Make lamb sliders and top with gruyere, sauteed wild mushrooms and a tarragon sauce. Pair the sliders with a good Nebbiolo. The tannins are fierce in this wine, as well as the acidity, which pair well with the combinations in the lamb slider.
Try your lamb burgers with a spicy Syrah. Michael David Vineyards has a Petit Syrah with blackberry, blueberry and smoky notes that complement the flavor of the lamb.
Beef burgers are a standard and pair beautifully with red wines, but can also work with a rich chardonnay. A beef burger topped with American cheese pairs beautifully with raspberry characters that you can find in the Alma Rosa Pinot Noir.
With the addition of bacon on your burger, you open up more pairing possibilities. A smoky bacon works great with dark berry flavors. Try your burger with 21 Gables Pinotage.
Spice things up a bit by mixing ground beef and chorizo together. Top with caramelized sweet onions and a fried green tomato. Pair this with a Syrah that is heavy on the tobacco and vanilla scents. An oaky chardonnay will work, too. Turkey burgers pair well with fruit notes. A fruity Pinot Noir or peach-inflected Pinot Gris are natural pairings. Top your turkey burger with Swiss cheese and pair with a Northern Rhone-style Syrah. It's delicious!
Remember that everyone that you invite may not be as open to try different types of wine. Always have the basics on hand, like a buttery Chardonnay, a spicy Cabernet Sauvignon and a fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Cookouts are about gathering with loved ones and sharing good food.