An automated “restaurant in miniature” is serving up hamburgers at the Newport Centre, a Simon mall in Jersey City, N.J.
RoboBurger, a fully autonomous robotic burger chef, launched Friday, March 25, with a ribbon-cutting at the Newport Centre. Operating like an automated vending machine, the unit cooks restaurant-quality, freshly grilled burgers from scratch. Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI), RoboBurger is a self-controlling kitchen designed to include all the processes of a restaurant at a fraction of the size. It measures 12 square feet, plugs into a traditional wall socket, and has a refrigerator, as well as an automated griddle and cleaning system.
The robot uses a five-step cooking process designed to be similar to what chefs use in quick-service restaurants. RoboBurger grills the patty, toasts the bun, dispenses the selected condiments, assembles the burger, and delivers it hot in about six minutes, for a price of $6.99.