16 Modern Grills & Outdoor Kitchens

If you’re tired of the ugly gas grill taking up space in your backyard, dreaming of a luxurious outdoor kitchen, or just wishing you had a cool portable BBQ to take out to the park, here are 16 design-centric options. Ranging from mobile kitchen carts and clever fold-up grills to sunken stone kitchens with swim-up bars, these outdoor cooking setups will have you craving a stylish cookout in no time flat.

Hot Pot Planter Grill Combo

Hidden within an ordinary-looking terra-cotta planter is a charcoal grill, perfect for the city dweller with limited outdoor space for cookouts. The multi-functional Hot Pot serves as a mini garden when not in use, reduces clutter and avoids the clunky eyesore effect of conventional BBQ grills.

Steel Bowl Pivot Grill

Another dual-purpose product is a fire bowl that converts to a barbecue with the addition of a hanging grill pendulum/pulley set. The grill height is adjustable, and the arm folds down small for storage.

Modern Wood-Burning Grill

Wood-burning grills get a modern update with the Ascot by Cera Design, a column-shaped grill and smoker with a glass door that lets you enjoy the flames as your food cooks. It includes optional outer plates for accessories, side storage units and a swivel grill. It can be used as an outdoor fireplace, too.

Modern Spiraling Gazebo with Built-In Kitchen

Commissioned by a yacht captain, this spiraling outdoor kitchen is fittingly shaped like the hull of a ship. Made of pale larch wood, the pavilion contains seating for eight and a black kitchen with a brick barbecue.

Druida Barbecue Chars Food with Geometric Patterns

Charred steaks will be a work of art when cooked on the Druida, a striking barbecue composed of a steel bowl on a tripod and a geometric waterjet-cut grille. The design of the grille is inspired by druidic cauldrons.

Compact Outdoor Kitchen by StudioMama

Made entirely of objects and materials that can be found at a hardware store, this mobile kitchen by London designer Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama features a bucket sink connected to a garden hose, a chopping board and a small stove eye as well as storage space. Studiomama offers instructions to make your own.

Hot Spot Ultra-Portable Grill

Folding entirely flat for easy transport and storage, the Hot Spot grill is compact enough to bring camping, but offers a good-sized surface for grilling.

Mobile Kitchen on Wheels

This set of two rolling kitchen carts is an all-in-one setup for cooking and dining outdoors, complete with a sink, burners, a table, and stools that convert into benches. A foot pump routes waste water into a watering can so it can be reused.

4 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens by Otto

Otto Outdoor Kitchens has a gallery of dream setups including wood-fired ovens, fire pits, grills and everything you’d have in a luxury indoor kitchen, out in the garden or by the pool. The aesthetic tends to be more traditional and European, with lots of stone.

City Boy Portable Picnic Grill

Measuring under nine inches high and seven wide, the City Boy picnic grill is the perfect size to tote to the park and cook some burgers or hot dogs for two. Made of powdercoated steel, it has a gas burner that takes standard gas cartridges.

Canorta Modular Outdoor Kitchen

Another simple, modern modular outdoor kitchen design won first prize in the Garden Unique Design Contest. Canorta, by Retogni of Switzerland, is made up of two wheeled carts offering a gas grill, a sink and storage for food.

Mobile Island Barbecue

No space on your urban balcony for a grill? Check out this modern kitchen island that transforms into an outdoor grill when needed. Closed, it’s a regular kitchen island on wheels, but slide-out compartments reveal a platform for grilling and storage for tools and implements.

Swim-Up Outdoor Kitchen

No fantasy swimming pool setup is complete without a swim-up bar, preferably located adjacent to an outdoor kitchen that can serve up hot food as well as drinks. This design by Falling Water Custom Pools has sunken stools for comfortable seating in the water.

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