Grill-Smoked Tofu "Burgers"
Tofu is like a sponge, soaking up smoke and getting firmer and denser as it sits on the grill. Just keep it on the cool side of the grill and give it plenty of time to get nice and smoky.
- 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 block (1-pound) extra firm tofu
- 5 whole wheat hamburger buns
- 5 large lettuce leaves, shredded
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- 2 scallions, chopped
- Ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, if desired
- 4 cups woodchips, soaked in water
- 1 spray bottle filled with water
- Smoker box or foil to make a pouch
- Mix soy sauce, vegetable oil, wine vinegar and paprika in a square container with a liquid-tight lid large enough to hold all of the tofu. Drain water from tofu and wrap in clean towels, press carefully to soak up water without breaking the tofu. Unwrap tofu and slice into 5 thick slices per block. Place the slices in the marinade, put the lid on the container and turn it over to coat the tofu. Refrigerate the marinating tofu for at least 24 hours or up to three days, turning occasionally to coat.
- Prepare the grill for smoking (see Tips & Notes for instructions).
- When the grill is ready and the cool side of the grate is oiled, place the tofu on the grate. Close the lid, opening it once every 10 minutes to quickly turn the tofu. Smoke tofu for 40 minutes.
- Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, and condiments of choice.
Double the tofu and marinade and grill up an extra batch of tofu to use in sandwiches, salads, and soups for the week.
Tips & Notes
- For best smoking results, create hot and cool zones on the grill. The hot zone is where the smoke is created and the food may be seared. The cool zone is where the food is placed to allow the food to cook more slowly and absorb the smoky flavor. If your grill is too small to create both a hot and a cool zone, check your food for doneness earlier as it will cook faster over the high heat.
To prepare your grill for smoking:
- Heat the grill:
- Gas grills: Remove the grate, then turn the gas on high. If your grill has more than one burner, use a single burner on one side. Once the grill is hot, place the smoker box filled with soaked woodchips, or a foil pouch filled with the same, on the hot side of the grill. Replace the grate.
- Charcoal grills: remove the grate, pile the charcoal to one side and light it. Heat until it is hot and covered with white ash. Place the smoker box filled with soaked woodchips, or a foil pouch filled with the same, directly on the coals and replace the grate.
- Get the woodchips smoking: allow the woodchips to start smoking. Once you smell the smoke and see wisps of it, you are ready to smoke your food.
- Smoke your food: pour a couple tablespoons oil into a cup. Dip a clean paper towel into the oil, hold it with tongs and quickly oil the cool side of the grate (if there are no hot and cool zones on your grill, oil wherever you plan to place the food). Place the food on the oiled grate and quickly cover the grill to allow the food to cook and absorb the smoky flavor.
- Keep the flames in check: have a spray bottle of water ready to douse out any flare-ups.
- Heat the grill:
282 calories, 10 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 259 mg. sodium, 34 g. carbohydrate, 8 g. fiber, 21 g. protein