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7 Best Roasting Pans In 2022

If you don’t make family-size roasts very often, you might not give much thought to roasting pans outside of the holiday season. These large pans are great for Thanksgiving turkeys or holiday hams, but they’re also highly versatile pieces of cookware that can come in handy in everyday cooking. Roasting pans can be used to roast chicken and vegetables, prepare one-pan meals like lasagna or deep dish pizzas, bake desserts for a crowd, and simmer gravy and pan sauces right on the stovetop.

Here are our top seven roasting pan picks for every kitchen and budget.

  1. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 16-Inch Roasting Pan With Rack

What We Like

  • High-end look and feel
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Looks great

What We Don’t Like

  • Can use on stovetop, but only on low

Introducing the shiny, stainless steel 16-inch roaster by Cuisinart. You’ll love its attractive mirrored finish that looks good enough to go straight from the oven to your dinner table. It’s roomy enough to fit approximately a 20-pound turkey, two small roasting chickens, or a large casserole with room left over for pan sauces. Plus, it fits easily across two stovetop burners—so you can take your roaster and go!

This pan has riveted, contoured handles that provide a sturdy and comfortable grip going in and out of the oven. The tapered rim makes pouring pan juices and gravy less messy, and both the pan and rack are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

This high-end roasting pan is praised for its tri-ply stainless steel construction, which is said to be durable, lightweight, and even heating. A matching stainless steel V-shaped cooking rack is included. Use it to drain roasts, position meat over vegetables, or remove it for added versatility. Mark Jenner, barbeque professional and founder of Food, Fire, Friends, says this roasting pan is his top choice “not only for roasting, but as a carrying device for piping hot BBQ items, a marinade container, and more.”

2. All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roasting Pan

What we like:

  • Excellent heating and performance
  • Flared sides promote heat circulation
  • Upright handles make it easy to move

what we don’t lie:

  • Flared sides make it too uneven for casseroles
  • Expensive

All-Clad’s stainless steel cookware is known for superior heating and cooking performance. Its roasting pan features an aluminum core surrounded by an 18/10 stainless steel exterior and a signature starburst finish on the cooking surface that helps prevent food from sticking. It also offers extra-roomy upright handles for a secure grip moving in and out of the oven and flared sides for optimal heat circulation.

Owners of this skillet say the flared sides produce extra-crisp and evenly browned chicken and turkey skin. Keep in mind, however, that the flared edges make it difficult to contain casseroles or large batches of baked goods, like cornbread or cobblers.

All-Clad’s Roasting Pan features an extra-thick bottom, which ensures even heat distribution, and a stainless steel rack that may be preferable for cooking “flatter” roasts, like spatchcocked poultry, brisket, and whole fish. The pan is available in two sizes and has a flat bottom, so making gravy on the stovetop burner is easy. It’s more expensive than other stainless steel roasting pans, but it’s backed by All-Clad’s lifetime warranty.

3. All-Clad Stainless Steel Nonstick Roasting Pan With Rack

What we like:

  • Nonstick coating is PFOA-free
  • Food releases esily
  • High pan sides minimize splatter

what we don’t like:

  • Nonstick is susceptible to scratches

If you’re a fan of stainless steel cookware but also appreciate the aesthetic of nonstick, this is a great roasting pan for you. It features an 18/10 stainless steel exterior and a PFOA-free nonstick interior. Food releases easily from the surface, and it’s also dishwasher safe.

The Pampered Chef Professional Nonstick Ovenproof Pan is 16 inches long, with up to a 25-pound capacity, and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. It comes with a V-shaped nonstick rack and riveted, upright stainless steel handles for stability and easy lifting of heavy dishes out of the oven. It also has high pan sides to minimize splatters. Nonstick cookware should generally be used with plastic or silicone cooking utensils.

4. Anolon Tri-ply Clad Rectangular Roaster

what we like:

  • Super heavy-duty construction
  • Upright handles are easy to grab
  • Roasting rack is nonstick

what we don’t like:

  • Very heavy, so it may be difficult to lift

This roasting pan is one of the heaviest on our list at 10.5 pounds. If you plan to cook heavy turkeys or large cuts of beef, you may appreciate this pan’s durable strength and sturdiness. The handles are upright and dual riveted, and they are roomy enough so that you can wear oven mitts while gripping them. The rack’s handles also extend well over the edges of the pan, making it easy to remove heavy roasts from the pan.

