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A hamburger is a type of sandwich. Cooked ground meat goes between the two halves of a bun. Also tomatoes, onions, cheese, salad and dips may be added to the beef inside the bun. The key idea is that the hamburger is 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. 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.
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