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Cook the Book: Japanese Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup 

[Photographs: Hawk Krall]

Okay, so these Japanese Burgers from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono aren't your typical backyard cookout fare, but man, are they good. They're little patties of soy-spiked beef and pork, topped with spicy-sweet wasabi ketchup, served on a grilled rice "bun."

Of course, you could serve these Japanese Burgers on regular buns, but the yaki onigiri are way more exciting. Split and stuffed with the juicy patties, the nutty, soy-brushed rice balls are the perfect stand in for a bun with their crisp exterior and squishy innards. Stirring wasabi and soy into sweet ketchup makes for a much more complex condiment, and one that matches these Japanese-inspired burgers beautifully.

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

Reprinted with permission from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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