The addition of an outdoor kitchen on RVs has become increasingly popular in recent years. Outdoor kitchens allow RV owners to cook meals without missing out on the action around the campsite. Furthermore, owning an RV with an outdoor kitchen allows you to have a full-functioning kitchen next to your grill. While tons of RVs come with an outdoor kitchen, their size and usefulness vary depending on your RV and its floor plan.
Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to any RV if you require additional cooking space or if you need to wash up without needing to go inside. An outdoor kitchen can also benefit from making your outdoor setup easier. For example, if your outdoor kitchen comes with additional counter space and a stovetop, the setup and tear down will be faster.
With that said, you might be asking yourself what are some RVs with good outdoor kitchens. Well, you've come to the right place!
We have done a lot of research on this topic and have toured numerous RVs. Through this, we have come up with a list of our ten favorite RVs with fabulous outdoor kitchen setups.
Jayco White Hawk 25 MBH
Coachmen Freelander 31 MB
Forest River Explorer Aurora 34 BHTS
Forest River Forester 2861 DS
Coachmen Apex Ultra-lite 300 BHS
Palomino Puma 32 MBDS
Keystone Cougar Half-Ton 29 RKS
Heartland Landmark Tucson
Cruiser Embrace EL310
Prime Time Avenger 24 BHS
As you continue to read this article, we will help you decide if you want or need an outdoor kitchen. Then we will cover each of the outdoor kitchens on our list while providing pros and cons, which will help you decide what type of outdoor kitchen you want.
Do You Want or Need an Outdoor Kitchen on Your RV?
Having an outdoor kitchen installed on your RV is a nice bonus, but it’s not necessary for many people. However, you gain some minor benefits from having an outdoor kitchen in your RV. For example, if you are cooking a large meal for a party or your large family, the indoor kitchen might not have enough space to cook everything. Furthermore, an outdoor kitchen allows you to cook lunch or dinner for your friends and family without missing out on the fun if everyone is outside. Moreover, most outdoor kitchens will include a sink, which can be an excellent spot to wash your hands and face in while also providing fresh drinking water without needing to head inside.
If you are interested in RVs with an outdoor kitchen, you should decide if it is a must-have amenity. If you decide that an outdoor kitchen is a must-have in your RV, then you need to consider what you want your outdoor kitchen to have. For example, does your outdoor kitchen need to have a refrigerator, sink, stovetop, or grill? All of these additions to your outdoor kitchen will play a role in your final choice for your new RV.
The appliances and setup of the outdoor kitchen can change how frequently it is used and how it is used. If you want to use your outdoor kitchen as your primary cooking station, then you should consider looking for RVs with larger outdoor kitchens. These kitchens will come with more storage and counter space and a larger refrigerator and cooking surface. On the other hand, you can look for a smaller outdoor kitchen if you want a place to store additional drinks, snacks, and a sink to wash up in.
Something to remember is that the size of an RV does not dictate the size and complexity of its outdoor kitchen. For example, the Palomino Puma is one of the smaller RVs on our list and comes with one of the more robust kitchens on the list. Furthermore, you should be aware that outdoor refrigerators and microwaves require a 110v outlet and will only work when plugged in. The outdoor refrigerator will only run on electricity and not propane like your indoor refrigerator. This can cause some issues for some people and should be known.
10 RVs that Come with Fantastic Outdoor Kitchens
Now that you have decided that you want an outdoor kitchen, let's go through some of our top picks. In this section, we will go through all of the features of each outdoor kitchen. Furthermore, we will provide a pros and cons section which will summarize all of the features and help you figure out what you want in an outdoor kitchen.
In 2021, Jayco revamped their outdoor kitchens for their White Hawk models. All White Hawk outdoor kitchens now come with a slide-out sink, burner, and griddle. Most RVs will either have burners or a griddle, which makes the White Hawk the first model we've seen with both. The outdoor kitchen comes with a small refrigerator, a slide-out cutting board, and a good amount of storage space.
This outdoor kitchen is perfect for those who want to do outdoor cooking occasionally while also having a good spot to store drinks and snacks. Another major improvement of previous White Hawk models is the inclusion of extra counter space. Finally, this kitchen is covered by an awning, so you can do some outdoor cooking while being protected from the sun.
The Coachmen Freelander is the first Class C motorhome on our list, and the 34 MB floor plan comes with an optional outdoor camp kitchen. This optional outdoor kitchen comes with a large sink and refrigerator and a ridiculous amount of counter space. While this kitchen might not have a griddle or burners, the vast amount of counter space makes this RV perfect for campers who love to bring their grill with them to cook. In addition, the extended counter space provides a ton of room to prep and serve food.
The kitchen is located under a retractable awning to protect you from the sun. The refrigerator is fairly large and is perfect for storing meat while it marinates, and it is a great place to store beverages.
Tons of counter space
Under an awning
Perfect outdoor kitchen for those who bring their grill on camping trips
The outdoor kitchen on the Explorer Aurora is mid-sized and contains most of the essentials. The refrigerator is energy-efficient and easy to access. The stovetop pulls out from the countertop, which saves space. The sink is located in the middle, and it comes with a pretty deep basin for cleaning dishes. This outdoor kitchen comes with a good amount of storage space in the form of two large double-door cabinets. These cabinets are very secure even when the trailer is in motion.
