A small kitchen cart with a butcher block top on an outdoor deck in front of a window.

6 Outdoor Kitchen Designs Plans

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/21/2021

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Having an outdoor kitchen is kind of ideal. It means having a space where you can host a backyard party, all without having to go back inside do grab supplies or ingredients. It means having all the comforts of the indoors, right outside and at your fingertips.

So you may be looking to buy or build a patio cooking station of your very own. And honestly, that’s a great idea! You could turn your backyard into the ultimate hangout spot for all of your friends and family. With summer upon us, now is the perfect time to get started.

If you’re stuck, check out these outdoor kitchen ideas and plans. You may gather enough inspiration for your own ultimate backyard oasis.

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Outdoor Kitchen Design With Concrete Counters

Concrete countertops are a really great option for outdoor builds. Since it's going to have to compete with the elements, something that can withstand storms and cold conditions is important.

If you’re planning your own outdoor kitchen, you may definitely want to consider a design like this, where you can have lots of storage space and sturdy counters.

The concrete and wood accents make it a really eye-catching kitchen. This is the kind of place you would want to bring your friends and family to.

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Outdoor Grill Enclosure Design

An outdoor kitchen doesn’t strictly have to mirror its indoor sibling. It could just be an enclosure where you can easily cook and prepare grilled food. A shelter like this is a really great starting point.

Something could really be said about the simple, wooden aesthetic of this shelter. It’s really direct and to the point, without any of the embellishments of other outdoor kitchens.

Of course, you could always add those embellishments if you wanted, but something about this just feels so nice and rustic.

The roof on the shelter will prevent you from getting rained on, which means barbecue in any weather condition. The open sides mean there’s still plenty of ventilation so you’re not breathing in all of those fumes — definitely a good thing!

It’s the kind of thing that you could totally DIY, even without a ton of building experience.

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Movable Outdoor Kitchen Cart

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Any outdoor kitchen should have a bit of storage space in it. And what better way to get that space than with a movable cart? This little island can be moved around to any part of your patio, or you could even move it inside!

Having those drawers and that surface at your disposal will really come in handy. Since the top part is made of butcher block, it means you have a convenient cutting board too.

You could even make a couple of these if you wanted to. There’s no harm in having a little extra storage space, especially if you can move that space around to any part of your yard. Little projects like these are what make planning an outdoor kitchen so exciting! 

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Stone Outdoor Kitchen Design

Another really good material to use for an outdoor kitchen is stone! It's resistant to heat, so you won’t have to worry about your outdoor cabinets or counters catching on fire in any kind of barbecue accident (which will hopefully never happen).

And it has the added bonus of making your whole kitchen look a lot better.

Stone will cost you a fair amount more than wood, of course, but it’s all worth it for the sake of aesthetics. Or at least, if you’re really into the aesthetics of stone cabinetry, then it will all be worth it in the end. 

You could buy yourself a set-up like this, but we all know DIY is a lot more fun. Plus, you'll probably save money if you're willing to buy and lug the individual stones yourself. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all up to you to make it happen.

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DIY Pallet Outdoor Kitchen Design

If you want to use wood for your outdoor kitchen, and also want to do it on the cheap, then you’ll love pallets. Stores often have leftover ones that they no longer need, and will sell them for pennies — or even give them away.

If you can score yourself some pallet wood, you have the materials for a whole host of DIY projects. Just make sure the pallets you choose aren't chemically-treated.

An outdoor kitchen like this one is so massive and beautiful, and it’s made out of pallets. As shocking as that may sound, it just goes to show how versatile they can be when it comes to DIY.

It’s a really good way to give yourself a dream space without spending thousands of dollars. Especially now, when the cost of lumber is so high.

If you’re planning your own version, you may be able to find a lot of inspiration in this one. It’s just so clean and pleasing, but still has a lot of room to get a lot of grilling and prepping done. 

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DIY Outdoor Kitchen With Mini Pergola

If there’s one thing every backyard needs, it’s a pergola. Even if it doesn’t really do much, it’s still nice to look at. And you can have a large one or a small one, whatever you can handle in your space. 

Pergolas look great alongside outdoor kitchens, just like in this one. The dark wood really makes a statement against the cabinets.

And speaking of those cabinets, they look so cool. The way they match the paneling on the side of the house is kind of magical. This is really great inspiration for anyone who just so happens to be planning their dream outdoor kitchen.