Outdoor Kitchen Checklist

  • Outdoor Kitchen Building Essentials & Designs to Consider
  • So you decided to build an outdoor kitchen, but don't know where to start. Some of the best outdoor kitchens are as functional as an indoor kitchen. Depending on your available space, you may want to include many components and conveniences typically found in indoor kitchens – more storage, more refrigeration capabilities, a sink, a pizza oven, plus an outdoor TV and furniture. Check out our helpful guide below to assist you in deciding exactly what you need to get started. Whether you go with the basic outdoor package, or you decide to go beyond the basics and add some additional components listed down the page, we can help make your dream a reality. For your convenience, make sure to download our handy outdoor kitchen package checklist to easily save your choices.

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  • Outdoor Kitchen Building Essentials & Designs to Consider

Most Popular Outdoor Kitchen Package

Along with a built-in gas grill, the most popular items customers are building into their outdoor kitchens are access doors, followed by a side burner, a refrigerator and a trash bin. Access doors are a must for access to gas plumbing connections. Some customers add a door/drawer combo under the grill instead of access doors to gain some enclosed storage drawers for their utensils, gloves, cleaning supplies, etc. A side burner is great for sauteing veggies, heating your baked beans or really anything that you might normally use your indoor stove for. A refrigerator is super convenient to have by your grill to keep you from running back in the house to get another beer or cold beverage, or the mayo/mustard. Finally, a roll out or tilt out trash bin keeps your trash can handy when you need it and then roll it back inside the island to keep the flies away. Island vent panels are a necessary safety requirement, and should be considered part of the basic package.

Beyond The Basics

Outdoor Kitchen Ventilation & Installation

If you're building your outdoor kitchen under a roof, vent hoods are a must have so you and your guests aren't standing in a cloud of smoke. Insulated jackets are a must if you are installing into a combustible enclosure like wood. Check out our guide to insulated grill jackets for more information on when and why they’re necessary.

Additional Outdoor Kitchen Storage

Keep everything you need for grilling conveniently stored in your outdoor kitchen, so it's there the next time you grill. Maximize your counter space by keeping utensils, plates, glassware, and cleaning supplies organized and stored away. As we mentioned above, some customers add a door/drawer combo under the grill instead of access doors. You might choose to add a separate set of storage drawers if you need it. Enclosed cabinets or pantries are great additions to keep pesky critters from getting to the stuff you're storing inside them. You'll want to add a separate access door under your sink and side burner to provide access to the plumbing.

More Outdoor Refrigeration

Outdoor ice makers, wine coolers, kegerators, and beverage centers are great additions to your outdoor kitchen, especially if you entertain. Your guests will love having ice cold beverages, including fresh beer on tap, during the party. Adding one of these components to your outdoor kitchen takes the hassle out of running back and forth inside while entertaining.

Expand Your Outdoor Cooking Options

Do you love having that smokey flavor on your food, or making pizzas from scratch? Don't limit yourself to an outdoor kitchen with just a gas grill as your only cooking appliance. A flat top griddle is an excellent addition for cooking breakfast or hibachi style meals. Add a pizza oven for family pizza night which is an absolute hit with the kids! You may prefer to install a charcoal grill or kamado for that old school charcoal flavor. Add a kamado or a smoker for that low temp, slow cooked flavor of smoked ribs, brisket or holiday turkey.

Sinks, Faucets, & Ice Bins

Installing an outdoor sink allows you the convenience of easy prep and clean up before and after you grill, without having to go back inside the house. Add a drop-in ice bin or an ice chest storage drawer to keep your beverages on ice. Maybe add a beverage/bar center for a more multi-functional sink/ice bin option.

Grill Accessories

When thinking of everything you need for your outdoor kitchen, don't forget the important accessories you might love to have for your grill itself. A grill cover is the most popular grill accessory and helps protect your grill from weather and dust. Infrared sear burners are great for restaurant style steak cooking. Add a rotisserie kit to create juicy and tender rotisserie chicken right at home. Use a smoker box to add that smokey flavor to whatever you're cooking on your gas grill. Griddles are perfect for whipping up breakfast for the family on those relaxing weekend mornings.

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