Toaster Oven Pan Sets and Bakeware
Take your toaster oven cooking to the next level with these toaster oven pan sets, bakeware, mini pans and more. Plus find out the 3 toaster oven essentials everyone should have and get tips for keeping your new pans in good shape.
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When it comes to cooking with a toaster oven there are only 3 things you need: the manual, an oven thermometer, and a baking sheet. Everything else falls into that nice to have category.
So let’s chat real quick about those 3 essentials and then we’ll get to the fun stuff. Like toaster oven pan sets and ALL the mini bakeware!
3 TOASTER OVEN ESSENTIALS
If you want to really enjoy your toaster oven the first thing you should do is to read your toaster oven’s manual and follow it’s directions and recommendations.
Missing the manual?
No worries, most major manufacturers offer appliance manuals as free PDF’s on their company websites. Just Google your toaster oven’s manufacturer name and the model number.
Example: Oster Toaster Oven Model TSSTTVCG02 Manual
2. OVEN THERMOMETER
All ovens (big and small) can have unreliable temperature settings. The best way to combat a fussy toaster oven is with an inexpensive thermometer.
We paid $7 on Amazon for ours. Look for thermometers that have a steady base and/or the ability to hang.
Check out our Toaster Oven Temperature Guide for step-by-step directions on using a thermometer to find out how accurate your little oven is.
3. A BAKING PAN OR SHEET PAN
Most toaster ovens come with at least one baking sheet or roasting pan. Sometimes that pan and a few reliable toaster oven recipes are all you need to cook something delicious.
But having a second sheet pan on hand can make meal prepping quick baked sweet potatoes or baking batches of cookies a lot easier. You can see some of our favorite Toaster Oven Sheet Pans here.
FULL-TIME TOASTER OVEN COOKING
While not essential, it is nice to have a few extra pans and accessories for your toaster oven. Things like mini loaf pans, small cake pans, or a roasting rack will help you get more out of cooking with your compact oven.
Below are some of the pan sets and bakeware that we use regularly along with links to a few tasty recipes.
*Since toaster ovens and pan sizes vary greatly, make sure to review each pan’s measurements before purchasing. Also, always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for what materials are acceptable to use in your specific oven.
TOASTER OVEN PAN SETS
A pan set is a great way to start using your toaster oven for more than just toast. Most sets include at least one tiny baking sheet, a baking pan and then some accessory like a muffin tin, baking/roasting rack, or pizza pan.
The sets below are geared towards small and medium-sized ovens. If you have a larger toaster oven/countertop oven Williams Sanoma has some very nice sets you might want to check out.
Chicago Metallic 8044 Non-Stick Toaster Oven Bakeware Set, 4-Piece, Carbon Steel
We purchased this set over 4 years ago and still regularly use the muffin tin and cookie sheet/rack combo.
It’s not perfect (the tiny pan warps at higher temps, the muffin tin doesn’t fit in smaller ovens and the baking pan is a little difficult to clean) but for the price, it’s a good set for getting started.
The baking pan in this set is my favorite, it’s great for making small-batch almond granola, banana bread, and recipes that call for using an 8x8 pan.
Again it’s not perfect, the sheet pans do warp sometimes but they are a nice size for baking cookies or making veggie nachos for two.
Nordic Ware 43290 3 Piece Naturals Compact Grill and Bake Set, Silver
This is a fun little set that’s perfect for just one or two people. You can reheat a slice of pizza, bake potatoes, and cook small batches of crispy frozen fries with the mini rack and pan. The baker is ideal for smaller casseroles and is the perfect size for baking half of a boxed cake mix.
CLASSIC METAL BAKEWARE
Before you go buying a bunch of new pans dig around your cabinets. Standard metal bakeware like an 8-inch or 9-inch square baker, pie pans, an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan, or a loaf pan will give you loads of options for cooking and baking in your toaster oven. Below I’ve highlighted a few of the pans we use regularly.
