Wine to drink with a burger – A burger and a beer have a natural affinity in the summer, but if you are looking to experience something different, switch the beer for a glass of wine and try this wine to drink with a burger.
No need to stress to find wine to drink with a burger. After all It’s a burger, not a fancy cut of meat. I advice to drink what you like. A good hamburger is an amazing gastronomical treat. It is decadent, rich and hearty, which makes it a perfect candidate for red wine. Sure, some white and roses wines could work, But honestly, I prefer washing down my burger with a great red wine.
Below are some bottle recommendations that could pair wine to drink with a burger. It is a good starting point if you are clueless about wine or if you are looking for a new perspective. Happy burger pairing!
Beef burgersWhen pairing wine with the classic beef burger, it’s all about the meat inside the bun. The condiments and toppings play a supporting role. In general, you are looking for a wine with enough structure to stand up to the meat. My top picks are Zinfandel and Rhone blends as they have the structure and tannins that match well with the bold and charred flavours of the beef.
Recommended bottles to try:
Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2015 ( California) SAQ # 12484111 $29.55
Aromas of candied dark fruits with smoke and eucalyptus aromas. Juicy and mouth-watering with big flavours of cherry, dark plum and blueberry jam. Power and character in this hefty Californian wine.
Deloach Heritage Reserve Zinfandel 2015 ( California) SAQ # 00492397 $17.55
Flavours of ripe strawberry, raspberry and blackberry blend nicely with a touch of coffee and vanilla. This wine is full bodied with soft tannins and lingering ripe flavours of chocolate and cherry on the finish.
Gabriel Meffre Saint Mapalis Plan de Dieu 2016 ( Plan de Dieu, Rhone Valley) SAQ # 13286829 $18.95
Fruity with jammy flavours of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of liquorice with cracked black pepper. Fleshy with ripe tannins , good concentration and excellent acidity.
Château Pesquié Terrasses 2016 ( Ventoux, Rhône Valley)
SAQ # 10255939 $16.13
Floral and earthy nose with graphite and blackcurrant scents. On the palate, structured yet smooth with nuances of red currants and leather. Long and elegant finish.
Turkey or chicken burgers
If you love burgers but are looking for something that is light and flavorful , turkey or chicken burgers are great choices and rosé goes nicely with them , especially in the summertime. When it comes to white wines, a Pinot Gris is a great option because while refreshing on the palate, will not lose its flavours against the turkey meat.
Rose-Tardieu-Laurent Tavel Vieilles Vignes 2016 ( Tavel, Rhône Valley.) SAQ # 13199274, $23.25
Rich and heady with powerful notes of red berries and a fine note of rosemary and eucalyptus. Powerful and structured, a magnificent style of rose.
Rose-Château Grand Escalion Costières de Nîmes 2017 ( Rhone Valley, France) SAQ # 12843128 $17.95
Earthy nose complemented by aromas of red currants, roasted herbs and fleur d’ail. Dry and elegant with a complex finale bringing to mind notes of wild mint and zarzaparrilla. A lovely gastronomical rose.
Rose-Buti Nages 2017 ( Costières de Nîmes, Rhône Valley)
SAQ # 00427625 $14.55
Inspiring nose bringing to mind cherry, watermelon with exquisite floral undertones. On the mouth, juicy and crisp with a pretty mineral backbone in the final.
White-Bodega François Lurton Pinot Gris 2017
( Mendoza, Argentina) SAQ # 556746 $14.60
Aromas of bartlett pear with ripe green apple and soft herbaceous and verbena notes. Medium to full body with an exotic papaya and lychee finale.
Pinot Noir and salmon are classical wine pairings Because a salmon burger is richer than a plain cooked piece of salmon, it could also work with Merlot which has a little more body and intensity than a Pinot Noir.
Joseph Mellot Clos Du Pressoir 2015 ( Loire Valley, France) SAQ # 12571599 $26.10
Deep and complex nose. Rich with varied earthy nuances, almost meaty complemented by ripe red currants, eucalyptus and aloe vera as well. On the palate, spicy with delicate vegetal flavours reminiscent of smoked jalapeno peppers. Persistent long finish.
De Loach Pinot Noir 2016. ( California). SAQ # 13491540. $18.30
Notes of Swedish berries, liquorice with Indonesian cloves flavours. On the mouth, the wine displays very ripe fruit undertones with a medium acidity and soft tannins. Complex finale bringing to mind goji fruit with chai black tea.