First Lab-Grown Hamburger Gets Taste Tested In London

August 5, 2013

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Mmmmmm, it looks like little worms -- let me try it raw.

Scientists took muscle cells from a cow, lab-cultured billions and billions more of them, mushed them all into a patty, then cooked it like a hamburger. How did it taste? Kinda like a burger! CRAZY. *stuffs mouth full of cocktail weenies, zip-lines off of balcony into street, tries to lift manhole cover, it's way heavier than I expected, gets laughed at and called a Ninja Tardle*

An independent study found that lab-grown beef uses 45% less energy than the average global representative figure for farming cattle. It also produces 96% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires 99% less land.


Upon tasting the burger, Austrian food researcher Ms Ruetzler said: "I was expecting the texture to be more soft... there is quite some intense taste; it's close to meat, but it's not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper."


She added: "This is meat to me. It's not falling apart."

Food writer Mr Schonwald said: "The mouthfeel is like meat. I miss the fat, there's a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger.

Hey, whatever works. They're gonna have to seriously ramp up production and lower costs (it cost over $300K to make this one) though because nobody's gonna pay a thousand bucks for a McPetridish. A McBunsenburger, MAYBE. That was a lab equipment joke. "Not a very good one." Just drown me in the chemical shower, I deserve it.

Hit the jump for several more shots including the taste testers putting bites in their mouths with regretful looks on their faces.

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Thanks to koyote kid and dr venkman, who agree if there's something strange in your neighborhood DO NOT ASSUME IT'S FOOD AND TRY TO EAT IT.

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