If you not only want to grill with your OptiGrill, but also bake, you can add exactly this function to the contact grill with the Tefal OptiGrill baking tray.
Tefal has been offering this accessory for quite some time – since then it has become very popular among OptiGrillers. Why? Because the idea is as simple as it is ingenious: The Tefal OptiGrill is already a multi-talent in the grill sector, but with the baking insert, the number of uses increases immensely. Whether lasagna, pizza or cake – the possibilities are huge. And all this with only one accessory for a barbecue.
The baking tray for the OptiGrill
The Tefal OptiGrill baking tray is a separate accessory part for the Tefal OptiGrill. With the baking tray, the contact grill can be transformed into a small oven and can thus also prepare almost all dishes that you prepare in an oven – for example, lasagna, pizza, cakes or even the simple baking of rolls.
The standard size baking tray has a capacity of 1.6 liters. For the preparation of dishes for 2 people, this is easily enough, side dishes or desserts can be prepared in it for up to 4 people in my opinion. The baking tray for the XL model even has a volume of 2 liters.
For baking, the baking tray is inserted into the OptiGrill instead of the lower griddle. The baking insert (and thus also the contents) is therefore heated by the lower heating rods during the baking process. By closing the lid, the food in the tray is simultaneously also heated by the upper grill plate and – depending on the filling level – even grilled directly.
To allow some air to circulate during baking despite the closed lid, the baking tray has recesses at the back and sides.
The clever thing is that the smart operation of the grill is transferred to the operation during baking. You can thus select the desired baking temperature via the various levels in manual mode.
What can be prepared with the OptiGrill baking tray? What not?
Basically, anything you can prepare in an oven can be prepared in the baking tray:
- Bake homemade pizza, lasagna or potato gratin
- Bake up bun
- Prepare frozen fries (for the oven) or frozen vegetables
- Bake cake
Due to the volume of 1.6 liters (for the standard baking tray), the size of the portions is of course somewhat limited, but it is sufficient for most applications.
Very important: do not prepare dishes in the baking tray that require a lot of extra oil or fat. Do not use the baking tray as a deep fryer or frying pan. The baking tray should also not be used as a casserole dish in a regular oven.
Tips for use
Using the baking tray is super easy in itself, especially for those who have been grilling with the OptiGrill for a while. Nevertheless, you should follow a few tips:
- Before each use, the baking tray (and the upper grill plate) should be well cleaned. In this way, you avoid long-term contamination on the one hand, and on the other hand, the taste of the prepared food is not adulterated.
- Make sure that all parts are properly inserted before heating the OptiGrill.
- Do not use metal objects in the baking tray. Under no circumstances should you cut food in it.
- The baking insert should not be heated for too long without contents, this also damages the non-stick coating.
Variants for the different OptiGrill models
Baking tray for OptiGrill Elite, OptiGrill Plus & OptiGrill Smart
The model number of the OptiGrill baking tray for the full-size models is “XA7258”.
- Kompatibel mit den OptiGrill Modellen GC706, GO706, GC71,GC73,GR71,GO71,GC75
- Backform aus Aluminiumdruckguss mit Antihaftbeschichtung und wärmeisolierten Griffen
You can find the current lowest price and a detailed price comparison for the snack and baking accessories at Idealo: Baking tray for the OptiGrill at Idealo*.
Further information & ordering directly from Tefal: OptiGrill baking tray in the Tefal Shop
The baking tray “XA7258” fits the following models:
- Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D)
- Tefal OptiGrill Smart (GC730D)
- Tefal OptiGrill Plus Snacking & Baking (GC7148)
- Tefal OptiGrill Elite (GC750D)
On the basic model, the Tefal OptiGrill (GC705D), the baking tray does fit on it, but since it doesn’t have the required levels in the Manual program, it’s not suitable for it.
Baking tray for OptiGrill Elite XL and OptiGrill Plus XL
The standard version of the baking tray does not fit on the XL models of the OptiGrill. There is a special baking tray for the XL models, which runs under the model number “XA7278”.
- Benutzerfreundliches Zubehör für alle OptiGrill+ XL Modelle (GC722D, GC7228); Fassungsvermögen: 2 Liter; Portionen: 4 bis 6
- Einfach statt der unteren Grillplatte in den OptiGrill einsetzen und mit dem manuellen Modus und dessen 4 Temperaturstufen immer die perfekte Zubereitungs-Hilfe von OptiGrill erhalten
Further information & ordering directly from Tefal: OptiGrill XL Baking Tray at Tefal
Please note: The baking tray with model number “XA7268” is not compatible with the OptiGrill Elite XL (GC760D), but only with the OptiGrill Plus XL (GC722D).
The baking tray “XA7278” fits the following models:
Cleaning the baking tray
After using the baking insert, of course, some remains in it, which should be removed before the next use. Because if you want to enjoy using the baking tray for a long time, make sure to take proper care of it.
Since the baking tray has a high-quality non-stick coating, cleaning is very uncomplicated. Please absolutely refrain from scraping out food residues or using metallic cleaning aids, as you will otherwise break the coating and thus the easy cleaning is no longer possible as well.
The same applies to the Tefal OptiGrill baking tray as to the normal grill plates: The easiest way to clean them is in the dishwasher. The baking insert is dishwasher safe and can therefore be placed in the dishwasher without hesitation.
My tip: Place them upside down in the top drawer of the dishwasher – preferably so that the back side of the baking tray is facing down at an angle. This allows the water to drain away almost completely and you hardly need to re-dry after rinsing.
If something stubborn does get stuck in the baking tray, fill it once with hot water and a little mild dishwashing detergent before the next rinse cycle – and let it soak in for a while.
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