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Bratwurst with beer, apples and onions on a white plate on a wooden table with a beer and mustard nearby.
Bratwurst with Beer, Apples and Onions
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Marinating Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 45 mins
Bratwurst with Beer, Apples and Onions is the perfect dish for a cool autumn night. Marinating the brats in a beer based marinade gives so much flavor to the dish. Serve the brats, onions and apples over mashed potatoes for a complete meal. You can also load them into rolls for an amazing sandwich.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Pork, Lunch, Sandwiches
Servings: 4
Calories: 630 kcal
  • 8 bratwurst sausages uncooked
  • 12 ounces pale lager beer
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sweet onion sliced
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple cored and sliced
  • 1 Gala apple cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • spicy brown mustard for serving
  1. Pierce the bratwurst with a fork or the tip of a paring knife a few times on all sides and place them into a zipper sealable plastic bag. Combine the beer, molasses, honey and Worcestershire sauce, whisking gently to dissolve the molasses and honey. Pour the marinade over the sausages and seal the bag, shaking it gently to thoroughly coat the brats. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning the sausage over a few times during the marinating process.
  2. Pre-heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the bratwurst from marinade and reserve ½ cup of the marinade. Sear the brats in the hot skillet on all sides until browned. Transfer the browned sausages to a plate and cover with foil.
  3. Add the onions to skillet and sauté until lightly browned. If the skillet gets too dark on the bottom, simply stir in a few tablespoons of water. Season the onions with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the apples and thyme and continue to sauté for a few minutes. Add the reserved marinade to deglaze the pan. Return the bratwurst to the pan, nestling them into the onions and apples. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sausages are cooked through.
  4. Serve the bratwurst, apples and onions with a side salad or over mashed potatoes with spicy mustard on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Bratwurst with Beer, Apples and Onions
Amount Per Serving (2 sausages)
Calories 630 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1181mg49%
Potassium 975mg28%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.