Meatless Monday: Vegan Burgers for Dad’s Day Barbecue

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Dad’s day is coming up so check back here for a week of burger recipes that are perfect for every pop, whether he’s a veggie fanatic or full-blood carnivore. Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite selection from the long, inspired list of restaurant burgers going head to head in the 5th annual Battle of the Burger, an event sponsored by Boston Magazine. The first round of voting at Battle of the Burger ends July 6th, with the top 25 moving on to the final event on August 10, at Cruiseport Boston.

Today’s Harissa Tofu Burger with Za’atar Spiced Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers celebrates Meatless Monday but is also great for all the vegan and veggie dads out there.

Ingredients
1, 14-ounce package extra firm tofu
¼ cup harissa paste
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup minced parsley
2 scallions, minced
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1, 8 ounce jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced into 1-inch-thick strips
1, 8-ounce package plain hummus
1½ teaspoons za’atar spice mixture
1 teaspoon minced cilantro
1 teaspoon minced mint
4 flat bread slices (shown), pita pockets, or toasted English muffins
1 small head leafy lettuce or mixed greens (optional)

Directions
Remove the tofu from the package and wrap it in several layers of paper towels. Weight the tofu down with a plate for 20 minutes to extract excess liquid, swapping in dry paper towels after 10 minutes.

Add the harissa paste, panko breadcrumbs, minced parsley and scallions, salt, and black pepper into a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Crumble in the drained tofu and use your hands to combine all elements. Divide the mixture into 4 equal mounds then press each of them into a 1-inch-thick disc. Set these tofu burgers in the refrigerator to set up for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the plain hummus with the za’atar spice mixture, minced cilantro, and mint.

Place the burgers on the parchment-lined sheet pan and bake for 12 minutes. Gently flip the burgers over and cook for an additional 12 minutes, or until the center reaches at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Warm the flat bread in the oven for 3 minutes so it is pliable then place a shmear of the hummus on the top and bottom, position the burger on the bottom, and top with a few slices of roasted red pepper and lettuce, if desired.