Hamburger is the slightly tongue-in-cheek term used to refer to the menu button in many applications, particularly mobile applications. The reason for the name is fairly simple – the menu button looks somewhat like a hamburger.

Clicking (or tapping) on the hamburger icon in an application or on a web site typically displays or exposes a menu of items from which to select.

The hamburger is often used when screen size is small or screen real estate is limited, as an alternative to displaying a complete menu or menu bar.

See also: ellipsis.

hamburger (Wikipedia)

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Hamburger with french fries and a beer
CourseMain course
Place of originGermany or United States (disputed)
Created byMultiple claims (see text)
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsGround meat, bread

A hamburger (also burger for short) is a food, typically considered a sandwich, consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bread roll or bun. The patty may be pan fried, grilled, smoked or flame broiled. Hamburgers are often served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, or chiles; condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, or a "special sauce", often a variation of Thousand Island dressing; and are frequently placed on sesame seed buns. A hamburger topped with cheese is called a cheeseburger.

The term "burger" can also be applied to the meat patty on its own, especially in the United Kingdom, where the term "patty" is rarely used, or the term can even refer simply to ground beef. Since the term hamburger usually implies beef, for clarity "burger" may be prefixed with the type of meat or meat substitute used, as in beef burger, turkey burger, bison burger, portobello burger, or veggie burger.

Hamburgers are sold at fast-food restaurants, diners, and specialty and high-end restaurants. There are many international and regional variations of the hamburger.

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