Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sandwich consisting of a bun, a cooked beef patty, and often other ingredients such as cheese, onion slices, lettuce, or condiments. Often used in combination: a cheeseburger.
  • n. A similar sandwich with a nonbeef filling. Often used in combination: a crab burger; a tofu burger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hamburger.
  • n. A similar sandwich or patty.

Etymologies

Short for hamburger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined around 1939 from hamburger, due to incorrect analysis of that term as ham + burger and shortening. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But then, if the burger is as great as you say we will eat there, because of that alone.

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  • They are usually sandwiched between layers of other pyrotechnical material, much as a burger is augmented with pickles, tomato, and relish.

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  • Sciullo walked away with $400, three t-shirts and what he calls a burger hangover.

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2008

  • Heck, if a Helvetia burger is all that good, bring it on!

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  • From a waterscape of the sinking Titanic to a Claes Oldenburg-inspired pumpkin burger, don't get too spooked by how much devotion it must take to become a Pumpkin Master.

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  • Anytime you use the word burger, it doesn't sound very elegant -- but he wasn't an elegant person.

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  • Though the drive-in is sometimes characterized as a burger restaurant, 34 percent of its revenue comes from drinks and ice cream sales, Sparks said.

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  • Example: One wouldn't claim that Wendy's $2.99 fee for a burger is a 'tax.'

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  • And RUB's pitmaster Scott Smith and co-owner Andrew Fischel have snuck up on Meyer and Hanson with their burger, which is currently being served only on Monday nights.

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  • Mrs. Obama had the lobster burger, which is apparently a specialty there.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2009

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