Oktoberfest Recipes

Create an Oktoberfest-themed feast, complete with pretzels, bratwurst, spaetzle, and popular German cakes for dessert.

Staff Picks

Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.5 stars 104
I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple.

Traditional German Warm Potato Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
Is there anything better than freshly made potato salad? With sausages or pork, it's a dream! This recipe is from Bavaria, Germany, and my family makes this potato salad every year for Christmas eve.

Wisconsin Bratwurst

Rating: 4.5 stars 451
This is the only way to cook bratwurst in Wisconsin. The brats are incredibly tasty! If you can get fresh bratwurst from a sausage shop, do it... it is worth the extra cost. Serve with brown mustard on substantial hoagie rolls, never on hot dog buns. Mustard is important and must always be stone ground. Add warm sauerkraut and ketchup, if you like. Chow down! Think about those Wisconsin summers! Listen to some polka!
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Beef Short Ribs Sauerbraten

Rating: 5 stars 28
The 24-hour marinade in this classic German dish, Sauerbraten, ensures succulent short ribs have that signature tanginess. Gingersnaps give the sauce a beautiful texture and add a sweet spiciness.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 704
Pure comfort! These noodle-like dumplings are easy, fresh, and delicious.

German Beef Rouladen

Rating: 4.5 stars 137
This is another great German recipe that reminds me of my mom's wonderful cooking. Enjoy this unique and delicious dish!

Lengenberg's Boiled Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

Chef John's Kummelweck Rolls

Rating: 5 stars 32
These rolls are fragrant with caraway seeds and topped with coarse salt, making them the perfect base for Western New York's Beef on Weck sandwiches.

Inspiration and Ideas

Oktoberfest's 12 Greatest Recipes
We've picked the best of the 'fest! Just say ja to these five-star recipes. Wash them down with a fresh German beer or a nice cold Riesling.
Bier + Bratwurst
Rating: Unrated 79
"Great for those craving a little Oktoberfest." – Robert