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Ted's

1046 Broad St., Meriden, CT - (203) 237-6660
Posted By Pete Poplawski on 6/22/2009 8:22:00 PM
The home fries (as they call them) are the real winners here. There is no special seasoning that you'll notice but I suspect their magic comes from the seasoned grill (since 1959) they're cooked on. The burger, as well, only carries a basic salt-and-pepper seasoning but is most satisfying in its simplicity. The grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato bring it all together. You won't find any pink in this meat but the steam keeps it juicy. You'll have trouble keeping it all from falling onto the small paper plate they give you.

This is clearly a local favorite and the cooks greet you with a friendly hello the moment you walk in the door. Can't beat the price: cheeseburger, fries, and a soda for $7. You will walk out stuffed. I imagine that the burgers are steamed in a straight water mixture, hence the lack of additional flavor. I can only imagine how they would taste if they added beer, onions, and hot sauce into the water to enhance the steam cooking. You can also buy your own steam chest there for $350 dollars in case you want to try this at home.

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What a delicious mess! I was able to eat about half of this hefty steamed cheeseburger before it completely disintegrated onto its paper plate. I ate the rest by picking and plucking at the pile of meat, bun, cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce.
"What a delicious mess! I was able to eat about half of this hefty steamed cheeseburger before it completely disintegrated onto its paper plate. I ate the rest by picking and plucking at the pile of meat, bun, cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce."
Michael Stern





These big sticks of cheddar cheese are cut and cooked until jelly-soft in the steamer.
"These big sticks of cheddar cheese are cut and cooked until jelly-soft in the steamer."
Michael Stern


A monument of vapor-cooked meat and cheese ... impossible to pick up and eat without serious drippage.
"A monument of vapor-cooked meat and cheese ... impossible to pick up and eat without serious drippage."
Michael Stern


Standard home fries, but the preparation and seasoned grill make them fantastic.
"Standard home fries, but the preparation and seasoned grill make them fantastic."
Mike Iacoucci


The little rectangular metal trays are loaded with beef for the steamer box.  They look like mini-meat loaves.
"The little rectangular metal trays are loaded with beef for the steamer box. They look like mini-meat loaves."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Blocks of cheese are melted in the same trays as the beef.  It's a lot more cheese than you'd normally get on a burger.
"Blocks of cheese are melted in the same trays as the beef. It's a lot more cheese than you'd normally get on a burger."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Paul Duberek tends little pans of molten cheese and sizzling meat amidst clouds of aromatic steam from his vintage cooker.
"Paul Duberek tends little pans of molten cheese and sizzling meat amidst clouds of aromatic steam from his vintage cooker."
Michael Stern


World Famous? We'd bet most people have never even heard of a steamed cheeseburger, much less eaten one.
"World Famous? We'd bet most people have never even heard of a steamed cheeseburger, much less eaten one."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


An opportunity to taste hambuger history ... although to most patrons, Ted's is just a friendly place to eat lunch.
"An opportunity to taste hambuger history ... although to most patrons, Ted's is just a friendly place to eat lunch."
Michael Stern


The juicy beef is loosely packed, and the cheddar is quite good.
"The juicy beef is loosely packed, and the cheddar is quite good."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The only thing that’s changed in many years on the exterior of Ted’s is the addition of this banner, touting their inclusion on the Travel Channel.
"The only thing that’s changed in many years on the exterior of Ted’s is the addition of this banner, touting their inclusion on the Travel Channel."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Cut in half, the perfection of Ted’s steamed cheeseburger can be easily seen, from the thick patty to the ideal kaiser roll.
"Cut in half, the perfection of Ted’s steamed cheeseburger can be easily seen, from the thick patty to the ideal kaiser roll."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This is Paul’s burger (note the cheese block clinging to the bun) with ketchup, a condiment that’s encouraged here.
"This is Paul’s burger (note the cheese block clinging to the bun) with ketchup, a condiment that’s encouraged here."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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