Wisconsin Bratwurst

Wisconsin Bratwurst


"This is the only way to cook bratwurst in Wisconsin. The brats are incredibly tasty! If you can get fresh bratwurst from a sausage shop, do it... it is worth the extra cost. Serve with brown mustard on substantial hoagie rolls, never on hot dog buns. Mustard is important and must always be stone ground. Add warm sauerkraut and ketchup, if you like. Chow down! Think about those Wisconsin summers! Listen to some polka!"


45 m servings
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Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Prick bratwurst with fork to prevent them from exploding as they cook. Place in a large stock pot with the onions, butter, and beer. Place pot over medium heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  3. Lightly oil grate. Cook bratwurst on preheated grill for 10 to 14 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Serve hot off the grill with onions on hoagie rolls.


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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
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  1. 422 Ratings


If you want to smother your brats with barbeque sauce, mustard, and sauerkraut to kill the taste, this recipe is o.k. I'm 100% German, eat brats once a week - but I like the natural flavor of...

Hubby would probably only rate this as 3-star as he is a bratwurst purist and prefers his brats slow-grilled without parboiling. Occasionally he'll agree to having this brats and beer method, wh...

I was having a Christmas party and wanted to do something with some frozen Johnsville Brats that were in the freezer for 4 months, so I thought I would give this recipe a try. I also did not po...

this recipe is very good but i found out that if you prick your brats and soak them over night in the beer they are much better.

Awesome brats. I made them for the Super Bowl game. After they were cooked, I put them back in the beer brine to simmer until everyone was ready to eat. I also added more onions than was call...

These were wonderful. We had a big end of the year party this past Friday at a Boys & Girls Club where I work. Since some of the kids requested brats instead of hamburgers and hot dogs I decid...

We are not "bratwurst" people, but these were surprisingly good! Took a tip from another reviewer and made a curry ketchup (6 tbsp of curry + 1 tsp of curry), which I'm going to keep in the "sp...

This recipe is great! I add yellow and green bell peppers with the onions and beer. The best way to cook these prior to grilling is in the crock pot. Just cook on high for a couple of hours p...

These are great. I love Bratwurst, but always burn mine making sure they are completely cooked on the gril. This way all you are doing is browning them as they are pre-cooked. The extra flavo...