Wine Pairing Guide: All Types of Burgers

Category: Food

Burgers are a summer staple for any BBQ or backyard meal. Whether you call yourself vegetarian, pescetarian, carnivore, paleo... there's a burger out there for you. With so many options, we've got your wine pairing to match to your burger of choice:

Beef Burger
When pairing with a traditional beef burger, it's all about the toppings and condiments that you choose. But in general, you need a wine with enough body to stand up to the meat. The best choices are a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Zinfandel because they have the structure and tannins that are well matched with beef. If you prefer white wines, an oaked Chardonnay would work because the wood influence gives the wine extra body to handle the meat.

Lamb Burger
Lamb burgers are a little lighter than the typical beef burger, so naturally, you'll want to pair it with a lighter-bodied red wine such as a Monastrell or Grenache-based blend. For a white wine choice, Riesling that is either dry or has just a touch of sweetness is a great match to a lamb burger especially if there is any Mediterranean influence in the seasonings.

Turkey Burger
If you love burgers but are looking for something that is lighter yet still, turkey burgers are a great choice and rosé is a great match, especially in the summertime. For a red, Pinot Noir is a good choice because it's on the lighter side yet has some acidity to complement a salty cheese topping like a slice of Swiss. When it comes to white wines, a Pinot Gris is a great option because it is refreshing on the palate, but won't loose it's flavors up against the turkey meat.

Salmon Burger
Pinot Noir and salmon are a classic pairing for good reason: they are delicious together! Because a salmon burger is a little heartier than a cooked piece of salmon, you can also try it with a Merlot which has a little more body and intensity than a Pinot Noir. However, if you want to pair it with a white wine, the acidity in a Sauvignon Blanc matches well with the fish just like how a squeeze of lemon works on a fish fillet.

Veggie Burger
Veggie burgers can vary widely in terms of their flavors and richness, so it’s hard to just pick a couple specific varieties that will match. One great option is a fruity red blend that is low in tannins, one that is delicious to drink with or without food. For white, a Viognier would pair nicely especially if there is a little spice or a sweetness in the burger. Rosé is also a great match for a veggie burger, and we are not just saying that because we love rosé (even though we do!).