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16 Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Accessories and Appliances

Create the ultimate outdoor kitchen! From must-have basics to creature comforts, here are 16 outdoor kitchen accessories and appliances for cooking and entertaining.
Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen on Deck

Getting Started

An outdoor kitchen is every homeowner's dream. It offers a relaxing atmosphere to prepare meals and to dine al fresco with family and friends. But aside from the grill and a table, what are some of the must-have outdoor kitchen accessories you need to create the ultimate cooking space, entertain guests, and provide above-average creature comforts?
From wood-fired pizza ovens to specialized fridges that keep refreshments chilled, here are 16 outdoor kitchen accessories and appliances for cooking and entertaining in your backyard space.
  • Basic Accessories

    As you create an outdoor kitchen with a grilling station, you need some essential accessories and appliances.
    • Outdoor Grill - Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, you're going to need a grill. With the numerous variety of grills available, take a look at Abt's outdoor grills for sale and our comprehensive Outdoor Grill Buying Guide to discover the right model for you.
    • Vent Hoods/Panels - If your grill is installed under a covered patio, beneath an overhang or in a tightly enclosed space with limited airflow, add a vent hood or vent panel for proper gas venting.
    • Compact Refrigerator - Another essential outdoor kitchen appliance is a compact fridge. Keep your refreshments chilled and your meat ready to throw on the grill with a refrigerator in your outdoor area.
    • Trash Bin or Trash Compactor - It seems like a no-brainer, but a quality trash can secures food waste from critters and keeps odors to a minimum.
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    Outdoor Kitchen Cooking Accessories

    Why limit yourself to just a grill? Here are some additional accessories to expand your outdoor kitchen's cooking versatility.
    • Flat Top Griddle - Griddles are fantastic for cooking eggs, pancakes, seafood, sauces and burgers.
    • Power Burner - Power burners are great for simmering big stock pots of soups and sauces. Think barbecue marinades or thick gumbos for your summer backyard soirees.
    • Pizza Ovens - Whether you love classic Margheritas or a controversial Hawaiian, An outdoor pizza oven offers a way to make (somewhat) healthy pies without ordering takeout.
    • Grill Accessories - Don't forget to grab all the extra grill accessories you might need. Consider options such as a grill cover, drip pans, brushes and heavy-duty utensils.
  • Outdoor Bar Appliances

    Enjoy a cold one without having to step foot in the house. Install one of these handy bar accessories to keep all your drinks cold.
    • Ice Makers - Ice makers are a convenient outdoor kitchen accessory. Never run out of ice at a party ever again!
    • Wine Coolers - A step up from a compact fridge, a wine cooler can keep bottles from your favorite vintner chilled to a precise temperature.
    • Kegerators - If craft beer is more your style, a kegerator can keep your favorite brews on draft.
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    Seating and Dining Areas

    Make sure to provide some extra comfort and seating in your outdoor kitchen's entertaining area. This way, you'll enjoy even more hours of good conversation and al fresco dining.
    • Patio Dining Sets - If you love to serve family feasts or to have guests over for a barbecue, you need a place to serve meals and sit.
    • Conversational Seating - If you have the room, add some conversational seating with some outdoor lounge chairs or a sofa to relax with a cocktail or glass of wine.
    • Bar Stools - If your outdoor kitchen is equipped with a built-in bar, add extra casual seating with bar stools. This way, everyone can mingle around the bar/cooking area.
    • Fire Pit - Create some ambiance with a fire bowl or fire pit. Many patio coffee tables offer a built-in fire bowl that you can cover to make more room for extra serving dishes.
    • Patio Heaters - While they lack the same glow and ambiance, patio heaters can stay warm during cooler evenings. They provide enough heat to enjoy the outdoors throughout the night.

Ready to Accessorize Your Outdoor Kitchen?

Hopefully, these accessory and appliance suggestions spark some creativity to help you outfit the ultimate outdoor kitchen. Take time to explore Abt Electronics' products and brands to build the perfect outdoor kitchen.

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