The Best Roasting Pans, According to Our Test Kitchen
Whether you're making a turkey for Thanksgiving or a roasted chicken for a weeknight dinner, a roasting pan is a handy piece of cookware on any day of the year. Not only can you make a whole bird, but roasting pans can also be used for vegetables (and poultry and veggies can often be cooked at the same time for an easy one-pan meal!). To help you find the right roasting pan for your kitchen, we've pulled together this list of the best roasting pans.
Things to Consider When Buying a Roasting Pan
As with any piece of cookware, it's important to consider the material. For this guide, we tested nonstick and stainless-steel roasting pans (we skipped copper roasting pans because beautiful copper cookware tends to be extremely expensive). Both types of materials performed well, but there are a few differences to keep in mind. For instance, a nonstick roasting pan is typically darker than a stainless-steel roasting pan and will conduct heat faster, so you may need to adjust recipe times accordingly. Another thing to consider is cleanup, as a nonstick roasting pan is designed to be, well, nonstick, while a stainless-steel roasting pan may require more effort when cleaning.
Most roasting pans also come with a rack, which helps promote air circulation and even cooking on all sides of your roast. While some of the products on this list feature a roasting pan and rack made from the same material, others are a combination with a nonstick roasting pan and a stainless-steel rack or vice versa, so keep that in mind.
Shape and Size
In addition to the material, you'll also want to consider the shape and size of your roasting pan. Most of the roasting pans on this list are rectangular, but a roasting pan can also be oval. Roasting pans also come in a variety of sizes, so you'll want to make sure you have one that can fit everything you're interested in cooking (for example, if you're cooking a 20-pound turkey, you'll want a larger roasting pan). Another thing to keep in mind is the rack (if the roasting pan comes with one). Some racks feature upright handles, which add to the overall height of the pan. While you shouldn't have any issue fitting the roasting pan and rack in a standard-sized oven, you may need to adjust the height of your oven racks so everything fits without hitting your oven's broiler (an issue that came up during our testing). It's best to test the fit before you preheat the oven as it's safer to move oven racks when they are cool.
Best Roasting Pans
This is our list of the best roasting pans. Each roasting pan (and rack, if it was included) was tested by cooking bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, potatoes and onions together. We tested the chicken thighs on top of the rack with the vegetables underneath as you would if you were roasting a whole bird.