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IKEA Research Lab Space10 Rethinks Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Meatballs

IKEA Research Lab Space10 Rethinks Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Meatballs

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Gone are the days of greasy yet delicious hamburgers and chocolate milkshakes; the dawn of going to IKEA to strictly eat mealworm burgers and sip coriander milkshakes is risinghome furniture shopping be darned. IKEA’s innovation and research lab Space10 is creating what it calls the “fast food of the future” and is announcing five new, sustainable dishes to start new consumer eating trends.

“At Space 10, our research is rooted in an important principle–dishes shouldn’t just be healthy or sustainable, they must be delicious too,” explained Space10, according to a report by Dezeen. “To change people’s minds about food, to inspire them to try new ingredients, we can’t just appeal to the intellect–we have to titillate their taste buds, which is why we’ve been working with our Chef-in-Residence to come up with dishes that look good, taste good, and are good for people and the planet.”

IKEA's Space10 Dogless Hot Dog

In an effort to tackle the global food crisis and design food capable of withstanding time and humans' environmental impact, according to Metro, Space10 used only ingredients that can be cultivated sustainably or are byproducts of an existing production chain for its new line of futuristic food.

With surprising ingredients like bugs, algae, and plenty of unique vegetables, the five dishes are carnivore and herbivore friendly, and include sustainable takes on burgers, hot dogs, meatballs, salad and ice cream.

Check out a complete list of the new items below.

Bug Burger

Eating meat could be a thing of the past if IKEA has anything to do about it. The Bug Burger patty is made from beetroot, parsnip, and the larvae of the common darkling beetle–mealworms! Not the first to tap into the bug craze, and certainly not the last, bugs as a protein-substitute are popping up left and right across foodservice.

Dogless Hot Dog

Don’t worry, this dish is not just bread. The vegetarian Dogless Hot Dog’s sausage is made of dried and glazed baby carrots, while the bun is made of the micro-algae spirulina. Even the condiments are sustainable, with ketchup made from beets and berries, a cream made from mustard and turmeric, and roasted onions, cucumber, and herb salad to top this dish off.

IKEA's Space10 Dogless Hot Dog

The Neatball

Famous for its meatballs, IKEA is releasing two new flavors created to satisfy both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Similar to its new burger, one is made from mealworms, while the veg-friendly meatless ball is made from root vegetables.

Lokal Salad

Ever heard of microgreens? Tiny sprout-like crops typically used as a garnish, microgreens are the spotlight of this dish after Space10 discovered the root, seed, and shoot are chock full of nutrition. The Lokal salad consists of three varieties:

  • Pink-stem radish, pea sprouts, and thyme
  • Broccoli, red-veined sorrel, and tarragon
  • Borage, red frill mustard, and lemon balm

Each salad is served with croutons made from day-old bread and a tarragon, lemon balm, and basil dressing.

IKEA's Space10 Lokal Salad

Ice cream

IKEA’s new ice cream flavors are also made from microgreens, with flavors not typically found at your local confectionary, including coriander, fennel, and mint. And, if you’re not a fan of ice cream, but instead in the ice lolly camp, options are also herb-based and include coriander, woodruff, sorrel, and Spanish chervil.

Will IKEA create a new wave of consumer demand in the fast food realm? Deli Market News will continue to report with the latest.