If you’re a home cook or a self-taught chef, kitchen terminology can be tricky. What many of us call ‘stewing’ is more accurately described as braising (searing, sautéing, or light frying simmering in a covered pot). Similarly, we often say grilling/roasting when we mean broiling.
To broil effectively, you cook your food on high, radiant, direct heat, flipping the food at least once so that it cooks evenly on both sides. You can do this on a flaming grill, inside an oven, or even in a microwave. So let’s state by exploring the best broiler pan for cooktop broiling.
1. Granite Ware 3 Piece Set Broil Pan
Three-in-one deals always feel like massive savings, but they often have a catch. For example, your ‘bundled price’ may end up being more than three individual pans. In this case, the Granite Ware bundle is more about practicality than pricing. The 3-pan set includes a broiler pan, baking pan, and grilling pan, each with a separate style and structure based on its function.
All three pans measure 11 inches by 9 inches. The deepest tray is 2 inches deep and has a solid bottom. The middle tray is perforated with small drainage holes while the top tray is a grate with parallel railings. Depending on the culinary task at hand, you can stack all three layers or you can alternate the layers you need. Two pans have a carbon steel pan with non-stick coating.
The non-stick surface is made of porcelain enamel with no PFOAs or PTFE. The coating is bonded to the metal at 2,000°F so it won’t melt or flake in the oven. It’s referred to as ‘inert glass’ because it won’t leach any metallic taste into your food. The solid pans can be used for both meat and veggies. The grate is better for meat, fish, and poultry.
- This is a three-pan set so you get maximum versatility.
- It’s a US-made brand of cookware.
- It has zero toxins in its non-stick coating.
- Despite the sturdiness of the porcelain enamel coating, if you drop the pans or bang them around, the porcelain can break or crack from the physical impact.
2. GE Part Number WB48X10056 Broiler Pan
If you opt for a perforated grate or a solid metal tray, you’ll need to find makeshift accessories around the house. You may find yourself repurposing your microwave grate, barbeque grill, or even an old TV antenna, and none of that is ideal. GE resolves this challenge by selling you two separate pieces bundles into one. The bottom pan is solid while the top pan has ridged slits.
The two pans weigh a combined 3.64 pounds and are 3 inches deep. They measure 18.2 inches by 15.7 inches. This isn’t a slip-in slip-out broiler pan though. It’s designed for hood ranges, so it needs some technical skills to mount, even if it’s going to be a DIY installation. That’s why the pans both have small holes so you can screw or drill them into place.
That said, the edges are sufficiently smooth so you can use them as loose pans in your oven or BBQ grill. You can also use them as cooling trays for your baked or grilled goods. The pans spread heat evenly, but they heat up and cool down slowly, so allow enough time for preheating and don’t handle the pan until it has cooled completely. The pan is made of carbon steel.
Broiler pans don’t generally need seasoning because they have drainage holes to reduce the mess. These GE pans work equally well as screwed-on range pans or loose oven grates.
- This set contains a separate broiler pan and drainage rack.
- It’s a large fit at roughly 18 inches by 16 inches and 3 inches deep.
- This is a replacement part, but it’s genuine OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).
- Because it’s a replacement part, you need to double-check your oven dimensions to be sure it fits snugly.
3. Nordic Ware Non-Stick Broiler Pan
When you’re shopping for a ribbed pan – whether it’s a broiler pan or a grill pan – the height of the ridges is important. Higher peaks and deeper troughs mean less of your food is immersed in oils and juices while it cooks, so your results will be healthier and less greasy. This pair of pans has 0.75-inch ridges. The troughs drain into a row of holes on the side of the pan.
This is convenient for clean-up because the pans have wide lips, so you can easily tilt the pan to drain excess fluids. This could be cumbersome for baking or grilling, but because you have to turn your food mid-broil, it provides a quick-draining option before every food flip. The pair of pans has 3-ply constructions with a carbon steel core and aluminum above and below.
The aluminum facilitates quick, efficient heating while the carbon steel retains heat for even broiling. The aluminum is topped by a non-stick layer so you don’t need to season your pan. The pair of pans weighs 2.24 pounds in total. They’re dishwasher-safe so maintenance is a cinch. Be careful though – the positioning of the drainage can sometimes cause spills and grease fires.
Nordic Ware broiler pans come in a pair – one with holes and ridges, one without. They comprise carbon steel sandwiched between aluminum and topped with non-stick coating.
