If the temperatures are warm and the sun's out, dinner parties, garden parties, pool parties, and barbecues are pretty much a given. So why not go al fresco when it comes to cooking, too? 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. Not to mention, it would be more practical and efficient if you didn't have to keep running back inside to grab essential ingredients or culinary tools. That being said, if you have the square footage, an outdoor cook space would without a doubt transform your backyard and your hosting game. But if you need more convincing, take inspiration from these 30 dreamy outdoor kitchen ideas.
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30 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas
1. Outdoor Kitchen On a Wood Deck
This cooking oasis designed by Australian renovators Kyal and Kara can be used year-round thanks to the wood-covered deck. The pine kitchen features a sink plus prep and BBQ areas, and looks great set against the bright 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. Minimal Concrete Kitchen With Open Shelving
If you're after an outdoor kitchen that's long-lasting and easy to maintain, a concrete design 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. Outdoor Kitchen With 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 there to be minimum upkeep. This kitchen features a stainless steel option by WWOO that's easy to wipe down and clean, and any marks will just add to its character. The industrial-style gooseneck faucet is designed to connect to a garden hose so you can easily water all of your plants, too!
4. Outdoor Kitchen With Refrigerator Drawers
Stay cool under the sun with an outdoor refrigerator. This kitchen in Stephanie and Gary Valentine's backyard features a two-drawer option, two built-in cooktop burners, and a grill, all set into a classic brick enclosure with thick soapstone countertops. And bonus: Now they don't have to worry about overexerting themselves every time they want to grab an ice-cold drink.
5. Outdoor Kitchen With Chalkboard Wall
This freestanding outdoor kitchen setup, designed by Chantal and Ryan of The Horticult, was built on wheels so that it could be moved easily, but we think the giant DIY-friendly chalkboard wall is the real showstopper. 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. Mobile Outdoor Kitchen
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 culinary utensils. The tailor-made stove gives a modern Nordic vibe that's perfect for a small patio.
7. Pared Down Outdoor Kitchen
Interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel collaborated with Terremoto on this outdoor kitchen idea complete with mountain views. Located inside a poolside pergola, this minimal backyard respite showcases wood cabinetry with stainless steel appliances — including a drop-in grill, under-counter ice machine, and refrigerator.
8. Outdoor Kitchen With Banquette
Maximize seating around an outdoor kitchen with a built-in banquette — the much-celebrated space-saving dining option that's often used indoors. Mindy Gayer fashioned this one out of smooth stucco and added wrought iron poles to support fluffy back cushions. She also included a set of decorative coffee tables and throw pillows to make this setup even more sophisticated and cozy.
9. Indoor Kitchen With a Pass-Through Window
Merge the indoor and outdoor spaces, and simultaneously infuse charm, with a pass-through window. They're ideal for spatially challenged areas that can't support a standalone outdoor cook space, (like the deck of this farmhouse by Raili CA Design) while facilitating access to a fully functioning indoor kitchen. The bi-folding windows reveal a sophisticated design while a trio of metal stools welcomes guests to belly up to the bar.
10. Outdoor Kitchen With Colorful Appliances
Transform a functional appliance into an eye-catching design feature with a punchy hue, like the orange grill Kara Miller installed in this coastal-inspired outdoor kitchen. A blue and white patterned backsplash tile adds loads of visual interest without overwhelming the soothing space.
11. Outdoor Kitchen With Wall Paneling
Introduce depth and interest to typically plain walls with board and batten siding. Erica Bryen used natural teak cabinet fronts and a teak-clad ceiling to add warmth and contrast to the light gray walls and the dark stone countertops. A glass-front fridge is a luxe addition that keeps beverages at the ready.
12. Outdoor Kitchen With Skirted Cabinets
Impart cottage core vibes to an open-air cooking area with the popular skirted cabinet kitchen trend — which is making its way outdoors as well — as seen in this rustic outdoor kitchen at La Belle Vue, a boutique hotel in Switzerland. Vintage grain sacks hide unsightly pipes while a curated selection of lanterns, potted plants, and decorative objects personalize a shelf and the countertop.
13. Outdoor Kitchen With Curtains
For a flexible design that affords privacy to a refined backyard kitchen, implement this idea from Christopher Architecture and Interiors. The elevated alcove with puddled curtains includes a stainless steel refrigerator, countertop that doubles as the outdoor bar, and plenty of storage. Artwork and a pair of sconces complete the look.
14. Outdoor Kitchen With Mediterranean Influences
Incorporate architectural features into your outdoor kitchen for a unique look with eclectic undertones. This rooftop area by Chelsea Robinson features a straightforward monochromatic color scheme but retains plenty of character thanks to Mediterranean details such as arches, lanterns, and bright white walls.
15. Outdoor Kitchen With Kegerator
If you have space for a little something extra in your outdoor kitchen design, include a kegerator for a steady stream of cold drinks — from beer to coffee to kombucha. Sure, they're a bit of an indulgence, but they also free up precious space that might otherwise be reserved for a secondary refrigerator to stash cans and bottles.
