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Best turkey roasting pan: for the perfect Christmas dinner

Prepare for the holidays with the best turkey roasting pans from All Clad, Made In, De Buyer and more

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A perfectly roasted turkey is the key to a standout Christmas dinner, so it's essential to invest in the best turkey roasting pan for the big day. A turkey roasting pan needs to be large enough to cater to the entire family, and sturdy enough to support the heftiest bird you can find. A well-designed model will also provide perfect heat distribution to keep your turkey meat moist and tender. 

Featuring major brands such as De Buyer and Made In, our guide includes a mix of the best turkey roasting pans we've tried, and a few that we're working on reviewing in the next few months, but which come highly recommended by users and professionals alike. 

Unlike the best Dutch ovens, these turkey roasting pans are made of steel and designed to be used without a lid, to achieve that perfect crispy skin. There is a mix of carbon steel and stainless steel pans, with a number of options that we'd be proud to display on our table come Christmas Day.

The best turkey roasting pans for Christmas

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1. Made In Blue Carbon Steel Roasting Pan

The best turkey roasting pan for most people

Specifications

Item weight: 5.56 lbs
Shape: Rectangular
Baking cooking surface: Nonstick
Features: Carbon steel build, rack included
Care & Cleaning: Hand Wash, requires seasoning, oven safe to 1200F

Reasons to buy

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Large enough for a 12lb turkey
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Rack included for stovetop sauces
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Safe up to 1200-degrees

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only

Bring on big family roasts, turkeys, hams, and more with this super functional and easy handling Made In Blue Carbon Steel Roasting Pan.

We love how this model proves you don't have to break the bank for the best turkey roasting pan, and the carbon steel design will ensure that you can use it for years to come - once it's been seasoned, that is.

When we tested the Made In Blue Carbon Steel Roasting Pan it seriously wowed us with its lightweight design and naturally nonstick carbon steel build. It also claims to be oven safe up to an astounding 1200F.

This versatile turkey roasting pan can be used in more ways than one; sure, it will cook your Thanksgiving turkey, but it's also suitable for large cuts of meat and poultry on any night. Featuring a reversible rack, this pan keeps food from falling, and creates a crisp, even brown layer. You can even transfer it to the stovetop to make trivet sauces using your turkey juices. 

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2. De Buyer Affinity Stainless Steel Roasting Pan

The best premium turkey roasting pan

Specifications

Item weight: 5lbs
Shape: Rectangle
Baking cooking surface: Stainless Steel
Features: Sturdy riveted handles, flared edges
Care & Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe, rounded corners for cleaning

Reasons to buy

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A stunning option for stove-to-table
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Very large and deep build
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Dishwasher-safe design

Reasons to avoid

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No rack included

The De Buyer Affinity Stainless Steel Roasting Pan is an expensive choice that's worthy of the center spot on your Thanksgiving table. Made of multilayered steel with a bright and shiny exterior but brushed, matt interior, we felt that everything about this product screamed of high quality. 

One of our favorite features was the riveted handles which will ensure you're always confident when lifting your turkey in and out of your oven. We also loved the curved edges and rounded corners, ensuring that the build is fluid enough for pouring without being tricky to clean. And when it does come to cleaning, the dishwasher-safe design will make sure that it's always looking good as new. 

Most importantly, we were wowed by the capacity of this roasting tray, which is 16 inches in length and very deep. It doesn't come with a rack for catching drippings, but you could easily add one from any good homeware store if you wish. For large show-stopping meals, look no further.

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

The best large turkey roasting pan

Specifications

Item weight: 8lbs
Shape: Rectangular
Baking cooking surface: Stainless Steel
Features: Oven-safe up to 600F
Care & cleaning: Dishwasher-safe, with a lifetime warranty

Reasons to buy

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Heavy-duty stainless steel
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A non-stick roasting rack is ultra-durable
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Warp-resistant strength

Reasons to avoid

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Not compatible with induction stovetops

The All-Clad large roaster with a rack is an essential buy for those looking to cook a larger-sized turkey. With the capacity to hold up to 25 pounds, the heavy-duty stainless-steel model is ultra-durable. 

