Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

I've seen lots of recipes for beer-boiled brats here, but they have all this other stuff in them: butter, carrots, onions--probably 'cause people use nasty flavored beer ;) Anyway, this is how my family makes them, and the ingredients are VERY particular.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 bratwursts (Johnsonville, none of that precooked Usinger's. Miller Park does those wayyyyy better.)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle beer (do not use Coors, Miller, Miller Lite, or *gulp* Bud. I think a weiss does quite nicely, so split th)
  • mustard
  • 1 cup sauerkraut (We just use Frank's)
  • 4 French rolls (NOT hoagie buns. These must be crunchy but not hard. Turano's makes some great ones. If these cannot)


  1. Place brats and beer in saucepan, making sure that the sausages are covered.
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or until the brats look done (they will be gray and foamy--bear with me!).
  4. In the meantime, you should fire up the grill. Charcoal, of course, is best but not always practical.
  5. Also in the meantime, take some aluminum foil and fold it into a packet.
  6. Remove sauerkraut from can/jar with a fork (thus preventing drainage needs) and place into packet. Seal TIGHTLY!
  7. Put brats and packet on grill (use indirect heat for sauerkraut packet, or place on a rack above grill--you know what I mean if you have one ;)).
  8. Grill, turning occasionally, about 8-10 minutes over medium high heat. I, personally, like mine with a nice black burnt crust, but I am odd. So go with what looks right. You want them brown and shiny with wee grill marks on them.
  9. During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, place buns, slightly open, with opening down, on grill (again, indirect heat) to toast them.
  10. Serve with mustard and the sauerkraut. Thou shalt not eat thy brat with ketchup. 'Tis a mortal sin.
  11. Quaff the rest of the beer.


Most Helpful

This is the only way to make brats. I have used water with onions instead of the beer. But something is missing. We prefer the darker beers, or a Honey one. Surprisingly we found out, out of desperation last year, the brand Old English works well too. The preflavored brats, are too salty for me. I rather boil them myself.

lea_petra February 19, 2008

I am new to brats but this is basically how I was told to make them when we moved here to Il. Johnsonville also makes the beer brat so i don't know why you would have to cook them in beer yourself.I've used both, the ones I boil and their's.To me they are good both ways.Thank you for posting as I always used what is called brat buns and now I can try the french rolls.

nesbitt929 November 21, 2007

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