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Oven vs. Grill: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on January 8, 2024
An oven is an enclosed space for baking or roasting, while a grill is an open device for cooking food over direct heat.
Oven vs. Grill

Key Differences

An oven is a kitchen appliance with a thermally insulated chamber used for baking, roasting, and, in some cases, broiling. It operates by surrounding food with hot air to cook it evenly. On the other hand, a grill is designed for cooking food directly over a heat source, typically fire or hot coals, imparting a distinct charred flavor.
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Ovens often use electric or gas heat sources, with the heat radiating from the top and/or bottom and circulating within the enclosed space. Grills, conversely, are primarily powered by charcoal, wood, or gas, with the heat coming directly from below the food.
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Ovens are suited for a variety of cooking methods including baking, roasting, and sometimes broiling. Food cooked in an oven may have a consistent texture and flavor. Grills are best for searing, smoking, and barbecuing, adding a smoky flavor and charred texture to foods due to direct exposure to flames.
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Ovens are versatile, allowing for a wide range of recipes from breads to casseroles. They are essential for baking and can handle delicate cooking processes. Grills are ideal for outdoor cooking and are favored for preparing meats, vegetables, and fish, especially when a charred or smoky flavor is desired.
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Ovens are typically enclosed units, either standalone or built into kitchen cabinetry, with a door to retain heat. Grills are generally open structures with a grate positioned over the heat source and are often portable for outdoor use.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Baking and roasting
Direct heat cooking
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Heat Source

Electric or gas
Charcoal, wood, or gas
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Flavor Profile

Consistent, even cooking
Smoky, charred taste
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Structure

Enclosed space
Open with a grate
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Cooking Techniques

Baking, roasting, broiling
Searing, smoking, barbecuing
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Oven and Grill Definitions

Oven

A device used to maintain a specific temperature for scientific or industrial processes.
The samples were incubated in the lab oven overnight.
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Grill

A cooking device with a rack for grilling food over heat.
They grilled burgers on the outdoor grill for the picnic.
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Oven

A kitchen appliance for baking or roasting food.
She baked the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes.
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Grill

A metal framework used for cooking food over an open fire.
He placed the vegetables on the grill to char them slightly.
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Oven

A chamber for heating, drying, or hardening substances.
The pottery was hardened in a special oven.
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Grill

A restaurant specializing in food cooked on a grill.
They went to a steak grill for dinner.
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Oven

A furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks.
The bricks were fired in a high-temperature oven.
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Grill

A part of a stove with a built-in grill for cooking.
She used the stove's grill to make grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Oven

An enclosed compartment, as in a kitchen range, for cooking and heating food.
He preheated the oven to 350 degrees for the pizza.
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Grill

To broil on a gridiron.
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Oven

A chamber or enclosed compartment for heating, baking, or roasting food, as in a stove, or for firing, baking, hardening, or drying objects, as in a kiln.
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Grill

To torture or afflict as if by broiling.
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Oven

A chamber used for baking or heating.
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Grill

(Informal) To question relentlessly; cross-examine.
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Oven

(colloquial) A very hot place.
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Grill

To mark or emboss with a gridiron.
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Oven

To cook in an oven
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Grill

A cooking surface of parallel metal bars; a gridiron.
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Oven

A place arched over with brick or stonework, and used for baking, heating, or drying; hence, any structure, whether fixed or portable, which may be heated for baking, drying, etc.; esp., now, a chamber in a stove, used for baking or roasting.
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Grill

Food cooked by broiling or grilling.
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Oven

Kitchen appliance used for baking or roasting
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Grill

An informal restaurant or a room in a restaurant where grilled foods are served. Also called grillroom.
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Grill

A series of marks grilled or embossed on a surface.
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Grill

Variant of grille.
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Grill

A grating; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
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Grill

The criss-cross pieces that separate panes of glass in a window.
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Grill

On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
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Grill

(UK) A cooking device comprising a source of radiative heat and a means of holding food under it; a broiler in US English
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Grill

