Scientists Grew A Burger: Yum Or Gross?

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Aug. 05, 2013

Are you tired of eating burgers from dead cows like some lame old person does? Well, you’re in luck! Scientists in London have grown a burger in a lab for you to enjoy!

Grown in petri dishes, the burger was given positive reviews by three food critics who tasted it. “At least it tastes of meat!” said one taster.

Boy, if there’s anything I’ve ever wanted from a positive burger review, it’s to be told it tastes like meat.

Well that doesn't look disgusting at all!


So here’s how it is done. Stem cells from cows are put in some sort of nutrient broth (yummy…) and grown in a petri dish. These dishes are electrocuted so the cells bulk up.  Once they are ready to go (it takes about 200,000 of these strips to make one 5oz burger), these strips of electrocuted stem cell meat are mixed with lab-grown animal fat along with salt, egg powder, bread crumbs, and beetroot juice for color, and bingo! Your burger is made.

Is your mouth just watering with excitement because I know mine is. Wait, no. That’s the watering that occurs before vomiting.

Honey, start up the grill! These petri dish meat strips are almost fully grown!


The research of this burger costs nearly $400,000. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, is a major backer of the project being led by Professor Mark Post. Post stated that this burger is needed. “Meat demand is going to double in the next 40 years. Right now we are using 70% of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock.” He says we need alternatives and that makes sense, but don’t we have other options first?

We eat all sorts of animals as it is, but some we don’t for some reason. Why don’t we eat horses? Kids eat glue as it is, so kids are sorta already doing that. And what about hamsters? Hamsters are cute and small and could make a great hor d’oeuvre before a delicious elephant burger.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather not eat these animals. I’d like to stick to chickens, pigs, and cows like any good American. But part of me would rather just have humans eat every animal on earth before we start growing weird looking meat in a laboratory.


What do you think? If your option was to eat every animal on the planet or eat a gross petri dish full of fake meat, what would you do. And no, I'm not being biased with how I ask that question.

- Mark (follow on Twitter)

138 comments
Matthew-Naylor-305
Matthew-Naylor-305 User

I would vote for curbing the population before voting for petri-meat. This is wrong on so many levels. It's been shown that the nutritional differences between grassfed meat and feed-fed meat are wide.... where would petri-meat fall? Also, how much the muscle is worked before being slaughtered makes a difference, at least in taste. There are many factors of a cows life which influence the quality of the meat. This abomination has no place in our bodies. But, I guess that's not much different than the rest of the standard American diet. So eat it up fools, and leave more real meat for me.

jaytown1212
jaytown1212 User

Im extremely shocked that so many people would be for this becoming a norm. but then again gmo's are everywhere and they sure look pretty, and huge, and healthy. But nutrition wise, they have been stripped of anything that actually is of value, its just filler. like watered down gasoline. 

Hampus-Sahlin-570
Hampus-Sahlin-570 User

I think these Burgers wount be that expensive and i can realy see how this will eventualy develop to be almost exacly like meat.. And most importantly we can finaly stop sloughtering inucent animals. They are also a part of this World and we should take our responsebility since our population will conteneu to grow eaven ore rapidly for each year and this might be the sulution for the starvation problem and no animals harmed.

Jacob Forsyth
Jacob Forsyth

hell yeah, i would eat it, it is still meat after all.

Lee McDonald
Lee McDonald

im afraid God had nothing to do with this burger

Lacimeh
Lacimeh User

Today, too many scientists ask themselves "can I do it?" without asking themselves "should I?"

Happy D McJingles
Happy D McJingles

well lets start with getting rid of GMO's and buying food at local farms instead of getting meat from a slaughterhouse that is 2000 miles away

Keld Marstrand Mechlenborg Christensen
Keld Marstrand Mechlenborg Christensen

Right now it seems like a gross option for food, but Ill bet in 10 or 15 yeras, it would be just as normal then, as it is to eat meat today... IF THERE IS NO LONGTERM SIDEEFFECTS BY EATING IT! But the idea is very good. It could help the worlds starving people... BUT the problem is that then there goes money and politics in it.. and then the poor and hungry people cant get any anyway! Just like medicin!

