These delicious Grilled Beer Brats will be the hit of your BBQ. They are easy to make and insanely delicious. Expect a line at your grill!
Hmmmm, let’s talk about Grilled Beer Brats! There is part of me that thinks I should save this recipe until September or October. That way it will be fresh for the Oktoberfest time frame, but what the heck.
Several years ago, I came home to find Jason standing over the stove, simmering brats in beer. I was shocked! You know that feeling when your spouse does something so out of character that it made you do a double take? That was what happened in our kitchen that day.
Jason loves to be in the kitchen, loves to grill, and has a million grilling/cooking ideas but just doesn’t just randomly cook when I’m not around so this was a sweet surprise!
How many more times should I mention that some of the tastiest meals are the easiest?
Beer has really seen a resurgence in recent years. It is no longer just a plain ol’ lager or stout. Now, there are hundreds of varieties available at most grocery stores and specialty stores.
We tried these Beer Brats with a couple different beers but we always seem to come back to our favorite, which is Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. Deschutes is an incredible brewhouse out of Bend, Oregon that is expanding nationwide. If you can, try to find it at your grocery store. It is well worth it!
Be bold, and try a seasonal cherry-infused or a rich Belgian and experience the flavor differences. I love this recipe because it is limitless in the flavor outcome that you can get with just changing the beer or changing which brats you pick at the store.
Step One: Start by sautéing the sliced onion in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Don’t touch it. Seriously, hands off! We are all so excited to keep it going and want to mix it, but really, don’t even think about touching it.
Step Two: Wait about 5-8 minutes. You will see the browned edges of the onion. You don’t need to move it to see it. Only after the onions have had a chance to brown, should you stir and sauté a bit more.
Step Three: Pour two bottles of your favorite beer into the sautéed onions and bring the mixture to a boil. Once you reach a boil, add the brats (they will not be fully immersed in the beer/onion mixture).
Step Four: Turn the stovetop to a simmer. Cover it with a lid and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
It’s time to move the operation outside.
Step One: Heat the grill to 400 degrees. You will want a nice sear on the brats, so we’ll use a good, strong direct heat.
Step Two: After the brats are fully cooked, remove them from the beer and add them to the grill for 2-3 minutes. Flip them over and grill for another 2-3 minutes for that nice and tasty sear.
Step Three: At the same time, keep the beer and onion mixture simmering on the stove to reduce the beer by half. Add the cooked onion mixture to cover the brats and serve!
Related Brat Recipes
Honey Mustard Beer Brats – Add a fun sweet and tangy sauce to the brats for a fun finger food at your next game day BBQ.
Grilled Brat Chili – When I have a larger crew coming by, this chili just can’t be beat. Make it in a disposable pan and you won’t have dishes to clean up.
Grilled Cranberry Chili Sauce Brat Bites – This is a classic recipe with a fun grilled twist. Make the brats ahead of time and add them to the sauce in a slow cooker before the big game.
Beer Brat and Brussel Sprout Bites – This is a fun finger food with some veggies to boot! These are fun to make and delicious to eat!
Until next time, enjoy!
Grilled Beer Brats
- 2-3 packages Brats
- 1 whole Onion sliced
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Bottles Beer your favorite
Make the Beer and Onion Mixture
- Add olive oil and sauté onions until browned. Try to let them stay in place long enough to get a nice brown side to them.
- Slowly pour beer into the pan with the onions.
- Bring to a boil and add the brats.
- Reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15-20 minutes (until the brats are cooked through)
- After removing the brats, uncover, and simmer to reduce the mixture in half
Prepare the Big Green Egg
- Using direct heat, bring the grill to 400 degrees
- Sear the brats on both sides. It is usually takes just three minutes per side.
- Add the beer brats to a cooking dish and carefully pour the onion mixture over
- Eat and Enjoy!