This Bratwurst recipe is quick, easy, hearty and savory! It takes only 30 minutes in one skillet. This family friendly dinner is great for dinners, meal prep and leftovers. The Brats become juicy and flavorful while the onions are caramelized and delicious! This classic German recipe is great for any occasion.

Bratwurst recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bratwurst is an incredibly flavorful sausage that is perfect for any occasion.
  • Great any time of the year.
  • No grill needed.
  • Only one skillet needed.
  • Only 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Easy and quick to cook.
  • This Bratwurst recipe requires minimal prep time.
  • Only 4 main ingredients needed.
  • The Brats and onions taste so well together.
  • This recipe is Paleo friendly, Keto friendly, gluten free, dairy free friendly, and sugar free friendly.
  • Check out this Air Fryer Bratwurst for the air fryer recipe.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this Bratwurst recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

A little butter helps caramelize the onions. Feel free to use dairy free butter if needed. For Whole30 or Paleo, use ghee.

Finely dice the yellow onion. Do not use red onion. Sweet onions work well too.

Add in a pinch of sea salt if desired. This adds a touch of flavor.

Any type of Bratwurst sausages work. Sausage, chicken, beef and pork Brats work well. For Whole30 and Paleo, be sure there is no added sugar.

Lastly, simmer in broth or beer. If gluten free, use broth or gluten free beer. Use chicken broth or beef broth for best flavor results.

Ingredients for Bratwurst recipe.

What is Bratwurst?

Bratwurst is a type of sausage that originated in Germany. The name “bratwurst” comes from the German word “Brät,” which means “finely chopped meat.”

It is traditionally made from pork. Beef and veal are also commonly used.

The sausage is seasoned with a blend of spices. They are typically grilled, pan fried or air fried.

It is a popular sausage all over the world, especially in Germany and the United States.

Bratwurst is versatile. Add to soups, stews, sandwiches, and as a main course.

Ways to Cook

There are several ways to cook Bratwurst. Here are a few methods to consider:

Grilling is a popular way to cook bratwurst, especially during the summer months. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Place the sausages directly on the grates. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the sausage is browned and cooked through.

Pan frying is a quick and easy way to cook Brats. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Add the sausages and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through.

Boiling bratwurst is a traditional method that helps to keep the sausage juicy and tender. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the sausages. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked through.

Baking is a convenient way to cook bratwurst if cooking for a crowd. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the sausages in a baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through.

In this recipe, simmer Brats in liquid. This allows the Brats to stay moist and juicy.

Brats in skillet.

Taste & Texture

Bratwurst has a rich, savory flavor that is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

The spices used in the sausage vary from region to region, but they typically include a blend of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and caraway.

The onions add a delicious slightly sweet flavor.

The texture of bratwurst is firm and slightly chewy, with a juicy, tender interior. The onions are soft and caramelized.

How to Make

Step 1

First, add butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add in diced onions.

Chopped onions in skillet.

Step 2

Cook onions for 5 minutes or until softened. Season with sea salt. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Onions in pan.

Step 3

Add the Bratwurst to the skillet. Pour broth or beer on top.

Sausage and broth in pan.

Step 4

Bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Flip Brats every 5 minutes or so.

Bratwurst with caramelized onions.

Step 5

To get the sear, remove everything from the skillet. Turn up heat to medium high. Add in only Brats. Sear on each side for 1 minute.

Step 6

Finally, serve Brats with onions.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of bratwurst should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature and avoid overcooking or undercooking the sausage.

Do not pierce the casing. When grilling or pan frying, avoid piercing the casing. This can cause the juices to escape and result in a dry, tough sausage.

How to Serve & Store

Bratwurst is a popular sausage. While delicious on its own, it is even better when paired with the right sides and toppings.

Here are some ideas for what to serve with bratwurst to make your meal even more satisfying.

  1. Sauerkraut is a classic German side dish. It is often served with Brats. Its tangy flavor and crispy texture complement the savory sausage perfectly. You can buy sauerkraut at the store, or make your own by fermenting shredded cabbage with salt and spices.
  2. A creamy potato salad is a great side dish for bratwurst. The cool, refreshing flavors of the salad help to balance out the richness of the sausage. Make potato salad with boiled potatoes, chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced onions, and a dressing made with mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar.
  3. Coleslaw is another refreshing side dish that pairs well with bratwurst. The crunchy cabbage and carrots in the coleslaw add texture and flavor to the meal.
  4. A soft, chewy pretzel is the perfect accompaniment to Bratwurst. The salty flavor of the pretzel pairs well with the savory sausage. You can buy pretzels at the store, or make your own at home using a basic dough recipe. Be sure to use gluten free ingredients if needed.
  5. Mustard is a classic condiment for bratwurst. The tangy, spicy flavor complements the sausage perfectly. Try Dijon, honey mustard, or spicy brown mustard.
German sausages and onions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Bratwurst different from sausage?

Bratwurst is a specific type of sausage.

Is Bratwurst a sausage or hot dog?

Both hot dogs and Brats are types of sausages. Both are typically served on a bread bun.

What is traditionally served with Bratwurst?

Brats are traditionally served with sauerkraut, coleslaw, mustard and caramelized onions.

How is Bratwurst traditionally cooked?

Bratwurst are traditionally grilled or pan fried. They can also be air fried, boiled or simmered.

Can I cook Brats without beer?

Sure! I use broth for this recipe.

Bratwurst and onions.

Equipment Needed

Meat Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to test internal temperature.

Skillet: This is my favorite skillet for cooking. It sears well too.

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This Bratwurst recipe is incredibly flavorful and savory! The Brats are simmered until juicy then seared to golden perfection. This classic German recipe is great for family dinners, meal prep and leftovers!
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 Bratwurst sausages
  • 12 ounces broth or beer


  • First, add butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add in diced onions.
  • Cook onions for 5 minutes or until softened. Season with sea salt. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Add the Bratwurst to the skillet. Pour over broth or beer.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Flip Brats every 5 minutes or so.
  • To get the sear, remove everything from the skillet. Turn up heat to medium high. Add in only Brats. Sear on each side for 1 minute.
  • Finally, serve Brats with onions.


  • Any type of Bratwurst works for this recipe.
  • Continue stirring onions to prevent burning.
  • Use broth or beer.  It can be tough to find gluten free beer, so I usually use chicken broth or beef broth.
  • As the mixture simmers, it may need slightly more broth.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 945mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 361IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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