Sheet Pan Dinners Done Right

With the busyness of back-to-school and cooler weather nipping at our feet, the start of the fall season is the perfect time to kick sheet pan dinners into high gear.

This Oktoberfest Sheet Pan Brats with Roasted Vegetables from Grab a Plate is perfect for a celebratory Oktoberfest dinner. And because everything is baked on one sheet pan, cleanup is a breeze! Serve pumpernickel and sweet and spicy mustards on the side, and, of course, beer.

Sheet pan dinners make weeknight mealtimes easy and exciting. In addition to eliminating a sink full of dirty dishes, sheet pan dinners are fun to assemble. You might be surprised at how creative sheet pan dinners can get. Like this Sheet Pan Meatloaf Dinner from Cooking Light. The mini meatloaves are perfectly sized for individual portions. And Cooking Light’s Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola features complementary flavors for a restaurant-quality meal.

These 10 Sheet Pan Dinners from Damn Delicious will inspire you to make sheet pan meals on the regular. Try the Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake when you’re craving breakfast for dinner or the Sheet Pan Asian Stir Fry when you want Chinese food. And, honestly, you can never go wrong with Sheet Pan Steak and Fries.

Once you start making sheet pan dinners you’ll fall in love with the practicality of cooking complete meals on one baking sheet and you’ll be inspired to create your own signature sheet pan dinners. The world… or kitchen… is your oyster!

Tips and Tricks

  • Line baking sheets with foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
  • If you’re planning on cooking frozen vegetables and a main entrée that should cook up crispy, you can put the frozen vegetables in a foil packet to set on the sheet pan. This way, the moisture from the frozen vegetables will stay in the foil packet so that the entrée can crisp up while cooking.
  • For faster meals, pair ingredients that take the same amount of time to cook. You can cut down the cooking time for some ingredients, like vegetables, by cutting them into smaller pieces. Or…
  • If you’re planning on cooking foods with varying cooking times plan accordingly, e.g., if small whole baked potatoes need to cook for 45 minutes and the other items only need to cook for 30 minutes, cook the potatoes alone for 15 minutes before adding the other ingredients to the sheet pan.