Solar-powered ovens for your next meal outdoors

Bake, and roast—completely off the grid.

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Let the sun shine.Jake Givens via Unsplash

Solar cookers use reflective surfaces to enhance sunlight, creating an off-the-grid appliance hot enough to bake, sear, and grill your dinner. Solar cookers don’t require wood, coal, gas, or electricity, making them convenient (and cool) for a warm-weather trip to the great outdoors. Below, some of the best options out there.

All Season Solar Cooker Camper

All Season Solar Cooker Camper

Roast a turkey in this all-around best solar cooker.Amazon

This spacious solar cooker is highly adaptable, and at 12 inches deep and 17 inches wide, can hold a variety of pots, pans, and baking dishes. The reflective panels are adjustable, which means it can roast foods even when the sun isn’t directly overhead.

Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe with Complete Cookware

Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe with Complete Cookware

Everything you'll need.Amazon

This solar cooker comes with everything you’ll need, minus the food itself: an oven thermometer, two heat-conducting/baking trays, two baking/dehydrating racks, an enamelware pot, two silicone pots, and a carrying bag. The oven weighs just over a pound, which makes it good for traveling and camping, too. It makes a great gift and can bake cookies and pizza or dry fruits and herbs.

GoSun Sport Solar Cooker

GoSun Sport Solar Cooker

Sleek and easy-to-use.Amazon

One of the best features of this solar cooker is its sleek design: it sets up in seconds and collapses into a durable package—the reflectors close over the cooking tube like a clamshell. While pricier than the other options, the GoSun cooker is blissfully easy to use: just load the food into the chamber and wait. It can fit up to 10 hot dogs, as well as make muffins or brownies. Temps reach up to 550°F (290°C) in full sunlight, so cook times can be as fast as 20 minutes. It comes with a scrubby cleaning tool and an instruction manual.

Green Portable Solar Oven Bag Cooker

Green Portable Solar Oven Bag Cooker

Effective and inexpensive.Amazon

This simple, lightweight, and extra portable solar cooker bag folds up easily and has a cooking temperature range of 175°F to 245°F. It’s great to throw into an emergency kit.

Solar Oven Cooking: Recipes and Answers to Life’s Solar Cooking Questions

Solar Oven Cooking: Recipes and Answers to Life’s Solar Cooking Questions

The ultimate guide to solar cooking.Amazon

If you want to take your solar cooking to the next level or want to introduce a friend to this eco-friendly cooking concept, this cookbook is perfect for both newbies and experts. It explains the process of solar cooking, and features 32 delicious recipes that’ll help you save on power and fuel bills. Recipes range from entrees and side dishes to desserts and snacks.