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What Burger Goes With That Wine?

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Burger and brew? You bet. Burger with wine? Many burger lovers and restaurateurs aren’t sure they go together. But Wine Enthusiast magazine has released its 2012 list of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. The magazine says these operations “have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service.”

Are these establishments all too upscale to create burgers that pair with wines? Nope. Here are 31 great burger ideas from 26 restaurants on Wine Enthusiast’s list. I think their bouquet will please you.


Daily Grind Cheeseburger at Miller Union

ABC Kitchen
Akaushi cheeseburger ($22)

Herbed mayo, pickled jalapeňos

Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia
Cuban Chorizo Sliders

Matchstick potatoes, mustard and pickles

Art & Soul, Washington, D.C.
Beef Burger ($16; lunch)
Marinated Vidalia onion, aged Cheddar, brioche
Maryland Grass-Fed Burger ($16; brunch)

Cheddar, Vidalia-onion marmalade and brioche bun

Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.
Brät Burger ($16)
Beer-Braised Sauerkraut, Emmenthaler, hand-cut fries, cornichon

Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn, NYC
Our Special LaFrieda Blend Cheeseburger

Melted Cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, french fries
Quinoa, Chickpea, Corn and Mushroom Veggie Burger

Melted Cheddar, french fries or baby field green salad

Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Mass.
Local Grass-Fed Beef Burger
Shelburne Farm Cheddar, mace ketchup, house-made bun, crispy potato fries
(add fried egg $3; add house-smoked bacon $3)

Marc Forgione, New York City
Suck You Sliders
Beer, bacon & butter, house-made pickles, Charleston slaw, potato roll
Creekstone Farms
Pepper-Jack cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, fried egg, Parmesan fries

Minetta Tavern, New York City
Black Label Burger ($26)

A selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites
Minetta Burger ($17)
Cheddar and caramelized onions

Wit & Wisdom: A Tavern by Michael Mina, Baltimore
Ground Steak burger ($19)

Amish Cheddar, shredded romaine, secret sauce

Woodbury Kitchen, Baltimore
Kitchen Burger ($16)
House-ground chuck, lettuce, onion, fries with raw Cheddar


db Bistro moderne, Miami

The Copper Onion's house burger

The Original db Burger ($32)
Sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, Parmesan bun, pommes frites

Emeril’s New Orleans
B.L.F.G.T. ($16)
Benton’s Bacon, butter lettuce & fried green tomato on brioche with boiled Gulf shrimp and Pommery Mustard Aïoli

Miller Union, Atlanta
The Daily Grind Cheeseburger ($13)

All the trimmings and french fries

Philipe Restaurant & Lounge, Houston
Beef Sliders
All-natural beef, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, barbecue sauce, fries

Proof on Main, Louisville
Proof Bison Burger ($17)

Tillamook Cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, jezebel sauce

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Paris, Va.
Smoked beef burger ($14)

Fougasse, anchovy mayo, soy ketchup, Gouda, fries

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
Farmstead Burger

Blackberry Farm sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Benton’s bacon, Thousand Island dressing,
house-made fries

Vino Vino, Austin, Texas
Wagyu Beef Slider ($5)

Aged Vermont Cheddar, butter leaf lettuce, pickled onions, mustard 


Anasazi Restaurant, Santa Fe, N.M.
Buffalo Burger ($16)

Vermont Cheddar, apple-smoked bacon chile mayonnaise

Blackbird, Chicago
Short Rib Burger ($15; lunch)

Smoked provolone, capers, aïoli and pommes frites

Longman & Eagle, Chicago
Slagel Family Farms Burger ($12)

Aged Widmer’s Cheddar, Neuske’s Bacon, Beef Fat Fries, Brioche

Montagna at The Little Nell, Aspen, Colo.
Emma Farm Wagyu Beef Burger ($22)

Aged Cheddar, smoked bacon
Rosen Ranch Lamb Burger ($21)
Curried sheep’s milk yogurt, smoked-eggplant purée

Pago, Salt Lake City
Pago Burger ($15)

Gruyère, mushrooms, brown-sugar bacon, caramelized onions, black-garlic aïoli, chips

The Copper Onion, Salt Lake City
The Copper Onion Burger ($11)

Pleasant Creek Ranch Wagyu, house bun, roasted onions, steak fries or arugula salad


Portland City Grill, Portland, Ore.
Classic Tillamook Cheddar Burger ($11; lunch)

Roasted tomato jam, mayo, iceberg, crispy onions, potato bun, City Grill fries
(add apple-wood smoked bacon $1)

Press, St. Helena, Calif.
Press Prime Cheeseburger ($15; lunch)

Kennebec Fries
(add crispy Hobbs bacon $2)