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans, Set of 2
An 8" x 8" pan can be used to cook pretty much any recipe, from casseroles to brownies and even a lemon blackberry baked pancake. *This pan will not fit in small rectangular-shaped ovens.
Sur La Table Classic Loaf Pan, 8.534; x 4.534, Silver
A good loaf pan is handy if you’re cooking for two. From banana bread to lasagna or a high-protein toaster oven egg bake its uses are endless. *Not ideal for smaller ovens as baked goods may rise up and touch the heating elements. See mini bakeware below for alternatives.
KONCIS Roasting pan - stainless steel - IKEA
This little stainless steel pan is awesome. It heats evenly and is easy to clean. I love using it for roasting rosemary potatoes and baking small batches of Chex mix during the holidays.
We got our pan in store but you can also order it online (though you will miss out on those tasty ice cream cones).
Mini pans are cute and fun but I’ve got to warn you, they are crazy addictive. There are tons of available options and you’re going to want all of them. Below are some of our most-used mini pans.
Tip: To keep our collection from overtaking the house, I try to think of at least 3 things I’ll make with a pan before bringing it home.
Wilton 2105-1829 Mini Round Pans, STD, Silver
These little round pans are fantastic for making quick toaster oven breakfast sandwiches. They’d make a great gift for college students or anyone looking to skip the morning drive-thru.
We use this adorable little cake pan to bake toaster oven carrot cake, apple crisps, cornbread, and even the occasional frozen meal. Bonus: It also fits in a 3-Quart Instant Pot Mini.
Wilton Non-Stick 6-Cavity Donut Baking Pans, 2-Count
It’s undeniable, donuts are THE BEST. Armed with a donut pan, you can whip up a batch of freshly baked buttermilk donuts in less than 30 minutes. *Make sure to check the measurements - these pans will not fit in smaller toaster ovens.
Nordic Ware 5-Inch Pot Pie Toaster Oven Pan
Great for baking mini pies or crisps, reheating leftovers, and cooking individual pot pies.
Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Mini Loaf Pan Set, 3-Piece
If you have a smaller oven that won't fit a large loaf pan, these mini pans might work better for you. We use ours to make a single loaf of banana bread in our little toaster oven and can fit 3 pans side-by-side in our larger countertop oven.
4 Tips For Longer Lasting Toaster Oven Pans
We’ve cooked with the pans listed above for years, they have a few scrapes and scratches but for the most part, are in great condition. If you’re like me and don’t like to waste your money (or create unnecessary landfill additions) below are a few best practices for taking care of your pans.
- Handwash them. It’s okay to soak the pans but don’t submerge them in water (this may lead to rust). Even if the manufacturer says it’s okay to put a pan in the dishwasher, the detergents can discolor or corrode pans and damage nonstick coatings.
- Be conservative with cooking spray, it can leave a sticky residue. I’ve found the main culprit is any spray on the pan that is not covered by food. It gets ‘baked on’ and is difficult to remove.
- Keep metal utensils and knives away from your pans. Use wooden or silicone cooking utensils instead.
- For easy cleanup try a silicone baking mat. If you want to use foil just make sure to consult your manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
What about glass baking dishes?
Those are a little trickier, check out this post for 4 Surprising Things I’ll Never Use In Our Toaster Oven for more information.
can we use small aluminum “throw away” pans in the toaster/convection oven?
We’ve never tried them but I know that some people do. It’s really going to depend on your oven/manufacturer. Some are totally cool with foil products, other’s note issues with overheating. If after reading your manual you’re not sure, I’d suggest emailing the manufacturer for clarification.
In looking to buy a toaster oven/convection oven, I have noticed the customer service reps sometimes say to only use their pans in the ovens. Are they just trying to sell their own product, or is there a legitimate reason we should not use other metal pans?
Thank you for your articles. They are most helpful!
