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Wistah

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CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Wed, 06/16/04 8:57 PM (permalink)
Yes, you read that correctly – Connecticut style steamed cheeseburgers are available in Mass and in New Hampshire too!!

I just had one at Comets, on Westford Road in Tyngsboro, other locations in Nashua New Hampshire and in Peabody, Mass.

Great food, new fifties décor, and authentic steamed cheeseburgers made the Connecticut way, along with great “crinkle cut” fries. According to the cook, the burgers are steamed in an authentic steamer from Connecticut.
 
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    Grampy

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    RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Wed, 06/16/04 9:10 PM (permalink)
    Thanks for the tip!
     
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      kirklstruble1

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      RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 11:15 AM (permalink)
      Excellent...the gospel of steamed cheeseburgers is spreading. How do I get to the Massachusetts location (from CT)?
       
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        Cakes

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        RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 11:23 AM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by kirklstruble1

        Excellent...the gospel of steamed cheeseburgers is spreading. How do I get to the Massachusetts location (from CT)?


        Go North.
         
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          DaveM

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          RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 12:00 PM (permalink)
          Just spoke to someone in my office who lives in nearby Lowell.
          Take Rt.3 north from Burlington,MA to Westford Rd. exit on Tyngsborough/Westford line.
          Follow Westford Rd. to new strip plaza near police station.
          Not sure about the Nashua location yet.
          Haven't eaten at either-looking forward to it.
           
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            DaveM

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            RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 12:02 PM (permalink)
            Comets Burgers & Ice Cream
            22 Westford Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879
            Tel: (978) 649-4646
             
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              DaveM

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              RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 12:06 PM (permalink)
              http://www.eatatcomets.com/operations.html
              Nashua,NH
              Peabody,MA
              Tyngsborough,MA
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 1:37 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by DaveM

                http://www.eatatcomets.com/operations.html
                Nashua,NH
                Peabody,MA
                Tyngsborough,MA


                It looks like a rip-off of Johnny Rockets.
                 
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                  Lucky Bishop

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                  RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 2:28 PM (permalink)
                  So? Johnny Rockets is a rip-off of Mel's from American Grafitti. What's your point?
                   
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                    Michael Hoffman

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                    RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 3:07 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

                    So? Johnny Rockets is a rip-off of Mel's from American Grafitti. What's your point?

                    I wasn't making a point, just an observation. FYI: I can't stand Johnny Rockets. I was in one once and the noise was too much.
                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 06/24/04 3:08 PM (permalink)
                      Oh, and I've never seen American Grafitti.
                       
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                        Jennifer_4

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                        RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Fri, 06/25/04 3:34 AM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by DaveM

                        http://www.eatatcomets.com/operations.html
                        Nashua,NH
                        Peabody,MA
                        Tyngsborough,MA


                        It looks like a rip-off of Johnny Rockets.


                        Yeah but Johnny Rockets never had anything as regionally cool as American Chop Suey or Steamed Cheeseburgers! I wish they did because their food isn't that great.
                         
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                          ohman

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                          RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 06/26/04 11:04 AM (permalink)
                          Steamed hamburger? Whats that all about? I am in Worcester so I will have to check this out.
                           
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                            CometDan

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                            RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Tue, 07/6/04 10:41 PM (permalink)
                            Hey Guys!

                            My name is Dan Leahy and I am a manager over at Comets Restaurant.

                            We have three locations now.
                            =============================
                            22 Westford Rd.
                            Tyngsboro, MA

                            11 Main Street
                            Peabody Square, MA

                            233 Main Street
                            Nashua, NH

                            =============================
                            If you need directions or just want to take a peek at the menu, they are all up on our new website. http://www.eatatcomets.com

                            Come in and see me in Peabody, MA and I will hook you up with a sweet discount for being a Roadfood.Com subscriber! Ask for Dan!

                            And to the person who said we are a Johnny Rockets Ripoff.

                            They have nothing worth ripping off.
                             
