21 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas You’ll Love

Outdoor kitchen grill with fridge built by Grand Design Landscape

Are you looking to create an outdoor kitchen that will wow your guests? Do you need some great outdoor kitchen ideas to spark your imagination?

If you so, you’ve come to the right place!

This list of 21 outdoor kitchen ideas for your outdoor living space includes everything from wood-fired pizza ovens to bar islands and even a poolside cabana kitchen. 

We’ve also included some more simple ideas like integrated grills and cooktops, as well as outdoor kitchens with large fireplaces, refrigerated drawers, and even a built-in Big Green Egg Grill.

So, no matter what type of outdoor kitchen you’re looking for, these ideas are sure to give you some great design inspiration! 

1. Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Who doesn’t love pizza? Nothing says summer like having a wood-fired pizza oven in your backyard. Perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining, having an outdoor pizza oven will keep the party going all night long. Not only can you make delicious pizzas in minutes, but the smoky taste of wood-fired pizza also adds an authentic Italian flavor that is unbeatable. 

2. Outdoor Kitchen With Exterior Mood Lighting

Create the perfect mood for entertaining with exterior mood lighting. The ambient glow from this type of lighting adds warmth and sophistication to any outdoor space. 

Not only does it look beautiful, but mood lighting also sets the perfect atmosphere for entertaining guests or just relaxing after dinner. Just be sure to use LED bulbs so you don’t have to worry about high energy bills.

3. Outdoor Kitchen Made From Recycled Wood Pallets

For a truly one-of-a-kind eco-friendly design, why not build your outdoor kitchen out of recycled wood pallets? You can save money on materials while still creating a unique and stylish look. Plus, the shabby chic charm will give your space some character and make it feel extra special. Just be sure to treat the wood properly with weatherproof paint or sealant before using it outside.  

4. Outdoor Kitchen With Mounted TV And Covered Seating

Backyard with pool and outdoor kitchen

Having a mounted TV in your outdoor kitchen is great for watching movies or sports games with friends and family. And by having a covered outdoor living room seating area, you can enjoy watching TV outdoors without getting sunburned or rained on. You could even add string lights around the area for extra ambiance. 

5. Outdoor Kitchen With Large Fireplace

Beautiful Outdoor Living Space with Fire Place and BBQ Grill/ Outdoor Kitchen

The perfect way to add a touch of warmth and charm to your outdoor kitchen is with a large fireplace. Not only does this provide additional heat during colder months, but it also creates an inviting atmosphere where everyone can gather around and enjoy each other’s company. Plus, it makes a great focal point for your outdoor kitchen. This outdoor kitchen features a large fireplace as the focal point, with built-in storage for firewood and plenty of counter space for prep and serving.

6. Outdoor Kitchen With Refrigerated Drawers

Refrigerated drawer installed by Grand Design Landscape

If you like to entertain, then refrigerated drawers are a must-have for your outdoor kitchen. They keep your drinks cold, and within easy reach, so you can spend more time enjoying your guests and less time running back and forth to the indoor fridge.

They also provide easy access to ingredients while cooking outside in the heat of summer. Look for drawers that are specifically designed for use outdoors since they are more durable than regular indoor models. 

7. Outdoor Kitchen With A Kegerator

A kegerator is perfect for those who love craft beer and hosting parties. This type of appliance works like a mini refrigerator and can hold up to four or five kegs at once. No more lugging heavy cases of beer outdoors–the kegerator does all the work for you.

Plus, it comes with a built-in tap so your guests can help themselves. Not to mention, it’s an eye-catching piece that will definitely get people talking about your outdoor kitchen setup!

8. Outdoor Kitchen With Double Grills

Outside kitchen with double grill

Having two grills in one outdoor kitchen is not only convenient but also allows you to cook multiple dishes at once–which makes entertaining easier than ever before!

This allows multiple people to cook at once while still allowing room for food prep on either side. Look for grills that come with side burners so you can easily prepare sauces or sides while grilling up burgers or chicken breasts on the main grill portion. 

9. Outdoor Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

For those looking to really spruce up their outdoor kitchen space, opt for an eye-catching tile backsplash behind the grill area. Mosaic tiles come in all sorts of colors and designs and will instantly transform your backyard into an oasis of style. It’s also easy to clean–a definite bonus when entertaining outdoors. 

10. Awning-Covered Outdoor Kitchen

An awning-covered outdoor kitchen is a great way to enjoy cooking outdoors without worrying about the elements. It provides shade from the sun while still allowing plenty of natural light and air circulation. And since most outdoor kitchens are built near the home, this type of covered structure also helps protect the area from rain and wind. Consider adding string lights or solar lights for extra ambiance during evening entertaining. 

11. Outdoor Kitchen With Built-In Big Green Egg Grill

If you’re looking for something more unique than your typical backyard grill, consider installing a built-in Big Green Egg Grill. This type of grill is designed to retain heat and evenly cook food at high temperatures for maximum flavor every time. This reliable ceramic charcoal cooker also comes in several sizes depending on your grilling needs.

