How to Cook Bratwurst

Bratwurst or brats, is a German sausage made from beef, veal, or pork. Spices like pepper, ginger, and nutmeg are also added to it. It is commonly served in a bread roll with mustard and sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage dish.

You can find Bratwurst cooked beforehand, but it is always better to buy raw ones and cook them yourself. The most popular way of cooking brats is boiling it with beer and grilling it afterwards, though it may also be cooked in plain water.


Bratwurst in Beer


For cooking brats with beer, you will need raw Bratwurst, 2-3 bottles of your favorite brand of beer, one large chopped onion, a deep large pot, and a gas or charcoal grill.


Instructions for Cooking Grilled Bratwurst


  1. Use thawed raw Bratwurst for cooking. Bring two bottles of good quality beer and chopped onions to a boil in a deep large pot.
  2. Simmer the Bratwurst until it is thoroughly cooked. You can always add more beer to the pot if needed.
  3. Once cooked, drain the beer from the brats (do not drink it) and grill them in a hot gas or charcoal grill for at least 4-5 minutes per side until they are golden-brown. Look for nice, even grill marks.
  4. Remove them from the heat and serve in good buns or baguettes with mustard and cooked onions.

If you don’t have a grill, you may cook your brats using a skillet.

  1. Prepare Bratwurst as instructed above.
  2. After simmering the brats, allow the liquid to heat up and reduce in size.
  3. Turn the brats back and forth over the skillet for a few minutes until they get a crust similar to that of a grilled bratwurst.


Bratwurst Cooked in Water


Water can be used for cooking brats if beer is not preferred. The procedure is like that of cooking in a skillet.

  1. Using a fork, poke a few holes into the Bratwurst to allow steam to escape.
  2. On a large frying pan, cover half an inch of the brats with water. Do not soak the brats all the way.
  3. Cover them with a lid and cook on medium heat. Wait until all the water evaporates.
  4. Remove the lid and cook the brats, turning them back and forth for a few minutes until golden brown. At this point, you may add chopped onions if you prefer to do so.