Can you call a cheeseburger a hamburger? I am eating self-made ones.
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Technically, a cheeseburger is a specific form of hamburger.
But, if someone asks for a hamburger and they get a cheeseburger, they will probably be upset at not getting what they wanted. That is, the term 'hamburger' usually is used for the specific plain version, not for any kind of hamburger, at least with respect to added cheese; a cheeseburger is not a hamburger.
So you can call a cheeseburger a hamburger in a burger construction manual, but not when accepting orders in a restaurant.
In America at least, you could refer to both as "burgers".