21 Best Outdoor Kitchen Ideas – Pics of Pretty Outdoor Kitchens

Cooking and eating a meal outside is a lovely, good-weather activity—you’re preparing the best grilling recipes with the most refreshing seasonal drinks in hand as you enjoy the views. But with all that loveliness comes a few headaches. Case in point: hauling food and supplies out from the kitchen can be a huge hassle, especially when you realize halfway through cooking that you’ve forgotten a must-have ingredient you need right now. If cooking outside with all the essentials wares at your fingertips is your idea of domestic bliss, then consider building a functional outdoor kitchen of your own that caters to your unique culinary needs.

The cost of building an outdoor kitchen, much like an indoor kitchen renovation, varies depending on the materials and appliances you choose. Pro tip: Outdoor products should be built to weather the natural elements, so durability should be at the top of your list. Enlist a trusted general contractor to provide a thorough estimate for building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. If you’re not all in on a built-in outdoor kitchen, you can create a makeshift space by curating readily available, inexpensive items like a table with a flat surface for prepping food, a tiered bar cart or shelf for storage, a grill, and a cooler. Shop in a tight colorway for a cohesive and polished look.

Take your best backyard ideas to a sizzling new level with all of these dreamy outdoor kitchen ideas and practical tips!

Backyard Party Pavilion

outdoor kitchen ideas that include a wood beam pavilion with a texas state flag hanging and a set of table and chairs
David Tsay

This 500-square-foot covered structure hosts alfresco feasts, football-viewing parties, and even Thanksgiving dinners. A pair of 8-foot wooden doors hides additional storage and a powder bath.

stone pizza oven with with a variety of plants and a large tree in outdoor kitchen ideasThe Green Eyed Girl

Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven

If there’s one thing your family can always agree on, it’s pizza night. Make summer Friday nights all the more special by whipping up your own savory pies in the backyard.

grain silo in outdoor kitchen ideas
Arielle Peters Photography

Grain Silo Outdoor Kitchen

It doesn’t get more wonderfully rustic than this outdoor grain bin bar in Topeka, Indiana. Repurpose your own galvanized backyard structure for the best food and drink station around.

Cozy Patio Outdoor Kitchen

a styles patio with a table set and grill in outdoor kitchen ideasPure Style Home

This gorgeous space-saving setup boasts bar stools beside the grill and a family-friendly wood table that seats a crowd.

Stone Outdoor Kitchen

stone dining set and fireplace in outdoor kitchen ideas
Michelle Derviss Landscape Design

We’re loving this entertaining spot for its sleek stone fireplace and grill station. Contrasting wood pergolas provide a change in material as well as added privacy.

repurposed pallet incorporated in outdoor kitchen ideasReyclart

Repurposed Pallet Outdoor Kitchen

Nail the farmhouse vibe with a cozy kitchen corner, made completely from recycled wood pallets.

 
stone grill in a backyard with wood dining table and red chairs in outdoor kitchen ideas
Lisa Romerain/Otto

Patio Kitchen

An eye-catching sign makes a statement over this streamlined outdoor kitchen. Bright red Navy chairs add a pop of color.

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen

candace cameron bure outdoor kitchen goods in outdoor kitchen ideasColin Price/Wine Spectator

Situated between troves of shady trees, this outdoor entertaining space, which belongs to actress Candace Cameron Bure, features a pizza oven, dining area, and lots of spots for lounging.

built in outdoor cooking space in outdoor kitchen ideas
Karyn Millet

Built-In Outdoor Kitchen

This California home’s built-in concrete cook space was inspired by a Pinterest photo featuring the work of Dutch designer Piet-Jan van den Kommer of WWOO.

Open-Air Kitchen

wood deck seating area in outdoor kitchen ideasLisa Hubbard

The owner of this Rhode Island home enlisted a contractor to build an open-air kitchen and an enclosed living roomboth outfitted with electricity and wateralongside his vegetable garden. A patio of bluestone pavers links the two cedar structures.

Outdoor Dining Patio

backyard barn with seating area in outdoor kitchen ideas
James Merrell

Inside this cabin in Ohio, an 8-foot-long bar lines the back wall. Dinner is often served on the patio outside at a huge table made with wood reclaimed from a bowling lane.

Under-Awning Dining Space

wood shed with yellow and white awning in outdoor kitchen ideasMax Kim-Bee

The 250-square-foot kitchen cottage from Country Living‘s 2012 House of the Year took outdoor cooking to exhilarating new heights. Weathered barn doors from Tall Cotton Supply slide wide open and “allow the indoors to merge with the outdoors, so the cook doesn’t feel isolated,” explains Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson. Architect Ruard Veltman further blurred the boundaries with a dining area shaded by an awning of Sunbrella fabric and furnished with a Grandin Road picnic table and benches.

 
diy grill with wood and stone in outdoor kitchen ideas
Courtesy of Lowe’s

DIY Grill Station

Feeling ambitious? You can build your own outdoor kitchen space from stacked stones and a DIY wood structure.

Modular Outdoor Kitchen

modular cooking counter area in outdoor kitchen ideasCourtesy of WWOO

Created by Dutch designer Piet Jan van den Kommer, the WWOO is a customizable, concrete outdoor kitchen that’s meant to be affordable and virtually maintenance-free.

Summer Entertaining Area

metal and stone backyard kitchen setup in outdoor kitchen ideas
Trevor Tondro/House Beautiful

This Nantucket outdoor kitchen is the ultimate place to entertain—this one includes a grill, cooktops, a refrigerator, a sink, and even a pizza oven.

 
stone fireplace in outdoor kitchen ideasMax Kim-Bee

Outdoor Fireplace

It’s not a full-blown kitchen, but this stucco mission-style fireplace, complete with antique Spanish tiles designed by Isabelle Dahlin (who also owns popular L.A. shop Dekor), is the perfect place for family to gather and roast s’mores.

backyard refrigerated drawers in stone counter in outdoor kitchen ideasCourtesy of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Backyard Refrigerated Drawers

Tucked away in a small Chicago backyard, this outdoor kitchen set-up proves you don’t need a lot of outdoor space for a stylish and functional kitchen. A stacked two-refrigerator door keeps an assortment of drinks at the ready.

outdoor kitchen sink in backyard refrigerated in outdoor kitchen ideasRyan Benoit/The Horticult

Chalkboard Backsplash

This freestanding outdoor kitchen unit, designed by the bloggers behind The Horticult, was built on wheels so it could easily be moved. A giant chalkboard wall is the perfect place to write menus and to-do lists.

Outdoor Kitchen Materials

wood and metal kitchen countertop and grills in outdoor kitchen ideas
Courtesy of New Eco Landscape Design and Build

Cedar cabinetry and stainless steel countertops give this outdoor kitchen a modern feel. Herbs gardens filled with lavender, yucca, and juniper give the space a natural feel.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

wood and stone kitchen area and seating in outdoor kitchen ideasFrancesco Lagnese

This laid-back space feels organic yet polished, thanks to a bluestone countertop, pavers, and a variety of potted plants.

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