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Five brats in buns and topped with onions and mustard.

Best Brats on the Grill

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 brats 1x
  • Category: Cookout
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


If you have ever tried to make brats on your grill, but haven’t got it quite right, I have you covered. Check out my Best Brats on the Grill recipe to learn some tips and tricks to make a great bratwurst meal for your Summer cookout, game-day tailgating, or just a delicious brat dinner. 


  • 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 White Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 Ounces Beer
  • 5 Brats
  • 5 Brat Buns or Hot Dog Buns


  1. Preheat grill and 9 by 13 baking pan to 375° Fahrenheit
  2. Add butter to pan and melt.
  3. Add garlic, onions, and salt.
  4. Cook until onions are glassy
  5. Add beer to pan and bring to simmer.
  6. Add brats and cook for 5 minutes
  7. Flip and cook other side for 5 minutes
  8. Remove from pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 160° Fahrenheit
  9. While brats are searing, remove onions with tongs and put them aside in a dish. Discard beer. 
  10. Remove brats, add to buns, top with onions (optional) and anything else you like. EAT!


  • When temping the brats, insert the thermometer into the end and hit the center to avoid puncturing the outer skin.
  • Try not to temp until you get as close to the end
  • Use a pilsner or amber ale for best results, but any beer will do! Just remember that the flavor will make its way into the brat.
  • If 3 minutes of searing is not enough to bring it to temp or you like it a bit crispier, sear them longer.
  • Try serving this with a great coleslaw recipe or maybe some grilled jo jos
  • Nutritional Information is an estimate and can change based on the brat and buns you use. I also estimated that only a portion of the butter actually ends up being eaten.