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How to Grill Brats to Perfection

There are few ways to make a summer afternoon more enjoyable than a cookout hosted by someone who knows how to grill brats to perfection. These tips will help you host your next cookout like a pro!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 416kcal



  • 5 fresh brats
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 brat buns



  • Light charcoal and spread it evenly across the bottom of one-half of the grill. If using propane, light burners only on one side of the grill.
  • Place grill grates over the charcoal and oil grates with paper towel soaked in vegetable oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place brats on grates directly over charcoal and grill on each side until browned. If the casing bursts or burns move brats further from the coals to reduce cooking temperature.
  • Turn the brats every couple of minutes to prevent burning, moving them further away from the hot coals if needed, and cook brats for 15-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Cooked brats are firm to the touch.
  • Keep bratwursts warm in a Brat Bath until ready to serve.
  • Serve on buns with onions, sauerkraut, and brat sauce.


You will want to keep your brats warm in this Beer Brat Bath.
Make sure you make a batch of my Brat Sauce to serve as the perfect condiment for your brats!
Store leftover grilled brats in an airtight container and enjoy them within five days. Leftover brats can be reheated individually in a microwave, or wrap them in aluminum foil to prevent drying out and gently warm them in an oven or on the grill.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 11mg