ham·​burg·​er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər How to pronounce hamburger (audio) \
variants: or hamburg \ ˈham-​ˌbərg How to pronounce hamburger (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The shredded pads on his four paws called to mind hamburger meat, the veterinarians said. Nora Mishanec,, "The singed whiskers of the climate crisis: Rescued cub still fighting for life at Oakland Zoo," 8 Oct. 2020 Matt Whitaker, director of the Cache Community Food Pantry, said in June that demand there mushroomed after the JBS outbreak, and long before that happened JBS was donating pallets full of hamburger to his food pantry. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Meatpacker says it will give money to Hyrum, Utah, where a coronavirus outbreak sickened workers," 10 Sep. 2020 Other easy meals are chicken and noodles, pulled pork, hamburger rice casserole, and chili. Jordan Budd, Outdoor Life, "7 Myths About Hunting Western Big Game That Easterners Need to Know," 9 Dec. 2020 Like the McDonald’s hamburger, the McRib is soft food, its only resistance provided by the pickle and onion garnishes, which is sort of paradoxical. Washington Post, "The McRib is back at McDonald’s, and after a taste, I still don’t get its cult appeal," 3 Dec. 2020 The right ignored the basic concept of the proposal, instead fixating on the bizarre charge that socialists wanted to take away your hamburger. Harry Cheadle, The New Republic, "Moderate Democrats Can Call the Green New Deal Whatever They Want," 11 Nov. 2020 Furthermore, the cat says reasonably, the birds ate your hamburger. Rebecca Curtis, The New Yorker, "Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit," 9 Nov. 2020 In 2015, Jordan said the cost for a robotic arm capable of flipping a hamburger was $100,000. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "To cut costs owing to COVID-19, restaurateurs consider the use of robots for some work," 5 Nov. 2020 There were other tins too: one for bacon fat, one for hamburger grease, one for sausage grease. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "These soft, cake-like cookies get their soul from Southern staples," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Hamburger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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