Backyard and outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, but they’re not just a fad. Outdoor cooking is a great way to relax and enjoy the weather as well as save on energy costs since you’re not heating up your kitchen. If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your patio or deck, here are some of our favorite features that can make it even better:

Built-in grills and cooktops

A built-in grill and cooktop are a great way to add functionality, style, and energy efficiency to your outdoor kitchen. These units can be used for cooking, baking, grilling, or searing. They’re also an easy way to add a wet bar to the space.

If you have the space in your backyard or patio area for one of these elements, take advantage of it!


Sinks are a must-have in any outdoor kitchen. They’re great for cleaning dishes, but they can also be used to wash vegetables and fruit, clean pots and pans, wash utensils—the possibilities are endless! Get creative with the sink in your outdoor space by adding a sprayer that can be used for anything from washing down countertops to spraying down plants.


When you’re designing an outdoor kitchen, you should consider the location and size of your refrigerator. The best place for it is close to where people will be eating and socializing—but not in the way of traffic flow. Your refrigerator needs to have enough space to store all your food, so consider how many people will be using it and what kinds of foods they’ll be cooking with.

You can find refrigerators that are designed specifically for outdoor use, but many standard models work just fine out there as well. If you’re looking for something more than just a typical fridge, there are plenty of options out there: stainless steel refrigerators with built-in ice makers; commercial refrigerators that have several drawers or shelving units instead of one large door; even freezers with doors on both sides so nothing gets lost among all those other cans!

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Bar tops and counters

If you have an outdoor kitchen, you know that counter space is at a premium. This is why adding bar tops and counters is such a great idea—they’re a great place to add some extra countertop space for your refrigerator, sink, smoker and more. And with the addition of stools (or seats) and cabinets, it can also serve as the perfect spot for entertaining friends or family members out on the deck or patio.

Cabinets and storage space

Cabinets and storage space are probably the most common additions to outdoor kitchens. It goes without saying that cabinets are a great way to store items, especially if you’re cooking in a hot environment, but they can also be expensive. If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional cabinets, consider building them into the wall or freestanding and using them for more than just storage. In addition to keeping your kitchen organized, having counterspace available will allow you to use your stovetop as part of this area’s purpose as well—making it possible for both cooking and storing food at once.

But what if there’s no room on either side of your grill? No problem! You can still utilize all of these features by hanging them from above or positioning them along one edge:


Lighting is a very important element to include in your outdoor kitchen. Not only will it provide safety and security, but it can also create a warm and inviting atmosphere that sets the mood for entertaining guests or simply enjoying some quiet time with family.

The two main types of lighting are accent lights and general lighting. Accent lights are used to draw attention to specific areas, such as where the cooktop is placed or where you want to highlight an architectural feature in your backyard. General lighting provides ambient light throughout the space so that people can see what they’re doing when cooking or cleaning up after dinner.

Outdoor appliances

Outdoor appliances are built to withstand the elements. They can be used year-round, making them ideal for entertaining guests during summer months and then again when winter rolls around. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you might even entertain during a blizzard or two.

Outdoor appliances are designed to be easy to clean and maintain, making them perfect for those who don’t have time to mop up grease splatters after every use (we know how it feels).

Finally, outdoor appliances use less energy than their indoor counterparts—which means both less money spent on electricity bills and fewer greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere!

Seating areas with dining tables or bar chairs

One of the most important aspects of an outdoor kitchen is its seating area. The right seating can be used to create a relaxing, comfortable space for you and your guests.

There are many different types of seating options for an outdoor kitchen. You may choose to incorporate existing furniture or build new chairs or benches that match the style of your home and backyard. If you’re looking for something more permanent than traditional furniture options, consider purchasing a settee made from wicker or rattan; these materials are easy on the eyes while also being durable enough to withstand regular use in all seasons.”

Outdoor bar fridges and beverage drawers

The bar fridge is a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. It allows you to store food and drinks that require refrigeration, so you can entertain guests with ease.

A beverage drawer is another way to bring the bar into your outdoor kitchen. This option is more space-saving than a bar fridge because it keeps things cold without taking up much room on top of the countertop.

Both appliances are used for storage of perishable items that need refrigeration, but they differ slightly in design and function:

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are a fantastic way to keep your outdoor space cool and add ambiance. They’re even more effective than air conditioners when it comes to cooling, as they use the natural breeze and circulate it throughout your yard without adding any additional energy costs. Ceiling fans also help you save money on heating by circulating the warm air down into the lower levels of your house where it’s needed most in wintertime.

If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your patio with a touch of class, look no further than ceiling fans!

There are a lot of ways to add an outdoor kitchen to your patio.

If you have a patio, an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your backyard. Not only can they be used for cooking, they can also be used as a place to hang out with friends and family when it’s nice outside. This will give you the opportunity to entertain in your own backyard without having to go anywhere else!

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular for many reasons. They provide utility for cooking meals at home, but they also add value because of how beautiful they look on a deck or patio area—it’s another reason why people love their patios so much!


Hopefully, we’ve helped you get a better idea of what goes into an outdoor kitchen. This can be a big project, but it will give you more space and save you money on groceries. If you’re not sure where to start in your own backyard, don’t worry—we have plenty of ideas for how to turn that empty corner into something special.