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2 beer brats in brioche buns with mustard & grilled onions. The brats sit atop a piece of while parchment paper on a small metal baking sheet. The baking sheet sits next to a black & white striped napkin on a white surface.

Grilled Wisconsin Beer Boiled Brats Recipe

  • Author: Jess Larson | Plays Well With Butter
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 hours (includes inactive time)
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches & Burgers
  • Method: Grilling & Smoking
  • Cuisine: American


Being born & raised in Wisconsin, these Grilled Wisconsin Beer Boiled Brats are a total summer staple at our house! Juicy bratwurst sausages first simmer in beer with onions for extra flavor, then finish over direct flame for a char-grilled crispy & crusty exterior. The easiest & best grilled beer brats recipe!


  • 1 pound bratwurst (4-6 sausages)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 24 ounces beer of choice (See Recipe Notes)
  • for serving, as desired: toasted brat buns or brioche buns, beer-braised onions, sauerkraut, mustard or Dijonnaise, etc.


  1. Marinate the brats: At least 12 hours before grilling your beer brats, marinate the brats. Add the bratwurst sausages, sliced onion, and beer to a large airtight container or resealable bag. Shake to combine. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, or for up to 24 hours.
  2. Prepare your grill for zone grilling, creating a zone of direct high heat & a zone of direct low heat. If using a gas grill, begin preheating at least 15 minutes prior to grilling. If using charcoal, light the charcoal at least 30 minutes prior to grilling. (To learn more about zone grilling, be sure to check out this post.)
  3. Boil the beer brats: Transfer the brats (& onions, & beer) to a medium cast-iron skillet or a heat-safe Dutch oven. Transfer the cast iron/Dutch oven directly to the grill grates over the low heat zone. Close the grill. Bring the brats up to a boil, then boil for 10-12 minutes or until they reach about 145 degrees F. Between the time it takes to bring the brats to a boil & boiling the brats, this should take about 20-25 minutes total. Be patient & keep the grill lid closed as much as possible so you don’t release unnecessary heat from the grill – it’ll only make things take longer!
  4. Charbroil the beer brats: Once boiled, use grill tongs to carefully transfer the beer boiled brats directly to the grill grates. Grill 2-3 minutes per side, until charred as desired & the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Transfer to a plate to rest & cool slightly before serving.
  5. Serve the beer brats, atop a toasted bun, topped with the beer-braised onions, sauerkraut, &/or mustard as desired. Enjoy!


  • Best beer for beer brats: I like to keep it simple & use a light Wisconsin lager or ale (PBR, Miller Lite, Spotted Cow, etc.). I find the lighter flavor doesn’t overpower the flavor of the brats. Feel free to use your beer of choice!
  • Boiling the brats: This recipe is written to boil the brats directly on the grill grates. If you’d prefer, you can, of course, broil the brats on a burner on your grill, or on the stovetop in your kitchen!

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