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 Instead of a traditional Christmas roast, try a holiday pretzel sandwich, with roast turkey and gravy stuffed between King's Hawaiian Sweet Pretzel hamburger buns. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 10 Dec. 2021 It was later called hamburger steak and became a popular item at American restaurants and lunch counters. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 In honors announced in September, Louis Lunch in New Haven, where the hamburger was created in 1900, and Match, a pioneer in the renaissance of the SoNo section of Norwalk in 1999, were inducted into the CRA’s Hospitality Hall of Fame. Susan Dunne,, 7 Dec. 2021 The trimmings from González’s prime and wagyu briskets are ground and formed into patties, some available for as little as $4.75 per hamburger. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Millions of employees are refusing to return to the labor market, even as the unemployment rate falls, and prices are rising for everything from hamburger to gasoline. Christopher Leonard, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 In 2013, Mark Post, a tissue scientist at a Dutch university, produced the first cultured-meat hamburger — a $325,000 patty paid for by Google founder Sergey Brin. Corie Brown, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 So any restaurant selling you a $25 wagyu or Kobe hamburger is really just selling you a bill of goods. John Mariani, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Nepalse eatery and the hot dog and hamburger joint, the Standard. al, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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“Hamburger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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