Grilled Brats with Quick-Cooked Cabbage


In German cuisine, bratwursts typically come with sauerkraut or red cabbage. We say, why choose? This recipe combines those ideas, with a tangy-tart braised cabbage that cooks in just a few moments. Cooking the brats with a combination of water and beer, if desired, infuses the sausages with even more flavor. Serve with German mustard and German potato salad on the side.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 8 Ball Park® Tailgaters Brat Buns


  • 8 bratwurst

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup beer


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ head red cabbage, sliced

  • ¼ head green cabbage, sliced

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • German or deli-style mustard


  1. Prick each brat with the tip of a knife a few times on each side.

  2. In a large skillet, place brats and add water and beer to the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the brats.

  3. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.

  4. Increase heat to medium-high and cook another 5 to 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Remove sausages to a plate to hold.

  5. Add olive oil, onion and red and green cabbage to the pan and stir well, cooking over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.

  6. Add vinegar, brown sugar and seasonings, stir well and reduce heat to medium.

  7. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir once more.

  8. Meanwhile, warm hot dog buns in a 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes, taking care not to brown.

  9. Spread mustard on each bun, top with a brat and spoon warm cabbage saute on top.


You can substitute another cup of water instead of 1 cup beer.


If you can find a pre-packaged blend of raw red and green cabbage with carrots, that's an ideal time-saver.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

790 Calories
42g Fat
71g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 790
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 1891mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 59mg 296%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 757mg 16%

* 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.