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A hamburger sandwich.

A hamburger is a type of sandwich with cooked ground meat between the two halves of a bun. Tomatoes, onions, cheese, salad and dips may also be added. The hamburger may be eaten without a knife and fork, so it is a fast food which can be eaten anywhere.

Hamburgers are named for a city in Germany called Hamburg. They were probably invented in Germany, though what we now know as a hamburger was created in the United States in the 19th century. Hamburgers appeared on menus in England and the United States in the 19th century, and became a popular food after the 1904 World's Fair.[1][2][3] What is called a hamburger throughout the world today was different than the first German hamburgers; German dishes often involved a steak or sausage between pieces of bread instead of ground meat.

Many fast food restaurants, such as Burger King, KFC and McDonald's, serve hamburgers.

A cheeseburger is a hamburger that also has cheese. Hamburgers can be served with other things besides cheese, such as chili.

References[change | change source]

  1. Atlas of Popular Culture in the Northeast United States, John Harmon
  2. "The World's First Hamburger". Texas Monthly. August 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  3. "Obituary: Charles Menches". The New York Times. October 5, 1951.