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Friday Fun…Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?

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Friday Fun…Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?


Let’s have some Friday fun.  One of my favorite things to eat is a hamburger, cooked on the grill…not the kind you pick up at the drive-thru window. You know the ones with flattened patties, non-descript buns that are too big for the patty and no flavor but for the condiments.  



However, in my foody mind and contrary to Merriam-Webster’s definition of a sandwich,  a burger is in a separate food category, just as is chocolate. A burger is a burger and a sandwich is a food item that has a filling between two slices of bread. 


The hot dog falls into the same “sandwich or not” question. Once again, in my little world, a hot dog is in its own category. 


Which brings up another question. Larry and I have always differed in our opinion about chili. When he says he had a light lunch… soup and a sandwich, his “soup” was a bowl of chili. 


Once again, chili is a form of stew, not a soup! 


What do you think?   

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - you are exploring a delicious route through the cafeteria today.  Definitions and interpretations are spreading in my mind.  

Feb 02, 2024 05:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Ahhhh Michael Jacobs Did I provide a plate of ponderific food thoughts for you?

Feb 02, 2024 11:44 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Well, some may consider a hamburger as a sandwich as it consists of a filling enclosed between two pieces of bread, but I'm with you and view it as a separate category. Actually, though I never thought of this question before! 

Feb 02, 2024 05:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 my mind wanders more than it ponders (like Michael Jacobs ) and it has always been a question in my mind. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:45 AM
Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

It was good to know some nice hamburgers as sandwiches; I never knew about them.

Feb 02, 2024 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Bo Zivak I'm not a big sandwich eater unless it's a grilled cheese or BLT but I can't pass up a good burger. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:47 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Kathy.
My initial thoughts were similar to Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 because it IS filling in between two pieces of bread (or buns). But, have you ever heard someone order a "burger sandwich" or a "hotdog sandwich"? Probably not! Therefore, they must be in separate categories. If so, the next question is what would that category be called? 

As for chili, that, too, is in a separate category. You don't order chili soup or chili stew. You order chili.

As for a light lunch, the soup or chili would be the light lunch... not that AND a sandwich. 😂

Let's have Michael Jacobs do some additional pondering and let us know.

Feb 02, 2024 05:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - Kathy's post today provides quite a few pondertunity moments.  

Feb 02, 2024 06:01 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Michael Jacobs we could be pondering all day about this subject - as well as feeling hungry!!!!!

Feb 02, 2024 07:06 AM
Michael Jacobs

Anna "Banana" Kruchten and Carol Williams - come on, you know this post has a lot of food for thought.  That potential can lead to all sorts of forks in the road of thinking.  Mere morsels of mindfulness can be appetizing as well as fully satisfying.    

Feb 02, 2024 07:30 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Why is breakfast calling my name now Michael Jacobs !🍌

Feb 02, 2024 07:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Anna "Banana" Kruchten - eggsxactly!  I tend to be a serial oatmeal eater in the morning.   Time for a second cup of pondering.  🥣🥚☕

Feb 02, 2024 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I cannot tell you how many times Larry and I have gone back and forth about chili!! LOL  

Anna "Banana" Kruchten if we didn't already have plans for dinner, I'd have Larry to burgers on the grill. 

Michael Jacobs I would love to know if your mind ponders on over to a burger or hot dog. Or...perhaps chili?

Feb 02, 2024 11:51 AM
Carol Williams

Kathy Streib, Here is another pondertunity. I had clam chowder for lunch today. Is that a soup or in a separate category?

Feb 02, 2024 02:03 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I believe the basics of a sandwich would be a bit of meat covered by bread. That's pretty close.

Feb 02, 2024 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib

True Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 but that begs the question, is peanut butter and jelly a sandwich??

Feb 02, 2024 11:52 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kathy Streib   as much as putting a Cadillac next to a mini-Cooper and asking if they are both cars.

Feb 02, 2024 12:31 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I'm with you on this one Kathy!  Hamburgers and Dogs are in their own category - as is chili.  Chili isn't a soup!!  But now I may just need to have Gary grill up burgers for dinner tonight, except we don't use buns so it's not really a sandwich. 

Feb 02, 2024 07:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten we've been avoiding buns with our burgers unless Larry decides to make homemade hamburger buns. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:53 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

While this question might be open to one that we will all have a tough time answering, one this is for sure....Die Hard is a Christmas Movie!

Feb 02, 2024 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib

I'm with you Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty but I think even Bruce Willis said that it's not a Christmas movie. It still is to me and I watch it at Christmas. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:54 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Well we had delicious burgers last night for dinner so in my mind we didn’t have a sandwich we had a burger. 

Feb 02, 2024 07:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Absolutely Joyce Marsh I think Webster is wrong on this one. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I say a hot dog is a doggie and not a sandwich and the same goes for a hamburger is not a sandwich.  .  It is like a Hoagie or a sub what is that call, it was always a hoagie at my parent restaurant


Feb 02, 2024 08:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm  I grew up calling subs hoagies. We have Antones here that makes the best hoagies, and those I'll eat. 

Feb 02, 2024 11:56 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I had Friday fun yesterday with a Thursday hamburger ...... LOL

Feb 02, 2024 01:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I liked your response to Anna's comment.  Like you and Larry, I often eat hamburger patties, without buns.  I wrap them in lettuce leaves instead.  

Feb 02, 2024 04:35 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A hamburger becomes a sandwich only if put between two slices of bread, same for the hot dog, otherwise they are what you consider them to be, Kathy. And chili is more a stew. less a soup because of it's thick consistency. Now, I'm hungry! 🍔

Feb 02, 2024 06:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  like you I love a burger and never make it at home since beef is not on the menu.... now with that said I have become a connoisseur of burgers by indulging in many restaurants in my area:)Endre

Feb 02, 2024 10:34 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I consider hamburgers to be in their own class, haha, but with that being said I think technically they are sandwiches since it's meat and condiments held together by two pieces of bread.

Feb 03, 2024 04:51 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

I just got done eating some fried eggs sunny side up with a bakery "Everything" Bagel...followed up by a bakery Strawberry Muffin.  I am too stuffed to even think about burgers, dogs, and chili.  I will say a grilled burger is by far better than any other form of burger.  Have a great weekend.   It is 60 degrees warmer here than 2 weeks ago but it is raining and windy...we can't seem to win as that 60 degree hike makes it only 40 degrees before windchill factored in!! 

Feb 03, 2024 07:51 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I agree with you in all three...hamburg, hotdog, chili. All in their own category.

Feb 03, 2024 09:43 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Is the Patty Melt the Solution . A Cheese Burger with caramelized onions on Rye Bread 

Feb 03, 2024 12:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Yep, I agree. A burger (whether beef, or ground turkey which I really like) is a burger whether on a bun or not, and NOT a sandwich. And chili is chili, not soup. I'm not a big hotdog fan but they are in a category all their own.


Feb 03, 2024 02:17 PM