Brats in Beer

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 28, 2022
This marinated bratwurst recipe comes from Jill Hazelton of Hamlet, Indiana. The flavor of the marinade really comes through in the grilled onions.


  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 brat or hot dog buns, split


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Pour 1-3/4 cups into a container just large enough to hold brats and marinade.; add brats and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Add onion to remaining marinade; toss to coat. Place on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Fold foil around onion mixture and seal tightly. Drain and discard marinade from bratwurst.
  3. Grill bratwurst and onion, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender, turning frequently. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Serve brats in buns with onion mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1 bratwurst: 510 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1209mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.