America’s First Fast Food Burger Vending Machine Just Debuted Here – Eat This Not That

If you’ve ever been to a vending machine, you know they’re usually for things like chips, drinks, or candies.

But a special vending machine in Jersey City, New Jersey offers much more than that.

It serves hot burgers made to order at the touch of a button. The machine, called RoboBurger, was recently installed inside the Newport Center Mall. And surprisingly, a review of the burgers themselves is actually quite good.

The company, co-founded by Audley Wilson, serves “freshly grilled restaurant-quality burgers from scratch.” Their first machine is at the north exit of the mall on the second floor.

Robo Burger

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Taking the COVID-19 catering era to new heights, the vending machine offers a complete contactless ordering and delivery experience through a chute at the front of the machine.

Despite the physical constraints of a vending machine, RoboBurger uses a five-step cooking process. The machine toasts the patty, toasts the bun, dispenses the condiments, assembles the burger and delivers the food to the customer. The machine includes an interior refrigerator, an automated heating plate and a cleaning unit.

Using a touchscreen, customers can add toppings to their burger while the robot grills the patty and delivers it approximately six minutes later. The machine accepts cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

RoboBurger’s patties are 100% grass-fed beef, rounding up the cost of a burger to around $7 each. So, how do burgers taste? Writer Jessica Montgomery tried RoboBurger for the first time and she was shocked at how good it was.

“My perception of vending machine food completely changed once I took my first bite,” Montgomery wrote. “RoboBurger is just the start of a revolution in the food industry where meals are prepared using artificially intelligent technology.”

Robo Burger

According to Wilson, RoboBurger has technology that can control the amount of burger smell released into the air while its robot chef prepares the meal. It has the potential to attract customers with its aroma as they walk around the mall.

“After a few simple taps on the RoboBurger screen, the process of cooking my meal began,” Montgomery said. “Moments later, the surrounding area filled with an aroma that could only be described as a Fourth of July barbecue.

RoboBurger is entering the market as high-tech innovations sweep the restaurant world. Artificial intelligence is increasingly common in drive-thru, where chains like Sonic and White Castle are turning to robots to take orders and flip burgers. Last month, Chipotle announced that it had created a robot named Chippy that will make fresh tortillas.

RoboBurger says it will soon open locations at airports, malls, colleges and factories across the country.

“After trying RoboBurger for myself, I can definitely see it becoming a staple in any high-traffic building,” Montgomery said. “Not only is it effective and affordable, it also tastes great.”


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