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The "Steamed hamburger / cheeseburger" thread

Old Oct 5, 20, 12:10 am
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The "Steamed hamburger / cheeseburger" thread

Originally Posted by boxo View Post
Oh man, I wish I'd seen this thread yesterday. I made "pizza" with Essential Baking Co "crust" with fresh mozzarella and a diced red onion. I have some uncured whole pepperoni in the cabinet for next time with a drizzle of honey.

A couple years ago, I specifically went to Connecticut for apizza (New Haven) and steamed burgers (Meriden). How have I never heard of Detroit's pizza?!
Ted’s? I can’t comprehend a steamed burger. Do they taste that great? The meat is only steamed?
ive had steamed ground pork in Chinese restaurants but I don’t think I’ve ever had steamed ground meat. I know that many steamed dumplings have some form of meat.

https://www.tedsrestaurant.com/img/m...riden_Menu.pdf

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Old Oct 5, 20, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by gaobest View Post
Tedís? I canít comprehend a steamed burger. Do they taste that great? The meat is only steamed?
ive had steamed ground pork in Chinese restaurants but I donít think Iíve ever had steamed ground meat. I know that many steamed dumplings have some form of meat.

https://www.tedsrestaurant.com/img/m...riden_Menu.pdf
My dad and I did both Ted's and K Lamay in the same day. We ordered one cheeseburger at each place and cut in half. Ted's uses mozzarella and K Lamay uses sharp white cheddar. Both were good, but my dad liked Ted's and I liked K Lamay's.

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Old Oct 5, 20, 10:15 pm
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This steamed burger thing is just surreal!!
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For those who have spent any time in the American south, the classic steamed burger is White Castle, of course

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation...ers-have-holes
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Old Oct 6, 20, 1:10 am
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So... having seen the videos... how would I make the steamed burger with steamed cheese at home? This is whack.
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Old Oct 6, 20, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
For those who have spent any time in the American south, the classic steamed burger is White Castle, of course

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation...ers-have-holes
The biggest difference is that White Castle simply slaps on a slice of American cheese right before it gets boxed. A tray of steamed cheese looks amazing.

I miss White Castle.

Don't forget about Principal Skinner's steamed hams...
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Old Oct 6, 20, 8:04 am
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These steamed cheeseburgers are... a thing. I find them pretty disgusting. I grew up not too far away from the small area where these are common. The cheese part I like, gooey cheese is delicious and I wouldn't mind it on a burger that had some texture. The steamed beef patties taste disgusting. It's mealy, oddly textured, and bathed in the parts that you want cooked off on a griddle. It's almost slimy.

Making one at home is very easy and I'd recommend never bothering to do it.
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
For those who have spent any time in the American south, the classic steamed burger is White Castle, of course

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation...ers-have-holes
Or in the midwest (where the most stores are) or northeast. From wikipedia: "Current White Castle markets include Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Louisville, Lexington, MinneapolisĖSt. Paul, Nashville, New York, NY/New Jersey/Pennsylvania, Phoenix, and St. Louis."

I'm not embarrassed to say I've visited two in the Chicago area fairly regularly, although not in a few years.


Make no mistake though, it's barely a burger, more like a "I know it's bad for me but tastes so good" snack. Preferably at the end of a long night at the bar on the way home.
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Old Oct 6, 20, 2:42 pm
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How best to steam cheese?
now for a cheeseburger, I slice and warm the bunny bun with slices of cheese (both sides) in the toaster oven at 250; I also add cheese to the burger on the grill for the final minute. So maybe I’ll continue to grill the meat and attempt steamed cheese instead of having the cheese on the bunny bun.
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setup a steamer basket or insert in a sauce pan. Put a bowl or something with the cheese and little bit of cream or something to emulsify it after melting. Melt it.
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Old Oct 6, 20, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
setup a steamer basket or insert in a sauce pan. Put a bowl or something with the cheese and little bit of cream or something to emulsify it after melting. Melt it.
and I still use water for the steaming? Or is the cream used for the steaming?
thank you!!!
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uhhh. the water.
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Old Oct 7, 20, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
uhhh. the water.
then where does the cream go?
i only started cooking on a daily basis in March. Iíve been a restaurant diner for decades.
maybe Iíll fly in Y again one day.
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you quoted my directions. read them.

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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
For those who have spent any time in the American south, the classic steamed burger is White Castle, of course

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation...ers-have-holes
Very different processes:

White Castle cooks the burgers on onions on a griddle.
In CT, the burgers are cooked in steam cabinets. No griddle involved.

Although their marketing department would claim otherwise, I don't consider White Castle burgers steamed.
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