Top 20 Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Costs

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

Small outdoor kitchen near the pool

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! πŸ˜‰

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 several thousand dollars for a basic setup all the way to $50,000 and even $100,000, depending on the complexity of the design and the extent of the work required. The main costs involved in designing and building an outdoor kitchen revolve around the following:

  • Planning and design work from $100 to $1,000, depending on the complexity of the overall design
  • Shade structures – Pergola, Gazebo, etc.
  • Appliances
  • Landscape lighting in and around the kitchen
  • Patio design and 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.

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