If you only have one kind of baking tray in your kitchen cupboard, make it a rimmed baking sheet. Why? Because it is arguably the most versatile (and plain old useful) variety you can own. What sets it apart, as its name suggests, is the rim that works its way around the perimeter. And that feature isn’t decorative, but rather extremely practical. From baking cookies to roasting mountains of carrots to catching any overflow from a deep-dish apple pie, it’s got you covered.
Usually made from steel, it is hefty enough to allow for long cook times without scorching foods but light enough to allow for proper browning when desired. But the exact gauge of that metal can transform the results much the same way it can in a saute pan. Not only does it change the cooking itself, but the best designs resist warping during temperature changes.
To get you baking or broiling like a pro, we’ve rounded up our four favorite models available on Amazon.
1. Calphalon Nonstick Baking Sheet
Crafted from heavy-gauge steel that won’t warp at high temperatures and cooks evenly, Calphalon’s baking sheets are simple but well designed. The duo has a non-stick coating that makes clean up a breeze and tackling messy jobs like homemade toffee or candy much more feasible. Even whole pieces of delicate fish will slip off effortlessly when roasted. Measuring 12 inches wide and 17 inches long, these models are plenty spacious so food can heat through properly without overcrowding. And if you’re a baker, consider using them to make tender sheet cakes.
2. USA Pan Large Baking Sheet
If you need to tackle big cooking jobs, this sheet fits the bill. Measuring 14 inches wide and 20 inches long, it is large enough to roast or bake just about anything. And while its generous size is a major reason why it’s on this list, it’s not the only one. This model also comes with a non-stick cooking rack that fits neatly within. When most people think cooling racks, they think baking––specifically cookies––and though this sheet can most definitely be used for that, it can also be used to cook a spatchcocked chicken keeping the bird above the collecting juices beneath. Ditto for a hearty meatloaf where you want to develop a deep crust without a soggy bottom layer.
3. Nordic Ware Natural Commercial Baker’s Sheet
Most of the models on our list are crafted from stainless steel. While that’s an excellent choice of material, it’s not the only option as proven by this two-piece set from Nordic Ware which is forged from aluminum. Just as durable, aluminum has the upper hand when it comes to heat conductivity and absorbs it much faster than most other metals to create superb browning. Measuring just shy of 18 inches long and 13 inches wide, it is naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. Its dimensions also make it compatible for use with parchment paper or silicone baking mats for easier cleanup.
4. Circulon Nonstick Baking Sheets
No one wants to spend more time than necessary cleaning the kitchen. Enter Circulon. This world-renowned outfit’s rimmed sheets are nonstick, and the design features raised circles that help home cooks easily remove baked goods without leaving behind any caked-on debris. This means that cleanup is a breeze. They also sport warp-resistant rolled edges for added strength and wide handles to ensure a comfy grip. Not to mention, they look good, too. This two-piece set sports an elegant merlot hue that sets it apart from standard-issue kitchen fare.