‘Flippy’ The Burger Flipping Robot Taking Over Jobs At California Burger Chain

The robot can cook up to 2,000 burgers a day.

By Marilyn Nelson on March 6, 2018
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

It may have been one of your first jobs, so you know that flipping burgers is hot, greasy, and not very fun so now ‘Flippy’ the burger flipping robot is now manning the grill at CaliBurger in Pasadena.

“The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency. So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same,” said Cali Group CEO John Miller.

Flippy,  the creation of Miso Robotics, is designed to flip, cook, and help prep the perfect burger. According to KTLA 5 News, Flippy uses thermal imaging, 3D and camera vision to calculate when it’s time to flip, and when to remove the burger from the grill.

A human still has to add cheese, but Flippy will do the rest.

“The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see that kitchen as having people and robots,” said David Zito, co-founder and chief executive officer of Miso Robotics.

In addition to consistency and safety, CaliBurger says the robot can cut down on costs.

“It’s not a fun job – it’s hot, it’s greasy, it’s dirty,” said Miller about the grill cook position. Less turnover means less time training new grill cooks.