How to Make Bread on the Grill

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Grilled bread is a fabulous addition to your backyard barbecue menu!  It's a yeasted, rustic bread that you coat with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh herbs, and then cook on a grill.   Warm, freshly baked bread is always irresistible, but this grilled bread is absolutely magical.  If you've ever wondered how to make bread on the grill, this is the post for you.

Irregularly shaped piece of bread topped with sea salt and herbs, that has been cooked on a grill.  The flatbread sits on a wooden cutting board, and there is text overlay reading "How to Make Bread on the Grill."

I got this recipe from my parents, who made this amazing bread on our grill on summer cookouts.  It's an Amish bread recipe that my mother adapted to cook on the barbecue.  And it is AMAZING when cooked this way.  

Grilled bread topped with whipped feta and olives, on a wooden cutting board.

When I was taking these photos, I was playing around with olives, and added black olives to my bread dough.  But my favorite way to make this grilled bread is just with olive oil, coarse salt, and whatever fresh herbs I have on hand.

Grilled Bread Recipe:

  • 9 ounces water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • fresh herbs (your choice), chopped

Our guests love this bread so much that I typically double this recipe when we're entertaining!

Bread dough coated in olive oil and shaped into a flat disk, ready to be grilled.

I make bread dough the super easy way, by tossing the ingredients in my bread machine and hitting the dough cycle. 

Alternately, you can mix the water, oil, sugar, flour, salt, and yeast together and knead using the dough hook of a Kitchenaid mixer You can also knead by hand, of course.  Knead for about 15 minutes.  If you're adding something like the black olives I added in these photos, knead them in at the end so they don't get too smashed up.  

This is a pretty wet dough, so don't be alarmed that it's not as stiff as other bread doughs.

Turn the dough out into an oiled, covered bowl to rise until doubled, about one hour.    

If you're not ready to grill the bread quite yet, you can punch the dough down and let it rise again (this will buy you about a half an hour).

Oil your work surface, and divide the dough into four parts.  Using oiled hands, pat the dough into four rough disk shapes (sort of like pita bread, or pizza dough).  This is rustic bread, so don't worry about making a perfect shape.

Bread dough covered in olive oil, sea salt, and fresh herbs, being cooked on a grill.

Sprinkle both sides of the oil-coated dough with kosher salt, and sprinkle one side with fresh herbs.  Press the herbs into the dough a bit so that they stick.  

Grill for approximately two minutes on the first side, then flip and grill about two more minutes.  

Piece of grilled bread on a wooden cutting board on a wooden table.

You know what it tastes like, now that I think about it?  It tastes a LOT like an Auntie Annie's pretzel from the mall.  Hot and salty and buttery and a little bit sweet.  Mmmmm.  

Torn piece of grilled bread spread with whipped feta spread, on a wooden cutting board.

The bread is absolutely amazing on its own, but it's also delicious with whipped feta spread!

Grilled bread, torn, on a wooden cutting board.  A small piece of the grilled bread is spread with whipped feta spread, and topped with a few green olives.  A bowl of whipped feta spread sits next to the cutting board.

What do you think?  Have I convinced you to try grilling your bread instead of baking it in the oven this summer?  

Printable Grilled Bread Recipe

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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