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Bratwurst Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2008
Bratwurst and mustard- Simple, but delicious.
Bratwurst and mustard- Simple, but delicious.

Facts About Bratwurst

Sometimes I just get a hankering for bratwurst. I decided to share my favorite bratwurst recipe here in case others want to give bratwurst a try. It's a classic way to eat bratwurst.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin is known as the "Bratwurst Capital of the World." Famous bratwurst are produced there, including Old Wisconsin bratwurst and Johnsonville bratwurst. The Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship is held in Sheboygan as well.

To be fair, although Wisconsin natives have adopted bratwurst as their own, bratwurst actually originated across the pond in Germany. Just like the sauerkraut that is often paired with yummy bratwurst, Germans made it first.

Basic Bratwurst Recipe Tips

A bratwurst recipe is fairly easy to make. There are only a few hard and fast rules if you don't want to offend devoted fans of bratwurst. The first rule is that bratwurst should never be fried. The second tip for a bratwurst recipe is never to serve bratwurst on a hot dog bun. Last of all, never use yellow mustard on a bratwurst.

Other than that, it's pretty much up to you. A classic bratwurst recipe is simple, with few ingredients, though. The taste of the yummy bratwurst itself is meant to be the center of attention.

With that being said, here is my version of the classic Wisconsin style bratwurst recipe. This bratwurst recipe makes enough bratwurst for about 3-5 people, depending on how much bratwurst you put on each roll and how much your diners love bratwurst.

Johnsonville Bratwurst, Beer and Onions- Ready for Grilling

Bratwurst Recipe Ingredients

1 pound bratwurst (try to get fresh from a butcher if possible)

2 sliced onions

1/4 cup butter (not margarine!)

3 cans of beer (or bottles)

1 teaspoon pepper

4-5 Italian style hoagie rolls or Italian bread cut to length of bratwurst

Bratwurst Recipe Instructions

Put the bratwurst in a large pot with everything but the rolls, of course. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Keep the liquid simmering and remove the bratwurst.

Then, transfer the bratwurst to an oiled grill that is on medium heat. Grill the bratwurst for about 15 more minutes, making sure to turn the bratwurst to keep them from burning. Immediately spray any flareups with water. You can also use an indoor grill to make your bratwurst.

Place the bratwurst on the hoagie rolls. Top with onions from the leftover liquid.

You can eat this simple bratwurst recipe as is or add favorite condiments or other toppings. I recommend spicy brown mustard and hot sauerkraut. That's it. Some people like ketchup om their bratwurst, too. MMM yummy good bratwurst.

Man, I'm hungry now. I think I'll be making this bratwurst recipe this evening myself.

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      tim 

      6 years ago

      I have a twist...cook on grill first, then put them in the boiling beer/onion broth...the brats soak up the liquid and even juicier!

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      Eric F 

      7 years ago

      This isn't a recipe for bratwurst, it's cooking instructions. Looking for good links to recipes for making the sausage itself...

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I should clarify that we've never made our own with fresh bratwurst, boiling them and everything. Usually just we throw packaged ones on the grill. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My husband and I love brats, but have never made our own. I would love to try this sometime. So simple! We're moving to the Milwaukee area next month so it would only be fitting that I make a recipe like this when we get there. :)

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      Barionic 

      7 years ago

      Excellent recipe! I made this recipe for the Falcons\Packers playoff game here in the ATL. I used sweet (Vidalia) onions and Miller High Life (a Wisconsin beer for authenticity). My buddies couldn't get enough and every single brat was demolished. Although the Dirty Birds did not pull out a win, the delicious brats helped ease the pain. I plan to make this recipe again.

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      Rodrigo 

      9 years ago

      Great and simple recipe. I tried it with white brats and they were simply delicious!

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      Tom 

      9 years ago

      Sorry but I belive Bucyrus Ohio is the Bratwurst capital of the world. There Brats will blow johnsonville brats out fo the water anyday.

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      pdub 

      10 years ago

      Recipe sounds yummy and I cant wait to try it however, Brats deep fried in peanut oil is the BOMB DIGGIDY. Its quick (which holds the flavor) and the peanut oil even adds more flavor. If you like deep fried turkeys you will love this. I usually fry them for snacks the night before thanksgiving when I'm frying my turkeys.

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Bonnie, I hope your Easter dinner went well. I am jealous. I miss big family gatherings.

      Shangrila, bratwurst are spicy German sausages. Bratwurst are usually made of pork. Some bratwurst are made of beef or a combination of pork and beef. They are not smoked. They are usually prepared like this recipe or simply grilled. They are very popular for grilling food in the USA, especially in Wisconsin.

      Grill'n Guy, I bet that market has a whole lot to do with it! I gotta say, though, that I love charcoal grills. But with the right flavored woods added, gas grills can also produce delicious results.

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      grill'n guy 

      10 years ago from San Diego

      Our son-in-law gets his brats from a little meat market in Cuba City Wis and they are always better than mine. He claims it's because I use a Weber Genesis gas grill and he uses charcoal in a Weber Kettle but I think that little market has something to do with it! Then there's the great mustard, onion, kraut and beer maranide debates. Gives us plenty to talk about! Great Hub

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      shangrila 

      10 years ago

      wht is bratwurst? reads delicious. can it be substitued with lamb?

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hey, what time are we getting started? LOL. I have half the country that will be in for Easter. I have been cooking all day and will continue in the morning. My brother is conducting our church service at my sister's home for us where we will eat and have a huge egg hunt! So, think we can do the Brats for dinner? Now my stomach is growling! I gotta finish those beef tips and feed it!

      Bonnie

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      I actually went out and bought some brats after I posted this. It is supposed to be warm tomorrow. Half of the family is gone, so I'm not having a big Easter dinner. Grilling bratwurst sounds like a delicious idea. And you're welcome.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      This makes my mouth water! I love Brats! We had them a lot at my sister's so now that I have gotten moved, I am going to put some on my next shopping list! Thanks for sharing!

      Bonnie

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