How to Grill Bratwurst – Easy Tips for Perfect Brats

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If you’re a fan of grilling during the summer months, then you might be wondering how to grill bratwurst for a delicious addition to your cookouts this year. Whether you’re firing up a gas grill or a charcoal grill, I’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the world of bratwurst and explore the different methods to achieve those juicy and flavorful sausages.

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What is Bratwurst?

First things first, let’s talk about what bratwurst is. Bratwurst is a type of fresh sausage, originating from Germany, typically made from pork, veal, or beef.

It’s seasoned with a variety of spices like salt, pepper, nutmeg, and herbs like parsley or chives. This flavorful sausage is a favorite at backyard BBQs and pairs perfectly with a cold beer and sides like BLT pasta salad or seafood pasta salad.

Different Ways to Cook Bratwurst

Before we delve into grilling, let’s discuss the different methods people use to cook brats.

Some opt for simmering them in a beer bath before grilling, while others prefer to cook them entirely on the grill. You can even pan-fry them in a cast-iron skillet or air-fry them for a healthier twist.

However, grilling remains the most popular and arguably the best way to cook bratwurst, as it imparts that awesome smoky flavor and gives the sausages a nice sear.

How to Grill Bratwurst Step-by-Step

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of grilling brats. Whether you’re using a gas grill, charcoal grill, or even a pellet grill, the basic steps remain the same. Here’s how to grill perfect brats every time:

Step 1: Preheat Your grill

Start by preheating your grill to medium-low heat for gas grills or lighting the charcoal and waiting for the coals to ash over for charcoal grills. This ensures even cooking and prevents the sausages from burning on the outside while still being raw on the inside.

Step 2: Prepare the brats

While the grill is heating up, prepare your brats. If you’re using uncooked brats, you can brush them lightly with olive oil to prevent sticking and add some extra flavor. For pre-cooked brats, simply pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step 3: Grill the brats

Once the grill is hot, place the brats on the grill grates over indirect heat. If using a gas grill, you can turn off one side of the grill or adjust the burners to create a hot side and a cooler side. Close the grill lid and let the brats cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning them occasionally to ensure they cook evenly.

Step 4: Check for doneness

To ensure your brats are cooked to perfection, use a digital meat thermometer to check for a safe internal temperature of 160°F (71°C). They should be golden brown on the outside with delicious juices running clear.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy

Once your brats are cooked through, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. Then, serve them up on crusty buns with your favorite condiments like brown mustard or enjoy brats and sauerkraut. Pair them with a cold beer and some macaroni salad or tasty premade potato salad for the ultimate backyard BBQ feast.

Tips for Grilling Bratwurst

  • Experiment with different grilling methods like zone grilling or direct medium heat for extra flavor.
  • If using a gas grill, you can place an aluminum pan filled with beer or your liquid of choice on the hot side of the grill to create steam and infuse the brats with beer flavor.
  • Don’t overcrowd the grill. Leave some space between the brats to ensure they cook evenly and get that nice sear.
  • Use a pair of tongs to handle the brats to prevent piercing them and losing those delicious juices.
  • For extra flavor, you can melt butter in a cast-iron skillet on the grill and toast the brat buns until they’re golden brown.

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Wondering the best way to grill bratwursts for your next cook out? These tips help your brats come out perfectly every time!


  • 6 bratwursts
  • extra virgin olive oil (optional)


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-low heat. If cooking raw brats, brush with olive oil to prevent sticking to the grates.
  2. Place brats on the grates and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway.
  3. Once brats reach an internal temperture of 160°F they are done cooking.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bratwurst
  • Calories: 283
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 719.1 mg
  • Fat: 24.8 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 2.4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 11.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 62.9 mg




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