Outdoor Kitchen Research

Feeling fired up for your outdoor kitchen project? Now’s the time to turn that inspiration into preparation. As you surely discovered while gathering outdoor kitchen ideas, no two spaces are exactly alike, and they can range from a simple BBQ island to a decked-out cooking and entertainment lounge. You’ve got so many options (probably more than you realize right now) that your dream space won’t truly come into focus until you’ve researched every aspect of outdoor kitchen planning. The articles you find here will guide you through this all-important step and put you in position to make informed decisions to better your backyard, so let’s keep the inspiration train rolling!

Researching an Outdoor Kitchen

  • Family and friends enjoying time in an outdoor kitchen and poolside.
  • Outdoor Kitchen Checklist

    We know perhaps better than anyone just how complicated and varied outdoor kitchens can get. That’s why we created this downloadable checklist so you can make note of everything you want as you do your research.

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  • Small outdoor kitchen complete with a pool and 2 chaise lounges.
  • What Are My BBQ Island Options Based on My Space?

    Ah, now that’s the whatever-dollar-amount-your-budget-is question. Your existing space will dictate much of what goes into your outdoor kitchen, so it’s important to understand the limitations you may encounter.

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  • Beachside outdoor kitchen made of concrete and stainless steel.
  • Outdoor Kitchen Layouts |
    Our Experts Help You Plan

    This just might be the most fun part of outdoor kitchen planning! We’ll walk you through the importance of outdoor kitchen zones and illustrate all the ways you can arrange them to get the most out of your space.

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  • BBQ island built out of bricks and featuring a stainless steel built in gas grill.
  • Outdoor Kitchen Finishes and Materials

    How can we talk about finishes when we’re just getting started? Bad joke aside, this part of the planning phase can be overwhelming — which is why we explained the most popular finishes and materials in great detail.

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  • BBQ island built out of bricks and featuring a stainless steel built in gas grill.
  • Countertops for Your Outdoor Kitchen

    You don’t need us to tell you a solid portion of your budget is going toward your cooking appliances, but countertops say a ton about your outdoor space, too. Our guide to countertops will help you make the right choice.

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  • BBQ island built out of bricks and featuring a stainless steel built in gas grill.
  • 5 Essentials For An Unbeatable Outdoor Kitchen

    If you consider yourself an outdoor-living enthusiast, your outdoor space won’t be complete without these 5 must-have components. They combine to serve as a great starting point for your backyard paradise.

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  • Beautiful Outdoor Kitchen space with BBQ island and built-in grill
  • DIY Outdoor Kitchen FAQ

    Before you roll up your sleeves, scroll through our outdoor kitchen FAQ covering everything from clearances and counter heights to permits and inspections. Because “Do It Yourself” shouldn’t mean “Do It Alone.”

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  • Beautiful Outdoor Kitchen space with BBQ island and built-in grill
  • 10 Outdoor Kitchen Mistakes to Avoid

    BBQGuys surveyed 5,000+ of our outdoor kitchen customers to learn about their planning & design challenges and mistakes. Learn from them - save time & money!

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  • What are Unfinished BBQ Island Frame Cabinets?

    Unfinished island frame kits are easy-to-assemble cabinets used to build outdoor kitchens. Learn which island cabinets you need and how to apply stucco or stone veneer.

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  • Choosing an Outdoor Kitchen Kit

    Outdoor kitchen kits are a fantastic option that makes it possible to obtain a great BBQ island with a minimum of hassle. Ships free, & easy-to-assemble.

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