Grilled Hawaiian Pizza

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 20, 2010

I don’t think I’ll ever go back to oven pizza.


Never. Ever. Never.

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Grilled Hawaiian Pizza

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 25 minutes (plus time to make the homemade dough)

Cooking Time – 20-25 minutes


  • Store bought or homemade pizza dough ($1)
  • Olive oil for brushing ($.25)
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, thinly sliced ($1.25)
  • 1 cup store bought or homemade pizza sauce ($.50)
  • 2 cups cooked and diced ham ($1.50)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ($1.50)


  • Make homemade pizza dough. Let rise. (I sorta skipped this rise part and the dough turned out just fine. I was in a hurry. What can I say?!)

  • Roll the dough out on a clean and floured surface. Roll as if you were making a thin crust pizza.

  • And let the little people help. (But don’t let them destroy your dough as Ryan attempted to do.)

  • Slice a fresh pineapple into 1/4″ or thinner slices.

  • Grill the pineapple slices.

  • Try not to eat them straight off the grill. Because if you do, you’ll burn your tongue. But if you wait a few minutes for the slices to cool, they make for a succulent appetizer. (Once cooled, tear or cut the pineapple away from the center core. Slice into bite size pieces to throw on top of the pizza.

  • Brush olive oil onto one side of the dough.

  • Place on the grill and then brush olive oil over that side. Dough will bubble after a few minutes. Turn down the heat at this point.

  • Once the edges of the dough have cooked through, then flip and start loading it up.

  • Spread some pizza sauce over the top.

  • Then add the cooked and diced ham, and bits of the grilled pineapple.

  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Turn off the grill and cover for about 5 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.

  • Serve Grilled Hawaiian Pizza.

Cost $6

This is all we had for dinner.

The boys and I ate this pizza without cheese. And quite honestly, it didn’t need it!  Quite amazing without the cheese.

And I’m telling you. I’m never going back to oven pizza.

A splurge worth making!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Tricia May 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

We love grilled pizza, too! I’ve even had success with grilling frozen pizza. We rarely buy it b/c my DH makes an awesome crust. For those rare occasions, however, grilling it really makes the frozen pizza taste like something a little more special.


Michelle May 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm

YUM!!! Hawaiian is my fave and I have a pineapple ripening right now. gonna have to try when it’s 90 this weekend!



familyofthree May 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Oh. My. Lanta. This looks too DIE for!

Two questions (b/c I’m totally trying this):
1. So, regular old pizza dough (homemade, rolled from a can, whatever) will work on a grill? I mean, it doesn’t stick, doesn’t fall through the slats and get all gloppy on the underneath part of your grill, cooks through, etc.? I’ve seen special stones and such you can buy for grilling pizza, but never seen it done straight on the grill surface.

2. I’ve noticed you’ve mentioned in a few recipes that you omit cheese from your and your boys’ portions. Are you all allergic to it? Just trying to cut calories/cost? Just wondered the reason! Cheese goes on pretty much anything I make. :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm


It was to die for! I’m not sure about the refrigerated dough. You’d definitely want to brush it…you might try rolling it out and laying it on a greased surface and flash freezing it for 10 minutes or so, so it’s nice and cool (and not droopy!) when you set it on the grill.

And yes, my oldest has a dairy allergy. I suspect the same for my middle guy, but have never had him tested…and I omit it because I’m breastfeeding and am not ready to find out if Tyler has an allergy!


Tina harkey May 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,
Try it with some fresh tomato’s and some black olives…. Even can do chicken and bbq sauce…. Yummy!!


Melanie June 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

That’s why I love your recipes and they are so easy to tweak! My daughter is also allergic to milk! We have the black bean coconut brownies in the oven right now. Thank you for your recipes! If you can, when you make something with dairy, please let us know what you do for your son to eat. I spend a lot of time tweaking recipes and then trying to make one of the batches without “milk” for my daughter so we all eat the same thing.


Annie Harbert May 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Hawaiian Pizza is my absolute fav! I am the only one in the family that likes it though so I don’t make it often. I have never tried it on the grill though… I may have to do that!


Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) May 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

That looks so yummy! I really need to try grilling my pizza crusts.


Candi May 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I love Hawaiian Pizza, but never tried it on the grill. I’m gonna have to try it!


Robyn OHSH May 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm

This would make an excellent recipe to link up to my On the Grill blog party this week. Here is the link if you would like to do so! I’d love it if you did!

Can’t wait to meet you at the Savvy Blogging Summit!


Beth May 21, 2010 at 5:03 am

All I make is homemade pizza~I have never tried it on the grill. That is on my menu for the next pay period. I love grilled anything and especially pineapple. Keep those yummy recipes coming :)


Allison May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

This makes me SO hungry. I was thinking about getting a TJ pizza dough today anyway and now I know what to do with it.


Heidi May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

Thanks so much for all your great recipes. This one looks great. I’m looking forward to trying it. I’ve never heard of grilled pizza. I’m a little concerned about it falling through, but I’ll try the flash freezing first.


FoodontheTable May 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

The grill is genius! This pizza already looks flavorful, but I really like the idea of grilled pineapple. It adds special flavor, and makes a fun outdoor activity.


Karen May 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I do frozen for convenience since I don’t want to cook. its usually about 6 (for one pizza alone!) which I don’t understand…but its definitely something interesting to ponder! plus its fun for date night!


Christy May 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I love homemade pizza on the grill, just started this last month. Making hawaiian, pepperoni and pepperoni/mushroom for my family tonight. Also trying your grilled pineapple slices tonight too. Thanks for the idea.


Michelle Turner May 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Just made this tonight for dinner, it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)


SassyMarie May 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Tried this tonight!

I made four individual pizzas – two had diced chicken / bacon pieces and two had diced chicken / pineapple. I used a box mix for the crust and my fiance thought that the crust tasted flour-y… If I can figure out how to get rid of the flour taste, this will become a favorite in our house.

I haven’t figured out the cost…but the bacon was part of our Christmas present and I used coupons for the sauce, chicken and pineapple.


SassyMarie May 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Forgot to mention that I linked to your site on this post:


Cena Dunfee September 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This is the best. I did it and it does NOT fall through the grill at all. The crust is perfection! Just a note, grilled pineapple is awesome (fresh or canned rings) on vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce. It is serious birthday material.


Maggie April 29, 2011 at 6:59 am

The ony thing I can add is a sweet bbq sauce instea of the pizza sauce. A restauant near me fixes i this way and it is sooooo good.


karen September 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

this looks good but we don’t have a grill. :( can it still work?might never have to go back to buying frozen pizza again coz u know whats it in it when u make it yourself. :)


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