If you’re not lucky enough to live near an In-N-Out Burger, give this recipe for The Best Cheeseburger Ever from Stuck on Sweet a try. Inspired by the “Animal Style” cheeseburger at In-N-Out, these seasoned beef burgers are loaded with toppings — lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, and a special sauce. This meal comes together quickly, so it’s great for busy evening or a weekend gathering. Add a glass of wine and you’ve got a great meal.
The Best Cheeseburger and Wine Pairing
Burger wines can range from crisp white wines to refreshing rosés to big bold reds. It really depends on your preference and consideration of toppings. This In-N-Out copycat burger offers some caramelized onions, a sweet secret sauce, along with seared beef and soft melted American cheese. For a quick weeknight pairing try one of following.
Pinot Grigio: Francis Ford Coppola “Rosso & Bianco” Bianco Pinot Grigio ~ $9
If you’re craving a white wine to go with your burgers, try this refreshing Pinot Grigio with lots of ripe peaches, grapefruit, melon, green apple, and even some floral notes. It’s light bodied, crisp, and will provide a refreshing palate cleanser between bites of the bold flavored burger.
Merlot: Red Rock Winery Reserve Merlot ~ $11
This smooth Merlot has lots of jammy black and red berry fruit with some sweet vanilla and toasty oak. With lush and velvety fruit on the palate, this wine has the richness to stand up to all the bold flavors you’ll find in the burger (from the seared juicy meat to the sweet sauce to the melted cheese).
Tempranillo: Flaco Tempranillo ~ $8
Tempranillo is a great option for burgers with its lush fruit and a soft palate. This one is no exception with its red berry fruit flavors (raspberry, cherry) along with some fresh pepper. There’s a nice spice component on the palate that will go well with the seared meat. It’s also an excellent value for the fruit and balance you get.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $12
A classic pairing for a juicy burger, this Cabernet Sauvignon has lots of ripe cherry and dark berry fruit with some spice, vanilla, and toast notes. It is smooth in the mouth with nice acidity. The combination of rich fruit and toast will mingle well with the flavorful burger and won’t interfere with the special sauce and other toppings.
Shiraz/Syrah Blend: Lindeman’s Cawarra Shiraz – Cabernet ~ $6
For something with ripe rich black berry and cherry flavors, try this Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Australia. You’ll also find some sweet vanilla and spice flavors to accompany the rich fruit. A bargain at $6, this makes for a good burger pairing any night of the week.
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