Beer Braised Bratwurst

This one was to satisfy my desire to cook as much as possible on the grill, and to satisfy my son's desire for hot dogs!
brats in buns with onions and sauce

As i said he wanted hot dogs and not wanting to disappoint i agreed to make him some.
I could have got some of those you get from the store in a tin or a jar and poured them in a pan to simmer for a few minutes, but where's the fun in that?
These are much better, much tastier and much Bigger just what a growing young lad needs!

Start by preheating your grill (or oven) to 230c (450f approx)
Next cut the two onions and lay them in the bottom of a roasting pan as flat as possible to allow plenty of room for the beer and bratwursts to fit in later as shown below.
red and white onion sliced in a roasting pan
onion slices in the roasting pan
Next add the beer to the pan, use your favorite beer but i used old speckled hen, i used 2x500ml bottles so 1 litre of beer in total.
You may need more or less depending on the pan you use but the idea is to make sure there is enough to cover the onions and the majority of the bratwursts without overflowing when you put the brats in the pan.
As you can see from the picture below this amount of beer takes me nicely to just past halfway full in my pan.
pan with onions half filled with beer
Beer and onions
By this point the grill should be about ready.
Cook the bratwurst sausages turning them occasionally to get them browned of with some nice colour.
The bratwursts don't need to be fully cooked at this point as they will be cooking in the beer bath we prepared previously, this step could possibly be left out all together but it adds colour and a crispy bite to the skins so its the way i like to do it.
six bratwurst sausages on the grill
Brats on the grill
Once the bratwurst have a nice colour on them remove them from the grill and put the pan in its place.
Add the Bratwurst to the pan whilst trying to get covered by the beer as much as possible, if they are not completely submerged in the beer don't worry, we will be turning them anyway.
You can see how much difference it makes to brown the the brats of on the grill before putting them in the pan by comparing the above and below pictures, the above look white as a sheet where as the ones below have a lovely brown colour to them and it really makes a difference as you really do taste with your eyes!
Close the lid and let them cook for around 15 minutes, this gives time for the beer to warm and start simmering away to cook the onions and continue to cook the bratwurst through.
6 bratwurst in a beer bath with onions
Brats in the pan
After around 15 minutes give them a stir and turn their bratwurst over.
Do this twice more and after the third turn the beer should have reduced some and the onions should be cooked and softened.
Its at this point i like to add some diced chorizo sausage meat, if it's not your thing you can skip this all together but i find it adds a little more flavour.
bratwurst beer onions and chorizo in a pan
Chorizo meat added to the beer and sausage
If you are adding the chorizo crumble a handful over the the pan and mix into the beer then turn the bratwurst one final time and give the mixture a stir.
15 more minutes to allow the chorizo to warm through and then it finished!
bratwurst and onions on buns with sauce
Finished and on buns
To serve stuff the finished bratwurst into some large hotdog buns, throw some of the onions on top and add lashings of the classic combination of mustard and ketchup!

While it takes more time and effort than the 7 or 8 minutes to warm some of the hot dogs you you get in a tin or a jar its more than worth it when you see the kids (and the adults) eyes light up when you serve up this awesome alternative.
In Fact the only thing i find wrong with this recipe is six just never seems enough as everyone comes back for more!

Beer Braised Bratwurst
Beer Braised Bratwurst
An easy recipe that can be cooked on the grill or in the oven and its a hit with the kids as hotdogs!


  • 6 Bratwurst Sausages
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 white onion
  • 6 hot dog rolls
  • 1000ml beer
  • 100g chorizo sausage (optional)


  1. Preheat grill/oven to 230c (450f)
  2. Cut the two onions al layer them in the bottom of a roasting pan
  3. Pour the beer in the pan with the onions
  4. Brown off the sausage on all sides on the grill
  5. Put the sausage in the pan with the onions and beer and put the pan on the grill for around 15 minutes
  6. Turn the sausage over and stir the onions and beer and cook for a further 15mins
  7. Repeat twice more to make a total of 45 minutes and 3 turns of the sausage
  8. If adding the chorizo crumble it up and add now and stir into the beer and onions and cook for a further 15 minutes to warm the chorizo through then remove the pan from the grill
  9. To serve put the sausage in large hot dog buns, top with the onions then add ketchup and mustard to taste
Yield: 6
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 10 mins.

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