Vegan BBQ Tofu Burger


Ever had a vegan BBQ tofu burger with a bit of Asian flavors? My usual vegan Asian burger consists of pickled cucumber slaw, toasted sesame oil, good vegan hamburger buns, greens, BBQ tofu and Sriracha sauce. We used two recipes from Tamasin Noyes’ “Grills Gone Vegan” for the tofu: Barbecue Rub and Barbecue Sauce in a Flash. We use the TofuXpress Gourmet Food and Tofu Press for pressing tofu overnight.


We found these buns from the Portland French Bakery. These are pretty good buns and vegan.

Vegan BBQ Tofu Burger

Yield: 2 burgers


Two vegan hamburger buns
Toasted sesame oil for toasting the buns
½ cup wild arugula or greens
Sriracha for garnish
Vegan mayo
Whatever burger filling you like (i.e., pickled kimchi, cucumber salad, sautéed red onion, etc)

For the BBQ Tofu:
Oil spray
one (16-ounce) firm tofu, pressed overnight, slice in half (2 tofu slabs)

For the Barbecue Rub:
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
½ tablespoon garlic powder
¼ tablespoon ground cumin
¼ tablespoon ground pepper

For the Barbecue Sauce in a Flash:
6 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 tablespoons minced onions
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon Barbecue Rub (see recipe above)
pinch ground cayenne
pinch ground pepper


Make BBQ Tofu:

Put all the "Barbecue Rub" ingredients (dry mustard, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin and ground pepper) in a small bowl and stir to combine. This is your "Barbecue Rub", set it aside.

Put all the "Barbecue Sauce in a Flash" ingredients (ketchup, minced onions, dark brown sugar, seasoned rice vinegar, garlic, Barbecue Rub, ground cayenne and ground pepper) in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Optional: For a completely smooth sauce (without texture from onions), let the sauce cool a bit after cooking, then put it in a blender and process until smooth.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub the tofu slabs all over with the "Barbecue Rub." Apply a thin layer of oil (or use a non-stick spray) to condition the surface of the pan, when needed. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until slightly browned and flipping both sides halfway.

In a large saucepan at medium heat, add "Barbecue Sauce in a Flash." Quickly coat both sides of tofu and stirringly occasionally until desired temperature is reached (about 5-8 minutes). Do this for both tofu slabs. Drizzle the sauce over the tofu in the end. Optional: You can press the tofu slabs in a panini grill quickly for the fun grill marks.

Serve chilled.

Make Burger:

Toast your hamburger buns onto the griddle pan (at medium-high heat) with toasted sesame oil until slightly golden brown. Spread one of the buns with mayo. Add the BBQ tofu, greens, mayo, and a bit of Sriracha. Add whatever filling you like! Serve and enjoy!


Barbecue Rub & Barbecue Sauce in a Flash Recipes reprinted by permission from 'Grills Gone Vegan' by Tamasin Noyes. Published by Book Publishing Company (March 15, 2013).


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