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Americans Eat Pizza More Frequently Than Hamburgers

How often do Americans eat pizza? According to various surveys and studies, it’s estimated that about 13% of the American population eats pizza on any given day. If you go into a crowded elevator today, chances are at least one person in that elevator will eat pizza today.   

Experts who measure stuff explain why by saying nerdy, egg-heady stuff like, “Factors such as convenience, affordability, and the ability to customize toppings make pizza a favorite choice for many Americans for meals, contributing to its popularity.”  Blah blah blah.  We think the answer is simpler.  Mae West once said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”  People eat a lot of pizza for two simple reasons.

  1. It’s pizza, and it tastes great!
  2. It’s affordable and convenient (think delivery and carryout).    

Hamburgers are also a quintessential (you can go a whole day and not use the word “quintessential”) part of American favorite foods. While specific data on the frequency of hamburger consumption can vary, surveys and studies suggest that Americans eat hamburgers regularly.

Some surveys suggest that around 50% to 60% of Americans eat hamburgers at least once a week, which is about half the number of those who eat pizza.  

Factors contributing to the popularity of hamburgers include their convenience, affordability, and widespread availability. Additionally, hamburgers are often featured on restaurant menus, fast-food chains, and at social gatherings such as barbecues and picnics, further contributing to their frequent consumption.

Overall, although hamburgers are a beloved food in American culture, pizza is still the more widely consumed product.