This pizza dough is fantastic! We too are avid pizza eaters, and my son will choose this dough over going out. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Your blog is outstanding!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 28th, 2018 @ 7:39 am

      Thank you, Leo! I’m so happy to get your thumbs up on this recipe! And thank you for taking the time to make this recipe and leave such an awesome review. 🙂

  25. #
    dat — January 24, 2019 at 4:24 am

    thank you

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 24th, 2019 @ 8:08 pm

      You’re welcome!


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