How do you cook your brats?

There is more than one way to do so. It makes sense—there’s more than one way to cook a steak, for instance. The different ways to make cheese bring about all the different kinds of cheeses that are out there.

Just as there are many different types of brats, there’s also different ways to cook a brat: On a grill, over a campfire, on a stove top, etc. We’re not here to argue which is the best way to cook a bratwurst—that’s all a matter of personal opinion, anyway. We are here to go over some of the most common ways to cook the perfect bratwurst.

Which way do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

CHEF’S NOTE: Never puncture a bratwurst while it’s cooking. The juices trapped in the casing is what gives the brat its flavor. Puncturing drains that flavor away.

Bratwursts On a Grill

Precooked Pork and Beef Bratwurst are available on WisconsinMade Artisan Collective
Check out that golden brown sheen! These brats are ready to be devoured.

You Will Need:

  • A Grill*
  • Bratwursts
  • Onions, sliced
  • 1 or 2 bottles of Wisconsin Beer, chef’s choice
  • Butter

*Some would argue that a charcoal grill is the One True Way to cook anything. Others are true believers of wood pellet grills. I’ve heard rumor of egg-shaped kamodo-style grills that beats the competition by a landslide. No matter what type of grill you prefer, everyone can agree that the best way to cook a brat is on a grill.


In a pot, bring the beer, butter and sliced onions to a slow simmer. Add the brats for a brief time to give them some flavor. (Some people do this step after grilling. As with most things in life, that’s all a matter of preference).

After about 5-7 minutes, add to a hot grill. Flip often until firm and browned all over.

For best results, serve with mustard on a bun.

Bratwursts on the Stove

Onion Bratwursts are available on WisconsinMade Artisan Collective
The only thing this bratwurst is missing is some mustard!

You Will Need:

  • Cast iron skillet*
  • Bratwursts
  • Sliced Onions
  • Butter
  • Wisconsin Beer, chef’s choice

*A regular frying pan will also work in a pinch.


Place the skillet over medium high heat. Melt a tablespoon of butter. Add bratwursts and onions and cook for a few minutes until onions are tender. Add enough beer to cover the brats 1 inch. Flip brats and stir onions frequently until brats are firm and browned on all sides. Let beer evaporate. To retain flavor, do not puncture bratwurst.

For best results, serve with mustard on a bun.

Bratwursts Elsewhere


Drop bratwursts into boiling water. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes.


Cover bottom of broiler pan with water. Place sausage on rock 5-6 inches from broiler element. Broil 5-8 minutes or until brown and crispy.


Cook in a pan over a hot campfire. Alternatively, you can cook a brat by piercing it with a stick and holding it over the flames. Better yet, WisconsinMade Artisan Collective sells a cooking grill that clips onto a fire ring!

Best Beer Mustard for Brats

Martha's Hot Mustard is available for purchase on WisconsinMade Artisan Collective
Mustard: completing the bratwurst experience since sausages were first invented.

Beer and brats to together like mustard and brats. Since beer and mustard go with brats so well, it makes sense that they can be combined for the ultimate bratwurst condiment. To make, simply mix the following ingredients in a bowl and slather on your freshly cooked bratwurst.


1 c. Wisconsin beer, chef’s choice
1/4 c. Martha’s Hot Mustard
3 Tbsp molasses
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves

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