IKEA Is Creating The "Fast Food Of The Future" With Bug Burgers

March 14, 2018

SPACE10, IKEA's Copenhagen-based innovation lab, is working on creating sustainable yet delicious "fast food of the future."

There are five new menu items that are being developed:

  • The "bug burger," made from a mixture of beetroot, parsnips, potatoes, and yes, mealworms, or the "larval form of a darkling beetle."
  • The "dogless hotdog," with dried and glazed baby carrots instead of meat, topped with beet and berry ketchup, mustard and turmeric cream, onions, cucumber, and herb salad. The bun is made with spirulina, or micro-algae, and is literally green.
  • The reinvented IKEA meatball, now called a "neatball," made from mealworm or root veggies.
  • The "Lokal salad," made a combination of three microgreens, sprouts and herbs: red veined sorrel, broccoli and tarragon; pea sprouts, pink stem radish and thyme; and borage, red frill mustard and lemon balm.
  • And "microgreen ice cream," made up of falavors of fennel, coriander, basil and mint. The base is made with just 60g of sugar (for a 600g batch), with additional sweetness coming from a mix of apple juice, apples and lemon juice.

You can see pictures of these new products HERE!

A Space10 representative did say that this project was only for culinary research, and there are no plans to put these dishes on IKEA's menu, just yet!