Beer Boiled Wisconsin Brats

updated 716.2022

This is an absolute staple for summer-time barbecues if you’re from Wisconsin. Because my birthday is smack dab in the middle of summer, oftentimes my birthday party dinner fare included brats, burgers and a hot potato dish. If you’re buying from you’re local grocery store, Johnsonville brats are the best you’ll find.


  • 1 lb fresh bratwurst sausages
  • one sliced onion (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 fluid oz of Milwaukee beer, such as Miller Lite
  • 5 hoagie rolls or hotdog buns


  1. Place bratwurst in a large pot with beer, salt and pepper and onions, if desired. Place pot over medium heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Cook bratwurst on preheated grill for 10 to 14 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly.
  3. Serve hot off the grill (if desired with onions, sauer kraut, mustard, ketchup etc.) on hoagie rolls or hotdog buns (if you don’t like all that bread).

Recipe rating: 


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