Beer Brats


  • 24

    ounces lager or pilsner beer (2 cans or bottles)

  • 2

    medium onions, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 6

    uncooked bratwurst sausages

  • 6

    bratwurst rolls or hoagie rolls, split

  • Spicy brown or yellow mustard, for serving

  • Pickles and ketchup, for serving (optional)


  1. Light a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to high.
  2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring beer and half the onions to a simmer (save remaining onions for serving). Add bratwurst to the pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer until they are just cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer sausages to the grill, and grill until they’re well browned on all sides, 2 to 5 minutes, turning often.
  4. If you like, while the brats are grilling, let the beer and onions boil over high heat until the onions are very soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve onions for serving.
  5. Grill the rolls, cut-side down, until golden, about 1 minute. Serve the brats sandwiched in the rolls and topped with onions (either raw or beer-braised, or both), along with any condiments you like.