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Best Roasting Pan

Whether you're cooking up a turkey for a holiday meal or a roast for a family dinner, a specialized roasting pan will help you get the job done. These pans are deeper than most other baking pans and some of them can be moved from the oven to the stovetop in case you're making gravy. Some pans are lidless, giving plenty of vertical space, while others come with high domed lids that trap the juices inside and prevent meats from drying out.

Baking pans come in a number of different materials. Steel pans are sturdy, inexpensive, and lightweight, though they may require some extra care because most have non-stick coatings that can be damaged by metal utensils. Ceramic, stoneware, and porcelain pans are heavy duty, incredibly strong, and usually safe to use with metal utensils, but some of them can be a hassle to clean. Foil pans are designed for one use only and, while they are cheap, aren't the most sturdy pans out there, which means you'll have to be extra careful taking your meal out of the oven.

Granite Ware Covered Rectangular Roaster

Granite Ware is one of the best names in covered roasting pans, and this company produces some of the strongest, most durable pans on the market. The Granite Ware Covered Rectangle Roaster is a large roasting pan that's roomy enough for a 25 pound turkey. The pan has a steel core and a non-stick porcelain surface that won't be damaged by metal utensils. The handles are incredibly strong and will support the full weight of the pan, even when it's full. When it's time to clean up, food slides right off the non-stick surface and the entire pan can be placed in the dishwasher.

WMF Stainless Steel Deep Oval Roasting Pan

The WMF Stainless Steel Deep Oval Roasting Pan is an attractive pan made from cromargan stainless steel. The steel is 18 percent chrome, which adds to its strength, and 10 percent nickel, which makes it shine like silver. The bottom of the pan, and the flat top of the lid have also been designed for use on the stove top as well as in the oven. This makes it easy to roast a turkey and then cook a batch of fresh gravy with the drippings without changing pans. When dinner is over, the pan can even be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Fox Run Stainless Steel Oval Roaster With Rack And High Domed Lid

The roomy Fox Run Stainless Steel Oval Roaster With Rack And High Domed Lid is a great high covered roasting pan for those on a budget. This pan is 16 inches long by 11.5 inches wide and features a high lid that makes it very roomy inside. It's made out of stainless steel that's not particularly thick so it isn't too heavy. Though it's lightweight, this pan is quite sturdy and is made to last for years with occasional use. It also comes with a roasting rack to keep the roast away from the drippings. When cleaning this pan, you'll want to be sure to dry it thoroughly because water droplets can damage the steel.

T-Fal High Domed Covered Roaster

Nonstick inside and out, the T-Fal High Domed Covered Roaster is easy to cook with and easy to clean. The non-stick coating is on the inside and the outside, so baked-on food slides right off when it't time to clean up. The rack, base, and lid are also all dishwasher safe. The pan is large enough to hold a 25 pound turkey, and has stainless steel handles riveted into the sides that make it easy to lift. It also comes with a roasting rack that holds meat above the drippings. This pan can handle high temperatures of up to 500 degrees in the oven.

Vinaroz Stainless Steel Oval Roaster with Rack and High Lid

With a 9-quart capacity and a high domed lid that's 9 inches high, the Vinaroz Stainless Steel Oval Roaster with Rack and High Lid is a great choice when it comes to high covered roasting pans. This pan comes with a removable rack that keeps your roast out of the way of drippings and strong stainless steel handles that make it easy to carry, even when it's full. It's also safe to use in the oven or on the stovetop so there's no need to change pans if you're making gravy. The high-quality steel is rust and stain resistant, and won't be damaged by metal utensils.

Handifoil Lift Rack Handle Pan

Handifoil Lift Rack Handle Pan

The Handifoil Lift Rack Handle Pan has earned its spot as the Best Disposable Roasting Pan because it is strong and easy to carry. This pan is large enough to contain a medium-sized turkey, which makes it ideal for most home cooks. The handles are attached to a low roasting rack, and can lock down onto the pan for secure carrying. Once the roast is ready, the handles can be unlocked and then used to lift the roasting rack and the roast out of the pan, making it easy to transport the meal to a serving tray. Though the handles lock onto the sides of the pan, you should still take care when moving the pan in and out of the oven.

Handifoil KING Roaster

Handifoil KING Roaster

If you're cooking an extra-large turkey for a family gathering, you'll need a large roasting pan to cook it in. The Handifoil KING Roaster has been specially designed to accommodate the largest birds, and is study enough that it won't bend under the weight of a 25+ pound turkey. Handifoil makes these roasters in rectangular or oval shapes, though oval is generally preferred because it fits more snuggly around the outside of the turkey. They also come with handles so you'll have something to hold onto when you're taking a beautifully cooked meal out of the oven. This pan doesn't come with a roasting rack, so you'll want to make sure to have it on hand to keep your roast out of the drippings.

