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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Image Plenty of summers have gone by without so much as a hamburger or hot dog touching my grill. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri Google users want to know how to cook a hamburger. Sarah Brookbank,, "The most searched for recipes in Ohio and Kentucky are not what you think," 3 July 2018 At the counter in Henderson, Angela Lacy, 51, along with her husband Ronald, ordered a hamburger. Emily Foxhall, San Antonio Express-News, "In parts of small-town Texas, the Dairy Queen is closing up," 27 June 2018 To any real fan, a hamburger is never just a burger. Noelle Carter,, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 14 June 2018 For breakfast, Makahiki guests can try loco moco, a Hawaiian specialty that includes a mini hamburger served on white rice and topped with a poached egg and brown gravy (somebody alert the cholesterol police). Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 There will be beefsteak sandwiches available at the new Beefsteak kiosk in Cleveland, but don't expect a hamburger. Debbi Snook,, "Chef Jose Andres' concept headlines new Cleveland Clinic food court (photos)," 10 May 2018 Robotics deliverators or robotic hamburger flipper in San Francisco. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 However, on the other side of the political spectrum many have taken to Twitter to defend the hamburger restaurant. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "California Democrats call for In-N-Out boycott after burger chain donates $25G to GOP," 30 Aug. 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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