Outdoor Kitchen Plans

All you need to get started planning your outdoor kitchen is a measuring tape and some prefabricated designs to work from.
Mediterranean Outdoor Kitchen with Blue Spanish Tiles

Mediterranean Outdoor Kitchen with Blue Spanish Tiles

This vibrant outdoor kitchen features all-over aquamarine and royal blue Spanish tiles, giving the space a true Mediterranean vibe. Detailed wood accents, like the curved design that frames one of two stainless steel grills, give the area a finished look.

Outdoor kitchen plans can be fairly simple. All you need are the right tools and a little creativity. The popularity of outdoor kitchens and dining makes finding prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits and plans easy, and many plans are budget-friendly, too.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs for Ideas and Inspiration

See All Photos




Photo By: Eric Perry

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

Photo By: E.PERRYY

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.


Photo By: Eric Perry © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: ImageBrowser

Photo By: Picasa 2.6

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




















Photo By: Will Hare Photography


From: Mark Scott Associates

Photo By: Mark Scott; Photo by Will Hare Photography ©Will Hare Photography


Photo By: Will Hare Photography



From: Mark Scott Associates

Photo By: Mark Scott; Photo by Will Hare Photography ©Will Hare Photography


Photo By: Eric Perry






Photo By: Jamie Rector











Your first step in developing your plan is measuring. A good measuring tape or a laser distance measurer will make the job easy. Precise measurements are a key part in developing your plan, so it might be a good idea to get a second set of eyes for the task. If you're still unsure, you may want to consult a licensed contractor on the project and they can help you with everything from measurements to finished product.

If you're still not sure where to start or want to put your DIY skills to work, look into modular outdoor kitchen kits. These kits are available in a broad range of sizes and shapes as well as materials and custom designs. Some kits also come with accessories like compact refrigerators, stainless steel cabinets, custom countertops and dining areas.

Planning from a prefabricated layout rather than having an outdoor kitchen custom-designed cuts down on time and cost because the design work is already done for you.

If you have an oddly shaped space or want to get a more custom look for your outdoor kitchen, consider a rounded or triangular layout. These shapes will create easier access to cabinets and appliances, and you can easily add a bar on one side so you can talk to your guests while you prep and cook.

When you're planning your outdoor kitchen, start at the top. What are the most important aspects you want to include in your outdoor kitchen? If you have a smaller space, stick with the basics like a grill and some counter and cabinet space. Consider an outdoor kitchen island with a propane grill and ice bin to minimize the need for utilities like plumbing and gas.

Planning an outdoor kitchen on an open wall is a great way to save space or create a flexible, open area for a dining table and chairs. This will make access to utilities within your home much simpler. Position cabinetry above and below as you would for an indoor kitchen.

Installing a kitchen on one wall might make you feel like you have your back turned to the party, so opt for a stand-alone grill or a rolling kitchen cart or island for prep work and serving to give you some movement in the space.

Outdoor Kitchens

See All Videos

Next Up

A Place for Your Outdoor Kitchen

From convenience to budget, use these tips to evaluate where you should build your outdoor kitchen.

Optimizing an Outdoor Kitchen Layout

Bring your indoor kitchen design outdoors, with these tips on creating a functional layout.

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Extend your living and entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen that suits your lifestyle needs.

Modular Outdoor Kitchen Kits and Accessories

Turning your backyard or patio into a chef's paradise is easier than ever thanks to prefab modular kitchen kits and accessories.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Looking for inspiration as you begin building an outdoor kitchen? Get cooking with a functioning, high-style outdoor oasis.

Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Get tips on how to find the right oven, fridge and more for your outdoor kitchen.

Plan a Small-Space Kitchen

Create a small-scale, smooth-functioning hub with savvy space planning and chic style.

Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Outdoor kitchen lighting affects everything from food preparation to mosquito control and is an important part of the design and performance of any outdoor kitchen.

Building an Outdoor Kitchen

Function plays a more important role than aesthetics in the outdoor kitchen.

Utilities in an Outdoor Kitchen

It pays to learn about electricity, plumbing and gas during the outdoor kitchen planning process.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.