If there's one thing Dr. Tygan misses more than his lab equipment, it's those damn tasty ADVENT burgers.

There have been several references that the food the ADVENT administration serves is of dubious origin. Tygan doesn't want to know what their burgers are made of, it sounds like cows have gone the way of the dinosaur, and food seems to just "appear" from ADVENT facilities. Do we actually know what ingredients go into an ADVENT burger, or is it just a running gag?

  • I was about 70% of the way to voting to close as off topic before reading the full question...
    – imulsion
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 21:40
  • Yeah, it's perhaps borderline, but this is a (very minor) plot point that is referenced several times in-game.
    – Aurelius
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 21:41
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    I was this close to flagging as spam.
    – ave
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 21:52
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    Maybe this mystery will get resolved in an upcoming DLC XCOM2: Beef Battles
    – Philipp
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:03
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    Reminds me of Bob's iguanas.
    – PTwr
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 7:53

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According to this image found within the SDK, ADVENT burgers (according to ADVENT) are made up of (translation from the image):

Buckaroo Burger

  • Soft juicy and full of flavor - cheese pickle tomato lettuce and fresh angus beef all wrapped up on a freshly baked sesame bun

The Buffalo Chicken Classic

  • Soft melted cheddar cheese melted onto a panko breaded chicken breast rolled in juicy buffalo sauce made fresh in house. Sesame bun perfection

Cowboy Burger Diggyup

  • Thick cut applewood smoked bacon fresh off the farm with melted American cheese, pickles, and iceberg lettuce with two smokin kobe beef patties

So according to ADVENT, their burgers are made out of cows, with all the fillings you'd expect, like lettuce, cheese, and sesame bun. But to be honest? I think they're made from different kind of cows.


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    -1 for bad pun. Kidding!
    – DarthPizza
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 23:36
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    Notice the fine print at the bottom? It says All burgers are synthesiz ed by our profesionals (both the space in synthesiz ed and the missing s in profesionals are as shown in the image).
    – EvilBob22
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 1:00

The only references in the game I'm aware of are the off-hand comments made by the crew:

  • Tygen says he misses Advent Burgers
  • Bradford hates them, and says if he finds one more wrapper there's gonna be hell to pay
  • Shen wonders where they come from, since all the cows are gone
  • In one of the guerrilla ops missions, you find conveyors of advent burgers with "no clear source of meat". During that same mission, Bradford says something like "no one questions where the meat comes from even though there's no cattle coming in"

Additionally, the game has an official prequel novel. I have not read it, but according to one post,

In the book, while burgers are never mentioned no one gets much in the way of meat anymore because Advent have a strict policy on domesticated animals which turns out to be because some sort of rabies-like alien contagion that makes wild animals stand around all creepy and if you shoot them they [explode] in a shower of rainbow dust that spreads. [..]

What they eat in the cities is called "CORE", featuring yummy " reclaimed protein"...

The lack of cows comment + "reclaimed protein" makes it pretty clear they're hinting that Advent Burgers are made from humans. It's probably a reference to the classic 1970's Sci-Fi film Soylent Green, which is famous for that same twist.

  • That was what I inferred (especially after the Black Site), but I was hoping to get something more concrete.
    – Aurelius
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:17
  • Do you have any in-game proof for that theory? The aliens are abducting people, but the reason for doing so is revealed during the story, and it is not for nutrition purpose.
    – Philipp
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:17
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    I also inferred this, and will continue to assume it's correct until somebody finds something concrete.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 23:39
  • Advent burgers are people, people!!!
    – mathgenius
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 2:47

Well, actually. It is possible that this "reclaimed protein" I'd actually just lab grown meat. It could be of literally ANY origin, but the way it works, scientist begin with a small culture of stem cells in a nutrient solution, the cells grow into essentially a tumor (except not cancerous) and then they grind it up and make anything out of it really. It has actually happened in real life! Thats the cool part. Except, well, if you wanted to order one it would run you a bill of 50 grand. Actually, this example may make canonical sense because

Potential spoiler:

The elders were suffering sever muscle atrophy, so potentially growing new muscles was proposed and failed, but was later repurposed to feed the masses.

So yeah, it's possible, but like I said. The cells for the "reclaimed protein" could come from literally anywhere, even long dead cows.

  • Welcome to Arqade. Can I suggest using proper spoiler tags to improve the formatting of your answer?
    – peper757
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 23:40

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