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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Brats, hamburgers and other food cooked on the grill outdoors can be purchased. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "VIP ticket added to Lake Villa craft beer festival at historic mansion," 13 June 2018 Cheap and abundant meat has sharpened the competition between low-cost goods like hamburgers and chicken nuggets and has cut into chicken demand for suppliers like Tyson. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson Foods CEO Looks to Make International Acquisitions," 7 Nov. 2018 One of the eateries in this tiny hamlet in the Taebaek Mountains serves hamburgers. Mark Zeigler,, "Shaun White earns gold medal with epic finish in halfpipe," 13 Feb. 2018 Cheap meat has ramped up competition in grocery-store cases and on restaurant menus, and for much of 2018 chicken lost market share to low-price hamburgers and ground beef. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "The U.S. and China Are Hatching a Plan to Reopen Chicken Trade," 17 Jan. 2019 Sahagun: The usual things kids like – hamburgers and hot dogs. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Chef's Choice: Bagel toppings get creative," 1 June 2018 Birmingham is the kind of place where a couple will split a hamburger and a $250 bottle of wine. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The Stand restaurant in Birmingham to become new venture for One-Eyed Betty's co-founders," 23 May 2018 In a stunning ruling, the European Intellectual Property Office has ruled that the world’s most famous hamburger is up for grabs—sort of. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "‘Royale With Cheese’ Anyone?," 15 Jan. 2019 The man who introduced the hamburger to North Korea is actually right here in Singapore: 63-year-old Patrick Soh, who opened his first restaurant in Pyongyang in 2009. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "They're lovin' it: Meet the man who introduced the hamburger to North Korea," 11 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 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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