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.

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.

Bar

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.

Photo by: LINDROSS REMODELING

LINDROSS REMODELING

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.

TV(s)

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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.

Pergola

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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