Jun 25, 2018

New Fast Food Robot Grills, Toasts, Slices, and Assembles Burgers

A new burger joint named "Creator" is set to open in San Francisco, CA and features a burger robot/machine that makes burgers from start to finish at $6 a pop.

The new restaurant opens Wednesday, June 27 with two of the burger-making machines combining to serve up 130 burgers an hour according to Eater, and promises the "#freshestburgerever."

How fresh? Here's what each robot handles:

- Slices, butters, and toasts brioche buns to order.
- Adds sauces in specific measurements.
- Slices tomatoes, pickles, and onions to order.
- Grates cheese to order.
- Grinds seasonings to order.
- Grinds and grills burger patty to order.

Here what you might want to know about the ingredients:

- The brioche buns are locally baked daily.
- The burger patties are made of a combination of brisket and chuck from antibiotic- and hormone-free, pasture-raised cows.
- There are two cheeses to choose from each day, including Cheddar, smoked Cheddar, sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, and Monterey Jack.
- Available seasonings include sea salt, black pepper, chipotle sea salt, alderwood smoked salt, adobo, and Persian lime pepper.
- The vegetables are local and organic "as often as possible."
- Sauces include ketchup, mustard, oyster aioli, shiitake mushroom sauce, sunflower seed tahini, and garlic aioli.

The burgers look to be pretty big. Judging from this somewhat overly-enthusiastic video interview from TechCrunch, they look at least the same size as a Whopper or Quarter Pounder and a good deal bigger than a Shake Shack burger.

The $6 pricing seems very reasonable, given that the aforementioned Shake Shack burger costs around the same for a smaller burger and a premium-end burger at McDonald's or Burger King costs around $5 these days (and here in Los Angeles, Carl's Jr.'s Six Dollar Burger is now over $6).

There are several burger combinations set to be available at launch, including two that were created in collaboration with local chefs.

In addition to burgers, Creator will also be serving fries, salads, and desserts plus a selection of beer, wine, and organic sodas. They're only open for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the end of July (a soft opening to work out any kinks that might come up, I imagine) and are booked solid for that time period. If you're looking to go, there's a wait list for August you can sign up for starting in July.

If you're hoping to see the machine in action, the Wall Street Journal has a video of the process here.

You can find the restaurant at:

680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Photos via Creator.

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