The outdoors are calling. Loudly. After all, no one wants to be inside when the weather outside is so welcoming. Consider the fate of the indoor chef—closed off and cooped up, chopping, mincing, and broiling away while everyone else is outside enjoying a frosty beverage.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Hence, the booming popularity of outdoor kitchens. Whether your backyard setup is a humble hibachi accompanied by a rolling countertop or you have top-of-the-line outdoor appliances surrounding a ginormous grill, the joy of cooking alfresco can’t be denied.
With the aim of stoking your coals into constructing a dreamy outdoor kitchen space, we looked for the coolest outdoor kitchens on the market. What we found will please even the most discriminating gourmand.
So fire up the barbecue, make yourself a margarita (on the rocks, salt optional, fresh mint mandatory), and join us on our journey into backyard nirvana.
Appetizing amenities: When you’re in the desert, figuring out the best time of day to use your outdoor kitchen is high priority. For summer days (and nights) when the temperature doesn’t dip below 100 degrees, you may want to bite the bullet and roast your wild boar indoors. But for cooler mornings and late-nights meals, nothing will beat this thoroughly modern showpiece outfitted with abundant counter space, grill, refrigerator, and sink. (Consider investing in a strategically placed misting machine to keep things chill.) Oh, and did we mention the built-in beer tap? Bottoms up!
Appetizing amenities: In the San Francisco Bay Area, great restaurants are easier to find than absurdly superstar-laden NBA teams. However, this spectacular outdoor space may make you think twice if you don’t feeling like staying home and cooking. Boasting a grill, stainless-steel drawers, and amazing brick work, the true highlight is the outdoor wood-burning pizza oven.
Appetizing amenities: With lovely lake views from the backyard kitchen, there’s no way a buyer wouldn’t swoon over this open-air cooking space. Granite countertops feature a built-in fire pit. Of course, there’s a gorgeous grill, but we’re most intrigued by the built-in Kegerator. (Notice a trend here?)
Appetizing amenities: This thoroughly modern outdoor kitchen backs up onto Biscayne Bay. After a day of boating (or partying), retreat to this covered oasis, belly up to the bar, and let someone else fire up the two grills.
Appetizing amenities: We love the Spanish-style tiles that surround this miniature kitchen featuring a wood-burning Mugnaini pizza oven. The main debate of the day should always be whether mushrooms belong on a combo pizza.
Appetizing amenities: Priced below a million bucks, this home is the bargain of our high-end bunch. It features an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven and grill. We’d sure love to spend time under the trellis and dig into a meal by the fireplace.
Appetizing amenities: This Michigan spread on nearly 38 acres doesn’t have an ordinary outdoor kitchen. No, the word kitchen doesn’t begin to cover it. This place features a “fully-equipped cooking pavilion” with rotisserie oven, pizza oven, grill, and self-cooking oven. Whatever you call it, just don’t call us late for dinner at this place.
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