ham·​burg·​er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər How to pronounce hamburger (audio) \
variants: or hamburg \ ˈham-​ˌbərg How to pronounce hamburg (audio) \

Definition of hamburger

1a : ground beef
b : a patty of ground beef
2 : a sandwich consisting of a patty of hamburger in a split typically round bun

Examples of hamburger in a Sentence

They served hot dogs and hamburgers at the cookout. Add the cooked hamburger to the sauce.

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However, when the fireworks are over and the last of the hamburgers have been grilled, bid farewell to your compatriots and settle in for a night of Netflix. Kathryn Lindsay,, "This Is Exactly How You Should Binge Stranger Things This Weekend," 5 July 2019 Bread that’s too flimsy — like your standard supermarket hamburger bun — won’t stand up to the saucy filling. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Sensational Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches," 29 June 2019 On a typical Wednesday, Christian Cupboard gathers about two tons of food — the equivalent of 16,000 quarter-pound hamburgers. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "With pop-up food shelves and grocery rescue missions, an Oakdale nonprofit finds new ways to feed the hungry," 23 June 2019 One-plus ton of crawfish was consumed in addition to hot dogs, fajitas, hamburgers, desserts and beverages. Houston Chronicle, "DPIS Engineering charity fundraiser benefits HomeAid," 23 June 2019 Shake Shack, the popular hamburger and hot dog chain with four locations in Arizona, has plans to open a fifth restaurant in Gilbert, according to documents submitted to the town. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Is Shake Shack planning a fifth Arizona location in the East Valley?," 20 June 2019 As a food fight rages in the music video, Swift, who wears a costume of a carton of French fries, and Perry, who is dressed as a hamburger, slowly inch toward each other and eventually sway together to the music despite the hectic atmosphere. Time, "Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Reunite, Deliciously, in Swift's New Music Video," 17 June 2019 Food includes hamburgers, hotdogs, strawberry shortcake, sundaes and baked goods. Daily Southtown Staff, Daily Southtown, "Church news: Strawberry Fest planned in Palos Heights, more," 10 June 2019 Tacos, Mexican style hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and drinks will be available. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Fourth of July events and fireworks shows around Indianapolis," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of hamburger

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hamburger

German Hamburger of Hamburg, Germany

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English Language Learners Definition of hamburger

: a flat, usually round cake of finely chopped beef that is cooked and served usually in a roll or bun
: beef that has been cut into very small pieces : ground beef


ham·​burg·​er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər How to pronounce hamburger (audio) \
variants: or hamburg \ -​ˌbərg \

Kids Definition of hamburger

1 : a sandwich made of a patty of ground beef in a split bun
2 : ground beef

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