Jalapeño-Cheese Brats

Jalapeno-Cheese Brats
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
31 mins


  • 8 cooked bratwursts or smoked Polish sausages

  • ¾ cup shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (3 ounces)

  • ¼ cup finely chopped, sliced pickled jalapeño and/or banana chile peppers

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions (2)

  • Desired toppings (such as mustard, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and/or pickle relish) (optional)

  • 8 hoagie or bratwurst buns, split and toasted


The day before:

  1. Cut a 1/2-inch-deep slit down the center of each bratwurst. In a small bowl combine cheese, chile peppers, and green onions. Spoon cheese mixture into slits, pushing in slightly. Tightly pack stuffed bratwursts in a storage container so they can't move around; cover and chill overnight.

Tailgate day:

  1. Tote bratwursts and, if desired, desired toppings in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

  2. At the tailgating site, prepare grill (with a cover). For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place bratwursts, cheese sides up, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 6 to 8 minutes or until bratwursts are heated through and cheese is melted. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking and grill as above.)

  3. Serve bratwursts in buns with toppings.

Must-have equipment:

Insulated cooler with ice packsOn-site grill (with a cover)Drip pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

564 Calories
28g Fat
53g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 564
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1314mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 292.8mg 23%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Folate, total 104.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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