How to Beer Boil Brats


Beer boiling produces brats that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender, hot and juicy on the inside. Finishing off beer boiled brats on the grill gives them a nice brown color. The subtle taste of beer, onions and garlic contribute to delicious brats perfect for a summertime barbecue or any other casual celebration.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cans of beer
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • Pour beer into a pasta pot on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Slice the onion into rings, then quarter them. Add onion slices, garlic, salt and black pepper to the pot.

  • Pierce the casing of the brats several times, then add to the pot.

  • Allow beer to boil again, adjust heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Pre-heat the indoor or outdoor grill to medium heat. Carefully remove brats from the beer and pat dry. Reserve onions from the beer as well.

  • Grill brats, turning frequently, until they are brown all over. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Serve on hoagie rolls or hot dog buns with condiments of your choice, such as the grilled onions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Popular brat toppings or condiments include brown, dijon or spicy mustard, sauerkraut, ketchup and chopped raw onions.
  • Any beer can be used, but lager and other full-flavor beers work best.
  • Do not rely on beer boiling to fully cook your brats. If they are boiled too long, the casing may break.

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