This turkey roasting pan is exceptional for holiday cooking but also could work on a regular basis. Suitable for use with electric and gas stoves, the lidless model has a V-shaped nonstick rack that promotes even heating and makes it easy to collect natural juices. Plus, when not in use it will safely and seamlessly store in any cabinet or shelf due to its smart shape. 

As we previously mentioned, the stainless steel construction gives this roasting pan a strong, durable base that's elevated with tall V-shaped sides to prevent spilling and upright handles to ensure secure holding. With wrap-resistant strength and a polished finish, it is a terrific investment for anyone. 

Cuisinart Chef's Classic 16-Inch Stainless Steel Roaster

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4. Cuisinart Chef's Classic 16-Inch Stainless Steel Roaster

The best turkey roasting pan under $100

Specifications

Item weight: 16-inch rectangular
Shape: 1 piece
Cooking surface: Stainless steel
Features: Riveted handles, curved rack
Care & cleaning: Dishwasher-safe

Reasons to buy

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Evenly distributes heat
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Stainless steel construction
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Holds up to a 20lb turkey

Reasons to avoid

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Roasting rack looks a little flimsy

When it comes to the Cuisinart Chef's Classic 16-inch Stainless Steel Roaster, versatility reigns supreme. This turkey roasting pan is sensational for Thanksgiving use, but will also come in handy when used in day-to-day life. Users can cook meat or kinds of pasta, large roasts, and casseroles anytime, anywhere. 

With its stainless steel construction, like All-Clad's roasting pan, this model also fits into standard ovens and can hold a turkey up to 20lbs. 

The solid cast stainless steel side handles are contoured for comfort and balance and riveted for strength. Its durable construction is microwavable-safe and Includes a U-shaped stainless steel rack. With a lifetime warranty guaranteed, it's a low-lift risk when opting for this roasting pan. 

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5. Anolon Triply Clad Stainless Steel Roaster

The best turkey roasting pan for affordable quality

Specifications

Item weight: 10.54lbs
Shape: 20.3 x 16 x 5.95 inches
Cooking surface: Stainless steel
Features : Three-ply with an aluminum core
Care & cleaning: Dishwasher-safe

Reasons to buy

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Durable three-ply construction
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Aluminum Core
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Easy grip handles

Reasons to avoid

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Handles for the roasting rack are small

There's a lot to love about the Anolon Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel roaster, but primarily that it prides itself on optimal heat distribution and comfort. 

Compared to most turkey roasting pans, this model is broiler and oven safe up to 500-degrees, higher than the rest. With a nonstick roasting rack to release roasts effortlessly, we also are privy to the easy-lift handles.  

This turkey roasting pan features durable triple-layer construction, with an aluminum core surrounded by layers of stainless steel for optimal heat distribution; ideal for all stovetops, including induction. With comfortable stainless steel handles (for long-lasting durability and comfort) with stain-proof stainless steel rivets. 

How to pick the best turkey roasting pan

It's not that finding a turkey roasting pan is difficult, the issue is finding one that's worthwhile and lives up to your expectation. Finding the 'best' model boils down to nothing more than what your specific needs are and will be. 

For instance, if you are hosting a larger-sized family fathering over the holidays, you'll want to consider the thickness of the roasting pan's walls and the height of its handles. This ensures that you can maintain a firm grip when putting the turkey in and taking it out of the oven. 

What size turkey roasting pan do I need? 

  • A small (14-inch) roasting pan works for birds up to 12 pounds.
  • A medium (16-inch) roasting pan is ideal for birds up to 16 pounds.
  • A large (18-inch) roasting pan can fit turkeys up to 20 pounds.

What type of turkey roasting pan is best? 

The most important factor when selecting the best turkey roasting pan is finding the proper type of material. Most roasting pans are made of copper or stainless steel. These materials are durable and remain light enough to get the turkey in-and-out of the oven. 

Our top pick is made of carbon steel, which is oven-safe to high temperatures and resembles cast iron with its seasoned exterior to bake in flavor. 

Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances, such as the best kettles, and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. When she's not putting products through their paces in our dedicated testing kitchen, Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own day-to-day life.