Brats deserve a spot on the grill this summer. If you’ve never tried making brats into the main course, then you’re missing out. Everyone loves brats, but not many of us know how to cook or serve them. We’ve assembled some delicious recipes that will make your brats the hit at any outdoor shindig.
There are several great options if you are looking for what to serve your brats. Brats are delicious, but let’s be honest, a little flavorless and basic. Luckily, there are many ways to change up brats to keep them interesting. Today we’re talking about the different ways you can serve brats and what goes with each of those flavors. Are you ready for your mouth to be watery? So let’s get started.
13 Great Recipes to Serve Brats With
Brats are quintessential summer food. Whether you’re grilling them or serving them in a sandwich, they’re delicious. But brats are also versatile. They can be served with a variety of sides, so here are 13 tasty recipes to serve brats with.
Sauerkraut is the traditional side dish for bratwurst, so it’s only fitting that it be included in this list. This link has some helpful tips for making sauerkraut at home. If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy it pre-made at most grocery stores (but still check the ingredients label). I like the flavor of homemade sauerkraut best; however, if you’d like to save time and effort, this brand is one of my favorites.
Coleslaw is another classic option for pairing with brats. You can buy store-bought slaw or make your own with shredded cabbage and carrots dressed with mayonnaise and vinegar or lemon juice (and maybe sugar). It is another great side dish for brats. It’s a classic pairing that goes well with any type of sausage, but especially with bratwurst since they’re often served at picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor events where coleslaw tends to be on the menu. This recipe is easy to make and can be served warm or cold, depending on how you like it best.
3. Beer Cheese Soup
You don’t need a grill to enjoy beer and brats. Beer cheese soup is an easy way to take advantage of those flavors without having to fire up the grill. Just simmer this rich soup on the stovetop until it reaches your desired consistency (about 20 minutes). Then add as much beer as you’d like before serving it up. You can also top each bowl with sliced jalapeños if you like things spicy (like me.).
4. Baked Beans
This is a classic side dish that goes well with just about anything. It’s perfect for summertime barbecues because it can be prepared ahead of time and warmed up just before serving. If you love baked beans, then they are the perfect side dish for your brats. Baked beans are made with pork and have a sweet tomato sauce mixed in with them. They’re usually served with grilled hot dogs or hamburgers, but they also go well with brats because of their sweetness.
5. German Potato Salad
Potato salad is another classic side dish that goes well with your bratwurst. It’s also an easy recipe that you can whip up in minutes. A traditional German potato salad is made with potatoes, eggs, and pickles, everything you need to complete a delicious meal. This version uses bacon instead of ham hocks and adds some mayonnaise for extra flavor.
6. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Mayo
The combination of smoky grilled corn and spicy chipotle mayo will add some serious flavor to your bratwurst. This recipe calls for soaked corn cobs, which help get rid of their natural bitterness. If you don’t have time for soaking them in water, try boiling them for 10 minutes before grilling them. Serve alongside some good mustard and maybe even a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese.
7. Sauteed Mushrooms and Bacon
If you love mushrooms as much as we do, then this recipe is for you. Sauteed mushrooms taste amazing with bratwursts because they provide a meaty texture without being too overpowering or chewy like some types of meat can be when cooked over high heat like these brats were cooked over high heat.
8. Grilled veggies
Let’s add one of our favorite ways to enjoy brats: grilled over an open flame. Grilled veggies are a great way to add some color and texture to your meal while also providing you with lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Not only that but grilled veggies like asparagus and zucchini also taste great alongside bratwurst. Try serving them with grilled onions and peppers, or try using fresh tomatoes instead of grilled ones if you prefer them hot off the grill.
Bacon has become a staple at almost every barbecue and cookout these days. But there’s no better way to prepare bacon than when it’s cooked on a grill. To make sure your bacon doesn’t burn before your brats are done cooking, place them on top of the bacon fat left over from cooking the bacon to keep them from drying out too quickly.
Cabbage and bratwurst are a classic combination in German cuisine. Sauerkraut’s tartness is balanced perfectly by the spicy flavor of the bratwurst. This dish can be served with either potato pancakes or boiled potatoes, adding a comforting touch to the meal. The combination of textures and flavors in this dish makes it a great choice for dinner parties, family meals, and casual gatherings alike. Not only is it flavorful, but it is also easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive. Next time you’re looking for a German-inspired meal, try cabbage and bratwurst for a delicious and hearty dinner.
Applesauce is another delicious way to serve brats with a side dish. Applesauce helps cut through some of the richness of the sausage while adding sweetness and moisture to the meal. Serve it with mashed potatoes or cornbread dumplings for a hearty meal that will fill up your family without breaking your budget.
12. Mustard Sauce
The classic way to serve brats is with mustard and sauerkraut, but you can also try adding other condiments like ketchup or relish for an extra kick of flavor. Mustard sauce is another option for serving bratwurst that’s perfect for pairing with potato salad or coleslaw. This recipe combines Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles for a creamy sauce that’s perfect for topping grilled brats.
13. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes have become so popular lately that it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t offer them on its menu somewhere. They’re sweet and delicious when fresh off the grill, especially when paired with spicy mustard or ketchup, but they’re even better when served alongside grilled brats (or any other type of sausage). You can add sliced onions if desired.
In conclusion, when it comes to cooking up a delicious and memorable brat fest, it’s hard to beat the classic combination of tangy sauerkraut and juicy brats. With these simple recipes, you can easily whip up a delicious spread that everyone will love. With its hearty flavors and perfect balance of sweetness and spice, your next brat fest is sure to be a hit.