Bobby Flay's Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

Recipe by HeidiSue
READY IN: 55mins


  • 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
  • pickled beets, chopped (optional) or sauteed onion (optional)


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