Momentum Machines is looking at creating what they call The Next Generation of Fast Food.
They have created a burger-making machine that may very well replace minimum wage workers who flip burgers at fast food locations. Tomatoes, onions, pickles, lettuce, buns and meat are inserted through tubes which the machine assembles, cooks and turns into a gourmet burger.
An article by Foodbeast.com called Here’s a Look at the World’s ‘First Smart Restaurant,’ Kitchen-Free and Run by Robots explains,
“Single-item menus, zero line cooks and almost no wait times, MM’s proposed restaurant would be completely minimalist and tailored to improve guests’ experiences. Capable of pushing out approximately 360 burgers an hour, the machine takes up only 24 square feet, allowing for more spacious seating areas and hopefully more time spent improving the overall dining experience.”
Momentum Machine’s official copy:
Fast food doesn’t have to have a negative connotation anymore. With our technology, a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.
Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant.
It does everything employees can do except better:
- It slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles only immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.
- Our next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground after you place your order? No problem.
- Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in all the juices.
- It’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.
The labor savings allow a restaurant to spend approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.”
The burger making process illustrated by photos.
Even if this specific product doesn’t take off right away, there is no denying the impact to the fast food industry this will have in the long term. When factory workers became more expensive than factory machines they were replaced and that is most likely what will happen with fast food within a decade or so.
Myself, I can’t wait to taste a robo-made gourmet burger! Bring em’ on to Canada.