Salmon Burgers are a healthier alternative to the regular burger. They’re chock full of heart-healthy Omega 3 fish oils, and you’re way less likely to stack it up with cheese, bacon, or fattening sauces that will pump up your waistline and blood pressure. Instead, the addition of herbs and other low-calorie ingredients, such as parsley, dill, basil, or lemon juice are added to the patty mixture and makes beer and wine pairings quite fun and enjoyable.
For wine pairing, our top recommendations are a grassy Sauvignon Blanc, which is a white wine that has herbal notes that will complement any herbs incorporated in the patty. For red wines, there is no greater pairing than an Oregon Pinot Noir, which features a bit of earthiness to complement any charred flavours, as well as plenty of acidity to cut through the oily salmon flavours.
Salmon Burgers and Sauvignon Blanc
Salmon Burgers are just screaming for a Sauvignon Blanc. For one reason, Sauvignon Blanc is grassy and herbal on the nose and palate, so it’s going to mesh well with the fresh parsley mixed in with the burger patty. Sauvignon Blanc is also acidic, and tart, allowing it to stand up to any lemon juice that is sometimes found in a salmon burger. Other white wines like Pinot Grigio, aren’t very acidic and might come across as flat if the lemony zestiness of this burger is strong. Sauvignon Blanc also seems to love grilled foods.
Chardonnay and Salmon Burger Pairing
A tropical and lightly oaked Chardonnay or a dry Riesling are two acidic white wines that will have no issue with complementing any lemon juice that may have been used when making your Salmon Burger. What makes a slightly oaked Chardonnay so wonderful are the subtle vanilla flavours that match up perfectly with Salmon Burgers that have been grilled.
Pinot Noir & Salmon Burgers
For Red wine, your best bet is a Pinot Noir. We’d suggest an Oregon Pinot Noir. With lots of bright cherry and strawberry flavours, on top of subtle earthy and smoky flavours, you’ll find that an Oregon Pinot Noir will blend nicely with the grilled flavours of the rich salmon. Pinot Noir is not a heavy red wine either and will be lip-smacking refreshing when paired with the grilled nature of this fresh salmon burger.
Rosé Wine & Salmon Burgers
When in doubt, a Rosé wine will seemingly pair with anything, and Salmon Burgers are no exception. While Rosé looks sweet, it is often deceptively dry, crisp, and lively. Full of fresh berry fruit flavour on the nose, Rosé is extremely refreshing when paired against the rich and charred flesh of a hearty Salmon burger.
The acidity also works hard cutting through the healthy oil content found in salmon flesh, while the pronounced berry notes hold up to the rich salmon flavours.
Wheat Beer and Salmon Burgers
An American Wheat Beer is our number one match for Salmon Burgers. Light and crisp, and sometimes featuring citrusy hops, Wheat Beer will have no issues cutting through the rich salmon flavour of a grilled Salmon Burger.