Outdoor cooking and dining evoke a fun and celebratory spirit. Barbecues, beers, games, pool antics, laughter, pizzas, friends, picnics and family. The open-air inspires a cheerful and carefree atmosphere that cannot be attained indoors. Outdoor kitchens ideas and designs vary and are usually considered to fit individual needs and surroundings.
When the weather is warm and pleasant, there is nothing more satisfying than eating a meal outside. With these outdoor kitchen ideas, you can both prepare and enjoy your food under the warm sun or glittering stars. You will find designs for every style from shabby chic to rustic to outdoorsy glam.
If you have the space in your yard, check out the outdoor kitchen designs complete with bars, seating areas, storage, and grills. For smaller spaces, try one of the projects with just a sink and prep counter for you to mix drinks or put the finishing touches on your food. Here are some of the most popular outdoor kitchen ideas and designs you can steal and pick inspirations from.
- 1 Contemporary Black
- 2 Hideaway Kitchen
- 3 Grey Stone
- 4 Pergola Bar
- 5 Country Patio Kitchen
- 6 Shaded Kitchen
- 7 Southern Charm
- 8 Re-purposed Pallets
- 9 Asian Lounge
- 10 Covered Patio
- 11 Barbecue Grill and Prep Station
- 12 DIY Corrugated Metal Outdoor Bar
- 13 Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Design with Grill and Dishwasher
- 14 Outdoor Food Prep Station for Small Spaces
- 15 Outdoor Kitchen Décor with Clay Pizza Oven
- 16 Food Prep Station with Pergola
- 17 Patio Kitchen with Bar, Sink, and Mini-Fridge
- 18 Built-In Deck Countertop with Storage Shelves
- 19 DIY Wood and Stone Food Prep Station
- 20 Outdoor Kitchen with Built-In Grill and Sink
- 21 DIY Reclaimed Wood Outdoor Bar
- 22 Blue Cabinets
- 23 Strategic Outdoor Kitchen Layout
- 24 Patio Kitchen
- 25 Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
- 26 Backyard Refrigerated Drawers
- 27 Chalkboard Backsplash
- 28 Outdoor Kitchen Materials
- 29 Lakefront Kitchen
- 30 Style Traditional
- 31 Style Contemporary
- 32 Style Rustic
- 33 Pizza Oven
- 34 Rustic Barbecue Station
- 35 Posh Garden Corner
- 36 Retractable Canopy
- 37 Small City Backyard Kitchen
- 38 Modern and Sophisticated
- 39 Outdoor Kitchen and Pool Bar
- 40 Patio Kitchen and Living Room
Sleek, rustic and modern. Black vertical sidings for walls, vintage lamps and sisal rope cabinet handles. This outdoor kitchen was able to combine the chic contemporary with the charming farmhouse vibe. The reed roofing provides ample shade without closing off the space.
Ready and accessible when you need it, protected and out-of-sight when you don’t. When you want nice outdoor barbecues during warm weekends and want to keep your kitchen implements safe during rainy days, this kitchen-in-a-box is a brilliant solution.
Ultra-modern outdoor kitchen with a lot of archaic charm. Using primeval materials like rough stone and wood to create a sleek and modern kitchen gives the space a singular look. The shades of grey highlight its up-to-date styling.
Dress up your outdoor kitchen bar with a pergola! A pergola can provide shade and visually enhance the space, giving it definition and character. It is also the perfect setting for some string lights for a more dramatic effect on special on nights.
Country Patio Kitchen
Enjoy afternoons and evening al fresco dining in this patio kitchen. Just add a grill and oven, counters, some storage and your dining table to your patio. The combination of brick columns, wood pallets, string lights and yellow counters bring out a charming country air.
Unpredictable weather on your parts? You can easily close your outdoor kitchen when rain pours or when the wind becomes too strong for cooking and dining. The sleek vertical shades match the wall and complement the modern kitchen design.
The southern interiors is warm, welcoming, graceful and charming. The dark wood ceiling and posts foil the cool white floors and stone walls. The gorgeous wicker chairs, curved iron footed table and the antique chandelier give the space its remarkable southern look.
