Outdoor Kitchen Installation Cost

In this guide

Grill and outdoor countertop
Perimeter vs. satellite Kitchen
Custom build vs. prefabricated
Appliances
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install an outdoor kitchen?

An outdoor kitchen can supplement a home’s deck, porch, or patio, providing an outdoor relaxing space for your family and friends, while encouraging them to spend more time enjoying fresh air. Because you don’t need to move appliances or commodities from the indoors, an outdoor kitchen can enhance your mealtimes in nice weather. This cost guide will show homeowners different options and costs associated with building an outdoor kitchen.

Grill and outdoor countertop

The most basic outdoor kitchens consist of an outdoor grill and a countertop. Grills can be gas, coal, or electric, and they form the basis around which other kitchen components are placed. Good quality grills cost between $1,000 and $15,000 depending on their quality and durability, while installing a countertop easily transforms a barbecue grill into an integral part of an outdoor kitchen. However, the food preparation space should be placed next to the grill or cooking area, clearly marking it as a kitchen and dining location. Most homeowners spend between $3,360 and $5,070 on countertops depending on the project size and materials.

More ambitious outdoor kitchens may have sinks in addition to a grill, countertop, refrigerator, and eating area. An eating area for six people with chairs and a table can be acquired for around $600, a sink for $350, and a good refrigerator for between $500 and $200.

Perimeter vs. satellite Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens occur in two forms, which can influence cost. Understanding the difference can help you plan and budget better. A “perimeter kitchen” which costs between $900-$100,000 is built right outside the house, sharing a patio cover, overhang, or wall with the home’s exterior. Here you don’t need as many utilities due to the proximity of the indoor kitchen; a grill and a countertop may suffice. On the other hand, a “satellite kitchen” is independent of the main house, usually placed as part of your landscaping. It therefore must be self-sufficient in terms of utilities, which adds to the cost. Due to its need for extra features that may not be needed in a perimeter kitchen, its minimum cost of installation exceeds that of the perimeter kitchen by 10%-100%.

Custom build vs. prefabricated

Appliances and countertops need a framework for holding them in place, and typically measure around 7-feet long by 3-feet wide to allow for the mounting of the grill and refrigerator, and to leave space for prep, as well as a side oven. They can be either custom-built or prefabricated. Prefabricated frameworks cost around $200-$400 per linear foot depending on material, while custom frameworks cost around $400-$600 per linear foot.

Flooring, islands 1, and countertops installation costs vary with the different materials used. Below are some common materials and their costs:

  • Natural stone: $40 to $120 per sq.ft.
  • Granite countertop: $60 to $70 per sq.ft.
  • Manufactured stone 1: $60.00 per sq.ft.
  • Bluestone countertop: $35 to $40 per sq. ft.
  • Poured concrete countertop: $65 to $135 per sq.ft.
  • Stucco 2: $5 per sq.ft.
  • Brick veneer 3: $15 to $25 per sq.ft.
  • Standard brick: $25 to $35 per sq.ft.

Appliances

For a fully functional kitchen, several appliances are needed. The final cost of an outdoor kitchen therefore depends on their costs. Below is a table of some common appliances:

ApplianceTypeBrandsCost
GrillsBuilt-in 4

Blaze 32-Inch 4-Burner

Blaze Professional 34-Inch

Lynx 30-Inch

$1,350

$2,800

$3,399

GrillsDrop-in

Cal Flame G3 3 Burner

Bull Outdoor Products BBQ 57568 Brahma 

Bull Outdoor Products 87048 Lonestar

$1,046

$2,388

$1,324

RefrigeratorsElectric

Samsung RH25H5611SR

Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF

Kenmore Elite 74093

$1,500

$1,000

$2,800

SinksUndermount

Blanco 440163

KOHLER K-3361-4-NA Staccato

Houzer EHD-3118-1 Elite Series

$660

$250

$135

SinksTop-mount

Houzer-EHD-311

Riverby   

$579

$739

Cabinets

Stainless steel

Marine polymer grade

Teak

$1,000-$2,000

$500-$2,300

Varies

Whatever material you decide to use, they should be able to withstand the outdoor weather and elements. Try choosing durable materials such as stainless steel and moisture resistant wood. The upfront costs for these materials may be higher, but can save you in the long run by requiring less maintenance and fewer repair costs.

