Don’t be mistaken—an outdoor kitchen island is not a purchase, it’s an investment. An investment in a luxuriant outdoor lifestyle you have decided to enjoy on your own terms, with nothing to worry about except whether you want your steaks rare, medium, or well done.
It’s also an investment because—unlike those plucky, determined, and occasionally scorched do-it-yourselfers who asked, “How do I build an outdoor grill?”—you have the much more refined option of asking, “What is the best outdoor grill island?” This is a life-changing addition to your home and backyard that you can enjoy anytime you wish. So when you decide to proclaim yourself ruler of your own outdoor cooking kingdom, you don’t want to start off with anything but the best. And when you start with the best grill island, things can only get better from there!
To help you on your way to finding the highest-quality BBQ grill islands as well as the various accoutrements they bring to the table, Appliances Connection has gathered what we consider the all-around best outdoor gas grill islands for your perusal…
Lion’s Resort Q BBQ Grill Island will dramatically improve both the style and functionality of your outdoor entertainment area. Embedded with a stainless-steel gas grill carrying four cast stainless-steel burners that put out 75,000 total BTUs as well as an infrared rotisserie back burner, it can take on any cooking challenge you can come up with. The Gourmet Package is already included, consisting of a rotisserie, smoker box, griddle and griddle remover, bottle opener, and a grill cover. Along with the grill, this island also comes with a 4.5. cu. ft. refrigerator, a double door storage area under the grill with a paper towel rack, and an integrated electrical outlet.
- 830 sq. in. of cooking surface
- 5 Lion Quick Lite valves
- Adjustable warming rack
- 2 interior lights with a stainless-steel light switch
- Premium solid stainless-steel cooking grates
- 5 commercial size push-to-turn knobs
And if the cooking prospects aren’t enough, the timeless stucco color scheme and tile countertop (color options available) most certainly make this an example of a fairly standard island grill that delivers far above-standard performance and a light, cool appearance that is sure to please.
Pairing a high-caliber grill with a rugged, rocky appearance, the eight-foot long RTA Outdoor Living RTACG8SBP Grill Island is made to stand the test of time…especially when it’s time to light up and start cooking! This island holds up a 36-in. Coyote S-Series Grill that offers up to 90,000 BTUs and a 875 sq. in. cooking area heated up by three high performance Coyote Infinity burners and one Coyote RapidSear infrared burner for rotisserie cooking. The island also comes with a 21-in. refrigerator, stainless steel double doors, and a convenient pull-out trash receptacle.
- Ceramic briquette heat control grids
- Ceramic flavorizers ensure even heat distribution
- Interior grill lighting
- LED-illuminated knobs
- Rotisserie kit & smoker box
- Integrated wind guard
- 17.5 sq. ft. of food preparation space
The island’s physical attributes equal its cooking power with a robust base of stacked stone with gorgeous Brown Tierra trim topped by a 2-in. thick concrete countertop, making the rock-solid statement that this grill is here to sear and here to stay.
Featuring a sleek, simple, contemporary look, the American Outdoor Grill IP30TOCGT75SM island package is perfect for the chef who wants a quality outdoor cooking experience while eschewing anything that could distract them from the matter at hand—delivering savory seared foodstuffs hot off the grill. The 30-in. T Series grill has three stainless-steel main burners with a rotisserie. Flat top Diamond Sear cooking grids provide optimal heat transfer to the cooking surface, and stainless-steel vaporizer panels ensure even heat distribution. It also has a storage area and a tank tray compartment with ventilating louvers.
- Rapid Light piezo ignition system eliminates the need for electricity or batteries.
- Heavy-duty stainless-steel warming rack
- 10" stainless-steel drip tray
- Large analog thermometer with polished bezel reads up to 1000 °F
- Solid brass valves for precise temperature control and long life
- Heavy duty 304 Series stainless steel construction for durability and long-lasting usage
The glass fiber reinforced concrete island itself conveys neat, clean lines and a smooth color theme of various shades of smoky grey that are sure to complement the aromatic, savory smolder rising from the grill.
