Fresh, juicy bratwursts simmered in beer and onions then finished over a direct flame make these Beer Brats full of flavor with a crispy and crusty exterior. With only three ingredients this will be a staple on the grill all summer long!
These fresh bratwursts on not your regular grilled brats! They are simmered in beer and onions then finished on the grill for the ultimate flavor.
Serve them on a bun with your favorite toppings for the perfect easy weeknight dinner or entertain a crowd and make them for a backyard party!
That’s right, just three ingredients in this classic recipe. All you need is fresh bratwursts, a white onion and amber beer.
For this recipe make sure you are using fresh bratwursts, not the precooked ones.
You can usually find these at any grocery store in the their meat department otherwise visit your local butcher.
We recommend a good darker beer, but use whatever you like to drink. You will taste the flavor of the beer when you eat the brats, so it’s important you like the flavor you use!
We don’t recommend using IPA because the bitterness of the beer tends to come out when you grill brats.
All made on the grill!
Some versions of this recipe have you place the beer, onions and brats in a dutch oven and simmer it on the oven, but we are going to make it all on the grill.
Now, you can still simmer it if you want on the oven, but I thought why not skip heating up your kitchen and just make them on the grill in the heat of the summer!
- First, in a deep sided disposable aluminum pan, layer sliced onions, brats and the pour your beer on top. Cover it with foil.
- Place on a grill that’s been preheat to 400 degrees F.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove brats and place them directly on the grill and grill 5-10 minutes or until charred and the skin is crispy. Rotate once during grilling.
- Serve the grilled brats with cooked onions, buns and toppings
- Disposable Aluminum Foil Pan
- Cutting Board
Make Ahead Friendly!
If you’d like to make these before a party simply cook the brats in the beer and onion mixture the day before.
The day you are going to serve them brown them on the grill right before serving them.
- Make sure you serve the onions you cooked the brats in for a topping, just drain off the beer.
Crock Pot Friendly
If you are entertaining and would like to cook and serve these in the slow cooker for an easy grab and serve yourself type of party you can.
We recommend grilling the brats first then putting the in the crock pot with the sliced onions and beer. Cook the mixture on low for 7-8 hours.
If you don’t want to cook the brats in beer you can use ginger ale instead.
Make it a Meal!
- Throw these easy Baked Beans on the grill with your brats for an easy side dish.
- Another easy side dish to serve with these is a Grilled Spaghetti Squash.
- Finish it off with grilled Blueberry Crisp topped with ice cream!
Are you ready to get grilling this easy dinner? I’m getting hungry again just looking at it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @gimmesomegrilling or hashtag #gimmesomegrilling!
If you try it I’d love for you to comment and rate it below!
- 10 fresh bratwursts
- 4 cans amber ale style beers (12 oz each)
- 1 white sweet onion
- 10 brat style buns
- optional toppings: ketchup, mustard, relish, sauerkraut, grilled onions
- Preheat grill to 400 degree F.
- Thinly slice the onion and lay it on the bottom of a disposable deep sided aluminum pan. Place the fresh brats on top of onion and then pour beer of the top.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil and place on preheat grill. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pan and remove the brats from it, placing them onto the grill grates.
- Grill brats for 5-10 minutes or until crisp making sure to rotate them at least once during grill.
- Once the brats are crisp pull them from the grill and let serve with buns and toppings.