Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first or hundredth time this year, a turkey roaster oven can go a long way to make preparing your feast a little easier. Full turkeys take hours to cook, so a roaster oven can do the job while freeing up space in the main oven for potatoes, pies, and rolls. And no, it doesn’t make much sense to invest in a roaster oven that you might only use during the holidays. We selected eight options that will serve as versatile slow cookers all year for making things like chicken, ham, soups, and casseroles.
You can't go wrong with this Nesco roaster oven. The versatile oven will roast, bake, warm, and slow-cook, with even heat distribution for tender, moist meats. You can adjust the temperature from 200 to 450 degrees, and the removable rack with handles makes clean-up effortless.
This oven by Oster is a serious value—it's super budget-friendly and can hold up to a 26-pound turkey. It can also bakes, slow cook, and roast pretty much anything, and the self-basting lid continually recirculates moisture, so you'll get a tender bird every time. You can remove the roasting pan and rack for easy cleaning.
If you're making an extra-large turkey, this is the roaster for you. It's extremely heavy-duty, accommodating up to a 28-pound turkey at a 22-quart capacity. The removable rack features handles so you can easily lift heavy and large items after cooking, and the enamel-on-steel removable pan means easy cleaning.
This Breville oven may not look like your standard roaster, but it’s a solid choice if you’re looking for a multitalented countertop oven. Most roaster ovens can only, well, roast, but this can also toast, broil, air fry, and dehydrate. There’s room to cook a 14-pound turkey or fit a 9 x 13-inch pan, 12-cup muffin trays, or nine slices of bread. It also includes four mesh trays to slide in or out. In addition to its impressive 13 cooking functions, it boasts smart connectivity, accessible through the LCD display.
If you’re looking for a new way to roast your turkey this year, NutriChef’s countertop oven offers a vertical rotating rotisserie for more even, 360-degree cooking. It’s a lot less expensive than the Breville but includes more features than just baking or roasting like broil and rotisserie. Beyond cooking turkeys, it includes multiple skewer racks for making kebabs, as well as a bake pan and grill racks. The temperature goes up to 464 degrees, and the timer can be set for up to an hour.
Whether you already have an Instant Pot you love or want to take the plunge, you should consider this oval, eight-quart model. It’ll only be able to accommodate a turkey of around eight pounds, but as a small versatile slow cooker, it could be hard to beat. In addition to features like roast, bake, slow cook, and sear/sauté, the Aura has controls for sous vide, stew, steam, yogurt, and rice. You can also adjust the temperature from 250 to 425 degrees and the timer from 10 minutes to four hours.
This under-$80 find can hold a 24-pound turkey and do everything from slow roast to steam—though thanks to a dome lid that keeps the food warm and a removable cooking pan that lifts right out when it's time to clean, it's also a low-maintenance vessel to serve your bird in if you're hosting a more casual gathering.
No oven? No problem. If you have a tiny kitchen without a proper oven, this toaster oven is a great countertop alternative, complete with easy-to-open doors and a fairly compact design (though don't worry, it can still fit up to a 20-pound turkey). It has an automatic shutoff feature that prevents overcooking, so if it's your first time hosting the holiday, that's one less thing you'll have to stress about.