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Aug 2, 2006 01:41 PM

steamed hamburgers

I recently saw something on TV about a place that makes steamed burgers. I think it is somewhere in CT. Has anyone heard of it?

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  1. You're talking about Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers in Meriden, Ct.

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    1. Could be Louis Lunch in New Haven-- the "original" burger!

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      1. re: madisoneats

        Louis Lunch doesn't steam them. They are flame roasted vertically in an old custom cooker.

      2. While Ted's may be the touchstone, O'Rourke's diner in Middletown also has steamed hamburgers. I seem to remember that they are not offered on Sunday when more esoteric items take over the menu, but others may want to correct me on that.

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        1. re: DonShirer

          O'Rourke's burned last winter, go to the website and contribute to its rebuilding.

        2. also, rosco's big dog in hartford has ted's style steamed burgs.

          1. On Saturday, I went to Ted's for my first time. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed sitting at the counter and watching the cook prepare the burgers. Each burger and each block of cheese goes it's its own separate metal container, then into the steamer. They sell a lot of burgers! Home fries with cheese are really good too.

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              1. re: Jestner

                All should be aware that O'Rourke's in Middletown burned down a few years ago and is in the process of re-building...I think they are saying mid Novenber to open again.

                Steamed burgers are indigineous to the lower CT River valley...but in reality...while the infamous White castle chain uses a grill...they also steam their burgers if requested. Also...the grill is kept so low because the patties are so essense they are poached in their own liquids.

                Two things that are grey in CT...steamed burgers and clam chowder...(some call it Rhode island style...)