How to Grill the Perfect Bratwurst: Easy Step-by-Step Recipe

How To Grill The Perfect Grilled Bratwurst Recipe

Grilling the perfect bratwurst is an essential skill for any outdoor cooking enthusiast. Whether you're hosting a summer BBQ or just craving that irresistible smoky flavor, mastering bratwurst grilling can elevate your culinary repertoire. This recipe is designed with simplicity and flavor in mind, ensuring you get juicy, perfectly cooked brats every time.

I wrote this recipe to help fellow grilling enthusiasts, especially beginners, navigate the process with ease. My goal is to take the guesswork out of grilling bratwurst, providing clear, straightforward instructions that anyone can follow. With this guide, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with delicious, perfectly grilled bratwursts that are sure to become a staple at your gatherings. So fire up your grill and get ready to enjoy the best brats you've ever tasted!



  • Bratwursts (4-6, depending on size)
  • 1-2 cans of beer (optional, for soaking)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 4-6 bratwurst buns
  • Mustard, sauerkraut, or other toppings of choice



1. Prep the Brats (Optional Beer Soak):
  • Place the bratwursts in a pot.
  • Pour enough beer over the brats to cover them.
  • Add sliced onion and butter to the pot.
  • Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. This step adds flavor and helps pre-cook the brats.
Brats soaking in beer on grill

2. Prepare the Grill:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 350°F to 400°F).
  • If using charcoal, wait until the coals are covered with white ash.

3. Grill the Brats:

  • Remove the brats from the beer (if you soaked them) and pat dry.
  • Place the brats on the grill over direct heat.
  • Grill for about 4-5 minutes per side, turning occasionally. This will take about 15-20 minutes total. Look for a nice brown, crispy exterior.
  • Move the brats to a cooler part of the grill (indirect heat) if they start to char too quickly.
Bratwurst on grill
4. Check for Doneness:
  • The internal temperature should reach 160°F.
  • If you don’t have a thermometer, cut one open to ensure it’s no longer pink inside.

5. Toast the Buns:

  • Place the buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning.

6. Serve:

  • Place each brat in a bun.
  • Add your favorite toppings like mustard, sauerkraut, onions, or relish.

7. Enjoy:

  • Serve immediately while hot.
Bratwurst on bun with mustard


  • Keep a spray bottle of water handy to control flare-ups.
  • Don’t poke the brats with a fork, as this can release juices and make them dry.
  • Experiment with different types of beer and toppings to find your perfect combination.

Happy grilling!

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