12 Outdoor Kitchens That Will Get You Outside
Dreamy and downright drool-worthy, these outdoor kitchens are all the inspiration you need for a backyard reno.
When designing an outdoor space, personalization is key. This is especially true for outdoor kitchens. Design with your preferences and lifestyle in mind to get the most out of your space. If you’d rather just order pizza, don’t install an outdoor pizza oven. If you’re a grill-master, opt for the tricked-out grilling station. You’ll be much more likely to get outside and use your space if it speaks to your culinary tendencies.
I’ve rounded up some of our best outdoor kitchen designs for inspiration. Take a look, and see which ideas work for you.
A fire pit adds a cozy element to an outdoor kitchen, making the space a destination as daylight dwindles.
Outdoor Kitchen: Bayfront Mediterranean Villa in Naples, Fla.
John R. Wood Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Similar to a fire pit, a fireplace lends a sense of comfort to an outdoor kitchen. Consider adding a fireplace if you’re aiming to bring the indoors out.
Outdoor Kitchen With Pizza Oven
This fully loaded gourmet outdoor kitchen is complete with a pizza oven, serving station, warming drawer, grill, refrigerator, side burner, smoker and sink. Your guest can watch the flat screen TV while you whip up a delicious BBQ.
If you enjoy making homemade pizzas, this one’s for you. If you’re totally down with delivery (no judgment here!), skip this one.
Luxurious Outdoor Bar & Grilling Station
Luxury at its finest, this outdoor bar and grilling station serves as the perfect place to entertain with a roof to accommodate the weather.
David Guettler Photography
Do you plan on crafting more cocktails than meals? Make the bar the focus of your outdoor kitchen.
Tricked-Out Grilling Station
Built-In Stainless Steel Grill With Vent Hood
A large stainless steel grill with a vent hood creates the ultimate spot for barbecuing in this outdoor kitchen. A nearby TV keeps guests entertained while the grill master gets to work.
Attention, grill-masters! This is your time to shine. The bells and whistles available for grilling stations are endless. Again, choose based on your tendencies and preferences.
Bar + Grill Combo
Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen And Swimming Pool
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
The bar and grill combination is perfect for entertaining. Barstool seating creates a casual hangout spot for family and friends.
Pool House + Kitchen Combo
Poolhouse with Outdoor Kitchen
The poolhouse offers luxuriously comfy features, including a high-end kitchen with a martini sink. Storm shutter doors tucked inside the arches drop down with a push of a button. The pool house was built only 2.5’ from the waters edge creating an unusual situation with a venial pool. To make sure the pool wall was properly supported, a newly constructed block wall supports that edge. The three main arches facing the pool hide screens and shutters to block the sun or wind.
Steve Silverman Imaging
Also ideal for entertaining, the pool house and outdoor kitchen combination creates a space where adults and kids can simultaneously gather.
Sports fanatics, meet top-of-the-line tailgating. Your friends will be begging to come over for the big game.
Modern Outdoor Kitchen With Stainless Steel Grill and Marble Bar Dining
A clay roof with cedar fascia cover this stylish outdoor kitchen. A large stainless steel grill is fitted into the countertop with a beautiful view of the lake. A raised marble countertop section separates the eating space from the sink and prep level. Colorful place settings are perfect for adding color and a warm-weather feel to the design.
If your locale’s this lovely, let it do the talking. Design your outdoor kitchen to accentuate the view.
Create shade with a beautiful pergola. A pergola also provides somewhere to mount light fixtures and fans.
Traditional Cabana with Outdoor Kitchen
This fully equipped outdoor kitchen is a cook’s dream, making food prep easy and keeping the hosts connected to their guests. Cabinets supported by stacked fieldstone offer ample storage space, and an industrial-sized hood vents smoke and odors through the roof, not into the vaulted ceiling.
Roger William Photography
If your outdoor kitchen has a partial enclosure or roofed covering, it’s a good idea to install a hood to vent smoke and odors.
