Connecticut Steamed Cheese Burgers

Steamed cheeseburger? Yep. Ted’s restaurant has been serving them since 1959, although some say Jack’s Lunch in Middletown invented it. But at Ted’s, special steam racks were made. While the burger steams, the fats drip out and the meat fills up with steam so it’s still really moist. Then, at Ted’s, the drop 2 full ounces of cheddar and steams it again. It’s served up with all the condiments and some fresh cooked fries.

Sound good? I think so, but it’s one of those things that you either really like it or you really don’t. Give it a try and let me know which side of the steamer you’re on!

Here’s How to Do it:

Mix the ground beef with some dehydrated onions, then form the patties. They should be just slightly bigger than the bun.

Toast the buns and put some mayonnaise or ketchup on the bottom half (I mixed mayo with some mustard and onions).

Put some water in the bottom of a pot and place a steamer basket inside. Lay some onions on the bottom,

then top them with the burgers. Cover the pot and steam for about 5 to 8  ten minutes.

Top each burger with thick slices of cheddar,

cover the pan and steam again for about 30 seconds – long enough for the cheese to melt.

Remove the onion and chop it.

Put it on top of the cheese.

Place a burger on each bun and top with your favorite condiments.

Serve with fries – either frozen or homemade.

Connecticut Steamed Cheeseburger

Steamed cheeseburger? Yep. Ted’s restaurant has been serving them since 1959, although some say Jack’s Lunch in Middletown invented it. But at Ted’s, special steam racks were made. While the burger steams, the fats drip out and the meat fills up with steam so it’s still really moist. Then, at Ted’s, the drop 2 full ounces of cheddar and steams it again. It’s served up with all the condiments and some fresh cooked fries.

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated, chopped onions
  • 8 oz sliced sharp cheddar
  • 8 slider buns
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • condiments of choice
  1. Mix the ground beef with some dehydrated onions, then form the patties. They should be just slightly bigger than the bun.

  2. Put some water in the bottom of a pot and place a steamer basket inside. Lay some onions on the bottom, then top them with the burgers. Cover the pot and steam for about 5 to 8 ten minutes.

  3. Top each burger with thick slices of cheddar, cover the pan and steam again for about 30 seconds – long enough for the cheese to melt.

  4. Remove the onion and chop it. Put it on top of the cheese.

  5. Place a burger on each bun and top with your favorite condiments.

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