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The Perfect Pair: Cabernet and Beef Burgers


When it comes to wine and food pairings, few combinations are as iconic and satisfying as Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy beef burger. The rich flavors and robust nature of Cabernet perfectly complement the hearty and savory profile of a beef burger. In this blog, we will explore some short facts about Cabernet, discuss what to consider when pairing it with food, and delve into why Cabernet and beef burgers make the perfect match.


Short Facts about Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most popular and widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Here are some essential facts about Cabernet:
  • Origins: Cabernet Sauvignon originated in the Bordeaux region of France and is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
  • Flavor Profile: Cabernet is known for its bold flavors, characterized by dark fruits like blackberry and blackcurrant, along with notes of tobacco, cedar, and sometimes mint.
  • Tannins: Cabernet Sauvignon typically has high tannin levels, which contribute to its structure, longevity, and ability to pair well with rich, fatty foods.
  • Aging Potential: Many Cabernet Sauvignons benefit from aging, as they develop complex flavors and smoother tannins over time.

What is Important When Pairing Cabernet

Pairing wine with food involves finding complementary or contrasting flavors that enhance the overall dining experience. When selecting a food pairing for Cabernet, consider the following factors:
  • Intensity: Cabernet Sauvignon has bold flavors and a robust character, so it pairs well with equally robust and flavorful dishes.
  • Protein-based Foods: Due to its strong tannins and acidity, Cabernet shines when paired with protein-rich foods, especially red meats like beef, lamb, or game.
  • Fatty Foods: The high tannin content in Cabernet helps cut through the richness of fatty foods, making it an ideal match for dishes like beef burgers.
  • Seasoning and Sauces: Consider the seasoning and sauces used in your dish. Cabernet pairs well with dishes featuring herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano, as well as rich sauces like mushroom or red wine reduction.

Talking about the Perfect Match:

Beef Burger

A beef burger, with its juicy patty, melted cheese, and flavorful toppings, is a classic comfort food that pairs exceptionally well with Cabernet Sauvignon. Here's why they make the perfect match:
  • Flavor Harmony: The bold flavors of a Cabernet, with its dark fruit notes and earthy undertones, complement the rich, umami flavors of a beef burger. The wine's tannins also work in harmony with the protein and fat in the meat, creating a delightful balance.
  • Textural Complement: The firm tannins in Cabernet help cleanse the palate and refresh it between bites of the burger, preventing the meal from feeling overly heavy.
  • Toppings and Sauces: Whether you prefer classic toppings like lettuce, tomato, and pickles or more adventurous options like caramelized onions or blue cheese, the versatility of a beef burger allows you to tailor the flavors to your preference. Cabernet's complexity and depth of flavor can harmonize with a wide range of burger accompaniments.
  • Grilled Goodness: If you're grilling your beef burger, the charred and smoky notes from the grill further enhance the pairing with a robust Cabernet.


In short, the pairing of Cabernet Sauvignon with beef burgers is a heavenly combination. The bold flavors of Cabernet complement the savory profile of the burger, creating a delightful culinary experience. Cheers to the perfect pairing of Cabernet and beef burgers!


RECIPE - Beef Burger

for 4 pieces

For the burger patties
500 g fresh minced beef
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper

4 Burger buns
4 Burger patties
Barbecue sauce

For the burger buns:
140 ml (4,74 fl.oz) milk
30 grams butter
10 grams yeast
½ tsp sugar
250 grams flour (type 550)
½ egg
½ tsp salt
Oil (for processing)
Flour (for working)
1½ tbsp. milk (for coating)
Sesame seeds (for sprinkling)


Burger Patties:

  1. In a large bowl, knead all ingredients by hand. This allows the minced meat to combine properly and the patties will not fall apart during frying.
  2. Form the kneaded minced meat into 4 hamburger patties. A burger press is the easiest way to get them into the perfect shape. Shaped by hand, you should have a height of about 1.5 to 2 cm. In the middle you should make a small dent with your thumb, so that the patty does not contract too much during frying. The burger press automatically makes "notches" here, which also prevent this.
  3. Grill burger patties over high heat, without oil, on the grill or a solid pan for about 2 min on both sides. With a normal pan or thin grill pan you need about 3-4 minutes per side

Burger Buns:

  1. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over lowest heat until butter is just melted. Remove saucepan from heat.
  2. Add yeast and sugar and stir until sugar and yeast are dissolved. Place flour in a mixing bowl, add yeast milk and knead with the dough hook of a hand mixer for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add egg and salt and knead for about another 2 minutes to form a smooth dough. Form dough into a ball with your hands and place in an oiled bowl. Dust with a little flour, cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  4. Knead the dough again with your hands on a little flour, divide into 8 portions and form into balls. Place them spaced apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten slightly. Cover the rolls and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, fan 180 degrees, gas mark 4.
  6. Spread the rolls thinly with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove and leave to cool on a cooling rack.


  1. Slice open burger bun, toast cut side briefly on grill.
  2. Top bottom side with grilled patty, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and onions.
  3. Brush top with 1 tsp barbecue sauce.

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