Outdoor patio kitchen with stone countertops, TV, bar/seating area, and wooden pergola in a backyard by a body of water.

4 DIY Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/7/2021

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These days, outdoor kitchens are all the rage. And honestly, you can’t go wrong with them. Not only do they give you the space to prep and cook outside on a nice day, but they give you a chance to show off to all of your friends and relatives.

You may look at an outdoor kitchen and think they’re a luxury, something that only the biggest backyards and the most infinite budgets can have, but that’s actually not the case.

If you have space to grill (and space to eat), you can fit a decent-sized kitchen in your yard. Even smaller yards can benefit from a bit of counter space near the grill.

Bigger and more elaborate kitchens may come with a price, but you can actually DIY an outdoor kitchen for a lot less, as long as you’re willing to put in the elbow grease.

Remember that every backyard is different and some spaces will be bigger or smaller than others. You may need to go outside and find the measurements for yourself to see what exactly you can handle and tailor these projects or inspiration pieces to your specific needs.

These four outdoor kitchens will inspire you to go out and get one – or make one – for yourself.

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DIY Brick Kitchen

This DIY outdoor kitchen from Chris Loves Julia packs a lot of charm into a small space. The brickwork is not only breathtaking but adds sturdiness to the overall structure.

Although the plans for this kitchen do not come with detailed measurements (because the structure itself is tailored to the size of the grill), it shows you what materials to use and details the entire process from start to finish.

If you already have a grill of your own or plan to get one with an outdoor kitchen in mind, you could definitely follow along with this kitchen plan.

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Backyard Kitchen Oasis

Place Of My Taste

This incredible outdoor kitchen is part of a larger entertainment area. Despite its high-end appearance, it’s actually a DIY project. The entire process can be found on Place of My Taste.

This kitchen really has it all: a grill, a mini fridge, a sink, a beautiful pergola, multi-tiered decking, and plenty of seating both at the bar at the back of the counter and at the table next to the kitchen area.

It has string lighting around the pergola and the rest of the entertainment area, meaning it can be used day or night. It’s overall a great outdoor kitchen to look at if you’re in need of ideas.

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Spacious Concrete Kitchen

Lori Gentile
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With its sturdy concrete countertops, this outdoor kitchen is ready to withstand all kinds of weather. The spacious U-shape of this kitchen gives you plenty of room to prep and cook, along with a sink, as well as room for barstools along the back end. And yes, that is a TV on the wall.

A kitchen like this may scream luxury, but it’s so beautiful to look at that it’s sure to get your creative juices flowing. You’re bound to find an idea or two from this outdoor kitchen.

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Outdoor Kitchen With A View

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This outdoor kitchen takes backyard entertainment to the next level. Not only does it have everything you would need in a kitchen, but it also has an island with seating.

The shelter and lighting mean you can keep the party going day or night, and it even has a television. Because why not? Not to mention the breathtaking view. If only we could all have a view like that.

Of course, a kitchen like this may be nothing more than a dream, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You know, for inspiration.