This beer brats no grill recipe makes juicy beer brats stovetop loaded with caramelized onions and garlic for the ultimate bratwurst recipe! Fun for guests and full of that beer flavor for a delicious go-to meal!
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Can you think of anything better than this beer brats no grill recipe perfect for game-day or really any day of the week? We’re not kidding…can I just have this for lunch like everyday…
Bursting with that earthy beer flavor combined with the drenched onions and garlic, literally these brats scream DELICIOUS in every bite!
Definitely an easy and economical meal, as you get a TON of flavor with minimal ingredients perfect for your wallet!
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this beer brats no grill recipe.
Recipe difficulty: Super easy and perfect for any level of cook!
The beauty of this bratwurst recipe is that it can totally be customizable to what you like on your sausage! With just the basics, you get incredibly flavorful brats easily done in one pan. Make sure to read the TIPS below on getting the beer flavor INSIDE the brats so that the sausage is fully coated with the beer!
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Beer Brats No Grill Recipe
Cut Slits into the Brats
Most important tip to cooking the brats stovetop! Seriously!
Very similar to the method I use to cook almost ALL my salmon recipes like my 20-Minute Chili Brown Sugar Salmon, the slits help the beer penetrate the sausage and has the beer infuse the sausage!
Cooking brats in beer is not difficult at all, but by doing this extra step you basically are ensuring the beer will thoroughly flavor the inside of the sausage.
Brown All Sides of the Sausage
In order to get a crispy, browned exterior to the brats, don’t skip browning the sausage in the pan before adding the beer.
Similar to our Instant Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo | Fall-off-the-Bone Drumsticks, we brown our drumsticks first before adding the sauce to get an extra flavorful piece of chicken. This is the same exact concept!
Make sure to rotate the bratwurst on all sides to get an even sear across the sausage! Can’t you just taste it?
Size of Pan Matters!
For this beer brats on stove recipe, you want the brats to be mostly submerged in the beer. With that said, you DON’T want to use a pan that is too wide or big as the beer won’t completely infuse the sausage.
For 5 brats, we used a 10-inch pan that worked perfectly! The beer nearly covered the brats, and was the same pan I browned the sausage in.
You can use a cast-iron skillet, nonstick pan, or stainless-steel pan WITH a lid to brown and boil the brats.
We love this All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid and is my absolute go-to for pan frying meats for a nice, browned exterior while still being juicy on the inside!
How Will I Know When the Brats are Ready?
During the last stage of the cooking process, the lid on the pan will be removed and the brats will cook uncovered.
You’ll see the beer level drastically reduced to about a ¼ left as all that flavor is now in the sausage!
At this point, your delicious brats are cooked!
Key Ingredients – Beer Brats No Grill Recipe
Below are some key and optional ingredients for this recipe:
- Bratwurst: Get original brats for this beer brats no grill recipe as the brats already flavored with beer will not work in our recipe! Make sure the brats are also not pre-cooked!
- Garlic and Onion: Cooking the garlic and onion with the grease from the brats is how I get both so flavorful without adding any special seasoning! The garlic and onion tastes so good in this dish with a caramelized flavor! I haven’t even added the beer yet!
- Beer: Lagers tend to be a favorite in fried foods or meats due to the crisp, mild flavor of the beer that doesn’t overpower the dish. For us, we honestly just use whichever beer we have on hand, and it works great!
Garnish / Toppings (Optional)
- Hot dog / Brioche Buns
- Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Hot & Sweet Jalapenos: This is absolutely our favorite! We get the Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Jalapenos to top our brats off! So good!
- Sliced Avocado
- Green Peppers
More Variations to this Beer Brats No Grill Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate this beer brats no grill recipe. Here’s how:
- Beer cream cheese brats anyone? Like the ultimate fair food right here! Melt cream cheese and cheddar cheese together to spoon on top of the brats and garnish with your favorite topping. Super rich and creamy! Let me know if you tried this in the comments below!
- What can I pair with this dish? For this beer brats recipe, some herbed potatoes sound good on the side or spiced vegetables. Both will definitely compliment this dish and add some variety. See our Spiced Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe with Pecans or our Simple Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should you boil brats in beer?
Boiling brats in beer adds extra flavor and keeps the sausage flavorful and juicy! We like to add slits to our brats for an all-over infused beer flavor.
What is the best beer to cook brats in?
Lagers tend to be a favorite beer to cook brats in due to the crisp, mild flavor of the beer that doesn’t overpower the dish. However, use your favorite beer to customize this brats recipe to your liking!
Why are they called beer brats?
The name “beer brats” is used to refer to bratwurst boiled in beer for added flavor! This is usually done before grilling.
What goes with beer brats?
Beer brats can be paired with shredded cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, jalapeno, sliced avocado, green peppers, and of course, onion or garlic the brats were cooked in.