Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

Three Grilled Beer Braised Bratwursts on rolls

The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 6 to 8 brats
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
397 Calories
27g Fat
20g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 397
% 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 95mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 395mg 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.)

Bratwursts are German sausages that are typically filled with ground veal, beef, and/or pork. These brats are simmered in beer (ale works best) and peppercorns, making them extra juicy and filled with lots of great flavors. But then we grill bratwursts before dropping them in a bun and topping with your favorite condiments.

You might wonder why we recommend parboiling sausages before grilling. The answer is that sausages are hard to cook perfectly by only grilling them; it's really easy to cook them unevenly. They end up burnt on the outside but still raw in the middle, or they end up dried out. By cooking these sausages (don't buy precooked sausage) in beer and spices, they pick up tons of flavor without losing moisture. Then a quick, hot trip over the grill gets the surface crispy, the middle cooked through, and you've got a grilled bratwurst loaded with flavor, and juicy and perfect for the bun.

Serve these brats with some of your favorite mustards, horseradish, and/or a side of sauerkraut or German potato salad. It's a great meal for game day or any gathering. Serve it with whatever beer you've cooked them in for another burst of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 large bratwursts

  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic

  • 8 whole peppercorns

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 6 to 8 hard rolls

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

    The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

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

    Bratwurst, beer, broth, garlic, peppercorn, and cloves in a large ot

    The Spruce Eats / 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

    The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

  4. Serve on rolls with your favorite mustard.

    Grilled Beer Braised Bratwurst

    The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Tips

  • 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.
  • Parboiling these bratwursts also prevents them from bursting on the grill and releasing all of their moisture.

Variation

  • Ale works great with these bratwursts, but you can also simmer them in lager or a pilsner. In a pinch, you can us any kind of beer you have on hand. It's likely to impart more flavor than water will.
  • You can also parboil the brats in sauerkraut for additional flavor, or serve it on the side.

How to Store and Freeze Grilled Beer Bratwursts

  • Cooked bratwursts should keep in the refrigerator if covered or wrapped well for up to five days. Reheat them in a skillet over medium-low heat, slice them and add them to soup, or eat them cold on a sandwich right out of the fridge.
  • Wrapped well in foil and stored in an airtight freezer bag, bratwursts can be frozen for three to four months. Defrost in the refrigerator and reheat as directed.

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