Your backyard kitchen and barbeque don’t have to be expensive to build. This repurposed pallet kitchen is spacious, practical, well-appointed and delightful. The tin roof provides shade and gives protection against sudden rain showers.
Turn your unexciting outdoor kitchen patio into this chic and mesmerising Asian-inspired lounge. Vertical wood fencing, bamboo plants and floor seating convey the enigmatic eastern charm. Add a firepit to warm nippy nights and retractable canopy to provide shade.
Convert your hardly used patio into this awesome pergola-covered outdoor kitchen. Build the kitchen counters and implements on the far side of the space, add two stone pedestals on the other side that will serve as the platform for the pergola posts. Its natural elements – rough stone and exposed wood give the kitchen a bucolic and brawny look.
Barbecue Grill and Prep Station
A dark wood pergola adds design and class to classic, adobe style stonework. This kitchen has a southwest flair with orange tones mimicking the desert and stainless steel offering a striking contrast. Darker red tile forms the countertops, and if you notice, brightly colored tiles give an unexpected pop of color. Add an outdoor sink and griddle, and you’ve got a full kitchen setup.
DIY Corrugated Metal Outdoor Bar
Have you ever heard rain bounce off a tin roof? This outdoor kitchen takes that peaceful feeling and creates a casual outdoor space using the corrugated tin for visual interest and a beautiful soundscape during stormy weather. Keep things from getting too fussy with oak-toned wood accents including countertops, plus a string of outdoor lights across the top.
Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Design with Grill and Dishwasher
Shabby chic kitchens are still a classic, and this shabby chic inspired outdoor kitchen is no different. It uses whitewashed brick for a comforting aged look, plus neutral gray accents on the counter. Also, did you notice the chevron brick floor? It pairs nicely with the stonework below the bar.
Outdoor Food Prep Station for Small Spaces
This minimalist outdoor kitchen is low fuss but high style. A ceramic smoker style grill and a glass water dispenser are the focal points of simple, open shelving in a soft grayish brown. Keep decorations to a minimum so that the graphic shapes of the grill and water dispenser stand out, and it doesn’t hurt to add a touch of plant life.
Outdoor Kitchen Décor with Clay Pizza Oven
This is another southwest style kitchen, but this time with everyone’s favorite appliance: the pizza oven. Adobe adds warmth and gives the stainless steel appliances a subtle golden glow. The oven is large enough for multiple pizzas plus wood storage below. Enclose the kitchen area with adobe eves to give it a finished feel.
Food Prep Station with Pergola
An open pergola encloses this full kitchen setup and gives it a formal feel. Light wood beams are a natural complement to the off-white base and dark countertops. Stainless steel appliances are a luxe addition to these simple colors, and the entire set-up is well balanced and a little traditional.
Patio Kitchen with Bar, Sink, and Mini-Fridge
This setup is a full-scale outdoor dining space. It gives you an extra deep counter top for preparation and serving. Guests can sit with the cook as the food is prepared. The counter is a formal granite style counter on top of neutral aged stonework. On the other side of the grill, the cook has access to a sink and a mini-fridge.
Built-In Deck Countertop with Storage Shelves
In another minimal design, open shelving provides visual interest plus tons of storage for all your outdoor equipment. Neutral whitewash complements a bright cherry deck and doesn’t hinder the view beyond. It’s perfect for stacking wood for the smoker and an outdoor sink rounds out the amenities.
DIY Wood and Stone Food Prep Station
Outdoor kitchens don’t have to be elaborate. In this space, wood and simple brick complement the small space, providing prep areas and a base for the grill. Warm tones of wood give it a comfortable family room feel. Bars across the back finish the look with extra hanging storage for utensils and cups.
Outdoor Kitchen with Built-In Grill and Sink
Stone is a classic outdoor kitchen staple, and this simple masonry provides a built-in base for the grill, sink, and mini-fridge. The table complements the color of the stone and encloses the entire space as an outdoor dining area with plenty of seating. It’s well balanced and warm.
