I was inspired to try to make these at home after watching the Travel Channel when they aired a piece about Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT. He makes these awesome looking, gooey cheese covered burgers. I can't think of anyone who has a steam box like Ted has, so after viewing the episode, I wanted one! So, I grabbed my patty press from the cupboard and went on to try my own. I used a large frying pan, lid and the wire rack from my toaster oven. I was pleasantly surprised with my new go to method for burgers when it's too cold to grill outside. no grease mess either!
using a patty press, or your hands, form burgers into 6 ounce patties. season with salt and pepper or as you like.
in a large frying pan, place a wire rack. fill with water to just below the rack and heat on high with lid on until steam develops
place burger patties on rack, cover and steam 10-12 minutes. add cheese and steam for up to 1 additional minute or until cheese melts. Since no flipping is involved place a slice of onion on the pattie if you desire.
place burgers on bun and garnish. ENJOY! This recipe makes four 6 ounce hamburgers.