Israeli burger chain plans vegan 3D-printed burgers

Burger prototype
A prototype plant-based burger printed and cooked by SavorEat’s system. Photo: courtesy

Burgus Burger Bar partners with SavorEat on a system that ‘prints’ plant-based burgers on demand, to be piloted at some of the chain’s branches.

Last year, ISRAEL21c reported on a 3D printer for plant-based burgers being developed by startup SavorEat.

Now, Israeli hamburger restaurant group Burgus Burger Bar has partnered with SavorEat to finish developing the “digital chef” system ahead of a beta pilot at some of the group’s 100 BBB, Mozes and Burgerim restaurants within two years.

“Their specialty is burgers so they know how a burger should feel and taste,” says Racheli Vizman, cofounder and CEO of SavorEat. “They will help us with every aspect of the formulation of the product.”

SavorEat’s 3D printing platform can bake, grill or fry a personalized plant-based burger using ingredient cartridges. The key ingredient is shelf-stable submicron crystalline cellulose, a zero-calorie derivative of plant fiber, as a self-assembling binder in place of starch, egg whites, gluten or gelatin.

“Today we print one burger at a time,” Vizman tells ISRAEL21c. “We wish to print up to eight at a time within about six minutes.”

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By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

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