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.

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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.

Fire Pit

Complete Outdoor Entertaining Space Backyard Oasis

Complete Outdoor Entertaining Space Backyard Oasis

This beautiful backyard oasis has it all: pizza oven, fire pit, wine cooler and BBQ Grill. The stone ties all the elements in the space together as well as brings warmth and color.

Photo by: Neil Podoll Photography

Neil Podoll Photography

A fire pit adds a cozy element to an outdoor kitchen, making the space a destination as daylight dwindles.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Kitchen: Bayfront Mediterranean Villa in Naples, Fla.

Outdoor Kitchen: Bayfront Mediterranean Villa in Naples, Fla.

This cozy and inviting outdoor kitchen features an integrated grill, small refrigerator, cabinet space and beautiful stone fireplace surround. Mediterranean-style furnishings offer ample seating for casual, outdoor dining.

Photo by: John R. Wood Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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.

Pizza Oven

Outdoor Kitchen With Pizza Oven

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.

Photo by: Daniel Driensky

Daniel Driensky

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

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.

Photo by: David Guettler Photography

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

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

Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen And Swimming Pool

A grilling station alcove with a bar sits poolside underneath a covered patio for outdoor entertaining and cooking. The swimming pool mimics the sleek, linear architecture with its minimal design.

Photo by: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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

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.

Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

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.

The View

Modern Outdoor Kitchen With Stainless Steel Grill and Marble Bar Dining

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.

Photo by: James Haefner

James Haefner

If your locale’s this lovely, let it do the talking. Design your outdoor kitchen to accentuate the view.


Stone Outdoor Kitchen

Stone Outdoor Kitchen

In this galley-style outdoor kitchen, guests can chat while the hosts prepare a meal with the built-in appliances underneath the shelter of a pergola. Use of stone and rock give the space, by Atlanta Deck and Fence, a rustic yet traditional look.

Photo by: Atlanta Deck and Fence

Atlanta Deck and Fence

Create shade with a beautiful pergola. A pergola also provides somewhere to mount light fixtures and fans.

Vent Hood

Traditional Cabana with Outdoor Kitchen

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.

Photo by: Roger William Photography

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.

Dining Area

Neutral Outdoor Space with Stunning Kitchen and Dining Room

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.

Photo by: JWT Associates

JWT Associates

Carve out a dining space within your outdoor kitchen to make dining alfresco a breeze.

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This family grills on their outside patio on a grill with a bar attached so the whole family can enjoy a meal outside. The patio is adorned with simple landscaping.


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.

Photo By: Jamie Rector

This outdoor kitchen offers an ideal place to entertain on a warm day. The stylish island countertop provides ample space for food preparation and display, making this kitchen area a grilling chef's dream.

From: Katrina Fairchild

Outdoor kitchen with firepit area.

Outdoor entertaining area with grill and stone fireplace, bar area with chairs, pond with plants, rocks, and flowers, nighttime view of outdoor room.

From: Chad Robert

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.

A fully equipped kitchen is nestled between the landscaping to allow for dining while enjoying nature. The bar height with seating allows the cook to carry on conversations with guests while preparing food. Design by Paul Wrona

A blown-glass vessel sink, marble countertops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen designed by Donna Moss of Donna Decorates Dallas.

The wood-paneled roof keeps the cooking area shaded and prevents the space from being affected by the harsh weather conditions of the snowbelt region.

From: Laura Suglia-Isgro

Large outdoor kitchen at night with tiled floor, columns, lighting, dark cabinets, table and chairs, and sitting areas.

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.

A full-size kitchen, a cascading fountain and a raised pool flank the large lawn area, which features an in-ground trampoline, making this a perfect spot for entertaining families. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

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From: Claudia Schmutzler

Tropical bar design in this outdoor landscape with glass chip countertop, grill, tall tropical trees and landscape.

Outdoor kitchen area with stone fireplace, blue outdoor seating with table, bar area with grill, concrete floor, and tree wall for privacy.

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.


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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.

Photo By: Jamie Rector

Outdoor living room of the HGTV Dream Home 2012 located in Midway, Utah

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Outdoor kitchen with wood grain, stainless steel grill, new countertop, hood, mini fridge, and sink area.




















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From: Mark Scott Associates

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