Though the steamed cheeseburger's exact origins are a matter of dispute in central Connecticut lore, they can be traced to Meriden & Middletown in the early 1900s, where scrumptious burgers were sold from steaming hot metal buckets on mobile food carts and made a hearty lunch for local workers. The first sleek stainless steel cheeseburger cabinets or "chests" were devised mid-century and have since become the burgers' signature method of preparation, most notably at Ted's Restaurant in Meriden.
To make a burger, a single portion each of ground beef and cheese is placed in separate small stainless steel trays and slid into the upper shelves inside the cabinet. A larger tray of water is placed into the lower slot, and a heating element on the bottom heats the water to produce steam. Neither fried nor charcoal grilled, steamed cheeseburgers are a healthier choice than the average burger, not to mention juicy and lip-smackin’ good.
At Huntington Street Café we’re proud to bring our own version of this beloved Connecticut favorite to Fairfield County. Our steamers are made with natural, hormone and additive-free ground beef and topped with aged Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion. Come visit us and enjoy a mouth-watering morsel of Connecticut history, prepared HSC style.