I can’t claim that incorrectly spelling burgher as burger is a common, everyday mistake. But the mix-up does occur, especially in student essays.
- a flat round of meat or other food that is fried or grilled and often served in a bread roll
- a (typically wealthy) citizen of a town or city
- (in southern Africa) an Afrikaans citizen of a Boer republic; a civilian member of a local militia
- (in Sri Lanka) a descendant of Dutch or Portuguese colonists
The spelling of burgher does vary in historical texts – the versions include burger, bourger and burgar. This is because the word was adopted from the original German or Dutch burger (meaning ‘citizen of a fortified town’) and only later assimilated to the English burgh (meaning ‘borough’).