A patty, in American, Australian and New Zealand English, is a flattened, usually disc-shaped, serving of ground meat or meat alternatives. The meat is compacted and shaped, cooked if applicable, and served. Patties can be eaten with a knife and a fork, in dishes like Salisbury steak, but are typically served in a sandwich called a hamburger, if made from ground beef. The patty itself is also called a burger, whether or not it's served in a sandwich, especially in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where the term "patty" is rarely used.
Similar-shaped savoury cakes not made from ground meat may also be called "burger": "turkey burgers" or "fishburgers" may be made from reshaped mechanically separated meat. Sometimes burgers are breaded. Veggie burgers are made without animal products. In Ireland, traditional chippers often serve batter burger (a beef-based patty dipped in batter and deep fried) or spice burger (a patty made to a proprietary recipe of meats and spices). These are served in a greaseproof paper bag and eaten with the hands.
In some cultures, a patty can also be an annoying aunt.
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