Top 20 Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Costs

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If you like cooking at home, then you surely know how hot, steamy, and smoky that kitchen can get! But what about cooking at an outdoor kitchen?

Yes, indeed, you can absolutely cook outside, at an outdoor kitchen, as well as have way more fun while you are at it!

But what if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen? Let’s build one! Warning, you are about to delight your eyes with 20 beautiful and fully functional outdoor kitchen designs to help you get your imagination going!

Did you know? Outdoor kitchens are quite a trend in areas with warm weather all year round. Cooking takes a lot of time and you can make it more pleasant by cooking outside. If you’re curious, take a look at the following 20 outdoor kitchen designs. But first, let’s talk about the costs involved in such a project.

How much does it cost to build an outdoor kitchen?

Outdoor kitchens can cost anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars all the way to $50,000 and even $100,000. The main costs involved in designing and building an outdoor kitchen revolve around the following:

  • design work that starts at $400.
  • shade structures
  • appliances
  • landscape lighting in and around the kitchen
  • patio installation
  • the framework of the kitchen
  • utility requirements like drains, electrical lines and natural gas piping.

The average reported cost for building an outdoor kitchen is a bit over $9,000, most homeowners spending between $2,700 and $16,000. What does this sum cover?

Well, for starters, there’s the center piece of most outdoor kitchens: the grill. Some families spend thousands of dollars on a fancy grill.

A decent one costs at least $1,000 while high end products can be sold for up to $15,000. Don’t forget to purchase BBQ equipment too. Another important appliance is the fridge. A quality refrigerator starts at $500, but some people opt for a beverage cooler instead.

Still, the biggest part of the costs is associated with the kitchen island and a countertop that it’s paired with. Most outdoor kitchens have some level of counter space and an area for a refrigerator. It’s recommended for homeowners to build at least a 9 x 3 ft. structure, which costs about $7,500. This island size should hold a couple of cabinets, a refrigerator, a sink and even a side burner.

The most common materials used for outdoor countertops are quartz and granite, each costing $75 per sq. ft. Stone slabs also look great and the price is similar.

Once you are done with the countertops and cabinets, you have to think about gas lines, electricity and pipes.

Homeowners might spend between $700 and $1,000 for the installation of a gas line. Electrical and plumbing lines cost at least $800 to install.

Now that we shed some light on the costs involved in building an outdoor kitchen, let us show you some awesome designs.

1. Flagstone outdoor kitchen

This is a low cost design of a kitchen island. The stone gives it a rough natural appearance. The island might seem a bit small but you can see it can provide two countertops for food prepping, a sink and a stainless steel grill.

The pillars you see in the image provide support for a cover meant to ensure shade over the cooking area.

It’s probably a pergola because there’s no reason why you’d make such thick pillars to support a simple plastic cover. The island has the shape of a wide C to save space and to enhance functionality. One could add a few flower pots on the top ledge to improve the appearance of the design.

2. Stucco Outdoor Kitchen

Stucco is a durable, weather-resistant material that provides a smooth finish to this L-shaped kitchen island.

Stainless steel is mixed with the elegant brown of the countertops and white paint of the walls. The small side of the “L” is meant for food prepping while the long side contains the grill, the sink, the smoker and a side burner.

You can also see double-doored built in cabinets and probably an oven between the two. Considering the above average size of this island, expect to pay more.

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