In this instructable I am going to show you how to make delicious home made steamed cheeseburgers. With very little effort you will have amazing burgers that are ridiculously juicy and explode with flavor when you bite into them. Please beware this will change the way you make burgers from now on and may never go back to your old ways of making burgers. This method was discovered by Ted's in CT and has been shown and become famous on dozens of cooking/food shows.
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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Each burger requires 2 ramekin dishes, I order these from Amazon (4 pack $7.20). You will also need to get a vegetable steamer, I am using a Hamilton Beach Two-Tier Food Steamer. You will also need the following:
1. Ground Beef, Round, or Sirloin. 1/4-1/3 Lb per burger (uncooked)
2. 1 Block of Cheese (Any Flavor)
3. Seasoning ( I used Lawry's Seasoned Salt & Seasoned Pepper, plus added a little SBR BBQ sauce.
Step 2: Prepare Your Burgers
At this point you will want to season your ground beef and also mix in any BBQ, Worcestershire, etc sauce into the meat now as well. Once the meat is seasoned and mixed around go ahead and divide the meat up accordingly (1/4-1/3 Lb per burger) and stuff each burger into the ramekin dish as shown.
Now slice up a couple thick pieces of cheese and place into the remaining ramekin dishes as shown. Once this step is done you may go ahead and place them into the steamer.
Note: I do not steam the cheese for over 10 minutes, cook accordingly as it may be added later on in the cooking process. When cooking 4 burgers, I keep the cheese in the second tier and stack it on during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Step 3: Time to Steam
Once the burgers are ready to be steamed (assuming the other steps are complete) go ahead and place them into the steamer as shown. If you are cooking 4 burgers and have the same steamer I do you can add 4 more ramekin dishes (4 burgers on bottom, 4 cheese on top) to the second tier of the steamer (not shown).
The burgers take approximately 10-15 minutes (2 burgers) 15-20 minutes (4 burgers) but always set it a few extra minutes to allow it to warm up. After the time has passed it is time to pull the burgers out from the ramekin dishes and then scoop the cheese from the other ramekin dishes and pour it onto the burger patties (shown next).
Prepare your buns with condiments and it is time to enjoy!
Step 4: Enjoy!
As you can see, you will want to prepare your buns first, place the hot burger down and pour the melted cheese all over the top. It is now time to enjoy one of the best burgers you will ever have!
If you have extra cheese or access to a deep fryer, you can also make some animal style fries like In-N-Out (grilled onions not shown).