Sheboygan Grilled Brats


Growing up on a lake in the Sheboygan area, this was a standard way that the German folks would grill their brats. We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better. Though it's expensive, on special occasions I use a dark beer which is not German at all: Guinness Irish Stout. Around our house, we eat them with ketchup and mustard, and the cooked onions from the brat sauce.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
47 mins
Total Time:
52 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 (12 ounce) bottles dark beer

  • 2 pounds fresh bratwurst

  • 10 hot dog buns


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the sliced onions for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional 2 minutes. Add the beer and let simmer while the bratwursts are cooking on the grill.

  3. Grill the bratwursts for 30 to 35 minutes, turning often. Be careful not to poke holes in the casing. Remove the bratwursts from the grill and simmer in the beer sauce for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with onions on the rolls.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in serving size and cook times when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

534 Calories
33g Fat
31g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 534
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1014mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 432mg 9%

* 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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