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Burgers

The word burger is a shortened form of the word hamburger, which was originally called a "hamburger steak." Named for the German seaport city of Hamburg, the hamburger steak was supposedly a dish that began life as steak tartare (ground raw beef), but eventually made its way to the frying pan. From Germany, the hamburger migrated to America where it has become a national institution.

Though the dictionary defines a hamburger as being made of beef, the word "burger" has come to mean any compact patty that resembles a hamburger. Burgers can be made of all manner of ingredients, ranging from beans and mushrooms to ground chicken or albacore tuna. Check out this collection of burgers, including a tip of the hat to the original beef version (though we've gussied it up with cheese and chili peppers).

Date Published: 05/22/2002
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