Touchdown Brat Sliders Recipe
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Touchdown Brat Sliders Recipe

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It's game time when these minis make an appearance. Two things my husband loves—beer and brats—get stepped up a notch with crunchy flavored chips. —Kirsten Shabaz, Lakeville, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 5 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 pound uncooked bratwurst links, casings removed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup dark beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 dinner rolls, split and toasted
  • 2 cups cheddar and sour cream potato chips, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 slider: 354 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving drippings. Cook bratwurst and onion in drippings over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Stir in the cream cheese, beer, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon. Spoon 1/4 cup onto each roll; sprinkle with chips. Replace tops. Yield: 16 sliders.
Originally published as Touchdown Brat Sliders in Simple & Delicious August/September 2011, p43

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Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"As a rule, I always bake or grill sausage; I never cook it on the stove. I used polish sausage because it's what I had (I pulled the casing off after cooking). Also, instead of cooking my own bacon, I bought the prepackaged Hormel "Real Bacon" that is already crumbled.

My steps were:
1. Bake sausage, remove casing, and cut into slices.
2. Cook onion in a little canola oil. Once it starts to get translucent, add the garlic.
3. Add back in the sausage, cream cheese, dark beer, mustard, and pepper.
I then followed the rest of the steps in the recipe.
The dark beer that you use WILL change the flavor of the recipe. We used Guinness, and it tasted good, but just a tad bitter. I may try a different beer next time.
We served these on King's Hawaiian rolls, and the sweetness of the rolls paired perfectly with this. We didn't use the chips, just topped it with some shredded cheddar."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"Made as directed. We live in Wisconsin and brats are a way of life. This one was just so-so."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"I used a pale ale and skipped the potato chips. They were a huge hit."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014


Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"My family absolutely loved this! I made it exactly by the recipe except I toated the slider buns on both sides. A definite hit ... even better the second time around!"

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