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Perfect Beer Brats and Onions

Made with just a few ingredients these brats are boiled with beer and sliced onions for loads of flavor. A quick sear on a hot grill gives the brats a beautiful crust on the outside. Make sure you have plenty of your favorite toppings and fresh buns to serve these bad boys with!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer brats, beer brats and onions
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 237kcal


  • Large, Shallow Dutch Oven
  • Grill or Grill Pan


  • 2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 4 large white onions sliced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 12 brats
  • 36 ounces pilsner beer or other light lager


  • Set a large, shallow Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the butter, sliced onions and sprinkle with kosher salt, to taste. Stir everything to coat, making sure the butter is melted. Add the brats to the pan in an even layer.
  • Pour in the beer and bring to a rapid, gentle boil. Cook the brats in the beer for at least 45 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove the brats from the beer and grill 2 minutes on each side, or until outsides are dark brown and crispy. If desired, while brats are on the grill, increase the heat on the onions, boiling rapidly, to reduce them down.
  • Serve brats on bakery rolls with beer onions, sauerkraut, and grainy mustard.


  • See post for instructions on cooking brats in a slow cooker.
  • See post for more condiment and serving ideas!


Serving: 1brat | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 230mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg