How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

You’ve dreamed of the perfect outdoor kitchen: a backyard oasis that transforms the way you prep and enjoy meals. You’ll have the space to prepare comfortably, a grill for all your cooking needs, and a roof that allows you to cook in any weather.

Making those dreams a reality, however, can be a challenge. With an outdoor kitchen, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process. After all, there are a lot of steps in going from dreaming to cooking. We’re here to help ease your mind and make those dreams come true:


Ways to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

When thinking of ways to build your outdoor kitchen, there are three general approaches you can take:

  • Do it yourself: This option requires advanced assembly and carpentry skills, and it isn’t recommended unless you’re an expert.

  • Have it custom-built: Custom-building your kitchen is great in that you don’t have to do the work — it’s all done by a professional. But it’ll cost you.

  • Ready-to-assemble kit: You may not immediately think that an outdoor kitchen can be built from a kit, but they do exist. This option gives you the chance to enjoy your kitchen the day it arrives on your doorstep!


Outdoor gathering around bbq kitchen


Factors to Consider

Now that you know the most common ways to build an outdoor kitchen, here are a few things to consider:



Your time is valuable. While building a kitchen from scratch may sound like a fun DIY project, the reality is it will take a lot of time. Even if you are an expert, researching and buying all the parts and products, drawing up a plan, measuring and cutting the material and drilling holes for hardware will take time, and you won’t enjoy your kitchen anytime soon. 

If you hire a contractor, you won’t personally be spending time on all that, but they will, and you’ll run into the same problem in regards to the project taking a while.

An outdoor kitchen kit removes all that extra time because the parts come pre-drilled, so all you have to worry about is the assembly. Outdoor kitchen assembly can be done in just a few hours if you’re assembling it from a kit. No worrying about what parts you need or whether you’re missing anything. Just follow the assembly instructions and enjoy your new kitchen!



Unless you are an expert at carpentry, building the kitchen yourself is not going to be an option, as it requires extreme precision. Going the kit route saves you the trouble of worrying about which parts go where and what hardware is needed for each. Everything comes pre-drilled and ready to assemble, with clear and easy-to-follow instructions.

If you aren’t confident in your assembly ability, you can always hire a professional to assemble the kit for you. Even then, the cost is a fraction of what you’d pay someone to custom-design your outdoor kitchen.



This is the most important factor for many, and the three options will come in at various price points. If you choose to hire a contractor, it can get very expensive. The contractor will be custom-building it to your specifications, which takes a lot of time and work, so you may find yourself in a position where you have to sacrifice some amenities if your budget doesn’t cooperate. Of course, building it yourself could get pricey too. Sure, you’re in control of the layout and plans, but an outdoor kitchen requires a lot of materials that can quickly add up in cost.

A ready-to-assemble kit allows you to save money on installation by opting to assemble it yourself. And while you may not be able to do it alone, easy-to-follow instructions allow you to recruit friends or family to help. And, as mentioned before, if you do choose to hire a professional to assemble it, the cost is far less than custom design.



It’s important to consider the insurance you’ll have if your outdoor kitchen gets damaged. If you build the kitchen yourself, you’ll need to spend extra to insure it. If you choose to hire a contractor, you’ll be at the mercy of whether or not they offer any type of insurance, which could also add to the cost.

Most ready-to-assemble kits come with a manufacturer warranty. Provided you assemble and install the outdoor kitchen properly, this warranty gives you peace-of-mind should anything unexpected happen.



Find the Perfect Turn-Key Gourmet Kitchen

With a ready-to-assemble kit as the ideal option for adding an outdoor kitchen to your space, it’s time to find one that has everything you need.

Look no further than Backyard Discovery’s all-new Fusion Flame Outdoor Kitchen. This first-of-its-kind kitchen comes ready to assemble and includes a five-burner grill with a rotisserie, an outdoor-rated refrigerator, a weatherproof galvanized steel roof, plenty of stainless steel countertop space, cabinets and adjustable shelves for maximum storage, and a hidden trash bin.

This kitchen will save time as you don’t have to hire a contractor, and its roof allows you to grill in any weather. It’s also PRO-TECT™ Tested and Proven with a five-year warranty. Get yours today!


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