The weather is getting warm, the sun is staying out for longer, and it’s time to refresh your outdoor space so you can welcome friends and family members over for evening gatherings and parties again. But what are you going to do?
Have you considered an outdoor kitchen?
Sure, you can fire up your old grill or roast marshmallows over a fire pit, but why not create an even better kitchen space so you can make full meals for your guests? Your next potluck or barbecue is going to be a major hit.
We’re here with some outdoor kitchen ideas to inspire your outdoor space redesign. Read on to learn more!
1. A Classic Outdoor BBQ Kitchen
If you still love the idea of firing up the barbecue outside when the weather gets hot, grilling a few burgers, and having a casual gathering, then you can keep your outdoor kitchen old-school (with a few small upgrades).
We recommend having a variety of grilling options. You can try a unique gas grill (check out the Primo gas grill review for some inspiration) alongside your good old-fashioned grill that you’ve had since you first moved out on your own.
Not only will this give you more grilling options, but you’ll also have more space! Bonus: you’ll avoid cross-contamination if you have plant-based friends who want somewhere to cook their veggie burgers without meat juices getting all over them.
Pair your grill station with a simple dining area. A basic wooden picnic table and a bar cart will complete the old-school outdoor cooking space look.
Put on the grilling apron and grab your spatula. It’s time to get grilling!
2. A Cozy Pizza Oven
Have you ever wanted to make your own perfect pizzas? Sure, you can make one in your indoor oven, but it will never taste as good as the ones that you can get at your favorite local pizzeria.
Why not get a pizza oven?
Pizza ovens aren’t really a good option for your indoor kitchen. They take up a lot of space and they get far hotter than a normal oven. Outdoors, however, they’re perfect.
They’re great all year long, even if you live somewhere with a four-season climate. The oven will keep you cozy while you wait for your pizza outside.
Check out a few homemade pizza recipes and start experimenting! You’ll be well on your way to your next at-home pizza party without ever having to order delivery.
3. A Quick and Simple Kitchenette
Not everyone has room for a full kitchen with a wood-fired stove or pizza oven outside. No problem. There’s nothing wrong with having a sweet little kitchenette instead.
Your kitchenette is going to look more similar to your indoor kitchen than a traditional outdoor kitchen. Make sure that you have it underneath a covering of some sort so it’s safe from the elements.
The kitchenette might be compact, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of room to cook and entertain. You’re just using your space more efficiently.
Consider what kitchens look like in studio apartments and try to mimic that design. You’re going to want a miniature stove (or a counter-height grill if you want to stick with a “rustic” vibe) and a small sink, at least. If you have access to an electrical outlet, we recommend using small appliances and gadgets (like an air fryer) for any other cooking needs so you can conserve space.
Surround your sink and stove (or grill) with compact countertops and cabinets and put an island on the other side for easy seating and more food prep space.
You can fit this on a moderately large porch and it’s a fully-functional kitchen space.
4. A Poolside Meal
Do you already have a pool? Why not add a full bar and kitchen so you never have to get out of the water for a quick meal or drink?
A functional swim-up pool bar is a great option for anyone who wants a little bit of luxury in their backyard. It’s something that most people will need to hire a professional contractor for, though, so start budgeting now.
Make sure that you have room for the bar and kitchen to be “set into” the ground if you have an in-ground pool. In other words, you should be able to dig down deep enough that the counter will be a few inches above the waterline so you can swim right up. If you have an above-ground pool, this shouldn’t be an issue.
The pool side of the bar will have underwater chairs so you can still sit and relax while you eat and drink.
5. An Upgraded Fire Pit Space
If you’re on a budget, there’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple with an upgraded fire pit space. You can still roast hot dogs and marshmallows, but do it in style.
Instead of making your own fire pit, treat yourself to one from your local home improvement store. They’re safer, they’re easy to transport, and they’re often larger than anything that you can (safely) make on your own. You can also use them right on your porch or patio.
Surround the pit with nice outdoor furniture, like some weather-resistant couches.
Make a DIY bar cart that you can pull out when it’s time to enjoy your fire pit. Stock it with your favorite drinks, a few skewers, and anything that you can roast over a fire. We recommend marshmallows, hot dogs (or veggie dogs), and apples!
Keep it simple but fun.
Try These Fun Outdoor Kitchen Ideas
Upgrade your outdoor space with one of these outdoor kitchen ideas. Whether you’re keeping it simple with a new fire pit or you’re going all-out with a cute kitchenette, there’s a kitchen for every backyard. It’s time to get cooking!
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