• Jan 24th 2008 at 6:57PM
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Barbecuing can be such exhausting work. Surely there's an easier way. A group of Iranian inventors looked at how we cook and how we drive and how we dump so much heat out the back of our cars. Putting them all together, they came up with the Exhaust Burger concept.

Before you start complaining about the taste of carbon monoxide and the cancer risks of automotive air pollution, look closely at the design. The exhaust merely heats the upper element of the device, cooking your burger much like a Foreman Grill.

Of course, unlike the Foreman, there's nowhere for the grease to go, no easy way to check on the status of your food, and the Exhaust Burger only cooks one patty at a time. Oh, and the EB is still only a concept that was entered into Designboom's competition.

We'd sure like to try it out, though, especially if fitted to the back of a bio-diesel running on used grease from McDonald's. Instead of asthma-inducing fumes, we'd be spewing the hunger-inspiring smells of french fries and hamburgers. Yum. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Culture Garage via Designboom]



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      Em
      • 7 Years Ago
      Grim.
      I don't think I'll be hungering for one of those in a hurry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really motor heat cooking is nothing new. Some seventy years ago my step-dad owned a sawmill. and we cooked soup, stews, and coffee on the exhaust manifold of the power plant (a Hinkle truck motor)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet. HaHa. Now Ferrari owners can tailgate and cook 4 bergers at a time w/o having to bring the big messy webber!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ronco matic
      • 7 Years Ago
      Or just get a V8 with open headers, and you've got the whole family covered at ince.
      Dale
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not use the dripings for fuel?
      Drain to your fuel tank.

      The more you eat, the farther you drive
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can beat this one. in 1974 (and ONLY '74) Toyota included a cookbook for preparing underhood recipes. they had a tray that fit over the exhaust manifold, and you prepared your delicious meals there.

      for those familiar with Toyotas of this vintage, they had a nasty habit of cracking exhaust manifolds. I would imagine the infusion of carbon monoxide and good old hydrocarbons would make for a real taste treat, as well as sleep-inducement that would make the triptophan in that thanksgiving turkey look like nothing.

      I bought a new Dodge Colt in '74, and a good friend bought a new Corolla. we sat around one day looking thru the owner's manuals and stuff, and this recipe book was right there.

      AZMike
        • 7 Years Ago
        Car heat for cooking is more common than most think..

        Aside from cars, there was a documentary (can't recall when and where i saw it) that included a bit on bikers that foil up their food and cook it near the exhaust pipes for a steamy meal when they're done cruising. Looks like foil.. well, foiled the Iranians' concept.

        Further your interests more with a book like -
        http://www.amazon.com/Manifold-Destiny-Guide-Cooking-Engine/dp/0375751408
      • 7 Years Ago
      i can cook up to four patties with my quadruple exhaust pipe!

      (i'm suprised this idea didn't come from some lard ass here in the states)
        dlnichols
        • 7 Years Ago
        Americans did! A exhaust manifold cooker was available aftermarket on 1928 Fords and there was no exhaust fumes to deal with
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's pretty good but my nest door neighbor rigged a contraption to cook burgers with a piece of PVC and his own flatuation. Worked real good but pugh wat a smell.
      Scott
      • 7 Years Ago
      That has got to be the most ridiculous idea I have ever heard in my life! Might as well get more stupid and make the unit bigger so you can cook steak and a lobster tail in it and of course melted butter and baked potato lol. Perhaps an ear of corn on the cob to boot cripes. I wonder what it tastes like if your running diesel? Truckers BEWARE lol. Oh well I will continue to use my nice gas grill and not try to force my car to cook dinner for me lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I see a design issue with it. Since it uses a bottom-opening hinge with a spring clip, when the spring clip wears out (and it will), and you hit a bump the lid will open and the burger will come flying out.
      michael
      • 7 Years Ago
      all you have to do is ,put a steak or whatever in foil and place on the manafold and drive.its an old trick.
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