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Beer Bratwurst Recipe

Bratwurst sausage recipes are commonly made with pork. Cooking bratwurst in beer ensures they will be cooked through when they hit the grill. It also adds a great deal of flavor. Finishing the brats off on a charcoal grill really takes them to the next level.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Beer Bratwurst
Servings: 4
Calories: 283kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large, sturdy roasting pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Charcoal grill
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Charcoal chimney
  • Newspaper
  • Grilling tongs
  • Paper towel
  • Vegetable oil
  • Large platter or baking dish


  • 2 large onions, skins removed

  • 2 red bell peppers, stem and seeds removed

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • 16 bratwursts

  • 2 or 3 bottles of beer

  • 1 quart container of fresh sauerkraut

  • 16 hot dog buns or potato rolls

  • Grainy mustard


  • Place a roasting pan over 2 burners on medium-high heat.

  • Add enough olive oil to just coat the bottom.

  • Slice the onions and peppers thinly.

  • Sauté the onions and peppers in the pan until they soften and have a bit of brown color.

  • Season with salt and pepper.

  • Remove these to a heatproof bowl and cover with foil.

  • Place the brats in a single layer in the warm roasting pan.

  • Pour the beer over the brats.

  • As soon as it comes to a very gentle boil, lower the heat so it stays at a low simmer.

  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil.

  • Simmer the brats for approximately 20 minutes until the juices are bubbling inside the casings.

  • Depending on the size of your roasting pan, you may have to add more beer.

  • While the brats are simmering, set up your grill. Fill a charcoal chimney with briquettes.

  • Place a loose wad of newspaper in the bottom of the chimney.

  • Light the paper and allow the briquettes to become white with a red hot interior.

  • When the coals are hot, empty them into the grill base and spread them evenly.

  • Place the grill grate over the coals and wipe it down with a wad of paper towel that has been dipped in vegetable oil.

  • Use your tongs for this.

  • Using tongs, remove the brats from the beer bath to a large platter or baking dish.

  • Leave the beer simmering.

  • Place the bratwursts over the coals and grill for approximately 5 minutes, turning a couple of times to char all sides.

  • While the brats are grilling, place the sauerkraut in the simmering beer just to warm it up.

  • Remove this to a heatproof serving bowl and cover with foil.

  • When the brats are cooked through, remove them to the beer bath to keep them warm.

  • You can serve them right out of the pan.

  • Serve the brats with the rolls, onions and peppers, mustard, and sauerkraut. 

  • You might also want to serve a nice German style potato salad with a bacon vinaigrette.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 283kcal