Steamed Hamburgers, inspired by Man vs. Food!

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m completely obsessed with food on TV. I watch any and all types of recipe shows, as well as more interesting food show in regards to traveling and food cultures. I often find myself watching the Food Network while running on the treadmill at the gym. Some might say that’s the cruelest form of torture, but I just love food that much.
The Travel Channel has an awesome show (Wednesday nights at 10!); Man vs Food. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds. The host, Adam, travels across the country to take on a ridiculous food challenge, while also sampling some of the other local favorites. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
Recently, Adam took a trip to Connecticut, where there is a local burger joint that steams their hamburgers. Everyone was raving about how juicy and flavorful they were, and they really did look delicious. My boyfriend and I watched this episode together, and were immediately inspired. So, this past Sunday after a long day of snowboarding, we decided to give them a try ourselves.

I have to admit, we really just guessed and went into it blindly. Luckily, though, they turned out phenomenally! We got ourselves a large pasta pot, and filled it up with about a 1/2 cup of water. We luckily have a strainer that fits pretty nicely into the pasta pot, so we set that inside, but without touching the water line. From there, we brought the water to a light boil, placed the two patties onto the strainer, and covered the pot. We let it steam that way for about 15 minutes, then I placed a slice of cheese on each patty for a few seconds before turning off the burner. We then placed them on a bun with a side of fries, and we were in business.

They were seriously some of the juiciest burgers we’ve ever had. My boyfriend went so far as to say they may have been the best burger he’s ever had, and he’s a great proponent of grilling (as all men are)! Needless to say, we were really proud of ourselves. To note, we used patties that were 80/20, which I think was important. I don’t think it would have steamed as well and retained such juicy flavors if they were any less fatty. I will say, though, I refuse to go any lower than 80/20.
I would absolutely suggest trying out this method. Especially for wintertime, they’re a great way to still have burgers without standing outside and freezing while grilling. I understand some people are partial to grilling and won’t try things any other way. But give it a shot! You’ll have dinner ready in about 30 minutes, you won’t have to brave the cold, and I promise you’ll enjoy it!

4 thoughts on “Steamed Hamburgers, inspired by Man vs. Food!

    1. The meat I buy when we’re steaming burgers has an 80/20 fat ratio, whereas when I grill or use the meat for something else, I usually buy either 90/10 or 95/5. The extra fat really helps flavor the burgers, and it drips off while steaming.

      I think steamed burgers are different than grilled burgers in terms of texture – steamed seem to be much juicer and if you mix in anything, more flavorful. This isn’t to say they are “better,” just different – it depends on your mood!

      I’m thinking about doing a step-by-step steamed burger post, courtesy of my fiancé who is the real mastermind behind the operation!


  1. I just saw that episode and started searching for ways to do it at home and came across your site. Did you really need to cook them for 15 minutes? I found a few other recipes that say 4-6 minutes.


    1. Hmmm… I like my burgers well done, and my fiancé likes them medium, but we haven’t ever cooked them for less than about 10-12 minutes. I suppose it might depend on how high you have the water boiling. Either way, you can simply slice into one after 4-6 minutes to see how it looks!


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