Oven Braised Beer Brats are a great way to free up space on the grill! Brats braise in beer, onions and garlic before taking quick trip to the grill for that delicious grilled flavor and color. This recipe serves 10.

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Make me choose between hot dog or brat and I’ll go for the brat every.single.time.

Mustard (hold the ketchup), extra onion and pickled jalapenos please and thank you.

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I was thinking you may be planning and strategizing your party menu. Normally you might toss brats on the grill grates and cook them low and slow until the skins split and juices sputter. That’s how I like it. But this year, why not try the beer braised brat method?

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Cooking the brats in your oven does free up quite a lot of space on the grill. Which is so nice. It gives me (or Pat) a chance to get the burgers, dogs, corn on the cob… whatever it may be, out of the way. After the brats have braised in beer, onions and garlic; they take a quick trip to the grill for that delicious grilled flavor and color.

onions, garlic and butter

Preheat your oven to 400℉ (or 200℃).

In one of those disposable aluminum pans; 2 sliced yellow onions, 4 cloves minced fresh garlic and top with 2 tablespoons butter.

add brats

Add the brats. My family is cheddar brat fans so that is what I’m using here. But use what you like!

pour in beer

Pour four 12-ounce bottles (room temperature) over the brats and onions. Or enough beer so the brats have something to sink into.

place on tray

I use tongs to nestle the brats into the liquid. As the onions cook and reduce the brats will sink further into the beer. YUM!

cover with heavy duty aluminum foil

Tightly cover with foil and place on a rimmed sheet pan. Slide the pan into your preheated oven for 30 minutes.

cooked beer brats

Once the first 30 are up, uncover and flip, continuing to bake (uncovered) for 30 more minutes.

cooked brats

Ta-da! Fully cooked and in desperate need of some grill time.

grilled Oven Braised Beer Brats

Grill The Brats:

At this point I will grill the brats on the outdoor (400℉ or 200℃) grill for only a few minutes a side, just to get the skin crisped and some much needed color on them. Afterwards, you can place the grilled brats back into the beer to keep warm while serving.

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Top the brats with the beer-soaked onions, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut… whatever your heart desires.

Oven Braised Beer Brats

I’m pretty firm with what I like on my brats. What you see here ^ is my norm. But sometimes I go the caramelized peppers and onion route.

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Sides Served With Brats:

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Enjoy! And if you give this Oven Braised Beer Brats recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Oven Braised Beer Brats

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Yield: 10 brats

Oven Braised Beer Brats

Oven Braised Beer Brats are a great way to free up space on the grill! Brats braise in beer, onions and garlic before taking quick trip to the grill for that delicious grilled flavor and color. This recipe serves 10.



  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 brats, any kind you like
  • 48 ounces beer, lager preferably


  • 10 hotdog buns, or brat/sausage rolls


  • Preheat your oven to 400℉ (or 200℃).
  • In a disposable lasagna pan, break apart the onions and layer them in the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the garlic over top and dot with butter.
  • Place the brats on the onions, pour in the beer and nestle the brats into the liquids so half is submerged into the beer. Cover the pan tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  • Place on the middle rack of your preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. When time is up, flip and slip the uncovered pan back into the oven for 30 more minutes or until the brats are fully cooked.
  • Preheat your grill to 400℉ (or 200℃).
  • Grill the brats for 2 to 3 minutes a side or until the skin is crispy and has good color. Transfer the grilled brats back to the warm beer liquids to keep warm while serving.
  • Serve with the beer-soaked onions, sauerkraut, mustard, jalapenos or anything your heart desires.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.
Note: Keep in mind the nutritional info is including all of the beer which is not actually consumed.
Serving: 1brat, Calories: 428kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 793mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 2mg

This recipe was originally posted on May 18, 2016 and has been updated with clear and concise instructions, new photography and helpful information.