Outdoor kitchen featuring a grilling table by iBBQ

8 Essential Additions to Your Outdoor Kitchen

With many of us spending more time outdoors these days, especially during the warmer months, having a well-designed outdoor kitchen will enhance the at-home entertaining experience for friends and family. According to AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey, there has been an increasing demand for outdoor kitchens in the United States. 

Not only is adding an outdoor kitchen a great investment in one’s home, but it also offers more entertaining space in a relaxing atmosphere while making cooking easier and more fun. From modern outdoor furniture to essential cooking accessories, there are a wide variety of features that can be added to your backyard or patio. Read on to discover the 8 must-haves for your outdoor kitchen that will enhance and upgrade at-home entertaining.

1. Outdoor Kitchens Should Have a Grill

Friends celebrating around the Angara Quadra grilling tableOne of the most important features of an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor grill is essential for preparing delicious meals. The Angara Quadra grill table by iBBQ is a top-of-the-line modern outdoor dining table with a grill built-in, as well as multiple other functions. It seats up to eight people, can fit into small backyards or patios, and features a stainless steel grill in the center that is powered by liquid propane or natural gas. In addition to grilling meat, vegetables and other food items, the Quadra can be used to make s’mores and also doubles as an outdoor heater.   

2. Outdoor Kitchen Idea: Ice Maker!

An easy addition and great alternative to an outdoor fridge, an ice maker provides easy access to ice on your patio or outdoor kitchen whenever you need it to chill drinks or make cocktails, smoothies and other frozen beverages. There are different types of ice makers to choose from including built-in, which seamlessly integrates into an outdoor kitchen; freestanding or portable, which can be moved around and place anywhere; as well as under-counter, which fits discreetly under any countertop. 

3. Every Outdoor Kitchen Needs an Outdoor Dining Table

Outdoor kitchen with an Angara grilling table by iBBQ, Inc.Having an outdoor dining table where guests can sit down and enjoy their meal together is another important element of entertaining in one’s backyard or patio. iBBQ’s Angara grill table  is a stunning modern outdoor dining table that includes a grill in the center for social cooking and dining. Made from beautiful tigerwood and featuring a powder-coated steel frame and dishwasher-safe cooking grates, the Angara is available in 4-seater, 6-seater and 8-seater options, perfect for accommodating parties of all sizes.

4. A Wine Fridge for the Outdoor Kitchen

If you need a place to store beverages without taking up a lot of space, a wine fridge can accommodate all types of drinks including water and cocktails. Available in a range of sizes and styles, a compact wine fridge can fit perfectly under the counter or behind the bar of your outdoor kitchen, and it will keep drinks chilled so that they’ll be ready to be served anytime.

5. Outdoor Heaters

Another important element for entertaining in your backyard or patio is an outdoor heater to keep your guests warm at night and when the temperatures are lower. There are many different types of outdoor heaters to choose from including the standing heater lamps and hanging patio heaters. Having multi-use modern outdoor furniture like the Angara Quadra by IBBQ is extra convenient because not only does it function as an outdoor heater, but it’s also a dining table and a grilling table. Once you’ve finished your meal, simply remove the stainless steel grill cover and light up the Quadra for warmth while sitting around the table with your guests.  

6. Outdoor Kitchen Essential: Comfortable Seating

When entertaining guests outdoors, it’s important to make sure that there is plenty seating so they can relax. Depending on your style and taste, seating options including chic outdoor arm chairs, folding deck chairs, Adirondack chairs and chaise lounges, among others. If you want the best of both worlds, IBBQ’s modern outdoor dining tables come with optional benches that can seat up to eight people comfortably. 

7. Grill Accessories

When you have a high-quality outdoor grill or grilling table, you’ll need the best grill accessories to enhance your cooking. A few important essentials include sturdy tongs, a spatula, metal skewers and a cooling rack. IBBQ also offers a line of premier grill accessories that will take your grilling game to the next level such as an exclusive tigerwood cutting board, top and bottom grate, a two-sided cast iron griddle, as well as an all-weather canvas cover to protect your outdoor dining table. 

8. The Modern Outdoor Kitchen has a Pizza Oven

Another popular feature of an outdoor kitchen is a pizza oven, which adds an authentic touch to any space and offers plenty of fun and entertainment for the entire family, especially those with kids. Pizza ovens can also cook at a much higher heat, making it easy to whip up a fresh hot pizza at home. From brick to stainless steel, there are many different types of pizza ovens designed for all budgets that can be installed on your patio or integrated into a large outdoor kitchen.

Written by Cameron Abel

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