Bobby Flay's Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

Total Time
15 mins
40 mins

These are wonderful bratwursts! They are always a big hit with our guests. I always make these with Bobby Flay's German Potato Salad. Great for a summer party.

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  • 3 large onions, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 lbs bratwursts, pricked with a fork (Bobby uses pre-cooked brats, but we get more flavor out of using uncooked, Johnsonville is our favor)
  • 6 (12 ounce) bottles dark beer (we always use Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled & chopped (1-inch)
  • bun, of your choice (or not)
  • German mustard, of your choice (we prefer Honey Spice mustard)
  • Other garnishes

  • sauerkraut (optional) or pickles (optional) or pickled eggs (optional) or pickled beets, chopped (optional) or sauteed onion (optional)


  1. Arrange onion slices and garlic along the bottom of a medium stockpot.
  2. Place bratwurst on top and then add the beer, water, coriander, caraway, mustard seeds and ginger.
  3. Fire up the grill.
  4. Bring to a simmer over the grill grates or on a burner.
  5. We do it on the stove top, but you still need the grill to finish cooking the brats.
  6. Simmer the sausage in the mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and let the bratwursts sit in the liquid for 10 more minutes.
  8. Remove the sausages with tongs onto a platter.
  9. Place the bratwursts on the grill and grill until cooked through (about 10-15 minutes).