Beer Brats

These simple but delicious Beer Brats are a fun, quick and easy Spring and Summer staple that takes a classic and gives it the best spin!

Beer Brats

So can I be honest with you? This is like almost the only way that I make my brats, seriously. I have been making these Beer Brats for years and I rarely ever just make my brats the normal way. I know this takes a little more effort and time, but it’s 100% worth it. 

I actually have this recipe on my blog from a few years ago, but I figured it needed a facelift and I decided to just republish it to get some fresh eyes on it! Sometimes things from a the past have adapted and changed and you kinda wanna update with the flow, ya know?

Beer Brat recipe

So let me get into a little detail about these here Beer Brats! They really don’t have that much more steps than making the normal brat, but if you’re just kinda looking to throw them on the grill and that’s all you really have to do for your meal then this recipe just isn’t for your. 

I made these the other night for my neighbors and our neighbor Will wouldn’t stop telling me that these were hands down the best brats he’s ever tasted. You know how much a girl likes to hear that?! I mean compliments on my food is like compliments on a girls looks man, I absolutely can’t get enough of when people complement me on my cooking. Weird right?

Beer Brats Recipe

So anyways, these puppies are grilled then they go into a vat of onions and beer! One thing that I think sets these apart from the rest is that my onions are cooked down a little before beer is added and I add some delicious brown sugar to them! The way that the brown sugar coats them and sticks to them after the beer reduces is magic.

So I prefer dark beer like a porter for my brats. You can in reality use any beer that you like, but I think the darker beer gives it a more rich flavor that really pairs well with the onions. I used to use a beer called Firehouse that I can’t find anymore which is sad because that made the best beer brats! But I’ve also used light beer like Keystone and I’ve even use some of my dad’s Old Milwaukee. 

how to make beer brats

Really you can play around with your beers and find out what flavors your really like and then create your own signature one! There are so many beers out there that the combinations are literally endless. You could also go crazy and add in some peppers to your onions to give it even more of a flavor and color contrast.

Now I love eating my Beer Brats as is, just plain and topped with my onions, seriously it really doesn’t need any condiments, but sometimes I’ll dip then in a nice dijon mustard and it pairs quite well actually! 

So if you’re looking for a fun new twist on your traditional brat then this Beer Brat recipe is the quick and easy option for you!

3.8 from 5 votes
Beer Brats
Beer Brats
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
  • 8-10 brats , grilled
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 2 medium onions , sliced
  • 4 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 (12 oz) bottles dark beer
  • Buns
  1. In large skillet melt butter and add your onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Stir in your brown sugar and then places your brats on top.
  3. Pour your beer over and cover pan.
  4. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until beer reduces down and onions are caramelized.

Beer Brats

These simple but delicious Beer Brats are a fun, quick and easy Spring and Summer staple that takes a classic and gives it the best spin!

12 thoughts on “Beer Brats

  1. How do the brawts soak up any beer flavor if they’re already Grilled or partially grilled before they’re put into beer? And is 30 minutes in beer at end long enough to cook out alcohol for friends and family that are recovering alcoholics??

    1. Usually the beer really cooks down into more of a glaze. You can always poke your brats with a knife or fork to soak up more flavor if you like. We have used NA beer more than once so that’s another option 🙂

  2. I will never go back to “normal,plain” brats ever again! Honestly dont need any condiments on these brats!!

  3. This is the 5th time I’m making these. There is absolutely no going back to just throwing them on the grill. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ this recipe!!!

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