Hamburgs are a small breed with slender legs and a neat rose comb. The bird comes in more than ten different varieties, including: Silver-Spangled, Golden-Spangled, Golden-Penciled, Silver-Penciled, White, and Black. Penciled breeds are smallest and self-colored birds are largest. There are also bantam Hamburgs, which weigh about 1.5 pounds. Hamburgs are hardy, active birds.
Hamburgs mature quickly and are considered good egg producers. Their eggs are rather small with white, glossy shells.