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Last summer we realized just how much our outdoor spaces were lacking. Cozy patios, raised garden beds, a chic firepit space—these additions ranked high on our must-have list during quarantine, but an alfresco kitchen topped them all. The issue is, the average cost to build one is $13,000, according to a HomeAdvisor estimate. Luckily there’s now a way around those construction costs: Get a freestanding one. 

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Elements, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens ($5,000)

13 colorful new cabinet finishes are now available on Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens‘ Elements line, designed by architect Daniel Germani. In the mix are hues you might not find outdoors all that often, like cotton candy pink, clementine orange, and mint green, as well as silk white and ink black. The stainless steel pieces feature powder-coated finishes, protecting them from any exposure to the elements and making the overall maintenance minimal. The best part: The cupboards start at $5,000, which is thousands less than what you’d pay if you built one from scratch. Here are four more demo-free outdoor kitchens we love.

The Budget Buy 

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Grillskar Kitchen, Ikea ($380)

IKEA’s pick is any barbecue fan’s ideal setup. The piece comes with a built-in grill and extra countertop space so you can cool your food directly after you cook it, then serve. 


The Time-Saving One 

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Drop Kitchen Module Cabinet, Lumens ($4,695)

This 100 percent aluminum find comes with not one but two trash cans, meaning you don’t have to run inside every five minutes to toss out scraps. 

The Ultimate Workhorse

Adapt 120, Vlaze ($2,900)

Prep pizza and mix cocktails on this mobile one’s surface, and save the bottom compartments for miscellaneous outdoor gear or pool accessories.

The Open Bar 

Adapt Island, Vlaze ($6,260)

When you get back in the groove of hosting, this barstool-height enamel version will impress old friends. 

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