There's something so deeply satisfying about cooking outside — it feels a little bit like a vacation, a little bit like re-connecting with your caveman ancestors. And now that the season for grilling has finally come, everyone's thoughts are turning to the outdoors. If you're lucky enough to have a backyard, you may be considering one of the latest trends for the American home: an outdoor replica of your indoor kitchen. These outdoor kitchens come in all kinds of varieties, from elaborate affairs with multiple cooking surfaces to simple setups with just a sink and a grill. Whatever you have in mind, we're sure you'll find something to inspire you in one of these nine examples.
I would gladly trade my indoor kitchen for this spacious outdoor one from Houzz (and the sweet-smelling Mediterranean breezes that I imagine accompany it).
Another spacious outdoor kitchen, from BHG, sports not one, not two, but three grills, and also a wood-fired over, for when you want to cook for 52 of your closest friends.
This outdoor kitchen, from Katarina Gundstromer, tucks into a closet and can be closed off when not in use.
A dreamy outdoor kitchen at a Tucan villa spotted on Living.
A porch shades this rustic-styled outdoor kitchen from Inner City Skyline.
A leafy outdoor kitchen and dining area in downtown Chicago, from Kalamazoo Gourmet.
A beautiful outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired grill from WWOO.
And from BHG, proof that you don't have to splurge for a remodel to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor kitchen — all it takes is a grill and a bar cart (and maybe a few friends).