Cooking pizza on the Traeger is a game-changer. It tastes better than any other pizza you've ever had and it's easy to make. Traeger pizza has a perfectly crispy pizza crust that you can add all of your favorite toppings to.
If you are anything like me you want to be the hit at your next party or family gathering. You want to be that person who makes the most delicious pizza anyone has ever tasted.
Pizza is the most popular food in the world. Traeger Pizza is the new comfort food. Now cooking pizza on your Traeger smoker isn't going to taste smoked. We aren't smoking pizza low and slow. We want high heat that produces a crispy crust, some charred toppings, and melty cheese. It will have more of a delicious wood oven flavor.
Let's talk about pizza dough for a second. So simple to make with yeast, water, flour, and salt. You can use your favorite dough recipe. There is no specific kind of dough that you need. If you have time and want to make homemade pizza dough, go for it. I keep some store-bought dough in the freezer. It will defrost it overnight in the refrigerator and it is ready to go the next day for making pizza.
The bigger question you have to answer is, what topping do I want on my pizza? The answer is simple, use your favorite ingredients. For this post, I decided to go three different routes. A classic cheese pie with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, that my picky two-year-old will eat. A white broccoli, garlic pizza with mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. And lastly, I went with a new favorite flavor combination of caramelized onions, brie, and finished with chopped spinach leaves and balsamic glaze. If you want to add a smoky flavor, try using our Smoked Tomato Sauce for a new depth of flavor.
Other great toppings are fresh basil, arugula, other fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, alfredo sauce, olive oil, buffalo sauce, bbq sauce, ranch, pepperoni slices, grilled chicken, pulled pork, steak, bacon, sausage, and the list goes on.
Traeger Pizza Recipe
Step One: Spread the dough out on a floured surface. If you know how to through a pizza around and make a perfect circle, go for it. When I spread the pizza dough, I am looking for an even thickness of dough so that it all cooks evenly and I personally like the shape to be more rustic looking.
Step Two: Coat the pizza with your toppings of choice. Typically start with sauce, then cheese, and then other toppings. For topping as I used with onions or garlic, you will want to saute them first. These pizzas cook fast(less than 10 minutes) so there isn't time if you are looking to have a certain type of topping that needs to get cooked down for longer than that.
If you have a pizza paddle, use some cornmeal or flour to allow the pizza to slide off onto the grill easier. Once you are ready, put the pizza on the preheated grill.
How to cook Pizza on a Traeger Grill
Your friends or neighbors that spent big bucks on their pizza oven may laugh when you tell them you are grilling your pizza. Don't let that bother you. Cooking these pizzas on high heat, the wood pellet grill gives you a depth of flavor similar to a traditional wood-fired pizza oven. There is more flavor than a 900-degree propane pizza oven.
High heat is the key to a perfectly cooked pizza and a crispy crust. Using a pizza stone or cast iron skillet will produce a better crust than a pizza pan. Preheat the Trager for at least 30 minutes at 500 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the pizza stone is thoroughly heated.
Once the pizza stone is preheated, place the pizza onto the stone and close the lid. This will take 8 to 10 minutes to cook. Halfway through the cook, spin the pizza to ensure it is cooking evenly.
Expert Tip: In order to get a good crispy crust, you must be able to cook the pizza on something that will be able to absorb heat and transfer it into the dough. A pizza stone will work well but if you don't have a pizza stone, a large cast-iron skillet will also accomplish this. Be sure to make sure you preheat the pizza stone or skillet for at least thirty minutes at 500°F before placing the raw pizza on it.
More Tips & Variations
Grilling Pizza: If you want to grill pizza, cook these the same way on a gas or charcoal grill. Preheat your cast iron skillet place it right on the grill grates and cook them the same way we did on the Traeger grill.
Frozen Pizza: You can also make frozen pizza on the Traeger grill as well. Crank the temperature up to 500°F, preheat the pizza stone, and cook your frozen pizza for about 15 minutes.
Crisp Crust: The hot stone or skillet is how you get such a beautiful crispy crust. This was absolutely delicious.
Herbs: Finish off your pizza with fresh herbs (basil is always a favorite) and a drizzle of sauce to add a new element of flavor. The options are endless.
Spice: If you want to add a kick or an element of heat, try hot sauce or red pepper flakes to add a new flavor element to your pizza.
Sides for your pellet grill pizza:
- Caesar Salad - Nothing goes better with a fresh slice of pizza than a crisp salad with romaine and homemade dressing.
- Grilled Broccoli - If you are outside smoking pizza you might not want to turn on the oven to make roasted broccoli. Throw it on the grill instead to get all the flavor without heating up the kitchen.
- Smoked Jalapeno Poppers - Go all out on the appetizer and serve your Traeger pizza alongside some smoky jalapeno poppers.
- 2 lbs pizza dough
Broccoli and Garlic White Pizza
- 1 cup broccoli blanched
- 3 cloves garlic sauteed
- 1 cup mozzarella shredded
Classic Cheese Pizza
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella shredded
Onion and Brie Balsamic Pizza
- 8 oz brie
- 1 onion sliced and sauteed
- 2 oz balsamic glaze
- 1 cup baby spinach roughly chopped
- Roll out pizza dough onto a floured surface. Make it into a size that will fit your pizza stone or grill. One pound of dough will make approximately two 12 inch pizzas.
- Preheat your grill to 500°F with the pizza stone already on the grill. Allow the grill to preheat for at least 30 minutes.
- Put your topping ingredients onto the dough pies.
- Place the pizzas onto the pizza stone and cook until the crust is browned and crispy. Approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove hot pizza from stone. Slice and serve.