Rounding out the list of best outdoor grill islands for the BBQ lovers is the Cal Flame LBK810 96" BBQ Island, an easy to install package that has everything you could need to get your grill on. It’s packed with a four-burner liquid propane P4 grill with Cal Flames’ exclusive V-Grate Grills designed so that your food does not fall through. The grill is joined by a handy side burner for preparing non-grill foods, a stainless steel outdoor mini-fridge and 30-in. double access doors. A full-width drip tray keeps the interior from being overcome with grease and fat runoff. The full-width warming rack conveniently folds out of the way when not in use.
- Heavy-duty Cal Flame knobs
- Liquid Propane (LP) igniter system
- Independent ignition on all burners
- Lip guards on all burners to prevent clogging
- Easy-start ignition every time
- Convenient electric sockets allow you to hook up accessories like blenders, fans, and lamps.
- Underside ventilation
The island itself is covered in a standard American stucco pattern, and the tile counter of your choice. The 36-in. deep top can also be used as a sitting counter space, so your guests will get to watch the hot grilling action up close as it happens.
And those are the outdoor grill islands Appliances Connection has chosen as the best of 2020.
Need Just the Package, Not an Entire Island?
What if you want the full outdoor kitchen experience, but without putting in an entire island in your backyard or patio? That’s okay, too, because everyone should get the outdoor grill setup that fits their needs. And that’s why we’ve also found a couple of outdoor grill packages with appliances and amenities you can install however you wish…
The Wolf 1216959 six-piece outdoor kitchen package has everything you need to create your own culinary workspace just how you want it, where you want it. The package includes a 30" stainless-steel gas grill with three grill burners that deliver both direct and radiant heat. A two-position rotisserie system rotates up to 25 lb. of beef, chicken, pork and more in front of an infrared burner for even cooking and seared-in juicy taste. A three-position warming rack adjusts easily for the temperature you want and stows away when not in use. Halogen lights will let you keep on grilling under the stars.
The grill is supported by a 13-in. side burner with stainless steel burner grates and Wolf red knobs. Other convenient amenities include a 13-in. storage drawer, an 18-in. trash/recycling drawer, a three-drawer storage compartment, and 36" double doors for built-in applications, and canvas grill cover.
This four-piece stainless-steel outdoor kitchen package is a tidy bundle that still gives you everything you could want to cook outside with confidence. The Hestan 1049720 includes an Aspire EABR Series 42” built-in natural gas grill with tubular burners delivering 23,000 BTUs of consistent heat. A ceramic infrared rotisserie burner delivers heat up to 18,000 BTUs to sear in flavor and juices, and a warming tray creates a secondary cooking surface while down below a drip tray makes cleaning up a breeze. Two halogen lights illuminate the grill interior, and the spring-assisted hood can be opened with nary an effort.
Along with the grill, you’re also getting a 12-in. side burner for any extras or sides you want to keep hot, a roomy 20-in. three-drawer storage space, and a 24-in. built-in compact refrigerator to keep ingredients fresh, and refreshing beverages cold.
There you have it—Appliances Connection’s list of the outdoor grill islands no BBQ lover can resist. But hey, we don’t claim to be perfect. What outdoor grill island do you think is better? Or maybe you already have an island you think beats all comers? Then let us know and leave a message or suggestion below.
Are outdoor kitchens worth the money?
For an avid griller, an outdoor kitchen is the ultimate in both luxury and practicality. And an outdoor kitchen certainly can’t help but increase the value of any home.
Where should a grill be placed on a patio?
A grill should always be placed on a flat, even surface away from anything flammable such as leaf piles, garbage bins, low branches and hedges.
Can you turn a regular grill into a built in?
It’s a very doubtful conversion. Some high-end manufacturers may offer a cart that also happens to fit your grill, but most grill models aren't built to be adapted like that.
Why are drop in grills so expensive?
Because drop-in grills have to be built from high-grade steel that is far superior in quality than that of standard grills. Bring built-in means better insulation is needed to keep surrounding counterspace from being affected by the heat.