David at Spiced has put a new twist on Eggplant Parmesan with his recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Burgers. Although similar to traditional Eggplant Parmesan, David’s recipe differs in that the eggplant is cooked first, mixed with spices, and then formed into burgers. You can cook these up right in your kitchen — no grill required.
Stay warm inside this winter with these Eggplant Parm Burgers and a glass of one of these recommended wines!
Eggplant Parmesan Burgers Recipe & Wine Pairing
Typical eggplant parmesan is loaded with rich tomato sauce and topped with melted cheese. This recipe offers a twist, with much less sauce. The “meat” (eggplant mixture) is loaded with herbs and spices, rolled into a patty, and cooked, then topped with just enough tomato sauce and cheese for added flavor. This new take on eggplant parm offers a wider variety of options. But since it is still winter, and much of the country is covered in snow or ice, we’re thinking big reds.
Malbec: Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec ~ $15
This is a big and jammy wine with rich black berry fruit, spice, and medium tannins. It has nice enough acidity to balance out the tomato sauce, a rich body to support the creamy texture of the eggplant, and enough spice to compliment that found in the burgers.
Merlot: Blackstone Merlot ~ $8
This wine has rich red and black berry fruit aromas initially but is softer and balanced on the palate with mild blackberry, raspberry and cherry flavors that will balance nicely with the burgers. A nice weekday option if you’re looking for a good value.
Syrah: Michael David Winery 6th Sense Syrah ~ $16
This wine screams for a big juicy meaty burger, so why not take a risk and try it with these eggplant parm burgers? This is a full-flavored, powerful wine with rich fruit, dark berries, earth, spice, oak, pepper, and lots of smoky and herbal elements. This is a risky but fun choice if you want to take some creative liberty with the recipe and load up the filling of these burgers with extra spice, top them with extra rich tomato sauce, and finish with a squeeze of freshly ground pepper.
Tempranillo: Venta Morales Tempranillo ~ $8
Tempranillo’s can often be big wines, but don’t let that fool you. This is a light and approachable representation of the grape variety, fermented and aged in stainless steel, not oak. This offers the wine fresh fragrant berry aromas and some spice along with a savory quality on the palate. Another nice value red and a great option for a weeknight.
Zinfandel: Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel ~ $13
This wine offers lots of red berry fruit aromas initially (cherry, raspberry, strawberry), followed by some pepper and chocolate on the palate. It has nice acidity that will stand up to the tomato sauce, and the spicy elements will balance well with the herbs and spices found in the burgers. This isn’t an over the top Zin, but instead fruity, balanced, and food-friendly.
What’s your favorite wine to enjoy with Eggplant Parmesan?
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