Kamikaze Burgers


Serves 4
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Wasabi novices may wish to tread carefully before
committing barbecue seppuku – the unassuming green
paste is like supercharged horseradish.
1 lb / 500 g lean beef mince
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
4 teaspoons wasabi paste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Make the burgers by blending the beef with the seasoning, and adding the chopped ginger and soy sauce. Divide the mixture into 4 even balls. With your thumbs or a spoon make an indentation in the top of each ball, so the ball becomes a bowl. Make up the wasabi paste according to the packet instructions (it often comes as a green powder and is prepared similarly to mustard, but you can buy it ready-made) and spoon a solitary teaspoon of the paste into each cavity. Close the lip of the ‘bowl’ over the paste and flatten the burger down, so you have a beef and ginger outer enclosing a wasabi nucleus. Grill over hot coals or embers for 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve with plenty of cooling liquid to hand!
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