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Cook the Book: Ultimate Sriracha Burger 

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The Ultimate Sriracha Burger from The Sriracha Cookbook is a mouthful. It begins with a grilled patty infused with Sriracha and soy, and is topped with a towering pile of bacon caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, arugula, bacon, and an improbably delicious blue cheese-Sriracha dressing.

On paper this burger might seem like it has all of the makings for a too much going on overload but once it comes together, it totally works. Somehow the patty stays beefy even after a good-sized dose of Sriracha and soy, and if you choose to grill it the flavors become even more pronounced in the charred exterior. The blue cheese-Sriracha acts as an amped up secret sauce, tart and creamy with a little bit of spice. And the onions caramelized in bacon fat? Well, that's just brilliant no matter how you slice it. The rest of the burger toppings play harmoniously—peppery arugula, juicy tomato, and mild, nutty melted Swiss.

If you plan on serving these Ultimate Sriracha Burgers for your Super Bowl party, I have a feeling that they would translate beautifully into sliders, perhaps making them a little more manageable by getting rid of the tomato and arugula but hanging on to the onions, bacon, Swiss, and special sauce.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Sriracha Cookbook to give away this week.

Adapted from The Sriracha Cookbook. Copyright © 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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