by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Editorial Director
Summer officially begins this Saturday and if you plan on firing up your grill or setting up an outdoor kitchen, now is the time to start thinking about what you want to put into your new outdoor living space. We fell in love with Viking’s® line of outdoor products and this year they have introduced a number of brand new appliances to their portfolio. Take a look at some of these new products designed for the outdoors and see if you can get inspired to take your outdoor kitchen to the next level.
Viking® Professional Outdoor 5 Series Grill
Viking® released several new products this year and for the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen you'll of course want a great grill to prepare your favorites. The Viking® Professional Outdoor 5 Series Grill elevates your cookout by bringing unrivaled power to your outdoor kitchen. With innovative ceramic heat distribution you are sure to grill the perfect filet every time.
Hidden under this grill’s hood are several innovative features including stainless steel burners and a flavor generator system, an EasyLift™ Canopy Assist System, and heavy-duty stainless steel grill grates that cook food easily and leave restaurant style grill marks on food. In addition to restaurant level grilling power this unit features a heavy-duty rotisserie system and a large capacity smoker box that accommodates chips or chunks of wood for wet or dry smoking.
The Viking® Professional 5 Series Grill is available in 30”,36”, 42”, 54” widths and comes equipped for both natural gas and propane gas.
Outdoor Wok/Cooker and Double-Side Burner
Serving delicious stir-fry outdoors just got a lot easier. Viking® introduced a 15” Double-Side Burner and a 24” Outdoor Wok/Cooker to their outdoor line this year. These burners are great additions that transform your outdoor kitchen into a multipurpose cooking space.
The smaller 15” Double-Side Burner gives you the chance to be ready for anything with just the push of a button, and cleanup is a cinch. The individual grease management trays sit under each burner area and the stainless steel ball-bearing roller glides allow the drip tray to pull out easily and remain level when fully extended.
The 24” Outdoor Wok/Cooker features an extremely powerful 27,500 BTU burner that lets you stir-fry large portions and an exclusive center trivet that converts the burner grate for use with large stock pots, perfect for a crab boil. This unit is perfect for anyone who wants to simmer, sauté, or boil in the outdoors. It features push-button ignition and Viking’s® pull out grease tray and drip pan for easy cleanup.
One of the reasons for installing an outdoor kitchen is to minimize the back and forth between your main kitchen and your grilling area. A warming drawer is a great way to store meats and foods that aren’t quite ready to be served but need to be kept warm.
A Viking® Warming Drawer provides versatile moisture control with temperature settings from 90 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easy to proof bread, keep plates warm, or serve hot soup. With a warming drawer dinner is always at the perfect temperature.
Keep your meat and other cookout staples in an outdoor refrigerator. Viking® offers plenty of outdoor refrigeration solutions and also launched their Nugget Ice Machine earlier this year. This 15” model is a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. It can produce up to 80 pounds of finely chipped restaurant-style ice in 24 hours. This machine isn’t just heavy duty but also has user-friendly operation and an LED illuminated bin.
Storage and Cabinets
One thing you should never skimp on in a kitchen design is storage. Whether indoors or outdoors, you will have utensils, plates, and glassware you will want to keep clean and protected. You may think that you don’t need much storage in your outdoor kitchen if you have plenty in your main kitchen. However, just like with refrigeration, adequate storage in your outdoor kitchen will help you reduce stress and keep you from having to run back and forth to the main kitchen while entertaining guests.
Whether you are in the market for a single cabinet or a whole set to outfit your new outdoor grilling setup, Viking® has a great number of storage solutions that will meet anyone's outdoor kitchen needs. Everything from a grill cart to a refrigeration base and pull-out trash cans can be found in Viking’s® Outdoor Carts and Cabinets collection. The cabinets found in this collection are constructed of durable stainless steel and provide the ultimate versatility to help you get just what you want from your outdoor kitchen.
Whether you are simply looking for a great grill or you are thinking of expanding your outdoor dining and cooking area, these terrific products from Viking® will help you to make your dream outdoor kitchen a reality.