How to Cook Bratwurst

Bratwurst with Apple Sauerkraut,

Bratwurst for Dinner and Brats for the BBQ

Bratwurst does double duty as sit-down-dinner fare and BBQ favorite.

I'll start with how to cook Bratwurst on the stove, with Apple Sauerkraut, for your dinner guests. This is definitely a less edgy sauerkraut, tempered a little by apples, cider, cooked onions and other goodies. Just add buns and a grill to make 'Brats' for the gang.

Bratwurst with Apple Sauerkraut

This recipe calls for chicken or vegetable broth, which can be very salty. I recommend low-sodium broth. Either way, don't add any salt until you've taste-tested it at the end. 

8 bratwursts
12 ounces beer or apple cider
Toothpick or skewer and 1-gallon sealable plastic bag
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
2 medium onions, peeled, halved and thin-sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
4 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed and drained well
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup apple cider
Salt and pepper to taste
8 hot dog buns, optional 

Pierce the bratwursts in several places with a toothpick or skewer; this will help them to absorb the marinade and keep them from exploding when cooked. Place the brats in the plastic bag, seal, and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 6 hours or more; overnight is okay.


Drain the bratwursts. Melt half the butter in a large skillet. Stir in the pepper and sage. If you're going to grill the brats, brush with a little of the sage-butter and set them aside. If you're pan-cooking them, brown them in the sage-butter over medium heat on all sides, remove and set aside. 

Melt the remaining butter in the skillet. Add the onions, carrots and apples, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sauerkraut. 

Pour the broth and apple cider into the skillet, stir and turn the heat up. When the broth begins to simmer, either send the bratwursts to the grill (7-10 minutes per side on medium-high heat) or arrange them evenly in the sauerkraut pan, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the liquid evaporates, 20 to 30 minutes. 

To serve, whether you have pan-cooked or grilled the brats, transfer the Apple Sauerkraut to a platter and top with the bratwursts. Serve as is or serve the brats in warm buns topped with the sauerkraut. And mustard. Makes 8 servings. 


Reuben Sandwiches 

Return to Dinner Party Recipes 

Return to BBQ Recipes 

Top of How to Cook Bratwurst


Join the party! Tell us how you were able to use or improve the recipe(s) or tips on this page.


Join the party! Tell us how you were able to use or improve the recipe(s) or tips on this page.

"I spend many happy hours
on your site."

Karen, Canada

Art for the kitchen...

"Your website has the best dip recipes. They are easy and everyone loves them... Your BLT Dip is a manly favorite. Your Pumpkin Dip totally ROCKS!!!"
Lee Ann, U.S.

About Wine and Cheese Parties...

"I have researched the net and I found your site the most helpful. You make it look so easy!"
Zelda, Australia

Theme Parties

Pasta Party

Mexican Fiesta

Martini Party

Have a Ball!

Housewarming Party

Wine and Cheese Party

Movie Awards Party

Soup Party

Tea Party

"Think I've found a little gem. Thanks."
Chris, U.K.

" I love this site. I'm a caterer & I find so much info, ideas & recipes!"
JoAnn, U.S.

"I love your recipes, and the humour you dish up with them."
Kate, Australia