Etymology lesson, go!
'Bürger' means 'a citizen'. 'Bürgermeister' is, literally, 'master of citizens'.
I'm guessing you find this funny because of the link to 'hamburger'. Well, in German, a Hamburger is a citizen of Hamburg. This is also the origin of the food's name.
It's not the only one- Frankfurter and Wiener are both foods in the States, but demonyms in Germany / Austria.
Fun fact for the day: there's also a position, which is immensely satisfying to say, which goes by the name of 'Oberbürgermeister'.
The way I learn German, since I have a bad memory and can't simply remember the word translation, is find some English translation and remember that. "Bürger" I remember as "citizen in burger town", so "burger master" fits my analogy perfectly :D
Yep, i thought this too when i was on a German short course - got a few laughs when i said this during class :)
Anyone else think of Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?
Yes, that's exactly what I thought of when I first encountered the word Bürgermeister. That's my favorite Christmas special since the 1970s.
Then I also thought of one of the old mascots of McDonalds, "Mayor McCheese". He had a big cheeseburger for a head, and he was the mayor of the McDonaldsland. I guess McDonalds probably came up for the idea for that character from the word Bürgermeister meaning mayor.
This is literally the best name for a profession! What are you sir ? Me ? I'm a Bürgermeister ! Lmao