Ikea is experimenting with burgers made from mealworms, and they actually look pretty delicious

When you think of a burger, you probably imagine something simple: a beef patty, a veggie burger, something with a ton of toppings and a soft bun, maybe even a salmon burger, all of which sound delicious. A burger made of bugs, however, is most likely not something that would make you feel too hungry. But could it be the future? Ikea is experimenting with burgers made from mealworms, and surprisingly, they actually look pretty delicious.

Hear us out before you call us crazy! Ikea’s secret innovations lab, Space 10, has spent a lot of time thinking up foods that are healthy, sustainable, and also really, really good. The lab is dedicated to creating meat-free meal options that everyone will enjoy, and they’ve come up with some pretty great ideas, like these new Ikea burgers.

About three years ago, the lab created what it calls Tomorrow’s Meatball, a line of products made with unique ingredients. One was made from artificial meat created in a lab, one was put together with perfectly good food waste, another was made of green algae, and one was made of nuts. The weirdest one, though, was made with bugs, dubbed the Crispy Bug Ball.

Now, Space 10 has taken it one step further, and created the new Ikea burgers — AKA the Bug Burger.

Each patty is made up of beetroot, parsnip, potatoes, and mealworms, the larval form of a darkling beetle. This sounds horrifying, but we have to be honest: it looks very delicious. The Bug Burger is on a white flour bun and topped with relish, beetroot and blackcurrant ketchup, chive spread, and a salad mix. Space 10 promises, “One bite, and we believe you’ll be crawling back for more.”

Swipe through the photos below to see the Ikea burger in all its glory.

If you’re wondering why anyone would even dream of creating a burger made from mealworms, Space 10 has an answer: to protect the Earth. The lab has pointed out, numerous times, that our increasing worldwide demand for meat is seriously damaging our planet.

They say, "Our meat production is impacting global warming significantly, uses dwindling supplies of fresh water, destroys forests and grasslands, and causes soil erosion, while pollution and animal waste create dead zones in coastal areas and smother coral reefs."

The lab also says that with an increasing demand for food, we all need to focus on being more efficient in producing it — and we need to be open to food diversity. That means trying new products that might sound strange, but are perfectly fine to eat, and might actually be healthier overall.

Plus, as the lab points out, insects really aren’t much different than meat you’re already eating. They say, “Insect eating is common to cultures in most parts of the world. Over 1,000 different insect species are eaten in 80% of the world’s nations. Insects generally contain more protein and are lower in fat than traditional meats, and have about 20 times higher food conversion efficiency — making it a viable addition to our current menu.”

So there you have it: bug food could be our future. If you’re curious enough to want to try the Bug Burger, you’ll have to look into getting a job at Space 10. Right now, these Ikea burgers are simply an experiment being done in test kitchens, and aren’t available to the general public. If things go the way the lab says they will, though, then there’s a good chance you could be ordering one after a day shopping at Ikea very soon.