7 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Create the Perfect Backyard Setup

Going alfresco with your dining is pretty much a given if the sun's out, so why keep the cooking indoors? If you're a culinary genius, chances are you're also a keen entertainer and there's no better way to keep your guests entertained than by cooking with them, too. Maybe you could even host a master class for something a little different? If you have the square footage, an outdoor cook space will transform your garden and your social life. Take inspiration from these seven dreamy outdoor kitchen ideas and get the look using the very same products.

1. Cover up but let the light in.

pine outdoor kitchen idea with hooded bbq grill
credit: Kyal and Kara

With some careful planning your outdoor kitchen idea can still remain a functional part of your home, even if it's raining! This cooking oasis designed by Australian renovators Kyal and Kara can be used year-round thanks to the covered deck. The pine kitchen features a sink, prep and BBQ area, and looks great set against the coastal white walls. Plus, there's even a skylight to let the sun shine through. Not sure about you but we're ready to throw another shrimp on the barbie!

2. Go for concrete.

concrete sectional outdoor kitchen idea with chopped wood
credit: WWOO

If you're after something long lasting and easy to maintain, a concrete outdoor kitchen idea is the way to go. Enter the WWOO Collection — created by Dutch designer Piet-Jan van den Kommer, this modular outdoor living brand specializes in culinary spaces that can be customized to work with the size and style of your backyard. Pair yours with rustic storage and industrial-style furniture for the perfect garden getaway.

3. Make washing up a whole lot easier with an outdoor sink.

An outdoor kitchen wouldn't be very practical if you had to make the long walk inside just to wash up, would it now? Remember to think pragmatically when selecting an outdoor sink. It's likely to be exposed to the elements and you want upkeep at a minimum. This kitchen features a stainless steel option by WWOO that's easy to wipe down and clean, and any marks will add to its character. The industrial-style gooseneck spout is designed to connect to a garden hose so you can easily water all of your plants, too!

4. Keep the beverages cool.

Stay cool under the sun with an outdoor refrigerator. This kitchen in Stephanie and Gary Valentine's home features a two-drawer option, two built-in cooktop burners, and a grill, all set into a classic brick enclosure with large soapstone countertops. Now they don't have to worry about overexerting themselves every time they go on a beer run.

5. Have fun with an outdoor chalkboard!

outdoor kitchen idea with chalkboard
credit: The Horticult

This freestanding outdoor kitchen unit, designed by Chantal and Ryan of The Horticult, was built on wheels so it could be easily moved, but we think the giant chalkboard wall is the real showstopper of this culinary space. The 7-foot-high black backdrop is the perfect place to write menus, to-do lists, or just occupy the kids when the kitchen isn't in use. Pro tip: Just be sure the paint is suitable for outdoor use.

6. Short on space? Put your outdoor kitchen on wheels.

small outdoor kitchen idea with grill and pizza oven next to chopped wood
credit: Morsø

Not enough room for the last featured outdoor kitchen idea? Try this cheat instead. The Morso Forno Garden is a grill and pizza oven on a large outdoor table with wheels. Designed by Klaus Rath, it's simple, functional, and takes up hardly any room, but there's still plenty of space for pots, pans, and your most used utensils. The tailor-made stove gives a modern Nordic vibe — perfect for a small patio.

7. Keep it minimal.

Interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel collaborated with Terremoto on this outdoor kitchen idea located inside a poolside pergola, complete with mountain views. The team chose stainless steel appliances for the minimal backyard respite, combining wood cabinets with a drop-in grill, under-counter ice machine, and refrigerator.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.