Brats--Our Style
70 mins (prep 10, cooking 60)
7 ingredients
12 servings
My husband and I used to boil brats in beer in the house before grilling, but have discovered that this method keeps them juicier and keeps the house from smelling like a brewery! Living in Wisconsin, we make these often during the summer and also a few times during the winter, when it's much less convenient to grill! We've been making all our brats this way for the past two or three years. We normally buy the large three pound packages of Johnsonville brats early in the summer and stock the freezer when the price is right, but this will certainly work for any other brat as well! Our children, ages 4 and 5, prefer these to hot dogs hands-down, and will sometimes each devour two of them in one meal! We like to serve these with corn on the cob, foil potato packets, grilled zucchini, or any other vegetable we can grill while the brats simmer!This is listed as 12 servings because there are 12 brats, but most people enjoy at least two brats!

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  • 3 lbs bratwursts, raw, not precooked (the johnsonville packs contain 12 brats)
  • 3 (12 ounce) beer (we use bud light, but feel free to adjust to whatever you have in the fridge(even old beer works!)
  • 1 onion, sliced and separated into rings (1 large)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon minced garlic (we usually used the preminced garlic in a jar)
  • 12 buns (could be anything from inexpensive hot dog buns to bakery brat buns (the wheat ones are delicious!)
  • sauerkraut (hot or cold)


Serving Size (28.68 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 12.19 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1.13mg 0.57%
Total Carbohydrate 1.01g 4.03%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 0.13g 3.13%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 1.13mg% Iron 0.01mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
bratwursts, minced garlic


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