Brats are a popular and loved sausage, but not everyone knows how to cook brats properly. So in this article, I will instruct you how to cook brats in 4 different ways, so you can find the one that suits you best and can enjoy all its juicy, flavorful glory.

How To Cook Brats

1. How To Cook Brats on Stove


  • 4 – 5 raw bratwursts
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


In a pot, combine 1 sliced onion, 1 bottle of beer, and brats. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until and the beer is evaporated

Remove your brats from the pot and place them on a plate lined with paper towels

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil smokes lightly add the brats to the skillet and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally

Once the brats is cooked, remove them from the skillet and serve hot

2. How To Cook Brats in Oven


  • 6 raw bratwursts
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium bowl, mix together the sliced onion, bell pepper, olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Transfer mixture vegetables on the baking sheet then place brats onto

Bake brats in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the brats are cooked through. If you don’t use vegetables, bake them for 15 minutes. Because when using vegetables, your brats will need more time to turn brown due to the increased moisture.

Serve warm with your favorite sides. Enjoy!

How To Cook Brats in Oven

3. How To Cook Brats in Air Fryer


  • 5 raw bratwurst
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste


Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the brats in the air fryer basket. Next, brush the olive oil over the brats then sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and pepper ontop

Air fry brats for 15 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.

Remove the brats from the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!

How To Cook Brats in Air Fryer

4. How To Cook Brats on Grill


  • 6 raw bratwursts


Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Place the brats on the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping the brats occasionally to ensure even cooking.

When the brats are cooked through and lightly charred, remove them from the grill and serve hot

How To Cook Brats on Grill

5. What To Serve With Brats?

Buns or Rolls: Serve the brats in buns or rolls, either traditional bratwurst buns or hot dog buns. Choose a type of bread that you prefer and lightly toast it for added flavor and texture.

Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is a classic accompaniment to bratwurst. Its tangy and slightly sour flavor complements the rich and savory taste of the sausage. You can serve sauerkraut as a topping or as a side dish.

Mustard: Mustard is a traditional condiment for bratwurst. Choose from a variety of mustards such as Dijon, spicy brown, or whole grain mustard. It adds a tangy kick that complements the flavors of the bratwurst.

Pickles: Pickles, whether dill or sweet, add a refreshing crunch and a burst of flavor to balance the richness of the bratwurst. Serve them on the side or as a topping.

Potato Salad: A classic side dish for brats, potato salad provides a creamy and cool contrast. Choose from traditional mayo-based potato salad or try a tangy German-style potato salad with vinegar and mustard dressing.

Coleslaw: Another popular side dish option is coleslaw. The crisp and refreshing cabbage-based salad provides a nice contrast to the rich and flavorful brats.

You can roast some vegetables like bell peppers, onions, zucchini, or eggplant to serve alongside the brats. The smoky flavors of roasted veggies complement the brats nicely.

Serve soft pretzels as a fun and delicious accompaniment to bratwurst. They make for a great combination of flavors and textures.

Brats and beer are a classic pairing. Choose your favorite beer or try a German-style beer to enhance the overall experience.

Now, you know how to cook brats in 4 different ways and each way offers its own unique flavor and texture. You can choose the one that best suits your taste.

Ella Hopkins

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