Recipe

Grill-Smoked Tofu "Burgers"

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Recipe Information

Total Time: 5
Servings: 1 day; 1 hour active

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Materials

  • 4 cups woodchips, soaked in water
  • 1 spray bottle filled with water
  • Smoker box or foil to make a pouch

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. Prepare the grill for smoking (see Tips & Notes for instructions).
  3. 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.
  4. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, and condiments of choice.

Serving Suggestion

Double the tofu and marinade and grill up an extra batch of tofu to use in sandwiches, salads, and soups for the week.

Nutritional Information

282 calories, 10 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 259 mg. sodium, 34 g. carbohydrate, 8 g. fiber, 21 g. protein