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beer brats served on toasted buns with sliced onions served on a blue plate

Brats in Beer

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Ingredients or Less, Camping, Comfort Food, Game Day, Grilling, Summer, Tailgating
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 432kcal
Author: Marilyn
Braising brats in beer and onions deepens the flavor or the bratwurst. The brats finish with a caramelized texture, which you can marry with the richly flavored caramelized onions. Pure dinnertime bliss!
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  • Grill
  • Tongs


  • 2 12 ounce cans pilsner beer 12 ounces each
  • 2 onions halved and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 6 uncooked bratwurst
  • 6 brat buns split


  • Light a gas grill or charcoal grill for 2-zone heating; one zone for direct high heat and one zone for direct low heat. to
  • Place a medium cast iron skillet on the low heat zone grates. Add the oil and butter. Heat until the butter is melted, swirling the skillet to coat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes or until just softened. Pour in the beer and heat until simmering. Add the bratwurst to the skillet and arrange the onions around the brats.
  • Close the lid and cook, turning the brats often, 20 minutes or until the onions are caramelized, the bratwurst is lightly brown an instant read thermometer inserted into center of the brats registers 160°F.
  • Using tongs, transfer bratwurst to the the grill grates and grill, turning often, 3 to 5 minutes or until they are browned on all sides. Continue simmering the onions in the skillet, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until the liquid has cooked off and the onions are caramelized.
  • Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut-side down, 1 minute or until golden.
  • Using tongs, transfer the brats to a serving plate and let rest a few minutes until ready to serve. Transfer the onions to a serving bowl. Serve the brats with the onions and buns alongside.

Optional Condiments

  • Serve with ketchup, mustard, prepared horseradish, chopped raw onions, sautéed bell peppers, or pickles alongside the bratwurst.


Using tongs when handling the bratwurst. Silicone coated tongs are the best for this. You do not want to pierce the skin on the brats.
Make sure to purchase uncooked (raw) bratwurst for this recipe.
Any flavor or type of bratwurst that you prefer will work. I personally prefer plain bratwurst to start and then I can add other ingredients as I choose.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3mg