Steamed Burgers.

What an odd concept.

Why would anyone choose to steam a cheeseburger?

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It seems like the reason is historical.

Restauranteurs need a way to cook burgers quickly and cheaply.

Steam is an efficient way to cook. So sure, let’s say that is it.

The meat and cheese in a steamed cheeseburger are both steam cooked.

Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden is the quintessential place for steamed cheeseburgers.

While K Lamay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers, also in Meriden, is in competition.

So who has the better Steamed Cheeseburger, possibly the best steamed cheeseburger in Connecticut? Let’s find out.

First up: Ted’s Restaurant

The cheese is solid, and has that great melty quality to it.

The bun is a bit much for the burger. Maybe if you get a double cheeseburger the bread to meat ratio is less imbalanced, but with their namesake single cheeseburger, there is too much bread.

The ground beef breaks apart a lot. Not like its formed into a burger, more like a Salisbury steak consistency, but overall it just tastes like the color grey.

The Rating: Ted’s Resataurant


Second up: K LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

Here the meat is slightly seasoned, which is more than I can say at Ted’s.

The roll is a bit lighter and the meat a bit bigger, bringing the bread to meat ratio to better proportions.

Where this place shines is the cheese.

The cheese tastes like a combination of super sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan. Like a parmesan crisp with Wisconsin sharp cheddar melted in.

The Rating:


The Winner:

K LaMay’s

The best steamed cheeseburger in this head to head is K LaMay’s, whose excellent cheese and better bread to meat ratio make it the superior option.

K LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

Address: 690 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450
Open everyday at 10:30am

Phone: (203) 237-8326