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Brats in Beer

This marinated bratwurst recipe comes from Jill Hazelton of Hamlet, Indiana. The flavor of the marinade really comes through in the grilled onions.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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


  • In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Pour 1-3/4 cups into a large resealable plastic bag; add bratwurst. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Paula
    May 25, 2020

    This is absolutely an amazing way to do brats! I added green peppers as well and let me tell ya DELICIOUS. Thank you Taste of Home!

  • aug2295
    Jul 29, 2015

    You really can't go wrong with grilled brats. This recipe did enhance the flavor greatly with the simple and easy marinadr. Yum!

  • NorthwoodsCampCook
    Jan 28, 2015

    I am preparing a menu for Super Bowl and I tested three different brat marinades. This one won hands down! I thought the full tablespoon of chili powder might be too much but went with it and found it to be the perfect amount; just a hint of kick. To cook, I poured the marinade in a pot along with enough additional beer to cover brats and brought to boil for 10 minutes then transferred to the grill to get the char marks. The onions were perfect.

  • 5173nancy
    Nov 17, 2013

    Wonderful marinade. Brats and onions were great! Will make again soon.

  • Wanda34
    Sep 2, 2013

    This is an awesome marinate for the bratwursts :P

  • Wanda34
    Sep 2, 2013

    This is an awesome marinate for the bratwurst :P

  • angieherzberger
    Jul 4, 2013

    So delicious! I have been making these for years and they are a hit with everyone.

  • Cubslinda
    Aug 19, 2012

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  • mary klug
    Sep 23, 2010

    do you grill the brats and onion in the same foil?

  • badkitty1116
    Feb 5, 2008

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