Best Summer Beer Brats

Ever heard of beer brats? Beer boiled brats are by far the most delicious way to cook brats. Start by boiling your brats in beer and then finish them off with a sear on the grill, some ketchup & mustard, and relish too!

beer brat with toppings

If you’ve never had a beer brat, you’ve never truly experienced a good ol’ fashioned Wisconsin brat! Today we are excited to be partnering with Heineken 0.0 to spread the love of this amazing 0.0% alcohol beer and to teach you how to make beer brats!

Heineken 0.0

Heineken 0.0 is Heineken’s new beer with absolutely 0.0% alcohol in it. It’s brewed with yeast and fermented like their other beers, but then there is an alcohol removing process that takes out ALL alcohol leaving you with a truly alcohol-free beer. We’re excited about this beer because it’s the first of it’s kind to 1. actually have no alcohol at all and 2. STILL TASTE LIKE A GOOD BEER. It’s fizzy and yeasty and a little fruity with malty notes.

Why Drink Heineken 0.0?

There are many different occasions and situations when one might not be able or want to drink a beer with alcohol and Heineken 0.0 gives you that alternative option to get that beer quench when you need it!

  • pregnancy
  • religion
  • alcohol-free lifestyle
  • exercise

Those are just a few situations to name a few and I can already tell you that lots of Fit Foodie beer fans are super excited about this beer!

beer brats on baking sheet

Now, my friends, it’s beer brat time! I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, the capital of beer and the capital of brats. Hence, the beer brat! Grilled beer boiled brats are literally the only way we ever made brats growing up and how I make them today. So let’s get started!

How to Make Beer Brats

Step 1: Boil Brats

If you’re going the “boil your brat” method, you better be using beer! It adds so much flavor to your brats and you’ll for sure never cook them any other way.

Start by placing your uncooked brats on the bottom of a large pot. You can boil as many brats as you want. Then, pour on a few cans of Heineken 0.0. The goal here is to completely submerge your brats so that they boil evenly.

Turn burner to high and bring beer to a rolling boil. Then, lower heat to low/medium and let simmer for around 10-15 minutes uncovered. Your time will vary depending on the thickness of your brat.

Step 2: Sear Brats on Grill

Heat grill to around 450ºF. Sear brats for around 8-10 minutes, turning every few minutes.

The goal here is to give your brats some char so that’s why the temperature is set a little higher. Since you’ve already fully cooked the brats from boiling them in beer, you want to make sure you don’t overcook them on the grill.

Other cook methods: if you don’t have access to a grill, we suggest searing your brats on the stove top. This will give them some extra texture!

Step 3: Doctor Up your Brats

Now that the brats are cooked and ready to go, it’s time to doctor them up! We suggest slightly toasting your buns on the grill. Otherwise, you can go bunless!

Topping suggestions: Keep it classic with ketchup, mustard, relish, and caramelized onions.

uncooked brats in pan

How to Cook Beer Brats FAQ

How long to boil brats in beer? Boil uncooked brats for anywhere from 10-15 minutes. The thicker your brat, the longer you’ll want to boil. You know they are done when they’re firmed up and are no longer pink on the inside.

How long do I cook beer brats on grill? Since your beer brats are technically already cooked from boiling them, the grill part is really for extra flavor. We suggest grilling for around 8-10 minutes to get those glorious grill marks.

Do my brats have to be uncooked? While they don’t technically have to be uncooked, it’s really the best way to make this recipe! If you are using cooked brats, you can let your brats soak in beer overnight instead of boiling them. You won’t get the full flavor effect using this method, but it’s a close second.

What kind of brats can you use for beer brats? Any kind of brats work for beer brats! We tested this recipe with both chicken brats and pork brats and they came out amazing! The world is your oyster

Are beer brats healthy? You might be surprised, but yes! Depending on the kind of brat you use, beer brats are a great, protein-filled dinner option. For the healthiest beer brat, we suggest using an uncooked chicken brat/sausage.

Are beer brats alcoholic? No! Beer brats are not alcoholic. When you bring the beer to a boil, you are actually boiling the alcohol out of the beer. If you’re concerned, we suggest using Heineken 0.0 for this recipe, which is what we use anyways!

What beer goes with brats? Light beers go really great with beer brats and in this recipe, we used Heineken 0.0. We suggest any of the Heineken beers!

Can you soak brats in beer overnight? Yes, you can soak brats in beer overnight, but we highly recommend cooking brats in beer instead of soaking.

grilling brats brats and buns on grill  girl grilling with beer 2 girls eating beer brats and drinking beers

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Best Summer Beer Brats Recipe

Ever heard of beer brats? Beer boiled brats are by far the most delicious way to cook brats. Start by boiling your brats in beer and then finish them off with a sear on the grill, some ketchup & mustard, and relish too!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 6 1x
Category: Grill
Method: Grill
Cuisine: Midwest


Optional Toppings

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Caramelized Onions


  1. First, place uncooked brats on the bottom of a large pot. Then, pour on around 3 cans of Heineken 0.0. You want to make sure that the brats are fully covered to ensure even cooking.
  2. Turn heat to high and bring to a rolling boil. Then, reduce to low/medium and let simmer, uncovered, for around 10-15 minutes. If you are cooking thicker brats, cook them closer to 15 minutes.
  3. As the brats simmer, the beer will begin to foam, this is good! Just make sure you watch your pot so that the beer does not boil over. About halfway through cooking, poke each of the brats to make sure they don’t explode (you’ll understand). You know you brats are done cooking when they have firmed up and are no longer pink inside.
  4. Preheat grill to 450ºF. Grill brats for around 8-10 minutes, rotating every few minutes. Since the brats are already fully cooked from the beer boil, this is really just to add char so make sure not to overcook!
  5. Serve brats on a toasted bun and with all of your favorite toppings! Enjoy with an ice-cold Heineken 0.0. Cheers!


Nutrition information is for just the beer brats and buns. We used Al Fresco Chicken Bratwursts and normal hot dog buns. The nutrition also only includes 2 beers as most of the beer burns off during the cooking process.


  • Serving Size: 1 beer brat
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 1
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 15

This post is sponsored by Heineken 0.0. I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds and making this website possible.

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