Outdoor Kitchens: 12 "Delicious" Designs to Drool Over

No matter where you live, there is an outdoor kitchen design that suits your project budget and style preferences.

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  1. Up on the Roof


    If you're lucky enough to have a roof-top garden as beautiful as this, an outdoor kitchen seems predestined. A solar panel provides shade and shelter while a combination of wood decks, concrete, and vegetation create a dramatic landscape. The garden is planted on a tilt so it can be seen from the Tiki Bar above this level.

    Wilkinsin Blender Architecture

  2. Country Charm


    Beadboard-faced cabinets and drawers tie this kitchen beautifully with the house style and color. The gazebo overhead, featuring metal trusses and supports, not only shelters the room but makes it a true extension of the indoor living space. The flooring is flagstone veneers over a concrete slab.


  3. Ranch Style


    Stone cladding is a beautiful, durable surfacing material for outdoor kitchens, particularly in cooler climates. This U-shaped layout features a generous cooking area and abundant counter space. The shelter over-hang—which supports a second-story deck—leaves the cooking area open for smoke and fume exhaust.

    Hurst Total Home

  4. Cabin Retreat


    This cabin offers the ideal aerie for an outdoor kitchen overlooking the water and views from its Upper Peninsula Michigan location. The log-and-stone construction, with its dramatic ribbed copper roof, shows that outdoor kitchens can fit into any design aesthetic. The kitchen, designed by the homeowners, includes a Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Grill as its centerpiece.

    Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

  5. Teak, Naturally


    Teak is a "natural" for outdoor furniture because of its resistance to water penetration. It is also a suitable choice for outdoor kitchen installations. The teak cabinets here—with traditional, raised-panel doors and stainless-steel hardware—support a built-in grill, double side burners, and granite counters. A dining bar is positioned off to the side.

    Custom Kitchens

  6. Southwest Flair


    Capturing the look of an open-air Mexican patio, this outdoor living area was made for entertaining. Rustic design elements like stucco and oxidized metal pair beautifully with the modern stainless-steel cabinets and appliances. A salvaged, 18-foot steel arbor trestle-style table and vintage painted chairs add to the festive Southwest aesthetic.

    Sandy Koepke Interior Design

  7. Poolside Entertaining


    This beautiful outdoor kitchen is perfectly suited to its poolside location, with quality stonework, a sheltering pergola, custom countertops and stainless-steel cabinets and appliances—including sink, refrigerated drawers, and grill. The spacious, open layout features abundant storage and counter areas (important considerations for any outdoor kitchen plan).

    Anza Environments

  8. Stone Clad


    Cast veneer stone lends its beauty and durability to this island installation. The top-of-the-line, stainless-steel Wolf grill sits comfortably between generous marble-topped counters for food prep and serving convenience. Visible beyond is an outdoor living area complete with fireplace, TV, and upholstered furniture.


  9. Winter Kitchen


    This backyard terrace was featured in the HGTV Dream Home 2011. The grilling area is sheltered by a second-story balcony, leaving the marble-topped dining table open to the sun and stars. The irregularly shaped stone patio leads to a heated, in-ground stone-surround hot tub, where guests can soak in the surrounding mountain views. Clearly an entertaining space designed for year-round enjoyment.


  10. Desert Bloom


    Weather-hardy Teak cabinets and furniture add warmth and style to this-open air kitchen. The salmon-colored stucco walls, richly veined marble counters, and pebble-studded concrete patio all play off the desert landscape beyond. The stainless-steel grill top and hardware are weather-ready, as is the tabletop with its open, checkered design—a smart feature that keeps the surface cooler in the hot sun and ready to shed rain when necessary.


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