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Steamed Hams Recipe (in a Slow Cooker)

You won't find a slow cooker hamburger recipe like this anywhere else!

Updated July 26, 2023
Steamed Hams Recipe
Steamed Hams Recipe
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If you're not entirely sure what a "steamed ham" is, then prepare yourself for a truly unforgettable luncheon. The term "steamed ham" originated in upstate New York, and it's a regional colloquialism for hamburger. According to sources, the expression seems to be localized entirely within the Albany area, which might explain why many people have never heard hamburgers called such a name before

To be fair, steamed hams aren't your ordinary hamburgers, either, and they're not necessarily steamed. Most steamed hams recipes call for grilling, and depending on which old family recipe you use, can incorporate a wide variety of seasonings and condiments. 

In keeping with the tradition of making a unique hamburger experience, we've adapted the traditional steamed hams dish into a slow cooker recipe. For those who prefer their steamed hams grilled, feel free to prepare the seasonings as directed below and grill according to your preferred "done-ness." 



Preparation Time10 min

Slow Cooker Time HIGH2 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW4 hr


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch dried basil
  • cheese (to your liking)
  • cooked bacon (optional)
  • aluminum foil


  1. Place your ground beef into a large mixing bowl. Then add worcestershire sauce, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried minced onion, Italian seasoning, and dried basil and mix thoroughly. 

  2. Shape the ground beef mix into quarter pound patties and set aside. You should have 8 patties. If you want to cook these patties faster, go ahead and get your grill going now.

  3. Start cutting sheets of aluminum foil (about 12 inches for each sheet) and roll them length-wise into "grates" that you can place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Essentially, you're going to build a grill, so your burgers can cook above the juices and drippings that will start to fill the bottom of the slow cooker as they near done-ness. 

  4. Most slow cookers will allow you to comfortably place four patties on the aluminum foil rack. For those extra burgers, just make more grates, stack them on top of the first row, and place a second layer of burgers on this new stack of aluminum foil. 

  5. Slow cook your hamburgers on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2 hours.

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That's a lot of aluminum foil. Can you use a small metal roast rack? And when do you add the cheese?

Ah, yes, it's an Albany expression. Some say you can see Aurora borealis from your kitchen when you make these.

I see. You know, these hamburgers are quite similar to the ones they have at Krusty Burger.

I've never tried slow cooking my steamed hams, but there's a first for everything!


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