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[ham-bur-ger] /ˈhæmˌbɜr gər/
a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.
ground or chopped beef.
Also called Hamburg steak. a patty of ground or chopped beef, seasoned and fried or broiled.
Also, hamburg
[ham-burg] /ˈhæm bɜrg/ (Show IPA)
Also called beefburger.
Origin of hamburger
1885-90; short for Hamburger steak; see -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hamburger
  • With so many people taking the hamburger standard so seriously, it may be time to beef it up.
  • Yes, indeed, the hamburger nation obviously needs one of those.
  • School lunch programs across the country are even adding soy to hamburger patties.
  • The fact that a hamburger is lower in calories than a salad doesn't necessarily make it a better option.
  • There are great seafood restaurants, but if you prefer a hot dog or hamburger instead, you can get those too.
  • Once you give up meat, you may realize how few options you have at restaurants or how much you miss a freshly grilled hamburger.
  • Compared to a hamburger we've got three to four times the volume, probably ten times the nutrients and maybe half the calories.
  • They also offer unusual gum flavors,such as hamburger and pizza.
  • There is something wrong with the statistics on the hamburger figure.
  • The key is to persuade enough people to make a small change--say, from a hamburger to a chickpea fritter at lunch.
British Dictionary definitions for hamburger


a flat fried cake of minced beef, often served in a bread roll Also called Hamburger steak, beefburger
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Hamburger steak (that is, steak in the fashion of Hamburg)
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Word Origin and History for hamburger

1610s, "native of Hamburg;" the meat product so called from 1884, hamburg steak, named for the German city of Hamburg, though no certain connection has ever been put forth, and there may not be one unless it be that Hamburg was a major port of departure for German immigrants to United States. Meaning "a sandwich consisting of a bun and a patty of grilled hamburger meat" attested by 1912. Shortened form burger attested from 1939; beefburger was attempted 1940, in an attempt to make the main ingredient more explicit, after the -burger had taken on a life of its own as a suffix (cf. cheeseburger, first attested 1938).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hamburger


  1. A scarred and unvictorious prizefighter
  2. A hobo or mendicant
  3. An inferior racing dog (1940s+)
Related Terms

make hamburger (or hash or mincemeat) out of someone or something

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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