Weber Summit Series
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Outdoor kitchens are incredibly popular this year. Since our Spring 2021 update, several of our top picks take weeks to deliver or are temporarily out of stock.
In a hurry? Check the Weber Summit Series for a grill that fits your space and your needs. They all come with side burners, sear burners, a smoker box, and a rotisserie. Weber is one of the most popular and reliable outdoor cooking brands anywhere, and all their products come with a solid warranty of up to 10 years.
Dreaming of the perfect backyard kitchen for your best BBQ season ever? Well, you can build (or purchase) the best outdoor kitchen kit to help you create it this year. If you’re handy, you can buy separate pieces to build it all, or if you’re not so handy, purchasing a prefab option allows you to have it installed in no time.
The best part is, with the interest boom in outdoor kitchen and living room designs in recent years, more companies are making incredible options that are increasingly affordable.
Backyard Boss Top 5 Outdoor Kitchen Kits for Summer of 2021
|Mont Alpi MAI805 Outdoor BBQ Island||
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|Weber Summit Black Propane Gas Grill||
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|Lion 40-Inch Natural Gas Grill Kit||
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|Lion Premium 32-Inch Liquid Propane Grill Kit||
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|Weber Summit S460 Built-In Natural Gas Grill Station||
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Why You Can Trust Us
Here at Backyard Boss, if you couldn’t tell by the name, we’re all about the outdoors and home, and combining the two for the best life possible. In the spirit of that, we’ve done tons of research, asked a lot of questions, tested products, and experimented ourselves to find the right kinds of products to recommend.
I personally have a lot of cooking experience. I know kitchens, cooking, and the outdoors, and I’m thrilled to combine that knowledge in this article to help you find the perfect kit for your ideal outdoor kitchen–whether that’s a huge backyard or a simple patio space design you’re looking to create or upgrade. We’ve compiled a list of the best choices we could find.
Best for Prefab Installation
Why We Like It: The Mont Alpi MAI805 is a fantastic outdoor kitchen island that provides you with plenty of cooking surfaces, beautiful counters, and easy-to-use features like LED controls and lit cooking surfaces.
The grill is made of stainless steel, with two cooking surface halogen lights and blue LED control knobs. The unit uses electronic ignition and is made with beautiful faux granite surfaces for easy cleaning and durable surfaces. The grill unit itself is large with six burners, with two medium-sized infrared side burners, totaling eight burners.
Who Should Buy It: This kitchen kit is great for folks looking for a large outdoor kitchen island with lots of power and lots of burners, and decent counter space. It comes prefabricated, so all you have to do is unbox and connect.
Best Prefab for Large Spaces
Why We Like It: This option is fully decked out with some extra gadgets and frills, and perfect for folks with a larger space they can use for their BBQing adventures.
The unit is made with porcelain-coated steel, uses propane (so no plumbing for natural gas required), and comes with a limited 10-year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor (excluding normal wear and tear).
The unit includes a rotisserie on the back, a searing station for getting that rare steak perfectly done, and a fully integrated smoker box and burner for getting you beyond just grilling. There’s also a dual-ring side burner, lighted control knobs, and adjustable shelving within the under-grill storage space.
Who Should Buy It: This kitchen unit is great for anyone with some space to spare for a fully decked-out grilling station on their patio, deck, or other spot in the backyard.
Best for DIY Large Installation
Why We Like It: The Lion 40-inch kit is a great natural gas grill setup for folks who want to DIY their own outdoor kitchen space. It’s super customizable and has a total of 90,000 BTUs.
The kit offers 1,030 square inches of cooking surface, has a brushed stainless steel door drawer with towel rack combo, refrigerator and drop-in sink, and has a smoker box, rotisserie kit, griddle, griddle remover, and comes with a grill head canvas cover. Plus, as a bonus, they toss in a 5-in-1 tool kit with a spatula, BBQ fork, corkscrew, basting brush, and rosewood handle.
Who Should Buy It: This kit is great for anyone looking to fully customize their outdoor cooking space with grill, drawer, sink, smoker, rotisserie, and more with a lot of cooking space.
