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Portion size: Hamburger

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For sample adults, BURGSIZ reports the portion size (small, medium, or large) eaten each time the respondent ate hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or meatloaf. A medium-sized portion was defined as ¼ pound. Researchers may wish to use BURGSIZ in conjunction with BURGNO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent ate hamburger, and BURGTP, which reports the corresponding time unit.

BURGSIZ is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed hamburger during the past year.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and in 2 weeks of quarter 2 (excluded from CACT) who consumed hamburger during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992