The future of food is mealworm burgers (apparently)
Space10, IKEA's external innovation lab, is putting mealworms into burgers.
More accurately, it's taking the beef out of burgers and replacing it with a concoction of mealworms and root vegetables. Delicious.
These bug burgers are part of what the lab has dubbed the "fast food of the future," they said last week in a post on Medium. In other words, they're healthy and sustainable and delicious, and we ought to be excited to get such a gourmet glimpse of our insect-packed future.
In total, they've come out with five new future foods:
- A "bug burger," made from a mixture of beetroot, parsnips, potatoes, and yes, mealworms, or the "larval form of a darkling beetle." Don't google that.
- A "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. (Spirulina is "the most ideal food for mankind" according to the UN, which, sure.)
- A riff on the IKEA meatball, now called a "neatball," made from mealworm or root veggies.
- And finally, a super-healthy salad and micro-green ice cream.
This isn't SPACE10's first bug food. Two years ago, the Copenhagen-based "future-living" lab introduced "Tomorrow's Meatball," a visual re-imagining of what we'll be eating years from now. But don't expect to see them on your next furniture run—a Space10 representative tells Esquire.com that this project is limited to culinary research, and there are no current plans to put these dishes on IKEA's menu.
If this is the future of food—which seems likely, as the planet's population is overtaking its food supplies—then let's consider a rebranding of all insects and their byproducts. Nothing ruins a burger more quickly than the word "mealworm."