Beer Brats

Recipe by lacezhangDifficulty: Easy


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Bratwursts are first braised in beer with a tangle of sliced onions, before being charred for some colour. Stuff the simmered-then-seared dawgs into hotdog buns, pile on the sweet beer-soaked onions and serve with mustard and/or ketchup. I went with wholegrain for this one! This is guaranteed to spruce up your regular ol' hotdog bun!


  • 4 to 6 bratwursts

  • 1 can of beer

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 4 to 6 hotdog buns

  • butter, to butter the buns

  • salt, to taste

  • oil, as needed to sear onions and brats

  • mustard,mayo,ketchup (To serve)


  • Heat your saucepan up over medium-low heat. Add in about 1 Tablespoon of oil. Go in with your sliced onions and a pinch of salt, allowing he onions to cook until they take on some light caramelization. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Place your bratwursts in the pan in a single layer, then tip in your beer. You don't need to fully submerge your brats; just add enough beer to come up to the halfway mark of your sausages. Alongside the beer, you'll also want to add in a good pinch of salt.
  • Let the beer, onions and brats simmer for 10 to 12 minutes over low heat, flipping the sausages once midway through cooking. Set the beer-soaked sausages and onions aside after they're done simmering.
  • Heat another pan up over medium heat and coat with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is heated up, place your brats in the pan to sear. We're just looking to brown them at this point since everything is already cooked through. Once they're browned on one side, flip and brown the other side.
  • Butter your buns and toast them lightly in the same pan you used to sear your sausages.
  • To assemble, one brat per bun, then pile on some onions. Condiments to go with: mustard (of course), ketchup, mayo... you know the works!

About Me


When not working on recipes in her kitchen, cranking up her overused commercial (yes, you read that right) oven at home, Lace can be found reading about food, writing impassioned paragraphs about food, thinking about food till the wee hours of the night, shopping for groceries as a serious sport, or gazing longingly at bakery displays.




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