I think we can all agree that the weather we’ve been having lately has been lovely. Summer is finally here! And, of course, that means only one thing in the UK – barbecues. Lots of ‘em. Do you want to throw the perfect barbecue this summer? Look no further! From the all-important burger to buying the perfect wine to wash it all down with. Your friendly local wine merchant is here to help.
The Perfect Burger
The burger – the perfect centrepiece to any successful barbecue. Do you want to make a burger that’s so absolutely perfect that your guests are totally wowed? Luckily for you, we have that exact recipe right here…
1 teaspoon of mustard (American or Dijon – up to you!)
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, finely grated
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 lb of ground beef
Salt and pepper to taste
- Lightly oil the grill at pre-heat your barbecue to medium heat.
- In a bowl, whisk your egg. Then stir in the rest of your ingredients, except the beef.
(Pro tip: If you want to add even more flavour, stir in some BBQ sauce, curry powder or chopped sundried tomatoes. Feeling really adventurous? Why not go for some teriyaki or hoisin sauce?)
- Now crumble in your beef. Gently mix together using a fork or your hands (if you’re not afraid of getting messy!). It’s important to work your meat as little as possible at this stage; the more you handle it, the tougher it’ll get.
- Gently shape into burgers, each one about a ¾ inch in thickness. Remember, don’t press them too firmly!
- Using your thumb, make a shallow depression in the middle of each burger. This stops your burgers from puffing up when you cook them.
- Place your burgers on the grill and close the lid. You want to cook your burgers until they are no longer pink inside, turning halfway through. They’ll probably need to cook for around 6-8 minutes on each side. Once again, don’t be tempted to press them with a spatula, prick them with a fork, or over handle them. We don’t want to lose any of those precious juices!
- Once cooked, transfer your burger into a warm, crusty bun and garnish with all your favourite toppings.
- Finally, tuck in!
What about buying the right wine?
The right wine for your burger may well depend on your toppings. If you’re going for a fairly simple burger with minimal toppings, a traditional red meat friendly wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon would fit the bill perfectly.
Going for a spicy burger? If you’re stacking your burgers with jalapeños or other spicier toppings, a lower alcohol wine with less tannin will complement the spice rather than clash with it. Try a full-bodied rosé with a hint of sweetness, like our Bella Modella Pinot Grigio Rosé La Farfalla.
“Go big or go home”? If you’re going all out with your burger toppings (blue cheese, fried onion, pickles, the full works!), then you’ll want a wine with a robust flavour, that holds its own against the bold toppings. Try our Boutinot ‘La Côte Sauvage’, Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages – a multi-award-winning blend.
Buying Wine from Viva Vino
If you’d like to browse more of our wine list, you can do so on our website. If you’d like to receive some top tips on picking the perfect wine for a summer barbecue or other event, you can contact Chris on 07889 757660, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.