I was under the impression that the hamburgers were already machine made, and the patties delivered ready-to-cook, to the franchise fast food joints. No? That's what it looks like, from te customer's side of the counter.
So why not a machine that does all of the steps in the same place?
The actual cooking of the burger shouldn't be all that hard to do automatically. Fast food places already use automatic machines for things like grilled cheese sandwiches.
I agree Bert,
With just a little extra effort, you could put fresh produce and meat in one end of the machine and a fully cooked hamburger could come out of the slot still hot.
This approach could improve service and reduce the spread of various malodies introduced to the food by the staff.
Just a thought.
I agree with both of you... it seems like the healthier, less disease ridden way of making burgers. And the recipe can be tweaked and perfected which would make it consistently good every time. Humans in the fast food business are the weak (and expensive) link. And the upside is, more jobs for engineering students who can perform the maintenance on them :)
While you might not caught a cold from the grillman, I'd worry about the fuzzy stuff growing inside the machine if it can't be cleaned completely. Spatulas and bare metal clean up better than conveyor belts, gears, and chains.