They might have an agenda but it’s probably more of a liability issue. They can say their pans work because they’ve tested them, a bunch.
Also, there may be a good reason (like something about the oven’s design) or it could be they are letting you know the company is limiting their liability to the products they manufacture.
If there’s an oven you’re interested in and the reps are telling you to only use their pans, I’d ask them why. Then you’ll know for sure 🙂
I just got an air fryer toaster oven for my birthday. Can’t wait to use it. Will have to get pans for sure.
Congrats on the new oven and Happy Birthday, Patricia!!
I’d have to disagree about the Faberware set. The rolled edges on the round pan sliced into my finger very deeply, and it was not pleasant. I contacted Faberware a few days later, and they said I’d need to provide “photographic evidence” to do anything about it. Sorry, Faberware, I was too busy with my first aid kit. Also, the surface inside that rolled edge rusts like crazy!
That sounds like a terrible experience, Carrie. We’ve had our pan set for 3 years now and use all of the pieces regularly without a problem, maybe you got a bad pan?
I think we did have an issue with rusting the first time we washed the pan because we stuck it in the dishwasher. It seems like all the mini pans have tiny edges that are prone to rust, ever since we started washing our metal pans by hand that hasn’t been a problem.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have a pan or set of pans you do enjoy using in your toaster oven I know our readers would love to hear your recommendation!
i notice you do not mention using ceramic for cooking in the oven-i really do not like the dark pans for cooking meat- i use them only for baking purposes.
Thanks for leaving a comment, in the post above under the “What about casserole dishes and glass pyrex?” heading there is a link where we talk about our experience with some ceramics and stoneware. You can find it here: https://toasterovenlove.com/never-use-in-toaster-oven/
We’re working on a follow up to this post that’s going to be focused A LOT on ceramics and stoneware.
Since you mentioned cooking meat, do you have any favorite dishes you use?
My husband and I aren’t really meat eaters so we don’t have much to offer on the subject, I’m sure MANY readers would LOVE to hear about any pans or dishes you’ve had success with in your toaster oven.
Thanks for stopping by!
Very helpful article. What I’m trying to find is a technique or tool for removing hot dishes safely.
My husband has a shaky hand from a stroke (called intention tremor, it gets worse when he tries harder) and I’m just a clutz. We love using the counter height toaster oven, but I can’t seem to get my hand around a casserole or muffin tin while wearing an oven mitt. We’ve been sliding it out by pulling out the rack until it tips, then nudging the dish onto an oven mitt, but if it topples, it would hurt!
Any advice for the small clearance in a toaster oven?
Denise, you couldn’t be more right about how hard it is to grip a hot pan with an oven mitt! I’m a bit clumsy in the kitchen too, so I feel your pain, literally 🙂
Recently, I saw these heat resistant gloves at Sur La Table (though I’m sure you could find similar kinds of gloves other places too). They have grippy silicone on the outside and because the design is a glove not a mitten you can really use your fingers to grip pans. The cuff is a nice touch too, since it’s so easy to accidentally bump your wrist on the top of the toaster oven while getting pans out.
Something like this cake pan that has wider handles to grip is another idea. Though the size of your toaster oven may limit your options since the handles will add to the pans overall size.
If using a lighter pan would make cooking easier, silicone bakeware might be something to consider. Aside of the little silicone baking cups, we haven’t tried any other silicone bakeware in our toaster ovens so I can’t speak to their safety/performance but maybe others who’ve used silicone baking pans will chime in?
Thanks for leaving such a great question! Hope you two have a lovely evening 🙂
I realize this is a old conversation but wanted to share my thoughts. Could you find a wooden pizza spatula? Then cut the sides to fit in the oven? It would give you the ability to remove items from the oven and be able to use both hands. I’ve never done this before so really don’t know if it would work the way you want.
Kind of like a pizza peel? That’s an interesting idea – thanks for sharing your thoughts James!
