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Review: T-Fal OptiGrill Plus—Controlled Burn

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


A few nights back, my wife and I had some friends over for a barbecue on our apartment roof. When it came time to start the festivities, I immediately lit the grill on fire, and not in a good way. I needed to cook off many months-worth of caked-on grease and crap stuck to the grate and interior of our “community grill.” So, I shut off the gas line and let it burn.

Meantime, I fired up the electric T-fal OptiGrill Plus on the table next to the grill and threw on a ribeye to keep our guests happy. The OptiGrill—no relation to Steve Martin’s Opti-Grab—is like former boxer George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine for a semi-digital age. Turn it on, poke a button on the handle that corresponds to the the kind of protein you’re cooking and, T-fal says, it will cook your food to the exact amount of doneness you want. Closing the grill (it’s panini-style, so it cooks from the top and bottom simultaneously) tells it the thickness of what you’re cooking and allows the machine to adjust time and temperature accordingly.

Sounds promising! Was it the best cooking experience I ever had? It was not. Not even close. Read the whole story on WIRED and learn how it all went wrong.

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