Hamburger University

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Hamburger University
Motto Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Type Corporate university
Established 1961 (1961)
Location Oak Brook, Illinois, United States
41°50′18″N 87°56′51″W / 41.83833°N 87.94750°W / 41.83833; -87.94750Coordinates: 41°50′18″N 87°56′51″W / 41.83833°N 87.94750°W / 41.83833; -87.94750
Campus Suburban, 80 acres (32 ha)
Colors Red, White
Affiliations McDonald's

Hamburger University is a 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) training facility of McDonald's, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. This corporate university was designed to instruct personnel employed by McDonald's in the various aspects of restaurant management. More than 80,000 restaurant managers, mid-managers and owner/operators have graduated from this facility.[1]


Today, Hamburger University is situated on an 80 acres (32 ha) campus. Restaurant employees receive approximately 32 hours of training in their first month with McDonald's and more than 5,000 students attend Hamburger University each year.[1]

Founder Ray Kroc oversaw lessons at its beginning.

Popular culture[edit]

Hamburger University was satirized in the 1986 comedy, Hamburger... The Motion Picture.[2] It was also spoofed by McDonald's itself in a commercial with Ronald McDonald in which several animatronic hamburgers were shown graduating from school.


  1. ^ a b "Hamburger University". McDonald's. 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hamburger - The Motion Picture in the British Film Institute's "Explore film..." database