Everyone knows that boiling bratwurst in beer is a great way to prepare them, but what if you don't have or can't use beer? Try this substitute recipe that makes delicious bratwurst.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the onions, garlic, ginger ale, sauerkraut with liquid, and pepper in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer another 7 to 10 minutes. Add the bratwurst and simmer until the sausages are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain, and serve with sauerkraut.

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Nutrition Facts

480 calories; protein 14.7g 29% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; fat 27.5g 42% DV; cholesterol 69.2mg 23% DV; sodium 1335.6mg 53% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2009
This was a great recipe. I actually did have beer and added 2 liters (6 cans) of beer in place of the ginger ale. I followed everything else exactly. Upper Michiganders who know their bratwurst said they were the best brats they had ever tasted. GO PACK!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2008
Didn't much care for this one. The sauerkraut took on the taste of the ginger ale which wasn't good and the brats didn't taste all that different than usual. If you try this recipe I suggest you not put the sauerkraut in the pot with everything else. Think I'll stick to grilling my brats or braising them in beer. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2009
This was a great recipe. I actually did have beer and added 2 liters (6 cans) of beer in place of the ginger ale. I followed everything else exactly. Upper Michiganders who know their bratwurst said they were the best brats they had ever tasted. GO PACK!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2008
Didn't much care for this one. The sauerkraut took on the taste of the ginger ale which wasn't good and the brats didn't taste all that different than usual. If you try this recipe I suggest you not put the sauerkraut in the pot with everything else. Think I'll stick to grilling my brats or braising them in beer. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
I thought this was pretty tasty. I cut the gingerale in half and added water for the rest since someone said it tasted too much like the gingerale. I put them under the broiler for 5 mins to get the casing crispy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2012
I made these for Father's Day since I had gone out that morning to get beer and brats for dinner, forgetting that it was a Sunday which means no beer for sale :/ Came across this recipe and decided why not? I only used about 1 liter of ginger ale and then water. They had a slightly sweet taste to them from the ginger ale which I didn't mind but my son refused to eat them. I left out the sauerkraut since hubby hates it and so I used sauteed onions and peppers. After the brats were done cooking I seared them off in a pan real quick to get the yummy crispness to them. I don't think I would do it again if I was in the same situation but it was worth a try. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/27/2010
This didn't work me me. Better to use beer or perhaps broth with the kraut brine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
We left out the sauerkraut and used 4C ginger ale and 4C water. After boiling we grilled the sausage and ate with the onions and garlic which we carmelized in a frying pan. Yum yum yum. Had seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2013
I have always made my brats with beer onions and kraut. I don't know about the ginger ale part but I just discovered the only way I will make brats with beer. Substitute beer for ale and the addition of garlic made brats that my family is still fighting over. I give it 5 stars for the addition of fresh garlic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2013
Actually the only thing I took from this recipe was adding garlic to my onion while grilling them.. I just broiled the Brats and topped w/ the onion/garlic mix.. Delicious!! I've grilled onions ALL MY LIFE and now its forever changed:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2017
My husband and I had this and it was very good. Read More
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