Beer brats are a fun and easy summer dinner that you can cook on your outdoor grill. The combination of juicy brats and onions simmered in light beer is so delicious. Plus, you will love how easy this recipe is to prep and clean up!

Four beer brats in buns on a wood cutting board with various condiments

Regular hot dogs are great but brats are better! Especially brats that are simmered in beer and then served on buns with onions and all your favorite sauces and condiments.

This is the perfect dinner for summer – this beer brats recipe takes all of ten minutes to prep and everything cooks on the grill for easy clean-up.

Bratwurst are one of our favorite things to cook on the grill because they cook fast and they are delicious! Especially when they’re simmered in beer – it’s a really easy way to add flavor with very little work. Very little work during the summer is a very good thing, right?

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Beer Boiled Brats
  2. The Best Kind of Beer to Use
  3. How to Cook Beer Brats
  4. How Long Do You Boil Brats in Beer?
  5. Best Ways to Serve
  6. Other Dinners You’ll Enjoy
  7. Beer Brats Recipe Recipe

Ingredients for Beer Boiled Brats

  • Bratwurst or sweet Italian sausage
  • Butter
  • Sliced onion
  • Beer
  • Chopped garlic
  • Buns

Don’t be fooled by the incredibly short ingredient list. When you combine all six together no one will guess how easy this beer brats recipe was to make!

Four beer brats in buns on a wood cutting board with various condiments

The Best Kind of Beer to Use

Cooking with beer is like cooking with wine – you want to choose one that you like to drink! Since all of the flavors will be absorbed into the onions and brats, you definitely want one that you think tastes great.

Beer brats are usually made with a light-style beer like a lager. For this beer brat recipe, I prefer to use a domestic light beer – you don’t want to beer to overpower things, so I would avoid darker style beers. So, choose your favorite beer that’s on the lighter side.

How to Cook Beer Brats

There are three simple cooking steps for this recipe:

  • First, I like to grill the brats over medium heat. It gives them the char marks and also gives them a little head start so you don’t have to simmer them in the beer for a long time.
  • While the brats are cooking on the grill, place the onions, garlic and butter in an aluminum grill pan and place it on the grill. Cook the onions in the pan until they are translucent.
  • Once the onions are done, place the grilled brats in the pan and then pour the beer in.
  • Adjust the grill heat so that the beer is simmering and cook the beer and brats for 15 minutes.
Beer brats on an outdoor grill

How Long Do You Boil Brats in Beer?

You should boil the brats in the beer for at least 15 minutes, but you can leave them to simmer on low for up to one to two hours.

Close up shot of beer brats cooking in a deep metal pan with light beer and onions

Best Ways to Serve

Serve them in buns with the onions and any other toppings that you like! Sometimes we keep it a little lower-carb and skip the buns and serve them as is with just the onions and some sauces on the side.

You can also slice the brats and serve them as an appetizer. Add some different kinds of mustards on the side for dipping – this is great for parties.

No matter how you serve them I know you’re going to love them! Beer brats are one of our favorite summer dinners – enjoy!

Other Dinners You’ll Enjoy

Four beer brats in buns on a wood cutting board with various condiments

Beer Brats Recipe

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These Beer Brats are simmered in light beer and then topped with onions and your favorite sauces and condiments. It’s a fun and easy summer recipe with a super quick clean up, too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 8-10 Brats or Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 18 ounces Beer I prefer light domestic beer
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8-10 buns


  • Pre-heat grill. In an aluminum grilling pan add onion, garlic and butter. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute them on top of the other ingredients. Place brats directly onto the grill over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the brats have been on for 5 minutes put the aluminum grilling pan on the grill. Cook until onions are translucent. Once the brats are almost done pour the beer into the aluminum grilling pan and place the brats in the liquid. Cover the pan and turn the temperature down to a simmer.
  • Let the brats simmer for a minimum of 15 minutes but they can stay on longer to absorb more flavor. Remove brats from the pan and serve

Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve with buns, onions and mustard
  • Serve without bun and use condiments to taste
  • Cut brats and serve as an appetizer with different types of mustard

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 11mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meal, brats, cookout, grilled, summer meal
Photo collage of two photos of beer brats with recipe title in the middle

These Beer Brats are simmered in a light beer which adds so much flavor with only one additional step in the process! This recipe is perfect for summer grilling nights, takes only ten minutes to prep and the brats turn out so juicy and flavorful!

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