ham·burg·er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər \
variants: or hamburg \ˈham-ˌbərg \

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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Attendees will also find calamari, hamburgers, hot dogs, Greek fries and Greek salad. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Opa! St. Sophia's Greek Fest celebrating its 39th year in Elgin this weekend," 10 July 2018 Every year millions of Americans gather for the Fourth of July, celebrating our military heroes, seeing family and friends, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, enjoying pools and beaches, watching parades and, of course, fireworks. Michael Rivlin,, "Philly hand surgeons on devastating fireworks injuries: 'There is nothing left to fix'," 4 July 2018 Missouri's is hamburgers, with a note to add peanut butter. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Dear Google: Your food map of the U.S. is ... puzzling," 3 July 2018 But the news doesn't stop for fireworks and hamburgers—especially not the good stuff. Taylor Jade Powell,, "3 headlines: Cincy's most expensive home, Chucky the groundhog and zoo animals keep cool," 3 July 2018 Beef, which has long fulfilled America’s hunger for hamburgers, faces fresh competition from poultry producers pushing their own patties onto U.S. grills. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger," 30 June 2018 Vendors will sell soft serve ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake, kettle corn, cotton candy and pizza, Bryan said. Leah Brennan, Columbia Flier, "Yes, there's an app for Howard's sparkling July 4 fireworks," 25 June 2018 On the menu: The Chronicle’s Michael Bauer had a report the other day on my favorite food — hamburgers — and where to find the best ones. Willie Brown,, "Donald Trump meets his match, and she’s 9 years old," 23 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Each location gives out an average of 280 free shakes on the first day of summer, and Wayback Burgers typically sees a 20-25 percent jump in sales as customers add hamburgers, fries or other food to their orders. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "This fast-food chain is giving out free milkshakes to celebrate summer solstice on Thursday," 20 June 2018

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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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The first known use of hamburger was in 1884

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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 \
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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