15 Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances and Accessories of 2023
Get your outdoor kitchen ready for cooking and entertaining with these essentials.
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, you already know how it can transform your outdoor dining experience. Maybe you spent hours designing and building your own custom outdoor kitchen or maybe you opted for a functional and stylish outdoor kitchen kit. Regardless, keeping your space stocked and comfortable will help you fully take advantage of the space in the warmer months ahead.
1. Cuisinart Grill Tools
Every grill master needs the right grill tool set to help them prepare juicy and delicious meals for friends and family. This set from Cuisinart—boasting over 5,000 reviews—includes a spatula, tongs, BBQ fork, cleaning brush, and four corn on the cob holders, all with stylish wooden handles. Four stainless steel skewers and a recycled plastic carrying case also come in the set.
2. Keter Cool Bar Drink Cooler Patio Table
This versatile outdoor table is a fan favorite—and for good reason. Made of a weather-resistant material, the pop-up design transforms it from a patio side table to a beverage cooler to keep beer, wine, and other drinks chilled for summer entertaining. The cooler’s generous 7.5-gallon capacity is large enough to chill up to 40 12-ounce cans.
3. Acrylic Drinkware
This set of BPA-free acrylic tumblers will let you serve beverages to your guests without worrying about broken glass on your deck or patio. The set of 16 dishwasher-safe 20-ounce glasses—which are stackable for convenient storage—are beloved by customers for their chic, crystal-clear and cloud-free appearance.
4. Portable Gas Pizza Oven
Prepare fresh and delicious pizza in your outdoor kitchen with the BakerStone gas pizza oven—selected as the best bang for the buck in our guide to the best outdoor pizza ovens. The 25,000-BTU burner system allows this pizza oven to cook pizzas in under two minutes. Compared with many other similar products, this model has a more compact design and folding legs, making it easy to securely store it when you’re not baking.
5. Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Pull your outdoor kitchen and entertaining space together—and bring in a touch of the tropics—with this indoor/outdoor area rug from Nourison. Made from polypropylene, it’s easy to clean and maintain, making it an ideal option for an outdoor kitchen. It features a flat-weave design with cut pile patterns of bright blue, orange, and green flowers and has more than 18,000 positive reviews.
6. Countertop Ice Maker
Keep guests happy and their drinks cool with this countertop ice maker from Euhomy, which comes in five colors and has more than 10,000 glowing reviews. One of our experts’ favorite portable ice makers, it can make up to 26 pounds of ice in a day. The ice maker offers a quiet and efficient compressor, two different ice cube size options, a water level indicator light, and a transparent window to keep an eye on ice production.
7. Reversible Cutting Boards
With more than 43,000 reviews and a spot on our experts’ list of the best cutting boards, this set of Gorilla Grip cutting boards will be a welcome addition to any outdoor kitchen. It includes three cutting board sizes, each of which has a reversible design with deep grooves on one side to collect juices and keep them off of your counters or tables. There are 35 fun board and grip color combinations, allowing you to choose the right look for your space.
8. Outdoor Trash Can
This outdoor trash can—which boasts more than 21,000 reviews from happy customers—is both practical and stylish. Unlike unsightly plastic bins, this one features a resin-wicker design that will seamlessly blend in with your other outdoor furniture while also resisting fading and preventing water from seeping in through the hinged lid.
9. Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Get your feet tapping and your body grooving by listening to your favorite music while cooking up a storm with the best Bluetooth outdoor speaker our experts have tested. It has a cylindrical shape for 360-degree sound output and is drop-, dust-, and waterproof. You can easily connect your phone or smart device to the speaker to stream your favorite songs from anywhere or control the playlist using the buttons on the speaker.
10. Outdoor Prep Station Table
If space comes at a premium in your outdoor kitchen, consider this multipurpose outdoor prep table and storage solution from Suncast. Made of weather-resistant resin, it includes a tabletop with two drop-leaf extensions to provide space when you need it and allow for more compact storage at other times. There are also two cabinets to hold cooking and serving accessories.
11. Melamine Dinnerware
Break-resistant melamine dishes are perfect for outdoor entertaining. The set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls. After your outdoor meal, the dishes clean up easily in the dishwasher. The set comes highly-recommended, with over 1,100 reviews from customers who love the durability and five attractive color choices.
12. Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Cool the heat in your outdoor kitchen with what our experts chose as the best outdoor ceiling fan. Available in a bronze or white finish, it’s rated for use in damp areas and features 52-inch weather-resistant plastic blades with a wooden texture. The three-speed reversible motor is quiet yet powerful enough to keep your space nice and breezy.
13. Popco Kitchen Tongs
Available in three sizes (7, 9, and 12 inches), you’ll find many ways to use these Popco tongs, which our experts dubbed the best kitchen tongs. Grab a pair to sauté veggies on your outdoor stove, flip foods on the grill, or serve a salad around the table. They have a 100 percent food grade silicone and BPA-free tip that’s heat-resistant up to 480 degrees and are crafted with durable and long-lasting stainless steel.
14. Propane Patio Heater
Enjoy your outdoor kitchen year-round, even on chilly days, with the Amazon Basics outdoor propane patio heater. One of our experts tested it out for themselves and found it to be a high-quality model for its budget-friendly price. The heater offers a one-touch ignition button, auto shut-off valve, and adjustable temperature knob. It’s available in six finishes and can warm up to a 9-foot radius.
15. BBQ Grill Oven Gloves
With more than 12,000 reviews, these BBQ gloves are a topnotch addition to your outdoor kitchen arsenal. The gloves feature food-grade neoprene rubber that’s water, fire, and stain resistant. The insulated textured palm non-slip five finger design and double layer soft cotton liner provide the pit master a comfortable, well-designed pair of protective gloves when grilling.