Fast food in Germany

German fast food is much more than just burgers and fried chicken!

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Die Bratwurst (grilled sausage)

You might have heard about the famous German Bratwurst. This sausage is usually made of pork. It is grilled and often served in a bread roll with mustard or ketchup, a bit like a hot dog.

Die Currywurst (sausage in curry sauce)

Sausage with curry sauce is also very popular! This spicy snack is called a Currywurst.

Die Pommes (chips)

Chips are just as popular in Germany as they are in the UK. However, Germans would never have them with vinegar. Instead they often eat their chips covered in both ketchup and mayonnaise!

Ein halbes Hähnchen (half a grilled chicken)

Another delicious traditional German fast food snack is a halbes Hähnchen (half a grilled chicken). You often find these at markets and fairs, sold from food vans.

Der Döner (doner kebab)

Surprisingly, the most popular German fast food dish was actually invented by Turkish immigrants: the Döner Kebab, mostly shortened to Döner in German. A Pitta bread is filled with thin slices of grilled either lamb or chicken, salad and yoghurt sauce.

Did you know …?

  • The Döner (doner kebab) was invented in Berlin by Mahmut Aygün almost 40 years ago!
  • In Berlin there is a museum called the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, which opened in August 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Currywurst.
  • The favourite German seafood snack is the Fischbrötchen(fish sandwich). They are particularly popular in the north of Germany.
  • Every year in the German town of Erfurt there is a festival to celebrate the Bratwurst (grilled sausage). They have more than 20 different types of sausages that you can to try!

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
der (Schnell-)Imbiss takeaway
die Bratwurst grilled sausage
die Currywurst sausage in curry sauce
die Pommes chips
ein halbes Hähnchen half a grilled chicken
der Döner doner kebab
das Fischbrötchen fish sandwich
Guten Appetit! Enjoy your meal!