Getting Started: Outdoor Kitchen Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before buying an outdoor kitchen.

At Grillo, our goal is to ensure people are as well-educated about outdoor kitchens as possible, so we’ve pulled together this outdoor kitchen buying guide for you! We understand that this is likely to be the first outdoor kitchen you’ve ever purchased… that’s really exciting, but it probably means you have quite a few questions going through your mind about all the different aspects. We fully understand that an outdoor kitchen is a considered purchase, so you will want to ensure you are making an informed decision.

Therefore, in this buying guide, you’ll find a carefully-selected collection of all our most helpful outdoor kitchen articles and blog posts. These are laid out in a logical order, so the further you are through your outdoor kitchen buying ‘journey’, the further you’ll need to scroll down the page! Each link opens in a new tab so that you can easily return to this page at any time.

Here are some quick links to the main sections we’ll be covering in our outdoor kitchen buying guide:

Consideration        Planning        Preparation      Grillo product info      Ordering      Getting started

The consideration stage:

1.     Benefits of an outdoor kitchen     A fireside chat with garden designer Tim Horner

2.     Will an outdoor kitchen add value to my house?     Hear it from estate agents, landlords and developers.

3.     Latest Outdoor Living Trends     Rebecca Livermore researches the latest outdoor living trends

4.     Garden ideas for new build houses     Beth Edwards shows us the transformation of a new build garden.

The planning stage:

5.     Top 5 garden design tips     Award winning London garden designer Tony Woods gives us his top 5 tips.

6.     11 Best Outdoor Kitchens     A comparison of the top 11 outdoors kitchens available in the UK

7.    Outdoor kitchen ideas: the best of 2023   2023 favourite outdoor kitchen projects. Packed with inspiration!

8.     How much does an Outdoor Kitchen actually cost?     (coming soon!)

9.     14 Must-have Outdoor Kitchen Features     Make sure you don’t miss anything!

10.     What BBQs Should I Include In My Outdoor Kitchen?     A BBQ deep-dive with Matthew Hoggard

11.     Kamado BBQ Comparison     Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, Primo, or Grillo Gusto? Guide with costs

12.     The Top 7 Outdoor Kitchens Of 2022     A dose of inspiration: Our favourite projects from 2022

13.     Small Outdoor Kitchen Ideas     Got a small space? Don’t let that hold you back!

14.     Best Outdoor Kitchens with Pizza Ovens     Pizza lover’s outdoor kitchen inspiration

15.     Outdoor kitchen materials     A guide on the best materials for outdoor kitchens

16.     Does my BBQ area need a roof over the top?     Pergola, sunshade, or nothing? A guide with typical costs

17.     Does my outdoor kitchen need a custom fitted cover?     (coming soon!)

18.     Bull BBQs versus Weber BBQs     Why we chose to work with Bull BBQs, versus Weber BBQs

19.     Can I incorporate my existing gas BBQ into my kitchen?     What are the options for alternative gas BBQs?

20.     Grillo showroom     Where can I see a Grillo?

21.     Grillo sample pack     Wanting to touch, feel, or colour match? Request a sample pack

22.     The Grillo Configurator     Dream and design in 3D!

23.     Book a virtual design consultation     Book a FOC chat with Grillo’s friendly design team

The preparation stage:

24.     Do I need a site visit?     No! Read more about how we work

25.     Preparing A Patio For Your Kitchen    recommendations for ensuring your patio / deck is ready!

26.     BBQ-Safe Locations     Some tips on keeping things safe

27.     Do I Need To Fix My Kitchen Down?     Advice for our outdoor kitchens

28.     Connecting services / utilities     Simple guides on how to prepare for water, electrics and gas

Must-read pages about Grillo outdoor kitchens:

29.     Grillo Vantage Overview     Walkaround videos and Grillo BBQ overview

30.     Grillo Materials   A must-watch video about our testing processes, and the ‘why’ behind our material choices

31.     Grillo 3 Year Warranty     A must-watch video about the Grillo warranty

32.     Payment options and paying by finance     Read about our payment options, including paying by finance

33.     Projects / Case Studies     A wide selection of projects for you to browse for inspiration

34.     Vantage Layouts & Pricing     Example Grillo kitchen layouts with pricing

35.     The Grillo Configurator     Dream and design in 3D!

Ordering your Grillo kitchen:

36.     The Grillo Configurator     Dream and design in 3D!

37.     How To Order Your Grillo Kitchen     Let our Design Specialists talk you through the process

38.     Grillo lead-times     A quick guide to Grillo lead times and seasonality

Getting started!

39.     Recipe Videos     A selection of recipe ideas and videos to get your creative juices flowing

40.     How-To Videos     Tips, tricks and techniques with professional chefs

41.     Getting Started with Your Bull Gas BBQ     Best practice and troubleshooting

42.     Gusto Temperature Control     A guide on how to control the temperature on your Gusto BBQ

43.     What fuel should I use in my charcoal BBQ?     Recommendations on charcoal for perfect results

44.     Caring for your Grillo Kitchen     A simple guide to ensure your new kitchen stays in tip top condition!

45.     How to prepare your outdoor kitchen for winter    Tips on how and why to winterise your outdoor kitchen

46.     Iroko Timber Care     Pros and Cons of treating your Iroko timber

47.     Grillo Cupboards – Storage Tips  Keeping things tidy

48.     Which gas bottle do I need?  Product recommendations and links


If you have unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team, who will be delighted to chat at any time. Alternatively you could book a virtual design consultation, and one of our non-pushy design team will be in touch to chat about your requirements.

All the best with your outdoor kitchen research!