Beer Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut


I came up with this recipe for brats and sauerkraut because simply simmering sausages in beer and onions tasted weak. I was looking for a more intense beer flavor with a little bite, and this is it. It's a very satisfying dish if you crave German flavor that's Americanized. We love this dish served on potato rolls with spicy hot German mustard, Swiss cheese, and an ice-cold beer on the side.

close up view of Beer Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut on a platter with mustard in a bowl
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • teaspoon celery seeds

  • teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lager beer

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon dried dill weed

  • 1 pound fresh bratwurst sausages

  • 1 pound sauerkraut (preferably barrel-aged), drained


  1. Crush celery seeds and caraway seeds with a mortar and pestle until ground.

  2. Mix beer, brown sugar, dry mustard, onion powder, pepper, dill, and crushed seeds together in a bowl until brown sugar is dissolved.

  3. Place brats into a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour beer mixture over top and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  4. Uncover and increase the heat to medium. Boil the sauce until it reduces to a thick, syrupy liquid, about 20 minutes. Tilt the skillet to roll brats in the sticky sauce until thoroughly coated. Transfer brats to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  5. Add sauerkraut to the skillet and stir to combine with any leftover sauce; cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer sauerkraut to a serving platter and top with warm brats.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
33g Fat
15g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 1714mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 635mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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