Neutral Outdoor Space with Stunning Kitchen and Dining Room
This spectacular backyard boasts a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen with stone counters and a long, neutral dining table that makes it ideal for entertaining. Greenery surrounds the perimeter of the space and ivy hangs from a contemporary metal pergola that supports wood ceiling fans and a paper lantern, which offers a soft glow above the dining table.
Carve out a dining space within your outdoor kitchen to make dining alfresco a breeze.
Detail of the outdoor kitchen at the home of Felicia and Kenny Fredieu which underwent a makeover that turned the plain yard that they inherited into a paradise fit to entertain their large family. Felician and Kenny both come from the New Orleans area and love to cook. They inherited the house from Kenny's mom who had a garden and also loved to cook. The design is inspired by the family closeness and the legacy of Kenny's mother and includes an outdoor kitchen, with two smokers, a fan deck to create a destination spot under the existing pepper tree that Kenny's mom planted decades ago, and an outdoor dining area to bring together the large family in style. The stone pavers are inspired by the stone on the front of the house, tying the house to the yard. The deck wall is also to create shade from the hot afternoon sun.
A beautifully designed hardscape includes a full-sized outdoor kitchen with additional built-in seating flanking a cascading fountain adjacent to a dramatic raised pool area. The accompaniment of the expansive green lawn makes this a perfect yard for entertaining families, which includes an in-ground trampoline.
Enjoy all the creature comforts you'd find inside with this outdoor living room and kitchen. Stylish wicker furniture makes up the living room component, while an outdoor cooking station, complete with an integrated grill, serves as the kitchen. A ceiling fan cools the area on warm days, while the fireplace warms chilly nights.
Moroccan-inspired moldings and bright patterned tile lends an Old World feel to this outdoor kitchen. The crew of HGTV's Bang for Your Buck added a stainless steel grill, gas cooktop, sink and dishwater for thoroughly modern cooking power.
An outdoor kitchen adjacent to the family dining area offers well-lighted space for food preparation with bar-height seating, a stainless steel grill, refrigerator and a bluestone footrest.
Every lakeside retreat needs a spacious outdoor kitchen and grilling spot to host year-round parties. This living space is complete with an extra-large patio, retaining wall, dining area, fireplace, custom-built dining table and fireside sofa.
Alex and Gloria get an outdoor room designed by Jamie Durie, a space where they can cook and invite people over and an egyptian design creating a tropical oasis. A water feature runs through the middle of their new backyard, replicating the water channels that run through the city of Cairo. Earthy toned fabric adorns a trellis, to replicate the neutral color palate of the desert. Egyptian papyrus and palm trees surround the yard give the yard with shade, while the back wall of concrete blocks creates the sense of repetition seen in Egypt. A dining area and barbeque complete the look of their newly designed Outdoor Room.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area are connected to a pool to make this backyard the perfect place to entertain on warm days, while an outdoor fireplace provides a toasty seating area for chillier nights.
Scenic of the outdoor bar area at the home of Matt and Zena Welker which underwent a makeover that turned their dust farm full of dead fruit trees and weeds which has been overrun by their dogs, into a fun filled tropical retreat for the couple and their dogs to entertain friends and their dogs with a relaxing place to cook and drink as well as play games. The unsightly eyesore of a garage, which had no doors on it, was painted and had doors put in place. The perimeter wall and the back of the house were painted subtle colors to bring it all together and get rid of the blah or awkward colors that were there. The back of the yard was sectioned off for the dogs to have their own play area, complete with a custom made doggie duplex and a smaller, more functional trampoline, rather than the oversized wedding gift trampoline that was falling apart in the yard. The dust bowl was replaced by a yard full of sod, which doubles as the play yard for horseshoes, and bean bag tosses. There is now a hot tub for the couple to enjoy their private time together and a deck and pergola to provide shade on the back of the house along with an outdoor bar. The yard now has an eclectic style, with an element of tropics as well as fun and games.