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Grilled beer brats are one of the best tastes of summer. The combination of that beer brat flavor paired with a soft bun and an endless abundance of toppings is one of the first meals that pop into my head when I think about grilling.

If you’re looking for an easy grilling recipe that will be a simple hit time and time again, learn how to make these grilled brats the next time you’re firing up your grill.

Beer Brats served with sauerkraut and mustard, with a red and white checkered napkin
Grilled beer brats are one of the best tastes of summer.

Grilled Beer Brats Recipe

When grilling brats, one of the biggest things to keep in mind is that you want to keep them moist so that they don’t dry out. This is why adding in the beer is such a key component to this recipe.

Depending on the type of beer that you use, there is a chance that you might actually taste the beer. However, more than likely, the beer flavor is going to be cooked out during the grilling process.

Some parents hesitate in letting their kids eat the brats that are cooked with beer but from my experience in all my years of grilling, this hasn’t been an issue or anything to be concerned about.

Pouring beer over the uncooked brats with onions
Adding in the beer is such a key component to this recipe

How to grill uncooked brats?

Grilled rats are great for summer cookouts because they’re simple, juicy, and flavorful. Cooking up beer brats instead of hot dogs on the grill proves that there are so many ways to change up your BBQ menu.

If you’re feeling as though your hot dogs are boring and you’re looking for a new flavor, brats will be a nice and welcomed change.

Beer, Hoagie buns, uncooked brats and onion served on cutting board

Should you boil brats in beer before grilling?

Nope, never boil the brats before putting them on the grill. This method will actually remove liquid from the brats and cause them to lose flavor fast.

How do you cook beer brats on the grill?

When you’re cooking brats on the grill with beer, using an aluminum pan filled with your beer is the best approach.

This will help the brats to steam and cook at the same time while staying moist because of the added beer.

You can also add in sliced onions to soak up the beer flavoring too.

To finish grilling the brats, remove from the pan full of beer and place on the hot grill grates. Full times and directions can be found in the printable recipe below.

grilling beer brats

How long should you boil brats in beer before grilling?

This will take anywhere from about 25-30 minutes. The brats and beer will need to be boiling which can take several moments of time.

Once it is boiling, reducing the temperature and letting the brats simmer for about 15 minutes is the next step and phase.

eight brats being grilled, along with beer and onions
Simmer the brats after they have boiled in beer

How long do you soak brats?

You actually don’t have to soak the brats in beer prior to cooking them and after they’re done boiling, you are going to let them soak and simmer for about 15 minutes of time.

grilled brats soaking in beer and onions
The secret to these grilled brats recipe is the beer!

What is a good beer to cook with brats?

You can easily use any type of beer that you want so feel free to use your favorite beer. Lagers work great and even inexpensive beers like Coors Lite or Miller Lite are easy and affordable options, too.

What sides go well with Grilled Brats?

If you’re grilling brats, serving other side dish options that pair up well are best.

Grilled corn on the cob always makes a great summer side, baked beans (like this recipe over at Dinner then Dessert), or this delicious Smoked Mac and Cheese of mine.

Grilled Beer Brats served with sauerkraut and mustard, with a red and white checkered napkin
Add your favorite toppings to the brats

What are your favorite toppings to use on grilled brats?

This is up to you and your tastebuds but some of the most common condiments for brats include:

Don’t forget to add on grilled peppers, dill pickles, grilled onions, diced jalapeños, and anything else that you’re craving or enjoy.

Grilled Beer Brats

Grilled beer brats are one of the best tastes of summer. The combination of that beer brat flavor paired with a soft bun and an endless abundance of toppings is one of the first meals that pop into my head when I think about grilling.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Brats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Parboiling: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 874kcal
Author: Mark Rogers

Ingredients

  • 12 to 14 Brats
  • Amber Ale style beer
  • White sweet onions
  • Brat style buns
  • Toppings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Sauerkraut
  • Grilled onions

Instructions

  • Slice onions and layer in the bottom of a deep sided baking pan.
  • Place uncooked brats on top of onions.
  • Add beer to the pan, enough to cover the brats. Add any additional onion slices to the top of brats.
  • Cover pan and place on a 400F degree grill.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Pull brats from pan and place on grill grates, grill for 5-10 minutes to crisp the bratwurst.
  • Once crisped, pull from the grill and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve with toppings of your choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1830mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 6mg

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