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BBQ Tofu Sandwich
with pickled cucumbers and corn on the cob

Active: 30 min Total: 40 min

Grilled tofu gets vibrant with a quick homemade BBQ marinade. Topped with pickled cucumbers, you have a crunchy treat. Our paleo members will be enjoying a BBQed portobello.
Smarts: Have a lot of summer cucumbers to get rid of? This quick pickle is the perfect treat. They should last ~1 week.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
BBQ Tofu Burger:
  • Tofu, extra-firm (vacuum-packed preferable) - 1 lb
  • Crushed tomatoes - 1 cup
  • Rice vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Ketchup - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Sandwich or burger buns - 4 ((You can also make sliders - use 2 / serving))
  • Arugula - 2 oz
Quick Pickled Cucumber:
  • Cucumbers - 1 lb ((Look for special pickling cucumber or Persians if you can find them))
  • Rice vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
Grilled Corn:
  • Corn - 4 cobs
  • Cooking oil - for brushing

Nutrition Facts

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Tofu - Slice into ½” (1.25 cm) thick pieces (~2 / person). Place tofu into a baking dish. Mix together crushed tomatoes, rice vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, and oil and pour over tofu. Cover and marinate in fridge for up to 1 day. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead).
  2. Cucumbers - Peel cucumbers into ribbons (like what we did with this zucchini), julienne, or put through the flat ribbon blade of your spiralizer (blade on the right of this photo - you can use this video as an example). Toss with rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until serving. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Corn - Peel back husks and remove silk (that white stringy stuff). Brush corn with oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Close husks back over corn and wrap in aluminum foil.

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Make

  1. If making everything on grill: Preheat grill to 500 degrees, keeping one part on higher heat and another part on lower heat. Clean grates and brush with a paper towel soaked in some oil. Add corn to the lower heat part and tofu pieces to higher heat section. Sear on each side for ~5 minutes, brushing with more of the marinade throughout the cooking process. Once tofu is done, remove from grill, leaving corn on grill for another 10 to 15 minutes (keeping grill closed). Toast buns in the last 5 minutes.
  2. If making tofu on stovetop: Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add tofu and marinade that it was sitting in to hot pan. Sear on each side for ~4 minutes.
  3. If cooking corn in the oven: Preheat oven to 350F (177C) degrees. Place corn right on oven racks and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Toast buns in the oven for the last 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Assemble sandwiches with arugula, tofu, and cucumber slaw (you’ll have more than you need for sandwiches, so enjoy some on the side with your corn on the cob!).

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (35)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (5)

19 reviews

I like tofu, but nothing here worked for me --- the tofu was bland, and soy sauce in the pickles? Weird. I will add the tofu to a salad, but it wasn't worth all the effort to press dry, or the overnight marinade.

By: M
Posted: Aug 30, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

After reading the negative comments about the sauce, I just used a store-bought BBQ. I liked the cucumber slaw as a sandwich topping. Tips for grilling crisp tofu: slice about 1/3" thick; press between paper towels; marinade; heat grill up to 500, oil grates, add tofu, turn down to low heat, cover, and cook about 20 min. total. Flip halfway, and turn 90 degrees halfway through each side to get flavor-adding cross-hatch marks. When done, mix extra marinade with a bit of oil and coat the cooked patties. Yum!

By: Sundi
Posted: Jun 02, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The flavours were not to my taste. My husband didn't like it either ... Not sure if it was the crushed tomatoes I used or the extras added to them such as vinegar, aminos etc.

By: Tiana
Posted: Jan 14, 2015
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Last week I subbed tofu for the BBQ chicken & oven roasted and it turned out fantastic. This week i tried grilling on the BBQ & the tofu didn't get the same taste or texture.

By: sheilagh
Posted: Aug 08, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Cucumbers were tasty. Tofu marinade lacked flavor.

By: JESSICA
Posted: Aug 03, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The tofu needs a bit more sauce it was a bit bland but otherwise it was all very delicious.

By: Benjamin
Posted: Aug 03, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful