12 Inspiring Backyard Kitchens

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023

Take your warm weather entertaining up a notch with a backyard kitchen. Check out these beauties and get started planning your dream backyard kitchen today!

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Hearth and Home Backyard Kitchen

This outdoor kitchen has a rustic feel with a brick wall and stained wood cabinets. But you’re hardly roughing it, considering this kitchen comes with a dishwasher! The fireplace is a focal point and can be used for cooking and keeping the area warm when the temperature drops.

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Low Profile Backyard Kitchen

This backyard kitchen is tucked along a wall so it doesn’t take up a lot of valuable space. The window over the sink breaks up the long wall and allows you to keep an eye on what’s going on in the yard! If space is your concern, this is a great option.

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Light and Bright Backyard Kitchen

The choice of light-colored bricks makes this outdoor kitchen appear less clunky than it would if darker bricks had been used. Laying the floor paver bricks diagonally to the kitchen gives the area a more casual feel, whereas if the pavers ran the same way as the bricks, it would’ve look stuffy.

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Impromptu Backyard Kitchen

Maybe you don’t have a lot of occasions when you’d want an outdoor kitchen, so why bother? One way to temporarily move food prep and cooking outside is to create a work surface (here it’s simply a board placed on top of a wood pile to form a workbench) and bring out your most-used cookware and utensils. When the party is over, pack up and head back inside.

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Beachy Vibe Backyard Kitchen

This California outdoor kitchen features a chandelier for post-sunset dining and a heater lamp to chase away evening chills. With a setup like this you won’t ever want to leave your backyard. The only concern is that everyone will always want you to host so that they can also enjoy this beautiful kitchen.

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The Whole Package Backyard Kitchen

This full feature kitchen with split-level bar is smartly located between the garden entrance and patio doors of the main house. It efficiently includes café seating, food prep area, large under mount sink/dishwasher, and an under counter refrigerator.

Photo: Surrounds Landscaping

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All Decked Out Backyard Kitchen

This backyard kitchen was built on an extensive deck that is also home to a hot tub! If you’ve got the backyard space to try something like this you’ll be well-rewarded for your efforts; the combination of a deck, hot tub, and outdoor kitchen is sure to make your space shine.

Photo: Courtesy of American Deck & Sunroom

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Grillzebo Backyard Kitchen

What’s a grillzebo? It’s a sheltered space, similar to a gazebo, designed for grilling. You and your guests can relax in the shade while the food cooks; it’s a great option if you want to make sure your backyard is the right mixture of functional and social.

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Galley Backyard Kitchen

An old wooden boat is repurposed as outdoor shelves as part of an outdoor kitchen. There’s plenty of room for food prep or setting up a buffet and this setup can be used as a plant potting station, as well. It’s a beautiful setup.

Photo: The Owner Builder Network

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Movable Feast Backyard Kitchen

If you want an outdoor kitchen that you can take with you when you move, RusticWoodWork will custom-build you a portable grill table with cabinets. You can pick between Western red cedar, mahogany and white oak when designing yours.

Photo: RusticWoodWorx

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Seeking Shade Backyard Kitchen

If you don’t have any shade in your yard, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a outdoor kitchen. Multiple umbrellas keep the sun from beating down on guests seated along the countertop of this lovely kitchen. Look for umbrellas that can tilt and put them in portable stands so you can get the most out of them.

Photo: The Deck and Patio Company

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Oval Oasis Backyard Kitchen

This poolside outdoor kitchen is perfectly designed for family gatherings and entertaining. It’s spacious and yet it doesn’t overtake the whole yard. One unique feature you don’t see often is the integrated umbrella stand.

Photo: The Deck and Patio Company