- The pan measures 15 inches by 10 inches and is 1 inch deep.
- It’s a multipurpose pan that can broil and bake.
- The broad edges make the pan easier to carry and maneuver.
- The positioning of the drainage holes reduces your cooking surface by nearly an inch on all sides, so realistically speaking, you’re getting ‘less pan’ for your money.
4. Norpro 12 Inch Broiler Pan
Broiler pans often resemble the grates that come with your original oven. Meaning they’re mostly black and streamlines, or stainless steel with parallel evenly spaced rods. NorPro put a slight twist on this design template. The pans are made of glossy stainless steel so they have a pretty silvery tone. And instead of ridges, the upper pan has a series of symmetrical troughs.
There are over 40 troughs in the pan, and each one has raised sides and a center hole to efficiently cook and drain your food. The top tray – the one with the troughs – also has a convenient triangular loop where you can hang your tray or hook it onto a rotisserie. These NorPro grates measure 12 inches by 9 inches and are 1.5 inches at their deepest point.
That said, the corners are deeply rounded and that eats into your broiling surface. It’s a stainless steel pan, and stainless steel is less conductive than cast iron or carbon steel, so this is best for thinly sliced cuts and dishes that need quick cooking at low, even temperatures. These typically include fish, ribs, and vegetables. You can also use this pair of pans to steam your food.
Nordic Ware broiler pans are visually distinct from other pans in their class. This is largely due to their silvery silhouette and trough-like ridges. The brand is best for seafood and veggies.
- The pan set is made of glossy stainless steel.
- The troughs in the top pan allow for easy drainage.
- Both pans have wide lips for easy handling and reduced spillage.
- Because the ‘borders’ of the pans are so wide and rounded, you’ll end up with a smaller pan than expected. It’s the right size, but a good chunk of the cooking surface is wasted.
5. Range Kleen 2 pice Broiler Pans
Glossy pans are popular in some quarters, but other home chefs prefer traditionally-styled pans in black. Range Kleen broiler pans offer a bit of both. The pans come in a pair and are made of black (carbon) steel with a porcelain non-stick coat. This is a US-based brand that can withstand high cooking temperatures over 1,000°F. And you can clean it in the dishwasher.
This broiler has a generous cooking surface that’s over 16 inches long and over 12 inches wide. The depth of the two pans is 1.6 inches. Instead of perforated holes, the top grate has elliptical slits at the bottom of every trough. This provides a wider drainage surface. And because each ridge tapers into a hole, your broiled food drains effortlessly and efficiently. It weighs 3lbs.
Like many two-pan broiling sets, this one can be repurposed for steaming. Fill the solid tray with boiling water and arrange your food in the slit grate. The slits will allow steam through to cook your food. But even without the water, this broiler pan is the perfect size, shape, and texture for broiling grilling, baking, or roasting ribs. It sometimes warps when you use it dry though.
- It can withstand extreme oven temperatures of up to 1025°F.
- The two-piece set can be used for broiling and baking.
- Range Kleen offers an enlarged broiling surface of 16.25 inches by 12.5 inches.
- It’s a good idea to keep some liquid in the lower pan, whether it’s water for steaming or marinade for basting. Yes, the pan can take the heat (up 1,035°F) but it sometimes warps if you use it dry.
6. Frigidaire Range/Stove/Oven Broiler Pan
Anyone that has ever bought electronics has bumped into the limited warranty problem. You may find – for example – that your cooker has a 10-year warranty but your broiler pan is limited to a year. Meaning it will soon need replacement. Frigidaire makes original replacement grills that can fit any of its brands, and this version comes in gorgeous blue steel.
The two-tray set measures 15.8 inches by 12.6 inches and is 2.3 inches deep. The top tray has 24 troughs arranged in two columns. Each trough sinks into a long elliptical slip, forming a natural drainage path for the fats and juices in your food. This pathway guarantees a healthier, less greasy cooking result. You can use this pan set as a sliding broiler tray, but it has screw holes.
This means you’ll have to watch some videos and read the assembly instructions carefully. The pan sometimes gets stained during use, but it’s safe up to 500°F in the oven. But at 2.5 pounds, it’s lighter than it looks. Visually, the bright color on the package is the same as the tray. That’s sometimes an issue with colorful products, but in this case, the hue stays true.
Frigidaire replacement broiler pans have an attractive appearance and generous proportions. They can withstand typical oven temperatures of 500°F but are lightweight so they might warp.