This roaster has a slightly raised bottom and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. Like similarly constructed stainless steel pans on this list, the Anolon roasting pan distributes heat quickly and evenly.

5.GraniteWare Large Covered Oval Roasting Pan

what we like:

  • Porcelain coated nonstick
  • Lightweight, but sturdy
  • Inexpensive

what we don’t like:

  • Not suitable for stovetop burners
  • Raised bottom might make it more difficult to clean

If you roast infrequently—or only have a few people to feed—this roaster may be a good option for your needs. GraniteWare produces porcelain-coated steel cookware in the USA that is naturally nonstick, so cleanup is a breeze. The roaster is available in both black and blue, although we think blue is the better color choice here.

This roaster is made from stainless steel and is thinner, lighter, and more portable than traditional roasting pans. It has a matching cover that helps add moisture to the meat as it cooks, helping your roast stay juicy. The pan can handle up to 15 pounds with the cover and 20 pounds without.

If you’re planning to make gravy in the same pan as your turkey drippings, plan to work conservatively. The pan has channels on the bottom that might not be conducive to whisking together a lump-free gravy. Food may tend to stick to the raised bottom, so cleanup can be time-consuming.

6.Le Creuset Signature Roaster

what we like:

  • Enameled cast iron retains heat well
  • Perfect for roasting as well as slow-cooking
  • Available in a variety of colors

what we don’t like:

  • Roasting rack not included
  • Heavy
  • On the pricier side

Le Creuset has a line of high-performance enameled cast iron Dutch ovens available in various trendy hues. Its roasting pan is a favorite among bloggers and other food experts for being both durable and attractive and for having superior heat distribution and retention. This roaster has excellent heating performance at both low and high temperatures, making it a multi-functional vessel for low-heat recipes that require slow-cooking, braising, searing, and caramelization.

The roaster comes in several colors, so you can match it to your kitchen decor or other Le Creuset pieces; the pot has a spacious interior and exterior. Besides looking good, it’s easy to clean since enameled cast iron rarely scratches and doesn’t need the same care as bare cast iron. Jessica Formicola, recipe creator and founder of the food blog Savory Experiments, chooses this roaster because of the ease of care. She says it “rarely scratches” and “doesn’t have the same care as bare cast iron.”

This roasting pan is on the heavy side and lacks a cooking rack, which may be a turn-off for some home cooks. This roasting pan is on the expensive end, but Le Creuset owners tend to become devotees, keeping their pieces for a lifetime and even passing them down to younger generations. It is also the fine quality and will probably last you years.

7. Smithey Carbon Steel Round Roaster

what we like:

  • Arrives already seasoned
  • Like cast iron but much lighter
  • Heritage quality

what we don’t like:

  • Expensive
  • Requires special upkeep

If you love the versatility of cast iron but don’t love lugging around a 5-pound roaster, this lightweight steel one from Smithey Ironworks might be more your style. Made from hand-forged carbon steel, the 12-inch roaster weighs just around five pounds on its own, making it easier to lift in and out of the oven. It has a generous cooking surface and can be used directly on the stovetop (including induction), making it easy to transition from searing to oven-roasting. The hand-hammered handles add a charming rustic element and are easy to grip, even with potholders on.

This roaster is one of the most expensive you’ll find, but it’s also one of the most stylish and has heirloom quality. It comes pre-seasoned and will maintain its finish with proper maintenance, so you can use it right away.

What to Look For in a Roasting Pan

Size

When thinking about what size roasting pan you’ll need, think about what you’re going to be roasting. If you want to roast a giant turkey for the holidays, you’ll need a larger pan, but if you’re just planning on roasting smaller dishes like chicken, vegetables, and other foods, a smaller one will suffice. Also, consider how much storage space you have available.

Shape

When buying a roasting pan, consider the shape and design. A pan with sloping sides is easier to use on the stovetop, while one with a raised bottom is better for roasting larger cuts of meat.

Material

When choosing a roaster, you’ll want to think about what materials you prefer. Stainless steel is highly durable and easy to clean, but nonstick cookware may scratch and chip easily, so they require more frequent replacement. Cast iron roasters tend to be heavy, so you may need help lifting them once they’re full of food.

Features

Do you need a roasting rack with your roaster? How about a lid? If not, there are models that come with both. Also, when looking at a pan, check to see what type of handle it has and if you find them comfortable to use.


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