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Smoky Barbecued Beef or Tofu Burgers

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Smoky Rub

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Burger

  • 2 pounds ground beef 80/20-can sub 14 ounces of extra-firm tofu
  • 1/2 onion chopped (for beef only)

Beer Mop

  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Smoky Rub from above recipe
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke optional

Instructions

  1. Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl.  Reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons to use in Beer Mop.

  2. Form beef into four patties and cover with rub all over.  Alternatively, dip tofu slices into rub, coating on all sides  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  3. When you are ready to cook. preheat oven or grill to 250 degrees.  If cooking indoors, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cover with a metal rack.  (Outdoors, place directly on grill surface).  Let patties sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  4. Stir mop ingredients together in a small pan and warm over low heat.

  5. Transfer patties to the grill or oven and cook for about one hour.  Brush patties with mop approximately every 15 minutes.  Meat should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Cook tofu to desired crispiness.

  6. Serve with rolls and desired sandwich toppings.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from Smoke & Spice by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison