Great Brats, when You Can't Grill

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

A friend in Germany convinced me that Brats were born for the grill, however, this stove top method rocks for brats. I recently bought some butcher-stuffed brats in Chicago along with some fine beer and we had some brats that rock.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb bratwurst (uncooked is fine)
  • 8 ounces beer (good quality, not light)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 4 hot dog buns (I used brat rolls)
  • good mustard


  1. Slice onion and place in 9 to 10 inch skillet.
  2. pour in bottle of beer.
  3. add brats and simmer until onion is tender and brats are firm and cooked through (160 F internal temp).
  4. When beer has evaporated, allow brats and onions to brown while turning frequently, adding a little oil if the pan needs it.
  5. When the onions turn golden, remove.
  6. When the brats are browned on all sides, plate them.
  7. Wrap the buns in paper towels and microwave on high for about 30 seconds until soft and warm.
  8. Serve with baked beans and or chips.
Most Helpful

Simple. Delicious. Awesome! I went so far as to mix in a few spoonfuls of coarse ground spicy dijon into the beer and onion mixture. I let it dissolve before adding the brats. Sooo good! Thanks for posting.

babybuffalo August 18, 2008

Decadent, yes decadent brats! We used Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer and Johnsonville brats. I dumped the entire bottle of beer into the skillet (I got carried away with the lack of measurements), so after a while I had to remove the brats from the skillet to a warm oven while I reduced the remaining liquid in the skillet. Couldn't tell if the onions were golden because they were carmelised. Then I returned the brats to the skillet for final browning. Served with spicy brown mustard. By the way, I skinned my brats first because I don't like tough surprises later. The only downside to this method: all of the fat released by the brats was reabsorbed in the carmelized liquid. As long as we don't eat these every night, I think we'll live. Very fine. Made for I Recommend tag game based on linguinelisa's review.

KateL July 15, 2012

We liked this recipe. Had never cooked brats in beer before. Definitely recommended. Reviewed for Cookbook Zaar cooking tag game.

linguinelisa May 01, 2012