Best for “Do-It-Yourself” on a Budget
Why We Like It: This smaller version of the Lion DIY kit is a great option with similar features as the larger one, including that drawer with a towel bar. Besides size, the difference is no natural gas plumbing is required.
This liquid propane grill station kit has four stainless steel burners with 75,000 BTUs and 830 square inches of cooking surface. The kit includes an eco-friendly fridge, side burner (along with, of course, the main burners), door and drawer combo with towel rack, smoker box, rotisserie kit, griddle and griddle remover, plus the grill head canvas cover.
The kit also includes a 5-in-1 tool kit with a spatula, BBQ fork, corkscrew, basting brush, and rosewood handle.
Who Should Buy It: Anyone looking for a well-equipped backyard kitchen that uses less space while still having all the frills will benefit from this DIY kit.
Best for Smaller Spaces on a Budget
Small prefab outdoor kitchen island for budget-conscious
Why We Like It: This smaller prefab modular kit offers all the goodies in a much smaller package, meaning it’s great for patios and decks on the smaller side or for folks who don’t need that much in their island.
The kit works with natural gas setup – so you’ll need that plumbing installed if you don’t already have it – and offers four stainless steel burners with 48,800 BTU-per-hour input capability. The sear burner powers at 10,600 BTUs, the smoker burner and smoker box with 6,800. The kit isn’t actually custom-designed, but when you get it in place, it sure feels like it is.
The unit also includes a rotisserie kit that attaches at the back, with 9-millimeter diameter stainless steel cooking grates, flavorizer bars, a grill cabinet, a built-in thermometer, front-access grease tray for easy cleaning, and infinite control burner valves with the Snap-Jet individual burner ignition system.
Who Should Buy It: This compact modular option is a great choice for anyone limited on space but looking for a great setup. Built for hosting the event of the season or for enjoying a low-key night grilling your family’s beloved rotisserie chicken recipe. The large cooking area, and vast features of the Summit S-460 built-in gas grill, brings world-class taste to the comfort of your backyard.
What to Look for in the Best Outdoor Kitchen Kits
There are a variety of qualities you might want to consider before opting for one over another. Take them into consideration as you shop so that you wind up with the best option for your backyard.
When you pick your kit, you’ll need to keep in mind what kind of space you’re able to give up for the kitchen. Some kits are suited well to smaller spaces, while others are not-so-small deck friendly.
Not only do you need to keep in mind the square footage of space the outdoor kitchen will take up, but you also need to think through the capacity that a given kit offers you. If you’ve got a small family and don’t plan to socialize a lot with larger groups, capacity should reflect that four-person need, saving space overall. If, on the other hand, you’ve always got a mob of wild teens over for backyard BBQs, you’ll want to make sure the kit has the capacity to not only cook all that, but to serve and store it as needed.
Not all kits are created equal, so keep in mind which items you want in your set.
- Counter space (and how much!)
- Side burners
- Garbage bins
Benefits of Prefab Versus DIY & Which Is Right for You
There are technically three types of kitchen kits. Prefabricated kitchen kits include everything they need in a single unit, already built. You just unbox and place the items. DIY or ready-to-install kits are fully customizable and allow you to decide exactly what you want and build it as a permanent structure in your backyard.
The DIY kits are typically less expensive, but they require construction of the stone work or masonry, framework, etc.
So, if you’re ready to invest the time and energy into fully customizing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll probably want to get the DIY kit. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a quick solution, the pre-made island is going to be your best bet.
How We Picked
Considering all the best qualities in an outdoor kitchen kit, we looked for the best prefab islands as well as DIY kits that allow you to fully customize your setup, no matter what your outdoor cooking or BBQ design style and choices are. We noted all the qualities we’d want in our own kits, and read the reviews from both professional reviewers and real-life users alike. After narrowing down the list to the chosen few, we reviewed the value of each for the kinds of setups most desired.
The Key to the Best Kitchen Kit
The reality is, any of these kits would work for most of us, depending on budget and space. The Mont Alpi is perfect for folks looking for a prefab setup for a modest space, looking for lots of power. So, keep in mind the best option for yourself, even if it means you need to save up another couple hundred dollars to manage the budget. You don’t want to choose the wrong one only to replace it a year later with a better or bigger upgrade.