Garlic Beer Brats

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These Garlic Beer Brats are exploding with flavor!

These Garlic Beer Brats are simmered in beer and flavoring and then grilled to perfection.  It’s amazing how much flavor these sausages have when you prepare them this way.  These will quickly become one of your favorite grilled foods.

Grilled Beer Brats on a wooden plate.

What are Brats?

If you’re not sure what exactly a brat is, let me break it down for you.  A brat pronounced BRAH-T and short for Bratwurst, is a German sausage.  Brats are commonly made of pork but can also be made from beef or veal, depending on the brand.

There are a number of ways to cook brats.  You can poach them in beer or other liquid, grill them, pan fry, or roast them.  For this recipe, I did a combination of poaching them in a flavored beer mixture and then grilling them.  The result was incredibly flavorful meat.

If you’re a fan of brats, you might want to give this Sauerkraut Casserole a try.

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Grilled Beer Brats on a wooden plate.

How to Make this Beer Brats Recipe

This beer brats recipe is a two-step process but it’s really quite simple to make.  There are only a few simple ingredients to make these beer brats.  You will need good quality brats, onions, garlic, House Seasoning Blend, crushed red pepper, and, of course, your favorite beer.  If you’d rather not use alcoholic beer, you can use non-alcoholic in its place.

Johnsonville Beer Brats in package, seasonings on a blue plate, whole onion, whole garlic, a bottle of beer.

I started by slicing the onions and crushing 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic.  In my opinion, you can never have too much garlic so I opted for 4 cloves.

Then, I placed everything in a braising pot or dutch oven and added the brats.  I simmered everything together for about 15 minutes.  You want to give it enough time for the flavors to infuse the sausages.

Onion and garlic in a metal circle pan

Grilled Beer Brats

After braising the brats in beer, I put them on a grill that was preheated to medium-high heat.  I grilled the beer brats for about 5-7 minutes per side or until the skins were crispy and had a nice char to them.

The aromas coming from the grill were incredible!  You could smell the garlic and onion and even the beer.

Grilled Beer Brats package, empty. Brats, onions, garlic and seasoning in pot.

Expert Tips for Making Garlic Beer Brats

This recipe is super easy to make but with these expert tips, the recipe is even easier…

  • Try different types of flavored beers.  I used a lager but a beer with citrus or apple notes would be amazing in this recipe.
  • The crushed red pepper in this recipe adds a subtle kick to the brats.  If you don’t like spice you could always decrease the amount of red pepper or omit it altogether.
  • Try serving these brats on a pretzel roll.  Many bakeries offer all sorts of rolls and buns.  Play around with different types.

Grilled Beer Brats on the grill.

Toppings for Grilled Beer Brats

There are so many ways you can top these grilled Garlic Beer Brats.  Here are some of my favorites…

  • Use the onions and garlic from the braising liquid.  These have so much flavor infused in them.
  • Squeeze on a generous helping of this Boom Boom Sauce.  The garlic and pepper flavors are the perfect compliment.
  • Go classic and top with ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut.
  • Or, grill up some bell peppers and pile them high on top.

Grilled Beer Brats on a wooden plate.

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Grilled Beer Brats
5 from 3 votes

Garlic Beer Brats

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
These Garlic Beer Brats are exploding with flavor! They're simmered in beer and flavoring and then grilled to perfection.  It's amazing how much flavor these sausages have when you prepare them this way.  These will quickly become one of your favorite grilled foods.
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  • Place all ingredients into a braising pot or dutch oven.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove brats from pan and grill on medium high heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Serve on buns with braised onions and other desired toppings.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 270mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: German

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