While this kitchen is not under an awning, the door that secures the kitchen folds up to provide some shade when cooking. Finally, there are two outlets that can be great for extra kitchen appliances you may bring.
Lots of counter space
A good amount of secure storage
Solid wood cabinets
The kitchen door covers the kitchen when in use
Well lit by the kitchen door's LED lights
The sink is in the middle of the counter space
The stovetop slides out and isn’t in the bed shape yet
The next Class C motorhome on our list is the Forest River Forester, and its outdoor kitchen does not disappoint. The mini-fridge and countertop provides an incredible amount of space. A sizable sink also comes with the package. This outdoor kitchen comes with a small entertainment center that contains an overhead TV mount and a decent sound system. Finally, the outdoor kitchen is covered by a massive 16-foot awning to provide shade.
The Apex Ultra-Lite made by Coachmen comes with one of the larger outdoor kitchens on this list. Due to its size, this outdoor kitchen comes with two drawers and a large overhead cabinet. The mini-fridge is also very large, and the sink comes with a single deep basin. This outdoor kitchen comes with a slide-out grill as well.
This outdoor kitchen is fantastic because it can be used for extra food and drink storage while traveling, and the sink is easily accessible if you ever want to wash your hands before heading inside. Finally, there’s a double outlet on the back wall, which is great for any appliances you wish to use outside.
The Palomino Puma possibly has the best outdoor kitchen on this list. It’s extensive and almost has as many features as its indoor kitchen.
The 32 MBDS floor plan comes with a double-burner stovetop and an option to add an additional mini-fridge and griddle. The main refrigerator is very large and has eight cubic feet of storage. The sink is unobstructed and located next to the fridge. Furthermore, the Puma's outdoor kitchen has tons of storage space, including cabinets, a pantry, and a few drawers.
The outdoor kitchen is covered by a huge 16-foot awning and comes with an entertainment center. Finally, the kitchen is next to one of the doors leading inside the RV for easy access.
The first 5th wheel on our list is the Cougar Half-Ton made by Keystone. This 5th wheel is a lightweight variant and is on the shorter side. However, this 5th wheel comes with a complete outdoor kitchen. It comes with a sizable mini-fridge, which has five cubic feet of storage space. There are also two large overhead cabinets for pantry storage.
The outdoor kitchen that comes with the 29 RKS floor plan has a sizable sink and a large slide-out grill that doubles as a stovetop, giving you the best of both worlds. Finally, this beautiful outdoor kitchen can be covered by a massive 20-foot awning.
The next 5th wheel on our list is the Landmark by Heartland. The outdoor kitchen on this RV is a bit minimalist but can still function as well as any kitchen on this list.
The best feature of this model's outdoor kitchen is the refrigerator. It houses eight cubic feet of storage and comes with numerous shelves. While the outdoor kitchen on this RV is not spectacular, the refrigerator makes this kitchen the best for outdoor parties for allowing you to store tons of beverages. This outdoor kitchen also comes with a sink, some counter space, and a small two-burner stovetop.
The outdoor kitchen on the Cruiser Embrace is on the smaller side but it’s well organized and has everything you could want. The refrigerator is energy-efficient and has five cubic feet of storage space. The sink is a good size and is located next to the fridge. This kitchen also has a decent amount of counter space next to the sink. Furthermore, this outdoor kitchen has plenty of storage options, including drawers and two overhead cabinets. The stovetop is pulled out from the counter and features three burners. Finally, the whole kitchen is housed under a large 16-foot awning.
Tons of storage space
Well lit thanks to the awning's LED lights
Well organized layout
Stovetop pull out in front of the only counter space
The last outdoor kitchen we will be talking about is an Avenger model. This outdoor kitchen comes with some very appealing amenities like a large 40-inch TV and an eight-cubic foot refrigerator. The outdoor kitchen for the 24 BHS has a ton of counter space and a good amount of storage. This outdoor kitchen comes with a slide-out gas-powered grill, and the kitchen door functions as a cover with LED lights to provide some shade.
Tons of counter space
Kitchen door functions as a roof
Well lit thanks to the kitchen door's LED lights
A good portion of the counter space is right in front of the slide-out grill
Limited storage space
Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic way to stay in touch with your friends and family who are enjoying the outdoors while you prepare a meal. And with some RV models coming with an outdoor entertainment center, you can host tailgate parties with awesome hamburgers or hotdogs for everyone. There are tons of RVs out there with outdoor kitchens that will vary in size and amenities.
While an outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to any camping trip and provides a few minor benefits, they are not seen as a necessity for everyone. Some people will love sitting outside all day and cooking up a meal or two for their family. Still, most people will go camping to have a fun day before retreating inside to relax in a cooled environment and lounge on a comfortable furniture.
We hope that our outdoor kitchen guide has provided you with the information you were seeking, and we hope you fall in love with one of our favorite RV outdoor kitchens.