How Long to Cook a Brat


Do not overcook your brats. Overdoing them will cause them to disintegrate or turn black. Once browned on the outside, move them to a more relaxed side of the grill with low indirect heat for further cooking.

Sheboygan-style brats, prepared in a beer bath, are exquisite. However, this process takes both time and patience for optimal results.

Cooking Time

A brat is a sausage made of pork or veal and spiced with garlic, coriander, nutmeg, caraway seed, ginger, and more. A popular variety in Germany and commonly served alongside sauerkraut or mashed potatoes for lunch, you can now find brats in supermarkets across America, with many recipes online available for them too. To create perfect brats, boil them for 20-25 minutes until all meat has been thoroughly cooked through while their casing becomes slightly crisped – to achieve this finish, it’s essential!

As with any food product, sausages must be cooked appropriately to ensure they are safely edible and delicious. Overboiling will cause them to become rigid and dry; aim to boil for 10-15 minutes or until their internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your best option for boiling brats is water or beer, as both can impart additional flavor while making them juicy. When simmering multiple links simultaneously, pricking each with a fork or knife before steaming will ensure even cooking while also helping prevent them from disintegrating in the pan.

When cooking brats, using low heat and frequently turning them is essential. This will allow them to brown on both sides without becoming soggy and soggy – if using a grill, preheat one side, then turn down to medium-high before flipping them.

Once your brats have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees, you have multiple options for how you’re going to enjoy them: you can eat them as is or add your desired toppings on a bun for a hearty meal; they go exceptionally well with simple German potato salad or Oktoberfest beer for added flair. Reheating them in the oven for quick weeknight dinners or Sunday supper is also an easy and delicious option – great for parties and family reunions.


Brats can be prepared from ground pork, beef, or any combination thereof and then seasoned with various spices such as marjoram, ginger, sage, nutmeg, cumin, and coriander for an unforgettable flavor. After smoking is complete, they are packed into casings to hold in place until ready for consumption; when served, they can either be served cold or hot, depending on personal preference.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to cook bratwursts is to boil them before grilling, ensuring the inside is fully cooked before placing them on the grill for that delicious charred texture.

Boiling sausages helps them stay moist and can also add beer flavor if desired. If you prefer alcohol-free alternatives such as apple cider instead of beer, only simmer your sausages for 10 minutes in water, as leaving them longer may result in overcooking and split casings.

Bakering sausages in the oven is another option when the weather is too cold to grill, or you don’t have access to one, and it is also recommended if you prefer texture-less bratwursts over their charred counterparts.

Baked brats are easy and delicious to prepare, providing filling meals on their own or as part of a full dinner spread. For optimal results, cook until their internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, using parchment paper lining a baking pan as needed for even cooking.

Once finished, brats can be enjoyed with various toppings, including onions, relish, pickles, and mustard (Dad approves of Sheboygan’s ketchup!). Or you could slice and serve on rolls with sauerkraut or caramelized onions to complete a satisfying meal.


An efficient sear on a bratwurst is essential to giving it that delicious dark brown hue, flavorful depth, and crispy texture that people crave. Start by preheating a cast iron skillet with canola oil drizzled in over medium heat to do it right. While that heats up, prepare your bratwurst by poking holes around its middle using a fork so that steam can escape during cooking. When your pan is ready, add your bratwursts and cook each side for three minutes per side – enjoy!

Once the initial round is complete, reduce the heat and cover the pan to continue cooking the bratwurst to 160 degrees; when its internal temperature reaches this mark, it can either be served immediately or stored in the fridge until subsequent use.

For convenience or without a grill, baking brats in an oven may be your answer. While it requires extra steps and a slightly different process than grilling them directly, you’ll still end up with juicy brats! Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees; poke holes with a fork around each sausage so steam can escape while it cooks before placing it on a rimmed baking sheet (tin foil works just as well) covered by some form of parchment paper for 20 minutes until both ends have cooked thoroughly on both ends!

Once your brats are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for several minutes before serving as-is or cutting them into slices and placing them on a bun with mustard, sauerkraut, and other condiments.

Before sporting events or family meals, cook up a batch of baked brats and store them in your fridge, ready for serving at sporting events, family meals, or office lunches. They should remain suitable for up to three days in the refrigerator; if storing for more than this amount of time, ensure they are kept in an airtight Ziploc or Stasher bag with appropriate sealing so they will still be consumable within this timeframe.