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Bratwurst Burgers with Braised Onions

This burger is a fun mashup of a bratwurst with onion and peppers, chicken-fried steak and a beef burger. The best of three dishes, bratwurst burgers are guaranteed to be family-pleasing. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup dark beer or chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound uncooked bratwurst links, casings removed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 8 teaspoons spicy brown mustard


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and peppers; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in beer. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid is almost evaporated. Remove and keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, combine beef and bratwurst, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  • In a shallow bowl, mix egg and milk. Place bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Dip patties in egg mixture, then roll in crumb mixture to coat.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, cook burgers 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° for medium doneness and juices run clear, topping with cheese during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. Serve burgers on buns with mustard and onion mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 659 calories, 36g fat (13g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 1409mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • lshaw
    Jul 2, 2020

    The men in the family would give this burger a "10" if they could! My husband said you could taste the difference in this burger in the first bite. I sautéed the onions but not the peppers. The caramelized onions tasted great on top of the burger and some of us put a horseradish mustard on top. I made this stove-top, not charcoal-grilled, but the burgers would be great either way. Keeping this recipe and will absolutely repeat!

  • aug2295
    Apr 26, 2020

    This was delicious! Never had anything like this before for sure. The pepper and onion mix was really good. I think I might make again grilling the burgers instead of frying.