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Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?

My friends and I often debate this very question. Does the almost universally loved category of sandwich include hamburgers? In many ways, the hamburger has transcended the definition of sandwich; if you are craving a burger, you probably wouldn't say, "I really want a sandwich." But I guess technically, it's still a sandwich. What do you think?


TidalWave23 TidalWave23 9 years
i just like the pictures for the burger and sandwich :drool:
keiraz keiraz 9 years
technically yes!! and sometimes say here.."I want a burger sandwich" oh yeah! lol damn I'm hungry now..tho I don't like hamburguer :-D
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
Who cares? I just like to eat.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I think hamburgers are different...when I think of eating a sandwich, I think of ham, cheese, turkey, etc. Burgers are different...and yummy!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Technically, the term "hamburger" is derived from the term "Hamburg Steak", which is solely the meat patty. So what you've got up at the top of the page is: on the right, a ham sandwich, and on the left, a double-decker hamburger sandwich. I don't know what I've proven though, because while I could use that knowledge to say that what the vernacular calls a "hamburger" (ie. a hamburg steak sandwich) _is_ a sandwich, I could make a very convincing argument that the word "hamburger" refers neither to a sandwich nor indeed to a hamburg steak sandwich. ...or am I overthinking this one? :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i guess there could be a bit of debate about this one - but to me, i would say it's a hamburger. it's kind of become it's own thing and regardless of the bread you put it on - it's still going to be that in my eyes.
lisabarn lisabarn 9 years
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today... 2 different things!
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Technically, yes it's a sandwhich, but it's kinda evolved and it's its own thing.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
i really don't care, just as long as it tastes good!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I agree with Party. A burger is a burger! Although I get that it is kind of a sandwich, I don't think of burgers when someone says sandwich.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Does anyone really call it a hamburger anymore? There are so many variations, I never say hamburger, just burger. And no it's not a sandwich to me.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
By Definition, sandwich. AND I do believe that at most restaurants if they serve a selection of burgers, they have a burger section on the menu, And the other is hot and cold sandwiches.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
It's a sandwich in my book. I won't call it that when I refer to it in everyday convo, but that's what it technically is.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Well on menus its usually in the sandwich section so yes I consider it a sandwich.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Burger is in its own lil world. IMHO it's not a sandwich. But both look good right now :)
kellys kellys 9 years
i think "burger" is just a subset of sandwich. although i'm not sure anyone says "i could go for a sandwich" without thinking of something more specific than "anything between two slices of bread at any temperature."
jessie jessie 9 years
i think of hamburger in its own little world...
kea718 kea718 9 years
oh, the definitions were from
kea718 kea718 9 years
sand·wich –noun 1. two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair. ham·burg·er –noun 1. a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I think a hamburger is it's own entity.
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