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


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