How To Make Steamed Hamburgers

I know — it sounds like a Simpsons line, what with the Steamed Hams and all, but it turns out that Steamed Hamburgers do actually exist. If you're feeling brave, here's how to prepare them.

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I stumbled across this particular culinary oddity after a Facebook discussion with a friend of mine relating to the classic Simpsons lunch between Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers. This one, to be precise.

That led me to searching out if anyone had actually tried to make a Steamed Hamburger at all. What surprised me was that not only had it been done, but it had been done as a regular menu item, not just a shock value snack. For what it's worth, it's not, as Skinner would have us believe, an Albany expression, but instead a Connecticut recipe.

Before you ask, you don't steam the entire hamburger, bun and all. Instead, you steam the meat, and, optionally, the cheese. There are in fact plenty of recipes, but it all boils (pun not intended) down to a simple concept using steam to cook the meat and melt cheese, either in a pan or using already washed out cans if you were, for example, camping. Given that my oven is currently dead, I think I know what I'm cooking for dinner tonight.

Now, repeat after me: "Mmm. Steamed Hams!"

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    I generally throw a bit of water in the pan and put the lid on when cooking burgers. When I flip them, I add cheese, throw more water in (not enough to flood) then put the lid back on. Beautiful melted cheese on a delicious, moist burger!

    Sounds bad lol. Fry me one of them badboys in some butter anyday *thumbs up* *dies of heart attack*

    White Castle Burgers (made famous in the Harold and Kumar movie) are steamed burgers.

    you steam a good ham

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