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With a nod to the motherland of Oktoberfest, this recipe combines German influences like brats, apples and onions with easy cooking for a flavorful and robust meal.MORE+LESS-


large, fresh bratwursts


small to medium white onion, diced


small yellow or red potatoes, quartered


bunch asparagus, woody stems removed and chopped into 2-inch lengths


large eating apple, cored and chopped into cubes (I used Gala variety)


tablespoons cooking wine or sherry


tablespoons Balsamic vinegar

(seasoned seasonings salt, garlic salt, salt and pepper, etc.) to taste

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  • 1

    Parboil bratwurst in water or beer. Remove from liquid when not quite fully cooked. Slice brats into 1/2-inch coins, and set aside.

  • 2

    Chop the onion, pepper, asparagus, and potato. Pre-cook potato chunks in microwave until not quite fully cooked.

  • 3

    Add chopped onion, pepper, asparagus, and apple to a large bowl. Add the pre-cooked potato chunks and bratwurst coins and drizzle with olive oil, wine, and vinegar. Toss to coat all well. Add seasonings to taste. Toss again and set aside to marinate for a few minutes.

  • 4

    Meanwhile, preheat the grill and grill basket to medium-high. Add brat-veggie mixture to hot basket. Close grill lid and cook, 5 minutes at a time, flipping mixture with a spatula to prevent burning.

  • 5

    When meat is cooked through and veggies are crisp-tender, remove mixture from grill. Serve immediately over spatzle, sauerkraut, or pasta.

Expert Tips

  • All grills heat differently. Monitor yours to make sure it's hot enough to cook the ingredients, but not too hot so they burn.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • I'm a weenie of a German. I hate the taste of sauerkraut and can't stand beer.So what's a half-German girl to do this time of year, when folks everywhere pick up a stein and brat to celebrate the Old World traditions of Oktoberfest?Punt, that's what.Here's what I had in my fridge after a trip to the farmer's market: fresh bratwurst, beautiful fall apples, a pungent white onion, petite potatoes, red bell pepper, and asparagus.Yes, asparagus. Work with me here. What it turned into was a Bavarian Grilled Brats and Veggies recipe that'll knock your lederhosen for a loop!While the grill works its magic, prep whatever you want to serve this with. Wimpo German me opted out of sauerkraut and opted in angel-hair pasta. It'd be completely amazing over spätzle, too. (Find easy boxed spätzle at the grocery store.)This cooks like a Porsche on the Autobahn, easy and fast, so when the meat is done and the veggies are caramelized and crisp-tender, plate 'er up. All grills heat differently. Monitor yours to make sure it's hot enough to cook the ingredients, but not too hot so they burn. Serve with a big ol' stein of beer. But I gotta say, it tasted mighty fine with red wine, too. Oh, did I forget to mention that I'm also half French?
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Bavarian Bratwursts

Bring a taste of Bavaria into your kitchen by making this bratwurst bake—grilled in a bath of German beer and served over fresh roasted veggies!


  • 4 bratwurst sausages
  • 1 lager beer
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • ½ pound small white potatoes, quartered
  • 1½ cups carrots
  • 2 apples, quartered
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Using a fork, pierce the skin of the sausages to ventilate. Pour the lager into a large pot on medium-high heat, and add in the bratwursts and garlic.
  2. Bring the beer to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. While the bratwursts are cooking, line a baking sheet with foil, and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  4. In a bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar. Spread out the apples and veggies on a baking sheet, and pour the mixture over top to coat. Place the cooked brats on top, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing the apples and veggies, and flipping the brats halfway through.

On the Grill

Throwing some brats on the grill is the essence of casual summer dining. For authentic grilled bratwurst, buy uncooked brats and gently simmer them before grilling. Many recipes call for simmering in beer, but water works just as well. To get dinner on the table in a hurry, skip the simmering by using precooked brats and put them directly on the grill. Serve in a hot dog or brat roll and top with mustard, chopped onions, sauerkraut or creamy dressing. Grill some hot dogs or burgers for kids who don’t care for bratwurst.

Personally I think these are wonderful just as is! But here are few topping suggestions for you:

How I make this good:

Whenever possible I like to cook with plain old ingredients. While the convenience of mixes and canned sauces is nice, I feel better about feeding my family just real food whenever possible. (Go here for some of my reasons on all that.)

Not all sausage are created equally, so it’s important when making Bratwurst with Sauteed Peppers and Onions that you read labels. Sprouts has a line of sausages that they create in-house without the ingredients you can’t pronounce. Check around until you find a sausage you feel good about.

Making your own hot dog buns also increases the quality and taste of this dish. While they do take a little more work, they taste amazing.

How I make this cheap:

Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Do a price comparison. I know that Costco is the best place to buy ingredients in bulk, like spices, when there isn’t a great sale elsewhere. I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where. Costco also offers the best price on hot dog buns if I don’t have time to make my own. I buy several bags and stash them in the freezer. . For instance, when I see a great price on bratwurst, I buy a lot and store them in the freezer. Then we can enjoy them all season long without worrying about the current price fitting the budget. The same goes for bell peppers and onions as well as hot dog buns. This is a great way to have Buy Tailgate Food on a Budget.
  • Go halvsies. Sometimes the sausages are bigger than they really need to be. We often split the brats in half lengthwise to stretch our purchase. This also makes portion sizes more wieldy for young children.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

    – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat. – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well. – I have two of these since I love this model so much.

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If you prepare this recipe, be sure to share a picture on social media and hashtag it #GOODCHEAPEATS. I can't wait to see what you cook up!

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