What to Drink with Your Burger?

It’s summertime and the living is easy. A big juicy burger can take a big wine, so don’t be shy. But remember it’s summer; you’re cooking and eating outside, maybe drinking from a plastic cup, so you don’t need to get too fancy! On a hot night, nothing is better than a cold beer. With all the great microbreweries in New England, there are lots of local options. “A nice beefy wine like a full-bodied Cabernet goes well with a burger, especially cheeseburgers. A hoppy ale is also a good choice—I like a Tuckerman’s pale ale with my burger,” says Brian Shea of The Barley House.

Wine Pairings

Here are some wine selections to try this summer.

Nicole Brassard, Wine Specialist at the NH Liquor Commission, suggests Tuna Burgersbr


  • Acrobat Pinot Gris
  • Terra Andina Reserve Pinot Noir

brSalmon Burgersbr


  • Blackstone Pinot Noir
  • Burgans Albarino Baixas Rioja White

brBeef Burgersbr


  • Inscription Petite Sirah
  • Chasing Lions Cabernet

brGordon Heins, Wine Specialist at the NH Liquor Commission, recommends Turkey Burgersbr


  • Any fruit-forward red is a good option here. Think fun, fruity, and easy to drink.
  • Clos Lachance Zinfandel
  • Cline Mourvedre Ancient Vines
  • Hayman & Hill Meritage
  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir