Awesome Steamed Cheeseburgers!

"I was inspired to try to make these at home after watching the Travel Channel when they aired a piece about a place called Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT. Where he makes these awesome looking, gooey cheese covered burgers. I can't think of anyone who has a steam box like the one Ted uses in his restaurant, and after viewing the episode, I wanted one! So, I grabbed my patty press from the cupboard and went on to try to make these awesome burgers at home with a large frying pan, glass lid, and the wire rack from my toaster oven. Since no flipping is involved, I decided to place a slice of onion on each burger while it steamed. I was very delighted to find that the burgers not only came out juicy and flavorful, but was also surprised on how fast and easy it was, and because there are no grease splatters, clean up was a cinch!"
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photo by Uncle 12
Ready In:
2 burgers




  • divide ground beef in half and form into 2 six ounce patties.
  • season with seasoning salt and pepper to your liking.
  • place a metal rack in the bottom of the frying pan.
  • add water to a level just below the rack.
  • heat water on high heat until water begins to steam, reduce heat to medium.
  • place burgers on rack and cover.
  • steam for about 10 minutes.
  • top with cheese, cover and steam an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute or until cheese is melted.
  • top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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  1. Smilynn
    These were so good and easy. I used ground round, sea salt and black pepper. I had a little rack from the dollar store so I bent it to fit my frying pan. Topped with sliced, white onion and American cheese. I love the fact this recipe does not leave you with a greasy mess to clean up. Thanks for posting and this is now my "go to" burger recipe! Happy Independence Day!
  2. ElaineAnn
    I used ground round and omitted the onion. Ended up with a tender and juicy burger with no greasy pan to scrub after dinner! Served with Simple Side Dish With Red Skinned Potatoes #222273 for a super quick and easy meal. Thanks for posting Uncle 12. Made for Pick A Chef Spring 2011.
  3. bmcnichol
    These were really good and so easy to make. I did have to cook mine a bit longer to get them done. I cooked mine for ten minutes but they were so juicy. I didn't measure the seasoning salt or pepper, I just sprinkled it on. I also used burgers I had made when we bought our side of beef. I will make them like this more often.
  4. SB61287
    WONDERFUL! I have to admit I was shocked that they had so much flavor & were so juicy. DH said these will be perfect for those cold winter nights when we are craving a good burger. Great method Uncle 12. Made for 2010 PAC.
  5. mightyro_cooking4u
    Very good cheeseburgers. Steaming the burgers made them tender and juicy. The cheese melted perfectly. There was no grease splatter. Made for New Kids on the Block.



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