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Brats with Onions

"After years of eating plain old brats, I came up with this great-tasting version slathered in zippy onions," remarks Gunnard Stark of Rotunda West, Florida. Your family can enjoy juicy bratwurst for dinner with plenty left over for meals later in the week.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 3 cans (12 ounces each) beer or 4-1/2 cups water
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 15 fresh bratwurst links (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 15 hot dog buns, split or brat buns


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the beer or water, onion, garlic, pepper sauce, celery salt, pepper and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Add bratwurst. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Drain, reserving onions.
  • Broil brats 4 in. from heat or grill over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until browned, turning once. Serve on buns with reserved onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 512 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1341mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • AllisonO
    Feb 7, 2017

    Very impressed! This could be a game day staple. The onions were absolutely delicious and the brats were perfect. The seasoning was excellent and wasn't overly spicy, even with the hot pepper sauce. Changes I made: I only used 10 brats which still leaves enough for a different dish, and I used season salt in place of the celery salt.

  • Waitress28
    May 23, 2013

    Delicious; used flavored beer...will do again

  • Waitress28
    May 23, 2013

    Ok, I usually improvise anyway; so I had a lemon/berry beer. So tender, I just ate it without bun and no mustard! So good...

  • Potroast911
    Feb 14, 2013

    I really like this method of cooking brats, they got good and crispy. There didn't seem to be enough seasonings so I put in extra hot sauce but I didn't realize how much this cooks down and the onions were almost to spicy. Next time I'll opt for the lesser seasoning amount especially with the celery salt.

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