What is Gobo? Gobo is burdock root, a root vegetable with a robust earthy flavor. We grow the cultivated variety(Arctium lappa, var. edule) common in Japan and China that is favored for its texture and flavor. A nutritious and delicious root vegetable high in fiber, it is a plant that is known to provide herbal healing properties to assist with indigestion, arthritis, rheumatism,some skin or nervous disorders and other ailments.In Japan, it is common to eat Gobo in a dish called Kinpira. Other popular ways of eating it is tempura and stews. I would have never thought to make veggie burgers out of them! As it is growing popular at market, we decided to try out a new way of eating it, as a burger! It was the bomb! Super easy and super tasty! Please try it out!
Ingredients(Makes 4 patties)
2 cups grated gobo
1 cup flour
1 local egg
A handful of Moroheiya, minced(can be substituted with other greens)
A handful of parsley, minced (optional)
1/2 onion, minced
Salt and pepper to taste.
2 Tbsp oil for cooking
*I can imagine it would be great to add other veggies like black beans, okra, corn…mmmmm
1. Add all ingredients together except for the egg and mix well.
2. Beat the egg and add to the mixture and mix evenly.
3. Use your hand( I know it’s sticky but it’s the best way to get the consistency going. You want to add lots of air!)
4. Shape into 4 patties.
5. Heat skillet and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook the patties until brown on medium high heat.
6. Flip the patties and lower the heat to medium. Cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes.
7. Check to see if this side is brown and it’s ready to eat!
Eat with or without buns and with your favorite condiments! I hope you enjoy this healthy dish as much as we did!