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Hot Take – Pizza on the Grill

April 26, 2023

Food | The Originate Initiative

Grilled pizza is quickly becoming a summer staple amongst the foodies and trend-inclined consumers on social media.

This fun and unique way of cooking pizza has captured the imagination of consumers across the country, and it’s easy to see why. Grilling pizza allows you to get that perfect crispy crust and smoky flavor that you just can’t achieve with a traditional oven. Plus, it’s a fun activity that the whole family can get involved in! From choosing toppings to watching the pizza cook on the grill, it’s a great way to spend a summer evening. So if you’re looking for a fun and delicious summer trend to try, why not give grilling pizza a shot? Your taste buds will thank you!

So we asked everyday consumers if they are ready to take on the trend.

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Cup N' Crisp Grilled Pizza

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1 pound pizza dough, formed into 2 balls
Kosher salt
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup cremini mushroom slices
¼ cup sliced kalamata olives
1 (5-ounce) package HORMEL® Pepperoni Cup N’ Crisp
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Lightly oil 2 medium bowls. Place 1 dough ball in each one. Lightly grease tops of dough balls. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  2. On floured surface, roll 1 dough ball into a disk about 12-inches x 10-inches and 1/4-inch thick using rolling pin. Shake off excess flour and place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough ball, placing a sheet of parchment between each.

  3. Heat grill to medium-high with indirect heat. Brush top of 1 dough round with a thin layer of oil. Season with kosher salt. Place gently on hot side of grill, oiled side down. Immediately brush top side with thin layer of oil and season with salt. Cook 45 to 90 seconds, checking frequently and moving to encourage even browning until bottom is dark brown and charred in spots and top is bubbly. Flip using tongs or large spatula and cook until second side is charred. Flip again and transfer to cooler side of grill.

  4. Top pizza surface with ¼ cup pizza sauce, half of the cheeses, mushrooms and olives. Generously top with pepperoni slices. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and pepperoni is crisped. Transfer pizza to cutting board with large spatula or metal pizza peel. Sprinkle with basil. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 2 pizzas.

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