9 Absolutely Delicious Bratwurst Recipes to Serve at Your Next Gathering

Planning a summer party or a backyard barbecue? Try these hot-off-the-grill bratwurst recipes piled high with creative toppings like fresh cucumber-blueberry slaw and tangy bock beer-mustard relish. Plus, we've got cheesy stuffed bratwurst and brats wrapped in bacon. When it's too hot (or cold) for grilling brats, we have excellent recipes for cooking bratwurst in the air fryer and slow cooker.

01 of 09

Baconista Brats

Baconista Brats
Scott Little

Make the meat-lovers in your life happy with a mouthwatering beer bratwurst. We doubled up on pork (because everything is better with bacon) for big smoky flavor that's sure to satisfy.

Make-Ahead Tip: Marinate the bratwurst for 24 hours in a zesty blend of dark beer and steak sauce.

02 of 09

Chicken Bratwurst and Onions with Broccoli Slaw Salad

Chicken Bratwurst Onions Broccoli Slaw Salad
Jacob Fox

Give your grill the night off. These healthy bratwursts are slow-cooked in an irresistible bath of apple cider, garlic, and onion. Add tons of flavor and texture with the crunchy broccoli slaw topper.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker ($40, Amazon)

03 of 09

Summer Dogs

Summer Dogs
Blaine Moats

The beauty of this easy grilling recipe (seriously, it takes 25 minutes total!) is you can change up the type of bratwurst or even use hot dogs. Seasonal produce like sweet corn, tomatoes, and jalapeño peppers gives these brats loads of fresh flavor. Grill the corn before mixing it into the relish for an extra special touch.

04 of 09

Beer-Braised Brats

Beer-Braised Brats
Blaine Moats

Cooking bratwurst in beer before cooking keeps the outside from burning while ensuring the inside is flavorful and juicy. Use a grill pan to stay out of the heat while still achieving those beautiful grill marks. Pop open a cold one and enjoy.

Buy It: Lodge Pre-seasoned 10.5-inch Cast Iron Grill Pan ($22, Walmart)

05 of 09

Wilted Cabbage and Brats

Wilted Cabbage Brats
Andy Lyons

Even if you want to skip the bun, you can still enjoy a grilled brat this summer. This main-dish salad combines cooked cabbage, apple slices, bratwurst, and a mustard sauce for a mouthwatering dish that will fit right in at your next cookout.

06 of 09

Jalapeño-Cheese Brats

Jalapeno-Cheese Brats
Jason Donnelly

These mouthwatering grilled bratwursts are stuffed with a spicy blend of jalapeño peppers and Monterey Jack cheese. Store them in the fridge for a make-ahead dish to tote to the tailgate party. Serve with your favorite bratwurst toppings.

07 of 09

Air-Fried Bratwurst Bites with Spicy Beer Mustard

Air-Fried Bratwurst Bites Spicy Beer Mustard
Victor Protasio

Yes, you can make brats in your favorite countertop appliance. These air-fryer bratwurst bites will make a perfect snack for friends while you watch the game. Everyone will be extra impressed by the homemade spicy beer mustard for dipping.

Buy It: Instant Pot Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer, 6-Quart ($110, Amazon)

08 of 09

Brats with Jalapeno-Green Apple Kraut

Brats with Jalapeno-Green Apple Kraut

Classic sauerkraut gets a sweet makeover with tart slices of fresh green apple. The sweet and tangy combination in this bratwurst recipe will thrill your taste buds, bite after bite.

09 of 09

Sheet Pan Sausage and Fall Vegetables

Sheet Pan Sausage Fall Vegetables
Blaine Moats

Turn bratwurst into an exciting sheet-pan dinner for the family. Fresh sage adds the perfect herbal flavor notes to the rich bratwurst sausage. Cabbage and fingerling potatoes cook on the same pan for a quick and delicious dinner ready in an hour.

Buy It: OXO Nonstick Pro Half Sheet Pan ($26, Target)

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