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How to Grill Sausage

Updated on June 19, 2013

Sausage is one of those foods that seems to have been made for grilling. Ask any sausage aficionado, and they will tell you one of the best ways to eat sausage is hot off a grill. Grilling is one of Americas most favorite ways to cook food, and is one of the great ways to cook sausages. No matter what type of sausage you are cooking, be it Italian, bratwurst, kielbasa, andouille, conecuh, or another type of sausage, it will taste awesome coming off the grill. And as an added bonus cooking sausages on the grill is actually very easy.

Setting up the Grill and Lighting

Grilling sausage is actually quite easy. All you will need is sausage, a grill, and a set of tongs. You don't really want to use a fork for sausages because you don't want to pierce the sausage, and let the juices escape, and you don't want to use a spatchula, because the sausages would roll off. To begin, if you are using a gas grill, you will want to inspect the grill thoroughly Check all the connections and gas lines, and check for leaks, breaks, loose connections, rust, cracks, tears, and damage. If there is any damage, you will need to replace the parts with new gas grill parts before lighting, for safety. Charcoal griller's simply need to set up some coals as you normally would, and light. Once you have checked that the gas grill is in proper working order, light the grill, and allow to come to temperature. No matter what type of grill you use, you will want to cook at about 300-325 degrees.


Now that your grill is at the temperature, its time to grill. if you are using a gas grill, you should crank the heat to high for the first couple of minutes it is on, to burn off and clean the grill. Charcoal fans simply need to wait till the coals are covered in a white/grey ash. Once ready, spread the coals out. Cooking sausages is very easy. Place the sausages on the cooking grates, across the bars, so that the sausages wont fall into the fire. Your going to want to cook on this side for about 5 minutes, before turning over. Use tongs to handle the sausage, as they will work the best, and give you the best control over the sausages. Allow to cook on each side (4 sides) for about 5 minutes each side, for a total of about 20 minutes of cooking. Check the internal temperature of the sausage with a food thermometer to check doneness. Sausage needs to be cooked to 165 degrees.

Simple German Bratwurst Dogs

  • 1 package - Bratwurst
  • 1 package - Hot Dog Buns
  • To Taste - Sourkraut
  • To Taste - Spicey Brown Mustard

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 1 sausage dog per serving


  1. Cook the bratwurst according to the grilling instructions above.
  2. Take the hot dog buns, and place into a 350 degree oven, and allow to warm, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Spread spicy brown mustard onto the bun, then place the bratwurst into the bun. Top with sauerkraut. Repeat for the rest of the sausages.

Additional Topping Ideas

There are plenty of other things that taste great with and on bratwurst (and any type of sausage). Ketchup, yellow mustard, chili, cheese, jalapenos, banana peppers, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and onion are all great ideas for toppings and add-ons for bratwurst.

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