Whether you're attending a barbecue or a baseball game, it's always hard to decide between a burger and a brat. Burgers are always delicious, with a juicy meat patty and fresh toppings, and they're easy to eat. A grilled bratwurst on a bun, on the other hand, is bursting with flavor. When grilling at home, why not combine the best of both worlds?
This recipe turns bratwurst sausages into a burger-style patty that's grilled and topped with sauerkraut, mustard, and pickles. It has all of the delectable flavors of a brat in the form of a burger. The best part is that this recipe is incredibly easy to make. You simply remove the meat from the sausage casing and form into patties before grilling until cooked through. You'll wonder why you've never thought to make a bratwurst burger before.
These burgers have a unique flavor that is perfect for anyone looking for more than that same old hamburger. Serve at your next cookout or give your Oktoberfest gathering a different spin. Feel free to swap out the toppings if you don't like sauerkraut. Try topping with slow-cooked onions and peppers for a less tangy dish. Or offer a small buffet of options and allow people to top their own burgers.
Gather the ingredients.
Cut the casings from the bratwursts and add the meat to the bowl.
Divide into four equal portions and form into patties.
Preheat the grill to medium heat, taking care to make sure the grates are clean and lightly oiled.
Once the grill is preheated, add the bratwurst patties and grill until cooked through to at least medium-well, flipping as needed.
Remove from the grill. Place on bun and top with about 1/4 cup of sauerkraut along with pickles and mustard.
- Another delicious topping for bratwurst burgers is caramelized onions. Make them on the stovetop by combining sliced onions with butter or oil and cooking on low heat, or use your crock pot for a mostly hands-off method.
- For an Oktoberfest-worthy experience, use a pretzel roll or bun instead of a typical hamburger bun.
- Use classic-style uncooked bratwurst for this recipe. Pre-cooked sausage won't work since you need to form them into patties.
- For an extra special meal, make your own sauerkraut. It's easy to make but takes a little thinking ahead—start making sauerkraut at least a week ahead of time and stash it in the fridge until serving time.
- These bratwurst burgers are going to have a higher fat content than your regular burgers, so grill them at medium heat and watch for flare-ups.