Sheboygan Grilled Brats

This was a good summer dinner we had a little while back that I'm just getting around to adding! Great for the grilling weather. Just a few simple ingredients kick your normal grilled brats up a notch. Use your favorite buns or rolls; using good bread always makes a difference with these! :)

Start with 1 lb of brats (4 links), an onion, butter, 2 bottles or cans of beer, and minced garlic.
 Thinly sliced the onion.
 Heated the butter in a large pot.
 Then added the onions to caramelize.
 Those cooked for about 10 minutes until they had some good color on them and were getting tender.
 Then in came the minced garlic (I almost always used jarred instead of fresh, since that's what I keep on hand!)
 Mixed that up and let that cook another couple minutes.
 Then in came the beer.
 The mixture simmered for about 10-15 minutes while the brats finished cooking on the grill.
 Then I added the brats to the mixture and let them simmer another 10-15 minutes.
These were really good!! Great for a change of pace, although I do love plain grilled brats with ketchup, mustard and relish too. It was fun to try something out, and simmering them in the beer sauce definitely gave them a new flavor. I didn't love the onions with this, but obviously the beer you choose will strongly affect the flavor you end up with. The recipe calls for dark and I used medium at most, not sure how the dark would have changed the flavor. In any event, I think these were very tasty and we all really enjoyed them!

Slightly modified from Sheboygan Grilled Brats By: PBFITZ on

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles dark beer
  • 1 pound fresh bratwurst
  • 4 hot dog or bratwurst buns
  1. Lightly oil grate then preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the sliced onions for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional 2 minutes. Add the beer and let simmer while the bratwursts are cooking on the grill.
  3. Grill the bratwursts for 20 to 25 minutes, turning often. Be careful not to poke holes in the casing. Remove the bratwursts from the grill and simmer in the beer sauce for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with onions on the rolls.


  1. being a WI girl born/raised beer brats are the ONLY way ;-) glad you liked them LOL except i didn't see any sauerkrat

  2. I love this post. The fact that I live about 10 minutes from Sheboygan makes it that much better :) Great recipe!


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