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Dump-and-Bake Bratwurst Recipe

You only need 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep for this Dump-and-Bake Bratwurst recipe with potatoes and sauerkraut!
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Keyword Beer Brats, bratwurst recipe, german bratwurst recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 313.1kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 12 ounces baby red or yellow potatoes, diced into very small bite-sized pieces (I cut the larger potatoes into 8 pieces or the smallest potatoes into 4 pieces)
  • 5 bratwurst links (3.8 ounces each), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 14 oz can sauerkraut, drained
  • ½ cup beer (or substitute with chicken broth, beef broth, or apple cider)
  • Optional for serving: chopped fresh parsley or thyme


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking dish, oven-proof skillet or Dutch oven with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place diced potatoes and Bratwurst in the bottom of the prepared dish. Add sauerkraut among the potatoes and sausage.
  • Pour beer over top. Cover and bake for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender and sausage is cooked through.


  • For additional flavor, brown the sausage and potatoes in a skillet over medium-high heat until golden on the outside. Then add them to the dish and proceed with recipe as instructed. Baking time may be reduced to about 45 minutes.
  • Try this bratwurst recipe in the Crock Pot! Place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • For an alcohol-free option, substitute apple cider, chicken broth or beef broth for the beer.
  • Cooking just for two? Use two sausages (freeze the extras in the package for a later date), and use half as many potatoes and sauerkraut. Bake in a smaller dish, but the rest of the instructions remain the same.
  • I baked the brats in an oven-safe cast iron braiser. You can use a similar oven-proof skillet with a lid, or you can simply use a casserole dish or Dutch oven.
  • Use a German beer if you have one (such as the Hefe-Weizen shown), but feel free to substitute with a different beer if that's easier!


Serving: 1/5 of the recipe | Calories: 313.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.6g | Protein: 15.9g | Fat: 21.1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 63.6mg | Sodium: 1204.5mg | Potassium: 335.5mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 2.8g