- The broiler pan is compatible with multiple Frigidaire models.
- The speckled blue steel finish is quite attractive.
- It’s a replacement part but it holds the manufacturer’s OEM guarantee.
- Because it’s customized for Frigidaire, you’ll have to double-check the size and fit if you have a different oven brand.
7. Sur La Table Stainless Steel Broiler Pan
In case you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, ‘sur la table’ is French for ‘on the table’. So you might think this is a stovetop pan. It’s not – it works best inside the oven. It’s not a deep pan – a little under two inches. But the top tray has 16 recessed slots so your food drains easily. Being a stainless steel pan, it works best with delicate dishes like vegetables and white meat.
This is because stainless steel doesn’t conduct as effectively as carbon steel or wrought iron, so it works best for foods that need minimal cooking times at low heat. The two trays work independently, but while you can use the top tray to bake or roast, you can’t use the top tray solo because it needs a deeper pan to drain into. Both pans are dishwasher safe.
This two-tray stainless steel set has generous dimensions. The top tray is 9 inches by 12 inches and the bottom tray is 12 inches by 16 inches. They’re dishwasher-compatible.
- The pans are made of shimmering stainless steel.
- It’s safe to clean these pans in a dishwasher.
- The pans can withstand high cooking temperatures.
- This is a brand with a French name that’s made in China. So if you prefer American brands, this isn’t the pan you’re looking for. It’s still good quality though.
8. Whirlpool Porcelain Broiler Pan
When you hear ‘whirlpool’ you don’t necessarily think about kitchen implements. But this replacement broiler pan has the same quality as any other culinary brand. The pan is part of a 3-piece set with a metal grid, a deep baking pan, and a perforated broiling rack. Be sure what you’re buying though, as not all packages ship with the metal grid. Some only have 2 pieces.
The broiler rack has 24 slit wedges for easy draining. The two pans make a universal replacement kit, so you can fit them on lots of different oven brands. Check for compatibility first though, both through reviews and dimensions. You can also use online sizing calculators to see whether it’s the right for your brand and model of oven or grill.
This broiler pan and rack can be installed without tools. Both sections are made of carbon steel with a black porcelain coating. It’s a Factory Certified Accessory, which is the same quality guarantee as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) tag. But it fits lots of ovens, not just Whirlpools, so focus more on the shape and dimensions than the brand name.
Whirlpool broiler pans come as a two-piece (without a grid) or a three-piece (with the grid). They fit a wide selection of ovens and are made of premium materials with FCA verification.
- The pan is about 20 inches by 15 inches.
- They’re solid pans with a joint weight of 3 pounds.
- It’s a universal fit so it’s compatible with different oven models and brands.
- The porcelain top coat gives your broiler pans a pretty shine but it’s not very good for non-stick functionality. The pan still gets grimy and stained, so clean it with hot water before the pan completely cools down. This makes the process easier.
9. Farberware Bakeware Nonstick Steel Broiler Pan
The reason this pan is so visibly different from the brands we’ve looked at so far is function. This isn’t specifically a broiler pan. It’s a multipurpose pan that can be effectively used for broiling, so yes, it does fit this list. It’s a large pan that measures 11 inches by 15 inches and is 2.5 inches deep. This is a two-piece set with a carbon steel baking pan and a chrome-plated metal grid.
The metal grid doubles as a broiling rack, because you can put your food on the grid the put the grid inside the baking pan. This allows the oil, juices, marinade, and other cooking fluids to drain onto the baking pan. But because it’s a grid-style grate rather than a perforated pan, this Faberware model isn’t as good at preparing grease-free culinary creations. It’s a design issue.
Basically, because the grid is open and broiling is done at high temperatures, the oil easily splashes and soaks back into your food. The pan does have convenient handles though. The two rectangular loops are made of stainless steel and they fold away when they’re not in use. It’s coated with a non-stick treatment both inside and outside, keeping it safe up to 450°F.
This low-maintenance roasting pan is well-suited to broiling. It has a non-stick coating on its interior and exterior surfaces plus a chrome-coated metal grid so it’s easy to clean.
- The pan has two foldable handles held in place by four rivets each.
- It’s an extra-large pan at 11 inches by 15 inches and 2.5 inches deep.
- The pan is heavy (3.7 pounds) and resistant to warping.
