In this beer brats recipe, perfectly grilled brats are kept hot & juicy in a flavorful beer & onion broth Brat Hot Tub!

Grilling season is the best time to gather with family and friends. And nothing sets the mood better than good food, like this sausage recipe. Everyone will love topping off these tender, flavorful, and juicy sausages with their favorite fixin’s.

cooked Beer Brats in a dish

What are Beer Brats?

A Beer Brat Hot Tub is simply a delicious simmering pan of flavorful beer & onion broth and grilled sausages.

Once the brats are grilled to perfection, they are placed into a hot tub filled with a warm beer broth. This will keep them hot and juicy and add lots of flavor without the brats drying out or burning. Guests will be able to serve themselves and the food will always be hot. This is the perfect summer bbq food, especially for large gatherings!

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  • These sausages are grilled until they are smoky and hot.
  • Keeping the brats in the flavorful beer bath will help them to stay warm and juicy and adds lots of flavor.
  • The warm bath will make it easy for guests to reach in and serve themselves.
  • It won’t take long for these to be devoured!

ingredients to make Beer Brats with labels

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Ingredients & Variations

BRATS We use Johnsonville original Brats which are loaded with flavor but there are so many other varieties that all work perfectly in this recipe including Buffalo Bleu Brats or these Cheddar Brats just to name a few. Choose your favorites!

BEER A lager is the best choice for this recipe because of its mild flavor. However, if a lager is not available, any beer will do.

ONIONS Onions add flavor and become soft and sweet cooked in the beer. I sometimes add bell peppers to the mix.


Before the guests arrive, set out a huge array of toppings for these grilled brats.

  • Start with the homemade dill pickle relish below or chop up a jar of pickles.
  • Try any of the following mustard (or several varieties of mustard!), onions, sauerkraut, tomatoes, hot peppers, cheese, crumbled bacon, and more!

cooking brats on the grill with a pan of onions

How to Cook Beer Brats

Make these on the grill or in the oven.

  1. Preheat grill. Simmer the beer mixture (brats can be cooked in the beer before grilling if you’d like).
  2. Grill the brats (per the recipe below).
  3. Add the cooked brats to the bath and let them simmer.

cooked brats on the grill

In the oven: These can be easily cooked under the broiler. Turn on the broiler. Place sausages in a broiler pan, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn and cook for another 5. The internal temperature should reach 165°F.

On the Stove: Make the bath on the stove. Add the ingredients to a pot and simmer on the stove.

In the Crock: Make the beer bath in the slow cooker. Turn on the warming function. Add the sausages to the pot.

beer brats in a pan of onions and beer

Best Beer Brat Tips

A few quick tips to grill the perfect Brats.

  • Use tongs and not a fork to ensure they’re nice and juicy (don’t pierce the brats).
  • Prepare the Beer Brat Hot Tub on one side of the grill and allow it to simmer while the brats are being grilled.
  • Turn the Brats frequently while grilling over medium heat.
  • Closing the lid while grilling will help minimize flare-ups.

Beer brat on a roll on a blue plate, with bowls of fixings around it

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Beer Brats

These juicy beer brats will stay warm all day long! Serve these for the next tailgate party or potluck & let everyone make their own.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 Brats


  • 2 packages Johnsonville Brats any flavor, 19 oz each per package
  • 2 cans light beer
  • 2 white onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 splash dill pickle juice (optional)
  • red & green bell peppers (optional)


  • Preheat grill to grill to medium-low.
  • Place a disposable 9"x11" foil pan on the grill. Add beer, butter, onions, & pickle juice (if using). Set off to one side of the grill and allow to simmer and cook.
  • Cook brats on the grill over medium heat until golden and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. *see note
  • Once grilled, add the cooked Brats to the hot tub and let them simmer for at least 30-40 minutes.
  • If adding bell peppers, lightly olive oil the outside of the bell peppers and season with salt and pepper. Grill until tender-crisp, slice and add to the beer along with the brats.


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*Brats can be simmered in beer for 15 minutes before grilling, we prefer the flavor with grilling first. To simmer the brats before grilling, place beer and onions in a pan or dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Add brats and allow to simmer 15 minutes before grilling. Remove from the liquid and grill until golden and return brats to the beer hot tub to simmer. 
Be sure not to pierce or poke the brats or the juices will leak out. 
Homemade Dill Pickle Relish (optional)
Chop onions in a mini food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to reach desired consistency. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • 2 tablespoons white onion diced
  • 1 ½ cups dill pickles chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard grainy
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
Nutrition information is for brats only and does not include toppings or bun.
5 from 6 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 359 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 375mg | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine American

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  1. Welp, this made me instantly SUPER hungry and in desperate need of some delicious brats! I absolutely love this “hot tub” idea, and it’s so perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try this!