Burger Land: Sneak Peek Pictures

George Motz travels the US to sample the country’s best burgers -- those that have stood the test of time, as well as some of the newcomers.

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George Motz in Connecticut
George Motz in Connecticut

George Motz in Connecticut

Burger Land's George Motz sees the sights in Connecticut, starting with Yale University in New Haven. 960 1280

  

Louis' Lunch in New Haven

Louis' Lunch in New Haven

George’s first stop is Louis' Lunch in New Haven – the oldest hamburger restaurant in America. 960 1280

  

Louis' Lunch

Louis' Lunch

George talks with the owner of Louis’ Lunch, Jeff Lassen, who, along with his brother, is keeping their great-grandfather’s tradition alive. 960 1280

  

Louis' Lunch

Louis' Lunch

They still serve the same hamburger their great-grandfather made, even using the same upright broilers from 1898. Their traditional burger is topped with tomato, onion and a sharp cheddar spread on toasted white bread. 960 1280

  

Shady Glen in Manchester, CT

Shady Glen in Manchester, CT

George’s second stop is Shady Glen in Manchester, CT – a tribute to the '50s-style diner. Shady Glen was originally an ice cream stop, but the restaurant’s first owner, Bernice Rieg, brought in a grill for the winter months and started serving burgers. 960 1280

  

Shady Glen

Shady Glen

The manger of Shady Glen walks George through their utterly unique burger-cooking process. 960 1280

  

Shady Glen

Shady Glen

George talks with the owner's son, Bill Hoch, at Shady Glen. It is not known how the original owner came up with the “Bernice Original,” but it is one of the most unique burgers in the US. 960 1280

  

Shady Glen's burger

Shady Glen's burger

The ground sirloin burger at Shady Glen is cooked on a flattop grill with 4 slices of cheddar cheese placed symmetrically on the burger. When the cheese starts to cook through, the line cook bends the cheese upwards, forming a crown of delicious crispy cheese that sits atop the burger. 960 1280

  

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT, has been serving steamed cheeseburgers – or “cheeseburgs” as the locals call them -- since 1959. 960 1280

  

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Bill Foreman, the current owner of Ted’s, puts ground beef into small pans and slides them into his custom steam box. In a separate steam box, he melts Vermont cheddar to top this juicy, fluffy burger. 960 1280

  

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

The owner of Ted’s discusses the merits of the steamed cheeseburger with George. Steamed burgers are specific to the central part of Connecticut, and they are served by only 20-25 places. 960 1280

  

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT

The origins of this burger, much like other burgers in this state, started with the abundance of factories in Connecticut years ago. Workers needed a quick and inexpensive meal, and Ted’s was there to provide them with it. 960 1280

  

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT, was opened in 1920 by original owner Harry Schmuckler, but it was only open from St. Patrick’s Day to Halloween, due to Connecticut’s cold winter months. 960 1280

  

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

George and Chris Fischer, local burger expert and George’s college roommate, try the burger at Harry's Place. 960 1280

  

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

At Harry's Place, there are a variety of toppings you can get with their burger, but the classic combination is sautéed onions, white American cheese and either ketchup or mustard. 960 1280

  

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