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                              ohman

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                              RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Wed, 07/7/04 5:21 AM (permalink)
                              Hey Dan, I live in Worcester and will have to get over to one of these restaurants to see what all of the talk is about.
                               
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                                cunamara

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                                RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Fri, 07/16/04 12:46 AM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by ohman

                                Steamed hamburger? Whats that all about? I am in Worcester so I will have to check this out.


                                Seein' as how you asked, I remember a time when Meriden CT may have been the only place in the world you could get a steamed cheeseburger, typically at one or another small diner or hole-in-the-wall. Each place that offered them was pretty much the same in that the steam cabinets -- what few there were -- had been all fabricated by the same local guy. However, I was quite surprised to discover recently that they're now available, in home and commercial sizes, at http://www.steamcheeseburgerchest.com/.

                                The steam cabinet, or chest, has tiers of little metal trays that slide in and out over an underlying pan of water simmering at a soft boil. The whole affair sits either on a spare burner or in a back corner of the grill. Some of the rectangular trays are packed with a high quality ground beef while others are filled with a high quality New England cheddar.

                                When steamed, the burger is slipped out onto a what was variously called a hard or kaiser roll in that area. The melted cheddar was them pushed out of its tray onto the meat and, in the classic mode, a generous slice of a large bermuda onion was included somewhere in the stack.

                                Preferred condiments seemed to be limited largely to ketchup. When I was living nearby and working in Meriden many years ago, there was one place that also offered roast Italian peppers as an addition -- not classic but I preferred it over the slice of [brrrp] onion.

                                When I was last in that area, there was also one place each in Middletown and Portland CT where a steamed cheeseburger could be had. I believe at least one of their steam chests came from a Meriden place that had eventually closed because, as of that time, nobady was fabricating any new ones.

                                However it may sound to you, folks, a steamed cheeseburger on a proper roll with a genuine sharp cheddar cut directly from a wheel of the real stuff is a rare pleasure. If you got the good beef, a bit of gneuine country-store style cheddar, and a decent roll (light as air on the inside with a crispy -- not hard or chewy -- outside, you can do it at home without the steam cabinet. That's what I had to do to satisfy my addiction after leaving the area.

                                I just used a wok with a round cake rack trimmed down to where it would sit at the right height over some boiling water. On the rack would go the formed burger with the cheddar melting in a 7.5 oz. tuna tin just beside it. Crude, but effective, if you're not trying to put them out in large volume. If your GI tract can abide it, slip in the slice of Bermuda onion. Otherwise, a modest amount of ordinary ketchup is all you need if you can't get a hold of some roast Italian peppers. I lived in New Mexico for awhile where I couldn't get Italian peppers but found that roast chili peppers from Hatch were a wonderful substitute.

                                Caution: any departures with respect to the basic elements will likely ensure a seriuously inferior result: combining a non-premium burtger with some greasy, authentically-labeled cheddar on common soft-sided bun will not produce anything remotely like the real thing.

                                And that's what it's all about.
                                 
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                                  kilerclown

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                                  RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Tue, 01/4/05 11:29 AM (permalink)
                                  I like how the menu reads "our original, cooked our way." Id like to see them prove its their original....maybe I will take a road trip and bring my old steamed cheeseburger maker up there and show em up.
                                   
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                                    Seriousfoody

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                                    RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Thu, 01/6/05 12:06 PM (permalink)
                                    Nice job cunamara. I have also made steamed cheeseburgers in same fashion when I am too lazy to head on down to Ted's in Meriden. The only thing one has to be careful in doing is to cook the cheese just to the melting point, if it cooks too long it will become grainy. If any of you have not tried eat a steamed cheeseburger, it is a true delight.
                                     
