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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There’s a robot hamburger place here in San Francisco now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Food pavilions: Visitors will find healthy alternatives to the usual hot dogs and hamburgers. Carolina Gusman,, "Earth Day: Learn how to do the world some good at EarthFair 2018," 19 Apr. 2018 At lunchtime, officers joined the campers, ages 5 through 12, at picnic tables, munching on hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Highland Park Market. Alison Kuznitz,, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018 Morris gets out a grill and cooks hot dogs and hamburgers for anyone who stops by. Valerie Russ,, "Part safe space, part beacon, West Philly's Urban Art Gallery 'bridges the gap between violence and peace'," 11 July 2018 Enjoy access to the entire aquarium, take in tunes by local jazz musicians, and dine on all-American hot dogs and hamburgers. Anna White, Chicago Reader, "From sea to shining sky: Fourth of July in Chicago," 27 June 2018 One recipient apologized to him that his sons liked apples, hot dogs, and hamburgers, but might not eat some of the other vegetables. Alison Arnett,, "At Mi-Amore, volunteers put recovered food in the hands of those who need it most," 26 June 2018 Click on the hamburger icon in the upper left, then Today's Deals > Upcoming. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Get Primed for Amazon Prime Day," 3 July 2018 On opening day, groups of people milled around the stage, munching on hamburgers and sipping from large cups of soda. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest revelers react to new U.S. Cellular stage, northern gate, Klement's Beer Garden," 27 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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