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Feb 22, 2012 06:52 PM

Does anyone serve steamed cheeseburgers anymore?

A friend asked me about this: I replied that our last White Castle closed many years ago (it's now Moody's Falafel Palace), and I don't think I've ever seen anyone steaming burgers outside of that franchise. I can imagine this happening in some old-timey joint in the remote suburbs, or someplace in Rhode Island or Maine, or some such.

He further qualified: "Not just slider-sized ones, but full-sized 'steamers'." Those I have definitely *not* seen.


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  1. I think the closest we have is Ted's in Meriden, CT. I actually LOVE these burgers, perhaps for the novelty factor, even though I'm a grill / char girl at heart. They aren't mini, though. If they were, I'd prolly eat 5 or 6 at a setting, so that's fine.

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    1. re: yumyum

      Ted's is definitely the kind of place he's talking about, and one I'd never heard of. Thanks!

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Get out! Google it. The steam trays they use are vintage and so are the regulars. You'd actually love the place. I do.

        1. re: yumyum

          Yeah, I don't think I've ever done anything vis-a-vis Meriden except cut through it while driving to NYC. I had no idea Ted's was so famous!

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I once stopped for Ted's when I was in the area. The burgers are rather interesting. I found the best part to be the gooey cheese they used. The burgers themselves are indeed juicy but I will always much prefer grilled. Definitely worth a stop though.

            1. re: Gordough

              Definitely the cheese that makes Ted's burgers. It's a white Vermont cheddar I believe, just a little sharp. It's the only thing that will get me to visit my inlaws in Meriden.

              There is a place in Baltimore, a root beer place, that also served steamed cheeseburgers, but they don't have "the machine" that Ted's has. Just doesn't taste the same.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                Ted's rocks but you gotta go with half the cheese, it gets a little excessive. My fave Connecticut burger is at Shady Grove, with the extra cheese that overlaps the burger and gets fried on the grill.

                Do you have the name of the Baltimore place?

                1. re: total13

                  Huh, I did not know half-cheese was an option. I agree, it's far too much a gobby rubbery mess.

                  Ted's and the other CT places mentioned in emmanths link do not steam-griddle like WhiteCastle but rather cook them entirely by steam alone. Then they remove the patty leaving behind all the juices. Ted's is dry as the Gobi desert, but I still love sitting at the counter watching the whole hyptonic opperation.

                  1. re: total13

                    Stewart's Rootbeer of Pulaski Highway.

      2. While certainly not chowworthy, The Sunset Grille steams their burgers in beer.

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        1. re: kimfair1

          I was going to post Sunset. You know, it's far from a board favorite but the burgers, when cooked to the right temperature, are actually pretty darn good.

          For the best steamed burgers ya gottta head to New Jersey. White Rose System!

          1. re: tamerlanenj

            Yes. Nothing better than a double with cheese, mayo, ketchup, a bacon double with cheese mayo ketcup, & a grilled cheese.

            Man, I miss the rose.

        2. Couple of other options in CT at the bottom of this thread:

          1. Moodys was a White Tower, not a White Castle.

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            1. re: jgg13

              Whoa, a White Castle knockoff chain! I did not know that existed!


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Yeah, although I'm not sure that their burgers were white castle-esque. That's the only one that I know of here in the Boston area, but I've seen a few other ex-WTs in other cities.

            2. Oddly, every shack and corner joint in Maine steams their hot dogs (the bright red kind), but nobody ever thinks to steam the burgers.