Bake-N-Take Aluminum Roaster with Lid

Bake-N-Take Aluminum Roaster with Lid

At 13 inches long by 11 inches wide, the Bake-N-Take Aluminum Roaster with Lid is large enough to hold a medium-sized turkey. This pan is sturdy enough to hold up under the weight of a big meal, though it's a good idea to support it from the bottom when moving it into or out of the oven. After dinner, leftovers can be put back in the pan and covered with the clear plastic lid that comes with the pan. This way they can be stashed in the fridge for later or sent home with a lucky relative. Since this pan doesn't come with a roasting rack, you'll want to be sure to have one on hand so the turkey doesn't sit in the drippings.

Hefty EZ Foil Oval Roaster

Hefty EZ Foil Oval Roaster

Hefty is one of the leading names in disposable bakeware, and the Hefty EZ Foil Oval Roaster lives up to the company's reputation for making reliable, inexpensive products. This roaster is large enough to roast a medium-sized turkey and cheap enough to throw in the recycling bin when you're done. Since it doesn't come with handles, you'll want to take care to support the bottom of this pan when you're putting dinner into, or taking it out of the oven. You'll also need a roasting rack since this roaster doesn't come with one. Hefty does, however, include a matching lid that turns this roasting pan into a container for leftovers once dinner is done. Hefty also makes a rectangular-shaped roaster.

Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Roaster with V-Shape Rack

The Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Roaster with Rack is our favorite roasting pan because it is one of the most versatile pans on the market. It's made from steel that's coated with enamel that won't chip, scratch, or stain. This pan is ideal for roasting all kinds of meat, and at 16.75 by 13.25 inches, it's large enough to hold a turkey or goose for a holiday meal. The roasting rack fits perfectly over the pan, which has wide handles that are easy to get a solid grip on. Once the roast is done cooking, the pan can be moved straight to the stovetop, where the drippings can be cooked into a gravy with no need for to dirty another pot. When dinner's over, the pan and the rack clean up quickly and easily by hand or in the dishwasher.

Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad Pro Stainless 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster with Rack

One of our favorite roasting pans is the Cuisinart 16 inch Roasting Pan with Rack. The pan and rack are both made from stainless steel, which distributes heat quickly and evenly. At 16 inches, this pan is big enough for a turkey, chicken, or large roast, making it useful for holiday celebrations or everyday family dinners. The surface of the roasting pan can stick to food, so it's a good idea pour out the drippings while they're still hot. This way they won't stick to the sides. The roasting rack itself won't stick to meats, however, so it's easy to clean when dinner is over.

Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack

The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roasting Pan with Rack is a great roasting pan made by a company that's one of the leading names in bakeware. This pan is made of tri-ply aluminum, a material that's prized by professional chefs because is transfers heat incredibly quickly. The low sides allow air to circulate freely around the entire roast, ensuring even cooking and decreasing the chances of burning. The entire set cleans up easily and can be put in the dishwasher after dinner, though it will last longer if you wash it by hand with warm water and soap.

Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Roast & Broil Pan with Rack

Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Roast & Broil Pan with Rack

For a heavy duty roasting pan with a superior non-stick coating, take a look at the Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Roast & Broil Pan with Rack. Unlike many roasting pans, which are made of stainless steel or enamel, this one is made from a heavy duty aluminized steel coated with a special material that won't stick to food. The inside of the pan is reinforced with wire rods and folded corners that keep the pan from bending or warping. The rack is also non stick, so a chicken or roast will slide easily onto the serving plate when it's time to eat.

All-Clad Roasters Stainless Collection Multi Tier Roaster

All-Clad Roasters Stainless Collection Multi Tier Roaster

Loop-shaped handles that are riveted into a solid stainless steel body make the All-Clad Roasters Stainless Collection Multi Tier Roaster easy to carry. The steel is 18 percent chrome, which makes it very durable, and 10 percent nickel, which gives it a high shine that makes it look like silver. This pan is quite large, and since it has multiple tiers, it's possible to roast meat and veggies with the same dish. The 2.5 inch deep pan is also plenty deep to catch all the drippings so you can make homemade gravy to go with dinner. The roasting pan and racks disassemble quickly and are easy to clean.

Crystal Beran
Crystal Beran has spent the past 10 years immersed in the exciting and delicious world of food and drink. She has honed her cooking skills as a baker, a caterer, and a personal chef, and currently spends a good deal of her time training the next generation of young chefs. Her work as a wine steward has helped her to develop a discerning palate and a love of excellent wines from all over the world. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to visit wineries in Northern California, Tanzania, France, and Italy. In her spare time, she brews beer and invents delectable dishes to share with friends, family, and students.
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