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With just 5 minutes of prep, these 3-Ingredient Grilled Beer Brats are a simple and delicious addition to your next summer cookout or tailgate! Add hoagie rolls, sauerkraut, and your favorite mustard or relish for a fun twist on the classic family dinner!

A close up of beer brats in buns

Hey, friends! If you’re like us, then you’ve probably had more than your fair share of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs this summer! That’s why I decided to throw in a twist today and celebrate a fresh spin on another summer grilling classic: beer brats!

Two beer brats in buns sitting on a table with beer in the background

How To Make Beer Brats

If you’ve never served beer brats, let me tell you: this process is about as easy as it gets! You don’t even have to measure anything…

Just place the sliced onion and the brats in a large pot or Dutch oven.

A process shot of making beer brats

Pour Yuengling Lager over top to cover, bring to a boil, and then simmer the brats for about 15 minutes.

A process shot of pouring beer on top of sausages in a pot to make beer brats

When the brats are cooked through, you can finish them on the grill (or on an indoor grill pan) for a few more minutes until they’re charred and golden brown. With crispy rolls and an array of your favorite toppings, the summer feast is ready!

An overhead shot of beer brats on a wooden board with sauces and onions

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What to Serve with Beer Brats

We love to top our brats with the sweet simmered onions from the original pot, as well as some Dijon mustard, pickle relish, and sauerkraut. There’s so much rich texture and flavor in every bite!

On the side, try these easy options as well:

Grilled beer brats in hoagie rolls on a cutting board

Extra Tips For Making Beer Brats

  • Cooking for Just Two? You can follow the same instructions, but only prepare two of the bratwurst in the package. Wrap the remaining uncooked brats in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Want to Prep Ahead? You can simmer the bratwurst in the onion and beer, as instructed, and keep it in the pot until ready to grill.

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A close up of beer brats in buns

3-Ingredient Grilled Beer Brats

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 260 kcal
With just 5 minutes of prep, these 3-Ingredient Grilled Beer Brats are a simple and delicious addition to your next summer cookout! 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (19 ounce) package Bratwurst
  • Yuengling Lager beer (or other similar beer of choice) to cover (approximately 36 ounces)
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • Optional for serving: buns, sauerkraut, mustard, pickle relish

Instructions

  • Place brats and onions in a large, deep pan or Dutch oven. Pour beer over top until brats are completely submerged. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until the brats are cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Remove brats and place on a tray.
  • Grill brats over medium-high heat until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes per side). Serve immediately, or return to beer mixture until ready to serve.

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Notes

Cooking for Just Two? You can follow the same instructions, but only prepare two of the bratwurst in the package. Wrap the remaining uncooked brats in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
Want to Prep Ahead? You can simmer the bratwurst in the onion and beer, as instructed, and keep it in the pot until ready to grill.

Nutrition

Serving: 1grilled bratwurst (not including optional toppings)Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 14gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 700mgSugar: 1g
Keyword: Beer Brats, German Hotdog
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Beer brats are my favorite! My family used to make them this way growing up, so I know how delicious they are. I’ve got to try this for my husband and I…such a perfect summer meal!

  2. What an interesting idea! Jesse has a “brew and ‘cue” day every month or so with his friends where they brew beer and barbecue and this would be the perfect recipe for them to make!

  3. Wow! This looks really good. Made me crave for beer and really good food. Loved the video. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this.