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How to Grill Tasty Bratwurst

Updated on August 17, 2014

Millions of Wisconsinites Can't be Wrong

Let's face it, it's hard to go wrong with a brat, under just about any circumstances. But, why settle for "yummy," when you can have "spectacular?"

These brats will be a popular feature at your next cook out, and they are easy to make. Condiment choices vary by region, but you may offer warmed sauerkraut, pickles or pickle relish, sliced onions (grilled or raw), tomatoes, shredded cheese, brown mustard, and ketchup. And, make certain you've gotten good hearty rolls. (This is no place for hot dog buns.) Most importantly, though, be sure you've prepared plenty of brats, as none of your guests will want to stop with just one!

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What You'll Need

2 medium yellow onions

8 - 12 fresh (or thawed) brats

4 (12 oz) cans of beer

8 - 12 brat rolls

Condiments of your choice

Grilled Brats c. bossypants
Grilled Brats c. bossypants

Step 1: Prepare the Onions

Peel the onions and cut them each in half, then slice into strips. No need to be fancy. These are just for flavor, not for show.

Grilled Brats c. bossypants
Grilled Brats c. bossypants

Step 2: Fill the Pot

Spread the onion slices in the bottom of a large soup kettle. Lay the brats on top of the onions.

Pour the beer over the onions and brats and add 1 to 2 quarts of water.

You want to cover the brats and onions with several inches of liquid. If the brats are crowded in the pot, they will not cook thoroughly.

Grilled Brats c. bossypants
Grilled Brats c. bossypants

Step 3: Simmer the Brats

Bring the kettle of brats to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer.

Cook the brats for 30 minutes.

Grilled Brats c. bossypants
Grilled Brats c. bossypants

Step 4: Prepare the Grill

Meanwhile, get the coals started on your grill.

Grilled Brats c. bossypants
Grilled Brats c. bossypants

Step 5: Grill the Brats

Remove the cooked brats from the kettle. Discard the onions and cooking liquid.

Grill the brats until browned on all sides. This should only take a few minutes. The brats are already cooked, so you're just finishing them off on the grill.


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Grilled Brats c. bossypants


Serve your grilled brats with the condiments of your choice.

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    • Old Navy Guy profile image

      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      What a great lens. I love brats and am always looking for another way to Grill 'em. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I featured this yummy Brats lens on my Grilling Ideas / BBQ Grills / Grilled Recipes.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      Looks so tasty!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Sounds so good and easy! Thanks for something new to ry this summer :>)

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Oh yum, yes of course!

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      I have some waiting in the fridge. I love cooking them with beer but I also throw in a smashed garlic clove in the mix. Great lens!

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      DonnaDenver 5 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian, but this made my want to eat a bratwurst!

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      CheetahsGraphics 5 years ago

      As an Austrian in London - this makes me long for Bratwurst! Great lens and will try the recipe next time :o)

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Good lens.

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Looks beatiful

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love brats, but I've never thought of adding onions to the pot when you boil them. Can't wait to give that a try!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Will give this a try. Thanks!

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      marketingbloke 5 years ago

      stop it, your making me hungry!

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Hey it's very easy, definitely will try it at my home.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I smiled here in May and just smiled as I saw you received front page honors, congratulations!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yes! Thanks for sharing, looks so yummy!

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      GeniePark 5 years ago

      We ate brats just yesterday. Great thing for picnics.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Love this recipe! I will make this a part of July 4th. Brats are my favorite thing to eat.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      Never thought to precook the brats. Makes sense as I am always winding up with dry brats when I cook them by grilling. Good advice.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Yes, that sounds great!

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      Now I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight...

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Now I'm hungry, have to make myself a hotdog. Great lens!

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      These look so yummy :)

      Great lens!

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      rodricorod 5 years ago

      My girlfriend will love this!

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      lilpixiedust 5 years ago

      We love eating grill Brats. Nice lens.

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Lovely ,feeling hungry right now

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Looks n sounds yummy!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: Can I come? I'll bring tater salad.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great job on front page honors! Happy 4th of July, Bossy!

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      Love brats! I live in Austria and they are right up there with Wiener Schnitzel, LOL!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Certainly. It always taste good.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Like I said, the hubs and I just have to stop over at your house for some grilled brats!!! drooling..........

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      I'll give them a go - thanks for sharing!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      It looks delicious! Great lens, thumbs up

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Sounds pretty tasty right now, I'm hungry!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gotta have your grilled corn on the cob with these, that's a meal!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I cannot believe that I have been settling for yummy brats all this time while I could have been having spectacular, lesson learned and notes taken....and just in time for the grilling season. I like how you say we don't have to be fancy with the onion, I had just never heard of using them this way....too many of us have settled for yummy!

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @Pam Irie: You're welcome anytime, Pam!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Eric and I want to come to your house to eat next brat cookout!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      It sounds like you're a pro at brats. Sound good!!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I love brats on the grill and cooked other ways too. I often make brats in my electric frying pan with kraut plus beer plus brown sugar ... delicious!

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      We have a local made favorite...Zweigles white and red hots. They are awesomely yummy. I've tried a similar beer & onion braise/grill method on them and it was a hit at our last cookout. I highly recommend this recipe.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love brats on the grill. *blessed

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We have some in the freeze right now. Maybe time to cook out tonight. Love those brats.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Whenever I have a summertime cookout, I love to have brats on the grill. Delish!

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      WordChipper 5 years ago

      It might taste even better with 5 can s of beer.. just saying..

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I'd like to have brats right now! What a great article!!! Love it!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this! Brats are one of my fav foods, but I've always skipped the step of simmering in onions and beer. Congrats on making the monsterboard.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This has made me hungry! I want to grill some brats tonight for dinner now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks I love brats.

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      You're making my mouth water. I loves me some brats! Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When every I visit Busch Garden, I have to get me a couple of these; I love Bratwurst especially Grilled! ;)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This makes me want to have a cookout! :)