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3-Ingredient Grilled Beer Brats

With just 5 minutes of prep, these 3-Ingredient Grilled Beer Brats are a simple and delicious addition to your next summer cookout! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Beer Brats, German Hotdog
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 260kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 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


  • 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.



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.


Serving: 1grilled bratwurst (not including optional toppings) | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 700mg | Sugar: 1g