An outdoor kitchen is an excellent way to entertain your family and guests, as well as throw amazing parties under open sky. The outdoor kitchen will typically have all the "fun" cooking gadgets which most people do not have indoor: gas grill, rotisserie, smoker etc.
In this guide we will try to explain in detail how an outdoor kitchen is built incl. the traditional "stud and board" construction as well as the newer attempts at lightweight concrete panels construction. You can also make it from cinder blocks as shown in the video here but this isn't a typical build. Additionally we want to cover some cool things you can add to your outdoor kitchen: tandoor, wood fired pizza oven, teppeniyaki, insulated drawers, and more!
Up next: buying a ready to go outdoor kitchen.
We can confidently say that even though there are some attempts at ready to go modular outdoor kitchens these days, they still don't offer the flexibility and variety that you would have if you build your own. In our research the best modular outdoor kitchen in US is Fuego.
It's definitely very nice. Price is high but you can take it with you if you move (unlike a custom-built one) and you can also easily redesign your your backyard being that this kitchen can be moved. However... As with anything pre-built many things are pre-determined: cooking area sizes, cooking gadgets, the looks. By far most people choose to build their own or have a specialized company build a custom one. It will follow the shape they need (U-Shape, L-Shape, etc), have the finish to match the house or other things in the backyard and cooking-wise be custom-fitted to your particular wants.
Up next: The Building Plan.