Tefal OptiGrill – What to know about Tefal’s contact grill

The Tefal OptiGrill is a smart contact grill that outperforms most other contact grills with its ingenious features and provides great grilling results. Here you can find out everything about the OptiGrill.

A brief introduction to the OptiGrill world

Anyone who already owns a Tefal OptiGrill knows that this is not a normal contact grill, but a very intelligent one that is fun for beginners and professionals alike. The smart technology built into the device makes the difference and causes wide eyes for many.

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The intelligent grill programs do much of the work and ensure perfect results: The programs automatically set the optimum grilling temperature for the selected food. In addition, the OptiGrill recognizes how thick the food is and can thus indicate exactly when which cooking stage has been reached.

Also clever: The OptiGrill is tilted slightly downwards at the front. This allows grease or other liquid produced during grilling to drain easily – directly into the juice collection tray under the grill. Another great advantage is that you can remove both the grill plates and the juice collection tray for cleaning. The accessory parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher, eliminating the need for tedious scrubbing after grilling.

With additional accessories, the contact grill can even be turned into a small oven or a waffle iron.

Frequently asked questions about the Tefal OptiGrill

OptiGrill models

From standard device to the version with app control – Tefal offers the OptiGrill in different models. These are basically very similar, but differ in important details. Here you can find detailed information about all models:

OptiGrill accessories

An overview of accessories and spare parts for all models can be found here: OptiGrill Accessories

In the following guides, I will introduce you to baking tray and waffle plates for Tefal OptiGrill in detail, with which you can turn the contact grill into an all-rounder in the kitchen:

OptiGrill programs

As described above, the preset programs are the heart of the OptiGrill: This makes grilling a breeze and the results (almost) as good as from a star chef. The intelligent grill programs ensure that the Tefal OptiGrill prepares meat, fish, vegetables and more exactly to your liking. All you have to do is select the right program, place the food on the grill and close the lid.

The automatic programs

First, allow the OptiGrill to preheat in the selected program. The grill will beep when it is hot. Then place the food on the grill plate, close the lid and thus start the grilling process.

This is where things get particularly clever: The OptiGrill detects how thick the food is and uses the colored light indicator in the lid to show which cooking stage it is currently at. For example, you can see exactly whether your steak is currently rare, medium or well-done – and remove it from the grill as soon as the desired state is reached. It couldn’t be simpler!

The Manual Mode

In addition, there is the “Manual Mode”, with which you can grill all foods for which there is no automatic program in up to four different temperature levels. In Manual mode, you set the grill or bake temperature either by the colors of the light indicator or the exact selection of the temperature, depending on the model.

The frozen food program

The Tefal OptiGrill offers a special defrost function that allows you to grill even frozen foods. The special highlight: The whole thing does not happen in an additional work step, but the defrosting and subsequent grilling is done by the OptiGrill independently one after the other. All you have to do is press the “snowflake” icon once before selecting the appropriate grill program.

Cleaning the OptiGrill

As already mentioned, the Tefal OptiGrill is very easy to clean thanks to the removable individual parts – even in the dishwasher.