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Grilled Pesto Pizza Recipe

Friday has been traditionally known as ‘Pizza Night ‘ at our house. In today’s post, I’m sharing a super-easy way to grill pesto pizza.  The recipe includes basil you can grow year-round for a Pesto Pizza Recipe.

Amazing Grilled Pesto Pizza Recipe

With a few products that are reasonable to own in your home this delicious and somewhat healthy pesto pizza can be made year-round.  I encourage you to consider growing your own herbs such as basil in your home year-round as well.  For the recipe you will need:

  • Ready To Go Pizza Crust
  • fresh basil leaves
  • toasted pine nuts
  • garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mozzarella, Feta, Asiago, or another favorite cheese you have on hand.

Don’t forget to scroll down to check out the printable recipe card where you can find exact ingredient details.

Amazing Grilled Pesto Pizza  Printable Recipe

Serve with Parsley

Grilled Pesto Pizza Recipe

Recipe by Bren HaasCourse: Main MealCuisine: Italian


Prep time




  • Dough
  • 3/4 teaspoon or one standard package or instant yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup hot water (not boiling)

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour

  • 3-4 teaspoons of olive oil

  • Pesto
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, or other nut of choice

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • Toppings
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped

  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves


  • For The Crust
  • preheat oven to 425*F and prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and corn meal to sprinkle on sheet.

  • Add flour yeast, and salt to the mixer ( I am using my kitchen aid upright mixer).  Mix on low for about 6-7 pulses.  Carefully add water and olive oil while on slow mix speed.  Stop mixing once liquid has been added and the dough forms a ball.

  • Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rest for about 20 minutes. 

  • For Pesto Sauce
  • With food processor or blender mix  parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil and garlic cloves on variable speed until blended smooth.

  • Add basil, then continue blending for about 10 seconds. Increase speed to blend leaves smooth into mix.  If the mix isn't blending well add a dash more olive oil. or a tablespoon of water or lemon juice. The mix should be smooth when complete.

  • For Pizza
  • On a sheet pan (or as directed on purchased crust) place dough.  Spread 1/2 of the pesto mix onto pizza. 

  • Add onions and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and crust is golden brown.  Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and a few basil leaves.

  • Store remaining pesto for up to 1 month in refrigerator.

  • Inspired by the new basil plants grown in my home and garden year-round.

Fresh is best… be sure to check out the basil growing tips below.

Consider making up the basil pesto topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.  The pesto can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Using an Oven Air Fryer allows you to get that crisp grilled flavor.

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