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                                      kirklstruble1

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                                      RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Mon, 01/31/05 12:40 PM (permalink)
                                      Solid description cunamara. I've been doing my best here in the Big Apple to educate the masses on the joys of authentic steamed cheeseburgers. My annual Christmas party is built around an introduction to this New England culinary treasure (using my "home model" steamed cheeseburger chest, of course.) Because, let's be honest, nothing warms the heart during the holidays quite like a steamed cheeseburger.
                                       
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                                        Xfireguy

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                                        RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 04/2/05 11:33 AM (permalink)
                                        Rosco's in Hartford serves steamed burgers.
                                         
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                                          cheeseburger king

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                                          RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 05/12/07 1:50 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by kirklstruble1

                                          Excellent...the gospel of steamed cheeseburgers is spreading. How do I get to the Massachusetts location (from CT)?
                                           
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                                            cheeseburger king

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                                            RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 05/12/07 2:04 PM (permalink)
                                            If you can wait a few weeks (or months depending on our local governments efficiency) you will be able to get CT style steam cheeseburgers in Santa Cruz,California ! I own the domains www. californiasteamers.net and www.steamcheeseburgers.com (both currently parked) The BEST in Connecticut is The Lunchbox on East Main St in Meriden. Hands down,no contest,etc,etc. Tell them 'the cheeseburger king of California' sent you ! (private joke) Thanks, Tommy
                                             
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                                              JBarry713

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                                              RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 05/12/07 2:47 PM (permalink)
                                              If there are any CT transplants in Central PA, Red's Steamed Cheeseburgers is located in State College, PA (Penn State).
                                               
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                                                Greyghost

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                                                RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sat, 05/12/07 5:56 PM (permalink)
                                                I have never heard of steamed burgers before. I assume the attraction is that you can steam them to medium or beyond while retaining a juicy burger. Is this why they are popular or am I missing something?
                                                 
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                                                  Jimeats

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                                                  RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sun, 05/13/07 8:10 AM (permalink)
                                                  Steamed burgers at one time were readily avalabile here in the Boston area. Joe & Nemo's had them for years 2 for .25, darn decent also. Chow Jim
                                                   
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                                                    MikeS.

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                                                    RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sun, 05/13/07 8:17 AM (permalink)
                                                    You start with a raw patty? Steam is the only cooking involved, right? Wanted to make sure I understood.

                                                    MikeS.
                                                     
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                                                      Jimeats

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                                                      RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Sun, 05/13/07 9:54 AM (permalink)
                                                      That's all. And damn tastey I might add. One of the bartenders at a local VFW dose them on occasion. He just takes a cheap frozen patty and tosses it in the hot dog steamer and it's done in a few minitues. He dose complain about the clean up though, it leaves a greasy residue in the steamer. Chow Jim
                                                       
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                                                        SassyGritsAL

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                                                        RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Mon, 05/14/07 10:49 AM (permalink)
                                                        I love steamed burgers. When I fix them at home I always put the top bun on the burgers after they are fried and put a lid on top and steam the buns.

                                                        When I worked at a high school concession stand we use to put the burgers with the buns in the plastic bag the buns came in and let them sit for a while. This steamed them real well. We always sold out of our burgers and people would come to buy them even though they weren't there for the games.
                                                         
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                                                          Tony Bad

                                                          RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Mon, 05/14/07 11:16 AM (permalink)
                                                          The "steamed" burgers I have found in New England aren't fried at all...just steamed in small pans in these odd little steamers. At Ted's, they steam a block of cheese in a separate pan and the two meet on the bun. They are very juicy, very tasty burgers.

                                                          Here is a good story about the steamed burger...

                                                          http://steamedcheeseburger.com/stories/yankee.htm
                                                           
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                                                            marzsit

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                                                            RE: CT Style Steamed Cheeseburgers In MA!!! Tue, 05/15/07 7:30 AM (permalink)
                                                            i got tired of waiting for someone to serve steamers in seattle, so i bought my own burg'r tend'r about 3 years ago. a spendy little unit, but it's the only way to make 'em properly :)

                                                            the cabinet holds 10 square plastic trays that you put the meat and cheese into, it sits on a 1/3 steam pan over a stove burner (gas or electric, i've even taken it out when camping :) )

                                                            the proper bun is a fresh kaiser roll, not steamed or toasted..
                                                             
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