This month, we celebrate two very important holidays… National Burger Month and National Wine Day (May 25)! That got us thinking, what wine goes best with burgers? After some delicious research, we put together this burger and wine pairing with some of the most popular burger options.
A Classic Cheeseburger
An all-American burger is oozing with flavor! Pair with a Cabernet Sauvignon with a lower alcohol content – a high-alcohol content Cabernet has the potential to surpass the flavor of the burger. The strong tannins and acidity of the Cabernet will help cut down the fattiness and richness of the burger.
Spicy Southwestern Burger
Looking for a wine that will complement well with the bold, spiciness of a spicy southwestern burger? Try rosé! Because rosé has less tannin and is a bit sweet, it will complement the spiciness without creating more heat.
Imagine a steak burger topped with bacon, crispy onion straws, steak sauce and blue cheese… is your mouth-watering yet? While your mind may instantly pair a burger with a beer, try wine instead! A Malbec is an excellent choice! This dry red wine has a smoky finish that will pair well with the bacon and fruity red notes will highlight the flavor of the blue cheese.
Wine and salmon are simply meant for each other! But, finding the perfect pair really depends on how the salmon is prepared. An herb-infused salmon burger goes great with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc which will actually heighten the flavor of the herbs. Meanwhile, a grilled or spicy salmon burger deserves a dry, yet fruity rosé.
Chicken or Turkey Burger
A ground chicken or turkey burger is lighter than a beef burger, so you need a wine that is light bodied. Pinot Noir is an excellent option as it has low tannins that won’t overpower the burger, but can still hold up to bold toppings such as gorgonzola cheese, sautéed onions or mushrooms.
To determine what wine pairs best with your veggie burger, you’ve got to take a look at what’s in it. A black bean-based veggie burger goes best with a light red wine such as a Lambrusco or rosé. A green veggie burger (think avocado, broccoli, kale) pairs well with a light white wine such as a Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. A spicy veggie packed with chipotle or chili peppers goes great with a sparkling wine or rosé that will provide refreshment from the heat.
What wine do you like best with your burger? Let us know by commenting below.