Live Outside this Summer: 9 Inspiring Outdoor Kitchens

Live Outside this Summer: 9 Inspiring Outdoor Kitchens

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 5, 2016
(Image credit: Eric Olsen Design)

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.

Above: This outdoor kitchen, from Eric Olsen Design via Brit + Co, doesn't have a sink, but it's still a pretty sweet setup for grilling.

(Image credit: Houzz)

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).

(Image credit: BHG)

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.

(Image credit: Katarina Gundstromer)

This outdoor kitchen, from Katarina Gundstromer, tucks into a closet and can be closed off when not in use.

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A dreamy outdoor kitchen at a Tucan villa spotted on Living.

(Image credit: Inner City Skyline)

A porch shades this rustic-styled outdoor kitchen from Inner City Skyline.

(Image credit: Kalamazoo Gourmet)
(Image credit: Kalamazoo Gourmet)

A leafy outdoor kitchen and dining area in downtown Chicago, from Kalamazoo Gourmet.

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A beautiful outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired grill from WWOO.

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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).

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