Grilled Bratwurst in Beer and Onion Sauerkraut Recipe

Grilled Bratwurst in Beer and Onion Sauerkraut
Regarding BBQ, Inc.
  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
121 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 8
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 983mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 4g
Calcium 79mg 6%
*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.)

This Bratwurst recipe has an onion sauerkraut that accompanies it. You can omit the bacon if you wish to lower the fat content.


  • 8 bratwurst links
  • 2 (8-ounce/240 mL) bottles dark beer
  • 3 cups/720 mL sauerkraut
  • 2 cups/475 mL thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 2 cups/475 mL thinly sliced red onions
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL juniper berries, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 8 buns or rolls

Steps to Make It

  1. Puncture each sausage several times with fork.

  2. Simmer the red onions and beer over medium heat. Add bratwurst and simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the sausages, reserving the liquid. In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp.

  4. Remove from pot and allow to drain on paper towels. Place yellow onions into the ​pot with bacon fat and cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Add garlic and juniper berries. Simmer for 1 minute, then, add the sauerkraut and beer. Add sugar, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce heat and simmer for about 90 minutes.

  7. Preheat the grill for medium heat.

  8. Cook brats until for 7 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

  9. Place brats in buns or rolls and top off with onion sauerkraut.

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