Labor

The physical effort needed to put up an outdoor kitchen varies from simple tasks such as moving items, to intensive construction and laying of pipes and wires:

  • General construction work costs around $5,000-$12,000, of which 70% is labor and 30% material costs.
  • Professional plumbers and electricians are needed to do piping and wiring that is concealed and invisible. Plumbers charge around $45-$65 per hour, while electricians charge $65 to $85 per hour. Plumbing work can take between 6 and 100 man hours to complete for a total cost of around $270-$6,500, while electrical work can take 10-100 man hours for a total of $650-$8,500.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • A luxury sitting area, complete with chairs and tables will cost around $5,000-50,000, while a television set costs around $200-$2,000, and top-of-the line cooking appliances such as deep fryers $500-$1,000.
  • For a great experience, lighting an outdoor kitchen for night use is imperative, and several lighting options are available for different functions:
    • Outdoor kitchen lighting can be installed just above the grill, or mounted on pergola 5 beams above, complete with switches for independent operation from the rest of the kitchen at a cost of between $300-600; counter and bar-top lighting at $500-$1,500; tread lights for safe walking at $500-$3,000; undercap lighting at $225-$1,000, and moonlight lights installed on trees around the outdoor kitchen at $500 upwards depending on the size of area intended to be covered.
  • Using high quality materials significantly raises the final cost, e.g. granite for patio floor and countertop, hardwood and veneer 3 for cabinets, and an improved fireplace can increase the project cost by 50%-100% of average costs.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Sometimes the outdoor kitchen project might involve the installation of just a grill and a simple, custom-made worktop. In that case, it can be done as a DIY project at a cost of around $900.
  • Materials and appliances exposed to sun and weather can be damaged easily. To avoid that, it is recommended that you use materials such as stainless steel and hardwood although their prices are high and increase the final project cost. Additionally, to protect those appliances, covers are needed and cost around $100-$200 a piece.
  • Running gas lines to the outdoor kitchen needs a high expertise level and involves high costs. To lower the costs, homeowners can opt for propane 6 bottles, normally containing 5lb, 10lb, 20lb, 30lb, 33lb, 40lb, 60lb, 100lb etc. of gas when filled, and retailing at around $15-$100 depending on the size and brand. Most cylinders are refillable for prices between $5-$30 depending on the size.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Islands: A kitchen counter that is not attached to walls or other surfaces, and that can be accessed from all sides
2 Stucco: A type of durable plaster finish made of aggregates, a binder, and water (traditionally Portland cement, sand, and water) used on masonry, walls, ceilings, and decorative moldings
3 Veneer: A thin layer of decorative finishing applied to a coarser construction material
4 Built-in: An item of furniture, such as a bookcase or set of cabinets, that is built directly into the structure of the room. Built-ins are therefore customized to the room and not detachable
5 Pergola: An arched structure with an open roof and cross rafters, supported by posts or columns, typically installed in a garden, park, or backyard and usually covered with climbing plants or vines.
6 Propane: A hydrocarbon gas used as a common fuel source

Cost to install an outdoor kitchen varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Arlington, VA
+38%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Attalla, AL
-27%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Carlsbad, CA
+13%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Cypress, TX
+8%
Dacula, GA
+1%
Daly City, CA
+51%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Diberville, MS
-28%
Easton, PA
+13%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Houston, TX
+24%
Humble, TX
+16%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Longwood, FL
-1%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Medina, WA
+29%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milpitas, CA
+33%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Norristown, PA
+44%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Plano, TX
+24%
Portland, OR
+11%
Redding, CA
-12%
Riverside, CA
+13%
Rochester, NY
+6%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
San Mateo, CA
+44%

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