If you are in a hurry for some homemade bready product then flatbread with no yeast is the bread recipe for you. If you are in a real hurry and you happen to own a gas-powered BBQ then Flatbreads cooked on a BBQ is definitely the bread recipe for you.
No yeast means no proving! And so a quick mix of just four ingredients with a bit of kneading and rolling out some doughballs and you’re ready to drop them on your superhot BBQ grill, and in less than 2 and a half minutes you are done. Pair with any number of dips such as fresh humous or my Easy Baba Ganoush and it makes a great little appetizer for all your friends while you get on with putting the main course on the BBQ.
If you happen to have a gas BBQ you can do this any time or pretty much any weather. Just turn it on to full power as you are making the dough and as soon as you have rolled out your flatbread dough your BBQ will be hot enough to cook them in no time at all. The advantage of using a good brand gas BBQ like a Weber is they get super hot, very quickly.
My family have had a Weber gas-powered BBQ for as long as I can remember so it must be pretty old. The one in the picture is getting a bit long in the tooth now but it’s still going strong. You can shop for the equivalent up to date Weber model in the link at the end of this post. And if you are a traditionalist who only uses charcoal and matches, then you can still cook these flatbreads on the BBQ grill just bear in mind it takes a good half hour at least to get your coals going.
During the start of the UK Covid-19 lockdown, you couldn’t buy strong bread flour at all. Everyone in the Uk seemed to be hoarding it. After 10 weeks of lockdown, however, when I wrote this recipe normal plain flour seemed to be in short supply and I had lots of strong bread flour. Therefore I made these flatbreads cooked on a BBQ with strong bread flour, where normally I probably would have used plain flour. The result was a crispier, stiffer flatbread which is great for dividing into triangles with a pizza cutter and using it to scoop up dips! But try it with plain flour also and see if you get a softer more pliable flatbread that you can use as a wrap. But whatever flour you use, flatbreads cooked on a BBQ are quick, easy and go with anything!
Flatbreads cooked on a BBQ
- 2 cups Bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 3/4 cup Milk
- Put the flour, oil and salt into a mixing bowl
- Add the milk while mixing with the other hand
- Mix all the ingredients together until all the flour comes away from the bowl into a ball. Add a little more milk or water if you need some more
- Scatter some oil on a work surface ready for kneading
- Knead the dough 5 minutes then roll out into a sausage shape
- Cut the dough into 6 equal portions
- Roll each piece into a round ball of dough
- Turn your gas BBQ on to full power and close the lid
- Roll out each dough ball to a flat piece about 6 inches wide
- When your BBQ has heated up to maxium heat, place the flatbread dough onto the grill and close the lid for 1 minute. It should puff up
- Turn the bread over and grill the other side for 20 to 30 seconds until you get some charring
- Serve with your favourite dips
Method in pictures
Get your ingredients together
Put the flour, olive oil and salt into a mixing bowl
Slowly put the milk into the bowl and mix with your other hand
Mix together to gather all the flour, add some more milk if you need to
Scatter some olive oil on a work surface
Knead for 5 mins then roll into a sausage shape
Cut into 6 equal pieces
Roll into balls
Turn on your gas BBQ to full power
Roll each ball to approx 6 inches across
You can keep each rolled flatbread on the side of the bowl to keep them separate
After 10 mins your BBQ should be really hit and ready to use
Drop your flat dough in the grill and close the lid for a minute, it should puff up.
Turn it over and close lid for 30 seconds
Your flatbread should be crispy and charred in places but still flexible
Serve with your favourite dip