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Sunday BBQ: Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage

The majority of you have never had grilled pizza, but you'd love to try it, so why not experiment with it this weekend?!

This recipe features grilled sausage, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and two types of cheese. However, if these topping ingredients don't suit your culinary needs, feel free to follow the technique to make your own delicious variation.

To learn how to grill pizza,


Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage

Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage

Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage


  1. 1/2 pound Italian hot sausage
  2. 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  3. 2 large yellow pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  4. 2 large red pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  5. Olive oil
  6. Salt and pepper
  7. 1 recipe favorite pizza dough, rolled into 4 (6-inch) rounds
  8. 1/2 pound grated fontina cheese
  9. 1 cup sheep's milk ricotta
  10. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  11. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  12. Basil Vinaigrette, recipe follows


  1. Preheat a grill.
  2. Grill the sausage on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.
  3. Brush onions and peppers with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the onions and peppers until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the sausage from the grill and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Remove the onions, separate into rings, and roughly chop.
  5. Remove the peppers and slice into 1/8-inch thick slices.
  6. Heat grill to high. Brush dough with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn over and grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on a flat surface.
  7. Divide the fontina cheese among the 4 pizza rounds. Divide the sausage, onions and peppers over the cheese.
  8. Place the pizza on the grill, close the cover and grill until the cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. To finish in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pizza on sheet pans and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Mix together the ricotta, extra-virgin olive oil, and oregano in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  11. Remove the pizzas from the oven and drizzle with Basil Vinaigrette. Top with dollops of the ricotta cheese mixture and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Serves 4.

Basil Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

Join The Conversation
joejhorn joejhorn 8 years
Hello All. I just grilled some pizza on the BBQ and thought I would pass it on. Please come by and take a look when you have a chance and let me know what you think. I LOVE feedback! Thanks! Joe
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i am drooooooling!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Since I don't have a grill, I think I need to crash someone's yard to use their grill for this!
Madisonian Madisonian 9 years
I found this recipe on the Food Network web site a year or two ago, and have made it several times since. It's FABULOUS! The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the basil vinaigrette. I always end up with leftovers of it and use it on salads, etc. A great recipe that is definitely worth all the work. If you've never had a grilled pizza, go for this one!
fiestamama fiestamama 9 years
Grilled dough really does taste good and is worth the effort.
emalove emalove 9 years
Looks delicious, but I'd prefer it without the sausage.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Too hot to grill. Too hot to cook. What's the number for Papa John's again?
WineUnleashed WineUnleashed 9 years
Oh... you must reach for a Tempranillo from Spain!! Cheers, Angela
ann418 ann418 9 years
It is a lot of work, but grilled pizza is SO worth it! This looks really, really good. I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. Thanks! :)
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 9 years
Seems like a LOT of unnecessary work. I would prefer to just grill the sausage, peppers and onions and put them on a pizza to bake in the oven. It doesn't matter to me to a have a grilled crust on my pizza. I love the basil vinaigrette and would top a lot of things with that.
Marci Marci 9 years
That looks sooo good! I'd love to put this out at a party.
sls1825 sls1825 9 years
My husband would love this!
MyssCC914 MyssCC914 9 years
Sounds delicious!
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