Grilled Beer Bratwurst

One of the best summer meals in the states is, by far, a classic hot dog. Serve it up with some baked beans, mustard, and sauerkraut and your mouth will be watering before you even sit down to eat.

However… if you take that meal, and turn it up a notch, you get grilled bratwursts. Turn that up a notch, and you get grilled beer brats. If you’ve never tasted one, prepare to say goodbye to basic freezer dogs, because you’ll never want to go back.

Before we go any further, what is bratwurst anyways?
What Are Bratwursts?
Bratwursts are a type of pork sausage that originated in 14th century Germany. They can also be made with beef or veal, or a combination of meats, but pork is the most common. The thing that makes bratwursts special is their spices: nutmeg, marjoram, caraway, ginger, cardamom, and garlic mainly.

Compared to italian sausages, bratwursts are more savory, while the latter will be sweeter.

Bratwursts can be served in hundreds of different ways, including being stuffed with cheese, topped with peppers and onions, made into mac and cheese, etc. You name it, and bratwurst has done it. It’s an extremely versatile sausage, and is perfect for combining with beer.
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Grilled Beer Bratwurst Recipe
While grilled beer brats taste anything but ordinary, making them is incredibly easy. If you can make hotdogs, you can make beer brats. Follow the recipe below to make the best game-watching, backyard meal you’ve likely every had.

Ingredients:
  • 10 uncooked bratwursts
  • 10 bratwurst buns
  • 4 cans of FRIO beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Sauerkraut and mustard for serving
TIME: About 25-30 minutes

Step 1 - Preheat your grill to high heat. If you’re cooking these indoors, then begin preheating your stovetop grill or griddle.

Step 2 - In a pot, combine the beer, bratwursts, onions, butter, garlic, salt, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Let the bratwursts cook for about 15 minutes until they are only slightly pink on the inside, or until the internal temperature is just below 160 F.

Step 3 - Move the bratwursts over to the grill or griddle. Make sure you do this fast, because you don’t want the brats to lose any heat. Let them grill for 5 minutes per side. When the internal temperature of the brats are 160 F, you can take them off the grill.

Meanwhile, you can toast the buns and move your onions over to a pan to get them slightly browned and tasty.

Step 4 - Fill each bun with a bratwurst, then top with onions, mustard, and sauerkraut for the perfect beer brat.

One of the great things about beer brats is that they don’t take long to make. You can let them boil and grill while you pop open a cold one with friends or family, and before you know it, you’ll be serving up a delicious, memorable meal that everyone can enjoy.
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