Central Connecticut’s Steamed Cheeseburger

4 STOPS | 16 MILES | 24 min

We’re not saying that the steamed cheeseburger is the best burger variation on earth, but if you care about regional specialties, it is something you must have. Limited to a small region of central Connecticut and dating back to the 1920s, when anything fried was considered unhealthful and steamed food was the nostrum of the moment, it lacks the crunch of grilled or charcoaled patty but, at its best, makes up for it with extreme juiciness and ultra-goopy cheese.



Ted's specialty is the unique central Connecticut dish, a steamed cheeseburger: oozing, luscious, beefy succulence!



The Lunchbox is a best source of Meriden, Connecticut's unique steamed cheeseburger, which is extremely juicy with tangy molten cheese on a sturdy bun.


K. LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

The steamed cheeseburger is unique to central Connecticut, and Meriden is home to several purveyors. K. LaMay's steamer is the biggest and one of the best.



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