What are the best materials for outdoor kitchens?

We’ve talked about what you should consider before beginning your outdoor kitchen project. Today we’re talking about the best materials for you to use in your outdoor kitchen.

An outdoor kitchen in upstate New York is going have to hold up to our winter weather, the freeze and thaw cycles of spring and fall, and summer heat. In addition to being able to weather the elements, materials should be able to withstand high temperatures from the grill, be easy to clean up spills, and withstand general kitchen abuses.

Countertops –

Avoid porous countertop materials such as limestone in favor of materials such as a cultured granite with UV stabilizers. Granite should still be sealed on a regular basis to keep the countertops looking fresh and new.

Other suitable options for outdoor countertops include marble and stainless steel.

Engineered countertops and quartz countertops are not suitable for outdoor kitchens.

Cabinets –

Stainless steel is a great choice for outdoor kitchen cabinets. Good stainless steel cabinets should be rigid, and have welded corners for structural stability.

If you love the look of wood, consider teak cabinets. Teak wood is known for its natural resistance to rot and decay. Cabinets made from teak will still require regular maintenance (sealing with a waterproof finish) to keep it looking it’s best.

Cabinets made from marine grade polymer make for a quick and easy clean up. Marine grade polymer cabinets are water tight so you can just hose down your kitchen space if needed.


If you outdoor kitchen is not being built on a pre-existing patio area you’ll need to pick out a durable flooring material. Just like the kitchen inside your home, expect that the flooring will be heavily trafficked and abused (falling pots, food spills etc.).

With that in mind Natural stone like slate, sandstone, marble are great options for outdoor kitchen flooring, but keep in mind they may absorb oil and stain.

Concrete is another great flooring option, to prevent cracking from out freeze thaw cycles look for a formula that has an additive base that will help the concrete withstand temp changes without becoming damaged.