Alex Deeley
Alex Deeley

Why is everyone so anti this stuff? At some point the demand for meet won't be able to be met, and synthetic meat will be a suitable alternative for all those who don't fancy eating veggies and nuts?

Kari Horkko
Kari Horkko

That piece of meat cost obaut 250 000 $. But when price come down we dont need animals for meat production and that means less Carbon dioxide in the air, so it is realy good for future of Earth. Just think meat from sterile lab, or pig from his own shit .....

Sebastian Krogh
Sebastian Krogh

But it's a start - With your attitude we'll be sure to get nowhere!

Sebastian Krogh
Sebastian Krogh

Yes I would eat meat made in a lab - The same way i would transplant a heart or a liver made in a lab, if i needed one!

blizzard001
blizzard001 User

if people are stupid enough to eat at mcdonalds, why not eat prefab meats its probebly more healthy  !!

diverdave76
diverdave76 User

It's better than meat that's been washed with Ammonia 

Xzelick
Xzelick User

Hey if it tastes good let's do both. 

Blake Yarbrough
Blake Yarbrough

i eat stuff "grown" in my nose; so stuff grown in a lab probably wouldn't bother me.

Tom Pope
Tom Pope

Did they grow it in a cow?

Kieron Whiley
Kieron Whiley

Is there any nutritional value in a stem cell grown meat patty?

Andy Scherm
Andy Scherm

This isn't new, Wal-Mart has been doing this for years.

Teale Failla
Teale Failla

Okay, my mistake for wanting to start an intelligent conversation on social media.

Jroi
Jroi User

how much would 1lb of this grown meat cost? That would be the deciding factor for most people i think.


kaboom666
kaboom666 User

its 10 times better than the poop meat china is producing!!!. and i still wont fucking touch this shit.

Chanda Meas
Chanda Meas

I'm not sure about eating meat that's grown in a lab >_

Rongen Robles
Rongen Robles

yes it's hard. Because veggies have worms, pesticides, etc. and these lab-grown burger patty are made by organic people.

Ryan Fissenwert
Ryan Fissenwert

id take this any day over the actual slaughter of animals. i hope this becomes a norm.

Elizabeth Anne Milner
Elizabeth Anne Milner

Okay, if we're already trying to get rid of GMO's what makes them think that a laboratory creation is any more appetizing or safe over the long term?

John Braun
John Braun

What are the side effects? Better yet, if we eat said petri dish meat, how long does it take to kill a person? Why can't we clone cows or something?

Joshua Sidney
Joshua Sidney

I hope it comes to life and kills whoever made it

Jason Hurt
Jason Hurt

Hmmmm... Meat grown in a clean sterile lab or meat grown in in an animals vagina.

passmore428
passmore428

@Hampus-Sahlin-570 Wouldn't our responsibility be to reduce the population since sustaining our current population is destroying the earth? You cant feed everyone from a lab, if we could they would use so much electricity just to operate that we would pollute the air with the coal we burn to run them because we also cant support the population on wind and solar. People like you never look at the grim realities of the crap you suggest. $200,000 fake burger is gonna save the animals... yeah, keep dreaming hippie.

passmore428
passmore428

@Kari Horkko And how much coal needs to be burned to run a sterile lab? Idiot.

ispewmalarkey
ispewmalarkey User

@Teale Failla Oh. My. GOD! learn how to use the reply button. fuck! 

hader2108
hader2108 User

@John Braun 

What's the use of cloning cows? Nature produces already cows the normal way. There are no side effects. This meat is grown from a cow muscle stem-cell. It lacks fat and juice. This burger costs €250.000 to produce. It's not possible to make a steak this way (yet) but this is a good start.