It’s easy to use and can be used as both a smoker and traditional grill–perfect for cooking burgers, steaks, ribs, pizza, fish tacos–you name it! The unique shape also adds an interesting touch of style to any backyard outdoor space. 

12. Pergola-Shaded Outdoor Kitchen

Pergola built by PCS

Pergolas are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners seek to extend their living spaces outdoors. Installing one over your outdoor kitchen area can create the perfect spot for entertaining guests or hosting family dinners under the stars. Pergolas also come in a variety of styles, so you can always find the ideal one to fit your aesthetic. 

A pergola made from wood or metal posts offers an elegant way to create an open-air kitchen space without sacrificing shade or privacy. You can even add curtains around parts of the pergola to give more protection from windy weather. Pergolas are also perfect for growing plants around them. Vines growing along the posts provide additional shade and texture on hot days, as well as just adding beautiful greenery throughout the year. 

13. Outdoor Kitchen With Bar Island And Stools

Outdoor kitchen with bar built by PCS

Bar islands are becoming increasingly popular in modern outdoor kitchens because they offer extra countertop space and seating options without taking up too much room in the backyard. Create extra seating with a bar island that includes stools underneath it so guests can gather around while you cook outside. 

Choose stools with cushions for added comfort, or opt for swivel models so people can easily move around in tight spaces when needed. Stools can be tucked away when not in use, so they don’t take up too much space when not needed during larger gatherings. If you’re wondering how long it takes to build something like this, be sure to check out our blog on how long it takes to build an outdoor living space.

14. Outdoor Kitchen With Simple Grill And Side Countertops

If you don’t have much room in your outdoor space but still want an outdoor kitchen area, consider investing in a simple grill with side countertops for added convenience. This setup offers all of the same amenities as larger grills but fits perfectly into smaller yards or patios where space is limited. 

15. Outdoor Kitchen With Fire Pit

Fire pit installed by PCS

If you want to take things up another notch, consider adding an outdoor fire pit adjacent to your outdoor kitchen area for extra warmth during cooler evenings or cozy gatherings with friends and family members. Not only does this create ambiance, but it provides more options for cooking outdoors–from s’mores over the fire pit to grilled kebabs on the BBQ.

16. Outdoor Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

If you’re looking for an industrial look, opt for concrete countertops in your outdoor kitchen. Not only are they strong and durable, but they also provide a unique aesthetic that is sure to be eye-catching. Concrete countertops can be customized with colors, textures, and shapes to fit any style. For example, try pairing it with brick walls and stainless steel appliances for a modern look. 

17. Outdoor Kitchen With Colorful Dining Area Chairs 

Add a pop of color and personality to your outdoor dining area with brightly colored chairs. This will add some life to the outdoor space and make it feel more inviting for family dinners or get-togethers with friends. 

Choose chairs in bold hues like blue, yellow, orange, or red for a fun contrast against a neutral dining table or walls–whatever fits your style best. For an extra special touch, try painting your chairs yourself–it’s easier than you think! 

18. Integrated Grill And Cooktop Outdoor Kitchen

If you love outdoor cooking but don’t want all the smoke and mess that comes with it, why not try an integrated grill and cooktop? This type of outdoor kitchen features a built-in grill station and cooktop that runs on natural gas or propane. No more running back and forth from inside your home to outside–you can do it all in one spot! 

19. Poolside Outdoor Cabana Kitchen 

If you have a pool in your backyard space, why not build an outdoor cabana with an attached kitchen? This way, you can keep snacks and drinks close by while enjoying a dip in the pool on hot summer days. Plus, it makes entertaining guests easy–just open up the cabana doors and let everyone come inside the luxurious poolside kitchen for refreshments. You can also easily add other amenities like a wet bar for extra convenience. 

20. Outdoor Kitchen With Espresso Bar

For those who love coffee but don’t want to go through the hassle of making espresso inside their home every time they want a cup, why not add an espresso bar to your outdoor kitchen? It also adds a unique touch to any outdoor kitchen design–one that your guests will surely appreciate. 

21. Outdoor Kitchen Next To Pondless Stream

For something truly unique, why not create an outdoor kitchen next to a pondless stream? It’s like having two features in one–the soothing sound of water combined with the convenience of having everything right at your fingertips as you prepare meals or entertain guests outside.

Not only will this add visual interest to the outdoor space, but it will also provide soothing background noise as well. If done right, this could become one of the most beautiful parts of your home’s landscape design! 

Grand Design Landscape Can Build Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

woman using a gas barbeque grill

There is no shortage of creative ideas when it comes to designing an outdoor kitchen for your home. From a wood-fired pizza oven to a pergola, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating the perfect backyard oasis. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring these outdoor kitchen ideas and that you’ve found some inspiration for your own dream backyard setup. If you’re ready to move forward, be sure to check out our post on how much it costs to build an outdoor kitchen.

We’d love to talk with you about your options and help turn your dream into a reality! Fill out our contact form today, and let’s get started on making your backyard the envy of the neighborhood.

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