Beer Brats
Beer Brats

Beer sausages are guaranteed to be charred, juicy and never dry. Make them all summer long.

the The bratwurst is a summer accompaniment to a hamburger on the grill. While the hamburger can do with some leeway in terms of time and temperature on the grill, the bratwurst is less fortunate. Its delicate shell can tear at high temperatures, causing the filling to lose moisture and dry out quickly. Worse still, the quickly escaping sausage fat is ripe for a barbecue.

Fortunately, there is a way to avoid all of this bad news and ensure perfectly cooked sausages. Ready when you are!

Roast first, then beer

I love a great bratwurst and the key is that it’s cooked to temperature. In this case, 145º F. A sausage cooked on a hot grill can reach that temperature quickly. And often, not surprisingly, when we’re not looking. Maybe I have to blame the beer in my hand.

To ensure photo-worthy burn marks and moist stuffed pork, Sear the roast first on a hot grill, then slowly cook it in a beer bath right on the grill until cooked through. The first bite of gut will resist a bit before the meaty pork leaves you craving a second bite.

It is possible to cook the sausages in the beer first and then sear them, but the beer-soaked sausages will not sear properly. A pre-sear wins in both color and texture.

Initial searing takes just 2 minutes on two sides of the roast. Why only two pages? Fresh sausages straight from the butcher are usually cylindrical. However, if you’re like me and you’re always in a hurry, you probably buy brats in bulk. These brats are not round. Some brands are even curved. They still taste great, but the less round shape makes searing them on all four sides a kind of gymnastics on the grill. To accommodate any type of brat, it is a two-sided sear.

How to prepare the grill

Regardless of your type of grill, you should preheat it for at least 15 minutes with the lid on. When you open the lid to set the sausages down, you want the grill to be very hot and ready to use.

Keep it simple for the beer

For the beer bath, I suggest using a lager, or rather a pilsner. Lager beers cover a wide variety of styles, and some may impart unwanted or unexpected flavors. The beer here is primarily for moisture, so it’s important to keep its flavor profile simple.

Brats in the beer bath

When the sausages are seared, place them in a foil pan filled with beer and continue cooking over indirect heat. That means on the grill away from burning burners or coals. Sausages are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145º F, indicated by an instant-read thermometer. They can either be served immediately or left on the grill with the lid closed over very low heat to keep warm until needed.

Ideas for toppings

I just like my sausages with sauerkraut and stone-ground mustard. Thankfully, the brat can handle any topping you can think of like onions, relish, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, peppers — the list doesn’t stop. What is the best beer roast topping? The one in your hand!

Let’s grill!

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beer brats

preparation time
15 minutes

cooking time
25 minutes

total time
40 minutes

up to 3 servings

5 brats

I recommend using aluminum foil to cook the sausages in the beer. I do not recommend using a Pyrex, oven dish, or griddle on the grill.


  • 5 fresh sausages

  • 2 (12-ounce) lager Beer, like a pilsner

  • 5 sausage roll

special equipment

  • Large aluminum foil tray


  1. Prepare the grill:

    Prepare a two-zone grill for medium heat, 350º to 450º F.

    • On a gas grill This means that one side with burners is up and the other side is off.
    • On a charcoal grill, place the lit charcoals on one side and leave the other side without charcoal. Preheat the grill with the lid closed for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Fry the brats:

    Grill the sausages over direct heat – just over the burning coals and burners – for a total of 2 minutes, turning once. Leave the grill lid on.

  3. Fry the sausages in beer:

    Place the aluminum foil pan on the grill over indirect heat—away from the burning coals and burners. Place the sausages in the pan and fill the pan with the beer. Lower the lid and cook until the internal temperature of the sausages reads 145º F with an instant-read thermometer, 20 to 25 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.

  4. Grill buns:

    Grill the buns, cut-side down, over direct heat until marked, about 1 minute.

  5. Surcharge:

    Load the buns with the bratwurst and your favorite toppings.

    Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. I like to reheat them by sealing the sausages in a freezer bag and placing them in a pot of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes or until warmed through.

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nutritional information (per serving)
1453 calories
86g Fat
104g carbohydrates
48g protein
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