(US) A cooking device comprising a source of radiative and convective heat and a means of holding food above it; a barbecue.
I put some peppers and mushrooms on the grill to go with dinner.
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Grill

Food (designed to be) cooked on a grill.
A packet of frozen cauliflower cheese grills
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Grill

A grillroom; a restaurant serving grilled food.
These coupons will get you a discount at Johnny's Bar and Grill.
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Grill

(colloquial) A type of jewelry worn on the front teeth.
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Grill

The front teeth regarded collectively.
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Grill

Deliberate misspelling of girl
R u a grill?
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Grill

(obsolete) Harm.
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Grill

(transitive) To cook (food) on a grill; to barbecue.
Why don't we get together Saturday and grill some burgers?
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Grill

To cook food under the element of a stove or only under the top element of an oven – (US) broil, (cooking) salamander.
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Grill

To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
The police grilled him about his movements at the time of the crime.
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Grill

To feel very hot; to swelter.
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Grill

(transitive) To stamp or mark with a grill.
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Grill

To make angry; provoke; offend, incite.
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Grill

To terrify; make tremble.
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Grill

To tremble; shiver.
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Grill

To snarl; snap.
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Grill

(obsolete) Harsh, rough, severe; cruel.
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Grill

A gridiron.
[They] make grills of [wood] to broil their meat.
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Grill

That which is broiled on a gridiron, as meat, fish, etc.
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Grill

A figure of crossed bars with interstices, such as those sometimes impressed upon postage stamps.
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Grill

A grillroom.
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Grill

To broil on a grill or gridiron.
Boiling of men in caldrons, grilling them on gridirons.
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Grill

To torment, as if by broiling.
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Grill

To stamp or mark with a grill.
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Grill

To undergo the process of being grilled, or broiled; to broil.
He had grilled in the heat, sweated in the rains.
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Grill

A restaurant where food is cooked on a grill
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Grill

A framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate;
He cooked hamburgers on the grill
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Grill

Cook over a grill;
Grill the sausages
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Grill

A dish of food, especially meat, cooked using a grill.
The grill served up the best barbecued ribs in town.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How does a grill work?

Cooks food directly over a heat source, typically open flames.
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Is an oven necessary for baking?

Yes, it provides the consistent, controlled heat needed for baking.
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Can you bake in a grill?

Not ideal; grills are meant for direct heat cooking.
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What's a convection oven?

An oven that uses a fan to circulate hot air for faster, more even cooking.
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What is an oven?

An enclosed appliance for baking, roasting, and broiling food.
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How do you clean an oven?

Use oven cleaners or baking soda and vinegar for deep cleaning.
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Are ovens and grills safe for all foods?

Yes, but cooking methods and results differ significantly.
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What foods are best for grilling?

Meats, vegetables, and fish benefit from the smoky flavor of grilling.
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How long can you leave a grill on?

Depends on the cooking needs, but never leave it unattended.
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Can grills be used indoors?

Generally no, due to smoke and fire hazards, unless it's an indoor grill model.
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What's the difference in fuel for ovens and grills?

Ovens typically use electricity or gas, while grills use charcoal, wood, or gas.
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Can you grill in bad weather?

It's not recommended due to safety concerns.
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Do ovens have a self-cleaning feature?

Many modern ovens do, using high temperatures to burn off residues.
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What's the best way to light a grill?

Using a lighter designed for grills, following safety instructions.
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Can you use aluminum foil on a grill?

Yes, but with caution to avoid blocking air flow and causing flare-ups.
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Can ovens be portable?

Some smaller models can be, but standard kitchen ovens are not.
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How do you maintain a grill?

Regular cleaning and checking for wear, especially the grates and burners.
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What's a smoker grill?

A type of grill designed for smoking food at low temperatures.
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Is preheating an oven necessary?

Yes, for most recipes to ensure even cooking.
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Are there different types of ovens?

Yes, including conventional, convection, and microwave ovens.
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