16. Outdoor Kitchen With Chopped Wood Storage
Outdoor kitchens follow many of the same principles as their indoor counterparts, including the importance of ample storage space. This custom grill area features a beneath-the-sink cabinet, as well as an integrated cubby specifically for holding chopped wood — a functional choice that adds warmth and a rustic quality to the stucco surround and stainless fixtures.
17. Outdoor Kitchen Adjacent to Pool
Live large with a comprehensive space that includes professional-grade appliances, an outdoor fireplace with adjacent lounge seating, a dining area big enough for a crowd, and, of course, a pool. Interior designer Amber Lewis put her signature relaxed, yet sophisticated, spin on her patio setup with a neutral scheme that includes plenty of wood, tumbled stone, and aspirational landscape design.
18. Outdoor Kitchen With Pizza Oven
Refine your culinary skills and master everyone's favorite dish (duh, pizza) with a built-in pizza oven. Leather and wood equipale barstools and woven pendant lights add warmth and an organic quality to this contemporary covered outdoor kitchen design by Raili CA Design.
19. Outdoor Kitchen With Graphic Tile
If you're looking to infuse a bit of pizzazz into your outdoor kitchen, don't underestimate the power of graphic tile. The ladies of Studio Life/Style tempered the boldness of the high contrast tile on the island back panel with brick flooring, a beautiful stone countertop, and an abundance of greenery, resulting in a unique outdoor oasis.
20. U-Shaped Outdoor Kitchen
When space isn't at a premium, create an outdoor kitchen with the ultimate footprint: a U-shaped layout. Kalamazoo, purveyors of high-end outdoor cookery, outfitted this hardworking area with all of the professional bells and whistles, including a pizza oven, grill, and fridge.
21. Stone-Clad Outdoor Kitchen
Counter the inherently sterile look of outdoor kitchens, while adding texture and dimension, by cladding the surrounding walls with stone as Mindy Gayer did in this stunning design. The culinary space is replete with a grill, sink, fridge, built-in storage, a stainless hood, and decorative accessories — everything you could possibly need for a memorable meal en plein air.
22. Pavilion Outdoor Kitchen
Splurge on an ancillary structure in your backyard that houses all outdoor cooking needs and provides protection from the elements. This all-encompassing pavilion by Tracy Lynn Studio includes a sink, multiple refrigerators, a pizza oven, and grill, as well as integrated storage. A wall-mounted TV and bar seating ensure that this spot sees a lot of activity. Note: This setup is best for large outdoor spaces.
23. Blue and White Outdoor Kitchen
You don't need a large footprint to create an outdoor kitchen brimming with style and personality. A thoughtfully edited color palette — in this case, a blue and white scheme that's repeated in the backsplash, striped outdoor rug, and awning — can impart awe-inspiring richness. Amie Corley added substantial pine cabinets and one-of-a-kind accessories for a sophisticated French country vibe.
24. Outdoor Kitchen With a Ceiling Fan
Maximize airflow, even in an open outdoor kitchen like this one dreamed up by Alyssa Rosenhack, by including an overhead fan. The streamlined setup features wood cabinet fronts, stainless appliances, and floor-to-ceiling tile with a subtle, barely-there pattern. A ping pong table is a playful addition.
25. Outdoor Kitchen With an Eye-Catching Ventilation Hood
Add dimension to an all-white outdoor kitchen with a ventilation hood that commands attention, à la this beauty by Brandon Craft flaunting a hood covered in reclaimed wood. The practical element serves as an eye-catching focal point and warms up the neutral space. A pair of windows with black trim adds architectural interest to the exterior wall.
26. Outdoor Kitchen With Boho Details
Impart vacation vibes — string lights, hanging lanterns, and tropical plants — to an outdoor kitchen, and food prep just might feel a little less like a chore. This paradise by Becky Shea hits all of the boho high notes including plenty of wood, textured accessories, and a neutral color scheme.
27. Outdoor Kitchen With Open Layout
Introduce all the creature comforts of an indoor living space to your backyard escape with a seating area showcasing lounge-worthy furniture and high-end finishes. This sophisticated design idea by Benjamin Johnston effortlessly marries living room staples — a deep sofa, a coffee and accent table, as well as overhead lighting — with al fresco cooking must-haves, such as a high-end grill, a roomy sink, and plenty of counter space.
Scandi design effortlessly straddles the line between utilitarian and inviting — introduce those tenets to the great outdoors with a streamlined cook space that combines an abundance of wood and functional appliances. This minimal kitchenette by the Odooproject team includes all of the necessities such as a sink, storage, and wood-burning stove, without being over the top.
29. Outdoor Kitchen With Hinge Door
Conceal BBQ essentials at a moment's notice with an outdoor kitchen that disappears behind an integrated hinge door, like this clever setup by Australia-based Mr. Mitchell. The wood slate front imparts warmth to the slate gray patio and stainless steel furniture.
30. Freestanding Outdoor Kitchen
A freestanding outdoor kitchen is a great idea if you don't have the ability to renovate or build a permanent addition in your backyard, say at a rental. A modular cooking space like this one from Pottery Barn affords flexibility, so you have the freedom to remove it and take it with you if you move, while also being stylish and functional.