Beer Bratwurst

With Oktoberfest upon us, it’s time to cook some classic German recipes.  There’s no Oktoberfest beer bratwurst with onionswithout bratwurst.  I recently came across an article that features a recipe for bratwurst cooked in a beer-based marinade, the perfect thing to put on your grill for the last months of the year where outdoor cooking is possible.


4 cans of beer – For this, don’t choose a light beer; dark beers tend to be much better.

1 large onion, diced

10 bratwurst

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.  Lightly oil the grate when it gets hot.

2. Combine the beer and onions in a large pot, and bring it to a boil.  Submerge the bratwurst in the beer and add the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

3. Reduce heat to medium and cook another 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove the bratwurst from the beer mixutre, reduce heat to low and continue to cook the onions.

4. Cook the bratwurst for 10 minutes, turning once every several minutes.  Serve beer onions as a topping or a side.