DIY Reclaimed Wood Outdoor Bar
Reclaimed wood has such personality. Using reclaimed wood for the countertop and base gives visual interest, while the different wood tones complement each other. The wrap around counter offers guests plenty of room to talk with the cook without crowding the prep area. Simple raffia barstools finish the casual look.
If you live outdoors during the summer, you want your space to be as inviting as possible. Channel the ocean or the sky with blue cabinetry.
Strategic Outdoor Kitchen Layout
Instead of viewing an outdoor kitchen as adjunct, make it complete with a grill, fridge, sink, and pizza oven. A U-shapedlayout helps you move from hot to cold, with the grill on the left to two refrigerator drawers and an ice maker on the right.
An eye-catching sign makes a statement over this streamlined outdoor kitchen; bright red Navy chairs add a pop of color.
Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
Situated between troves of shady trees, this outdoor entertaining space, which belongs to Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure, features a pizza oven and dining area.
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 beer and other refreshments at the ready.
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 list.
Outdoor Kitchen Materials
Cedar cabinetry and stainless steel countertops give this outdoor kitchen a modern feel; herb gardens filled with lavender, yucca, and juniper give the space a natural feel.
This upstate New York lakefront home’s outdoor entertaining and kitchen space features a pulley system, so that the windows can be raised, opening the space up to the great outdoors.
A masonry base in the form of mortared brick and stone is classic. To tie it in with the house, choose a material and design, such as this running-bond brick pattern, that echoes your foundation walls or chimney.
The style is characterized by sleek lines and polished finishes, such as granite and stainless steel. Here, ipe boards running in horizontal bands give dimension to the kitchen while also blending it with the wooded backdrop.
Texture and matte finishes impart a lived-in look. Here, stucco on the built-in base is tinted to mimic terra-cotta and to harmonize with the tones of a rough-stone counter. Earthy colors blend with the surrounding plantings.
Barbecues are staples of outdoor kitchen cooking. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have your other favourite comfort food, like pizza! Add a pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen and enjoy hot homemade pizza and bread to go with your barbecues.
Rustic Barbecue Station
This is a man’s outdoor kitchen! Designed for endless barbecues, the modern grill is positioned dead centre with ample counter spaces on both sides. Stacked rough stone sides, bare wood flooring, reed slats for walls and stripped wood pergola all evoke the rustic rough and tumble cowboy vibe.
Posh Garden Corner
Elegant, opulent and stunning. This modern and classy garden kitchen and dining installation is a welcome addition to anybody’s backyard. Walled in two sides and slatted pergola overhead provide ample shade and privacy. The blue-grey-white combi gives the space its cool and contemporary look.
Need some shade during the hottest time of the day but also don’t want a roof over your outdoor kitchen? The retractable canopy is the perfect solution for you, and one of the most popular additions to many outdoor kitchen ideas and designs. You can draw out the canopy when you need it and hide it when you don’t.
Small City Backyard Kitchen
You can turn even the smallest backyard into an outdoor cooking and dining delight. Install your kitchen implements to one side of your smallish city backyard and invest in a portable picnic dining set you can stow away when not in use or when it’s time to clear a spot for some dancing.
Modern and Sophisticated
This sleek and modern outdoor kitchen is for those who only want the best. The shiny grill comes with a hood vent, enough counter space and storage cabinets, comfy seats with a firepit-installed centre table. Minimalist concrete greys are matched with touches of blues and bare wood slats.
Outdoor Kitchen and Pool Bar
If you’re doing a complete outdoor redo, go big with this luxurious poolside kitchen. The bar is a pleasing curved design that mimics the lagoon style pool. Warm stone keeps things comfortable with the dual-layered bar. A red umbrella finishes the look and provides valuable shade for summer days.
Patio Kitchen and Living Room
Outdoor living rooms are the best places to spend summer nights. A giant arched pergola helps to define this outdoor space and make it feel like a real room. Add an outdoor couch and coffee table across from the grill so that the cook can be part of the gathering. A fireplace adds beauty and comfort as a final touch.