Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
398 Calories
27g Fat
20g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 398
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 998mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 399mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These brats are simmered in beer and peppercorns, making them extra juicy and filled with lots of great flavors. Once grilled, drop in a bun, top with your favorite condiments, and you'll have a perfect meal for the game or any occasion. 

Some people ask why we recommend parboiling sausages before grilling. The answer is that sausages are hard to get perfect from only grilling. They end up burnt on the outside, raw in the middle, or they end up dried out. By cooking these sausages (don't buy pre-cooked sausage) in beer and spices, the sausages don't lose moisture and pick up the flavor. Then a quick, hot trip over the grill gets the surface crispy, the middle cooked through, and a bratwurst loaded with flavor and juicy and perfect for the bun.


  • 6 to 8 large bratwursts

  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer (ale works best)

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 to 2 whole garlic cloves

  • 8 whole peppercorns

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 6 to 8 rolls

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst ingredients

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  2. In a large saucepan, add bratwurst, beer, broth, garlic, peppercorn, and cloves. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

    In a large saucepan add bratwurst, beer, broth, garlic, peppercorn, and cloves

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

  3. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Remove bratwursts from pot and place on grill for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Grill until brown. (If you sprinkle with water they will form a crispy skin.)

    bratwursts cooking on the grill

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  4. Serve on rolls with your favorite mustard.

    Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg


  • You can save the braising liquid for soup. Simply, strain cooled mixture and store in an airtight container in the freezer for a few months.

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