- The metal grid is removable and can hold a 12 to 14-pound bird, but even when it’s properly positioned, it doesn’t raise the food high enough to avoid greasy backsplash.
10. Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Pan
When you’re in the mood for broiled fish and vegetables but you can’t be bothered with the clean-up process, Handi-Foil is the perfect solution. This US brand makes ready-to-use foil pans ideal for roasting, grilling, broiling, or baking. Some Handi-Foil versions have drainage holes at the bottom, but this version has pleated ridges and troughs to trap your unwanted juices.
The internal dimensions of the pan are 11 inches by 8.5 inches, but the pans are not rigid, so it’s easy to accidentally crumple them, crush them, or squash them out of shape before you even get a chance to use them. The depth of the pan is about 1.3 inches. Also, this is aluminum foil with no insulation, so be careful not to burn yourself while you broil. It can easily bend and spill.
Even if it doesn’t, the foil will be hot to touch as it exits the oven, so watch your fingers. And you do need to be extra careful because the sides of the pan are not rigid. You could bend it while transporting your dish and end up serving the floor before you’ve had a chance to eat.
- The pan is disposable so no messy clean-up.
- You can order them in packs of 10, 50, or even 200.
- Each pan can hold 54 ounces of food.
- These pans have pleated ridges without holes, so it’s not ideal for drainage.
What to Look for When Buying a Broiler Pan?
Generally speaking, broiling is done over direct heat. So you could use a charcoal BBQ or an electric oven. But if you invest in the best broiler pan, you can cook up the perfect two-sided result right on your cooktop. Let’s look at some shopping factors for your broiler pan.
The best broiler pan isn’t necessarily used on a cooktop. It can be, but it’s more likely to be slipped inside an oven or laid on top of a charcoal grill. So while pan-sized are dependent on how big your cooking surface is, broiler pans are driven more by the size of your oven. You want a pan that cooks large portions and deep enough to hold your food and juices without spilling.
Similarly, the shape of your pan is dictated by the design of your oven or cooktop. The most common choice is to buy a pan that matches the width and depth of your oven. This way, it can comfortably fit the side rails in your oven. If you pick something smaller (or a shape that’s round or square) you’ll need an additional metal grate for your broiler pan to sit on.
Some pans come in separate pieces with a pan and a grill that are used as a pair. This is the best option because you put your food on the perforated grate and let the juices collect in the solid pan below. But two-piece broiler pans will cost less than a one-piece. But if you do invest in a one-piece, you’re likely to need a separate accessory, depending on which piece you bought.
If you bought a solid pan, you’ll need to place a perforated or striped grate above it. The holes in the grate let the food seep through and vice versa. Fridge and microwave grates can sometimes be a good substitute for perforated broiler grates. But only if it’s a pure metal grate, preferably stainless steel with no paint or coating because the coating could melt inside the oven.
Many broiler pans have non-stick surfaces. That’s helpful because the greasy mess of broiling juices, spices, and marinade can be messy to clean up. Non-stick pans can sometimes go in the dishwasher, so that eases your maintenance process even further. On the other hand, you could buy a broiler pan with a removable drip tray that you can easily slide out as needed.
Part of the maintenance issue is caused by the depth and design of your broiler pan’s ridges, troughs, and holes. Sloped pans are convenient because they direct the greasy messy to a designated spot. You can focus on those spots as you clean since they’ll have the most grease. And of course, if you opt for a cast iron pan, you’ll have to season it after every wash.
Most of us can’t tell the difference between baking, broiling and roasting. Even with seasoned home chefs, there’s often a lot of overlap between cooking styles. So while you want the best broiler pan available, you’re better off buying a multi-purpose pan that can be used for other cooking methods as well. You also want a pan that can withstand high heat.
This is because all those cooking methods may involve oven use. And even if they don’t, the heat can get extreme, so look for pans that can survive cooking temperatures of 350°F or more. Good pans can withstand heat up to 500°F while others get as high as 800°F (if they’re copper pans). You could also opt for a pan set that has two or three pans, one for each cooking style.
To get the best results from your broiler pan, we recommend you buy Granite Ware:
- For lovers of local products, these pans are made in the USA.
- It’s a set of three pans so your cooking options are broadened.
- The pan measures 9 inches by 14 inches and is 2 inches deep.
- It has a carbon steel core for enhanced heat distribution.
- The non-stick coating limits the need for seasoning.
- All three pans are dishwasher-safe.
- The non-stick layer is non-toxic.
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