We often accompany burgers with a fizzy drink or a nice cold beer. But what about a glass of wine? Considering that hamburgers have become a gourmet dish, there’s no reason why we can’t pair a good wine with a burger! Read on to discover Drinks&Co’s favourite burger and wine pairings this International Hamburger Day.
So Many Burgers, So Many Wines
When we talk about burgers, we’re talking about a “flattened patty” of minced meat, usually beef, cooked on a grill and usually served inside a bun. Since it’s meat we’re dealing with, the most obvious choice is red wine. However, it’s not always the best option.
A lot depends on the sauce and the ingredients used to accompany the meat. The main rule, however, is not to overpower the flavour. You should also look for a wine that will cut through the fattiness of the meat and cleanse the mouth. In this case, the important factors to consider include acidity, tannins and fizz.
And of course, it depends on what type of burger we’re talking about. Your choice of wine might change depending on whether it’s a chicken, turkey, fish, or veggie burger.
If you love red wine, you can’t go wrong with a good glass of Merlot. If your beef burger has a lot of sauces and ingredients, it’s best to opt for a full-bodied wine with a powerful taste. A Chianti Classico would make a great choice. If you’re eating a cheeseburger, a Rioja or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo won’t disappoint.
And don’t underestimate white wine for a finger-licking burger pairing! If the burger is made from veal, it’ll pair fantastically with a Pinot Grigio. White wines with a slightly higher alcohol content, on the other hand, are also ideal to accompany well-seasoned burgers with strong flavours. A Pecorino wine would make a fab choice.
To cleanse your palate, sparkling wines are the way to go. It may sound strange, but try accompanying your next greasy burger with a glass of Champagne, Lambrusco or Prosecco. It’s a match made in heaven!
Chicken and Turkey Burgers
Less fatty and with a less invasive flavour, white meat burgers go well with an elegant wine that is neither too full-bodied nor too delicate. Something like a Chenin Blanc would really bring out the herbs and aromatics of a chicken burger, and a Beaujolais would make the perfect accompaniment to turkey.
Fish burgers find their best ally in white wine, especially if it’s aromatic. Malvasia and Chardonnay would both make safe bets. Sparkling wines, both white and rosé, are also an excellent choice.
And for Vegetarians?
Veggie burgers are definitely the least fatty on the list. For this reason, it’s best to choose wines low in tannins and with good acidity. This will really enhance the taste of the dish. A good choice would be a white wine made from Chardonnay grapes or a red wine like Nebbiolo.
Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Karin Mosca’s original Italian article: Hamburger e vino? Perché no!