I’m not sure I how I feel about the news that there is a robot hamburger vending machine in the Newport Centre mall in Jersey City. On the one hand, I’m a sucker for a good burger; on the other hand, how good could a machine burger be?

The robot itself is a big red box, seven feet tall by five feet wide. You order with a touch screen, although customization is limited. The Roboburger is a 4-ounce Angus beef patty on a toasted potato bun with mustard, ketchup and cheddar cheese.

The machine is kept sanitary and the patties arrive in containers so that they’re not touched by human hands.

According to CNET, anyway, it’s not a bad burger. While the reviewer’s burger came out a little messy, she gave it a generally positive review, saying she could see herself ordering one at an airport. The burger costs $6.99.

The company is run by three men in Jersey City, according to their website:

They dreamt that students would have access to hot, fresh and affordable meals even at 2.00 AM while they prepare for finals. That travelers will never be forced into eating a cold overpriced sandwich in an airport, unless that’s what they choose to do. And that busy employees will never have to eat a vending machine candy bar as a meal replacement ever again.

The company is headquartered in Newark, and that’s where they assemble the machines. While the Newport Centre Mall is the first location, they are planning to expand to hospitals, college campuses, airports and office break rooms.

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle only.

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