I use a bamboo toast tongs set or my silicone tongs for sliding out trays so I can grab hold of them with our Black and Decker toaster over. Hubby who is a klutz can even do this.
Hope this helps you.
Pamm, those are great sugestions!
Hey, I have a large-but-not-huge toaster oven, the FBC2 Krups convection model. It’s not sold anymore, and trying to find pans that take advantage of its size seems to be nearly impossible. It came with a weird 2-level pan and a crisper/broiler pan, which are 10 1/4″ x 11 7/18″ x 1. (As far as I can tell, they never manufactured a proper cake pan or anything else.) So the big 13-inch pans would be too large, but the more common 10×7 pans are awfully small.
I’ll definitely pack a measuring tape and trawl my local HomeGoods for potential items, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!
I couldn’t find the interior dimensions for your specific toaster oven online but based on the pan sizes you mentioned there are a few options you might want to consider at Sur La Table.
If you’re looking for a new baking sheet they have quarter sheet pans with unique dimensions.
If you’re looking for baking dishes an 8 x 8 is a good all-purpose pan but if you want to go bigger I would keep my eye out for something like a large stoneware baker without handles. Large handles are why a lot of good-sized baking dishes end up not fitting most of the time. Emile Henry and Le Creuset make some good options.
Carrying a tape measure is a great idea, I have a mini one packed in my purse at all times 🙂 found it at the checkout area in Home Depot.
Hopefully, other readers will have some great pan suggestions too!
Thank you for the suggestions and all the details! I really appreciate it. I’ll look into your suggestions! Those all sound pretty good.
Hi Brie! Ok so do you have a blog post about your favorite toaster ovens. I’m looking to upgrade to a better toaster – any recommendations would be great!!
Right now, our main toaster oven is a Breville Smart Oven Pro and we love it. There are a few drawbacks, like a very loud beeb/alarm and it’s huge but those are tiny compared to how versatile and super accurate/consistent the cooking is.
We only share about toaster ovens we have used personally (which is a small list) but this post from The Sweethome has great reviews of the best toaster ovens in 2016, scroll to the bottom and you can see all of the toaster ovens they tested, not just their Top 3!
Happy shopping 🙂
Hi. new kid on the block. I found this pan and fell in love with it…
I actually made cornbread and it came out perfect. My question. Are there any web sites or recipes specific to a 7 X 11 pan? Most casseroles are for a 9 X 13 pan. I’d prefer not to guess on cutting down a recipe.
That’s a great looking pan, I bet your fresh cornbread was fantastic!
We’re actually working on a conversion chart to help others fit different recipes into the pans they have on hand.
Your 11×7 pan is very similar in capacity to an 8×8 pan, 9×9 pan and an 8-inch or 9-inch pie pan. So any recipe you find calling for one of those pans will work in your pan. You can cook the recipe at the same temperature but because your pan will make the dish a little wider (shallower) start checking for doneness earlier.
I was having trouble searching just for 8×8 pan recipes (maybe some of our readers know of a good site?) but did find that a blogger created a cookbook full of dishes designed just for an 8×8 pan! You can find 5 sample recipes here: http://8x8cookbook.com/media-table/sample-recipes/
Also, here’s a great post on Halving Casserole Recipes: http://www.thekitchn.com/halving-casseroles-tips-for-re-137981.
Some of the comments suggest making a full-sized recipe but splitting it into two separate dishes. We do this sometimes and let the second pan bake while we eat our dinner. Something to consider if you’ve got a favorite 9×13 pan-sized recipe 🙂
I only cook for myself,I am not a good cook that can make something out of nothing,so where can I purchase pans ?
Cooking meals for one is a lot easier using smaller dishes. There are many toaster oven baking sets available on Amazon and you can use the “red” links at the top of this page if you want. Also, you can find toaster oven baking pans and smaller dishes at many home goods stores like Ross and Marshall’s.
If there’s something specific you’re looking for let us know and we’ll do our best to help you find it.