Quick and Easy Beer Bratwurst Recipe

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Pretzel
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

Popular at tailgate and Super Bowl parties, beer brats are good year-round. It is hard to believe you only need four simple ingredients to make this quick and tasty dish. Once you realize how easy it is, you won't buy your beer brats at the meat counter again.

There is no secret to beer brats, you're simply going to finish cooking the sausage in beer reduction. If your family loves onions, use two instead of one. It's nearly impossible to have too many onion slices for bratwurst.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or butter, divided)
  • 6 bratwurst
  • 1 large sweet onion (sliced into 1/4 inch rings)
  • 6 ounces beer

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil or butter.

  2. Brown the bratwurst until they're a deep golden brown. Do not puncture the sausages or they will become dry. Remove to a platter.

  3. To the drippings, add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil or butter and the sweet onion rings. Toss the onions to coat them with the oil. Cook, stirring often until onions are limp and golden but not brown.

  4. Return the bratwurst to the onions and add the beer. Cook over medium heat, turning midway through until the beer has cooked down to a syrup (about 12 to 15 minutes).

  5. Bratwurst may be served on buns with the onions or as an entree.

Tips and Variations

Do not restrict yourself to bratwurst. This method works great with hot dogs, Italian sausage, knockwurst, or just about any link sausage.

While this recipe is easy on the stove, it can work on a grill in cast iron as well. Another option for your tailgate is to prepare the brats ahead of time, then heat them back up on the grill later to give them that signature grill mark.

You can use any beer you like. A dark beer gives a the bratwurst a richer flavor, but a standard commercial lager will work just fine. Since you only need half a bottle or can for every six brats you make, that leaves the excess for you to drink.