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Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts

Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts ~ Blue Cheese Stuffed Bratwursts braised in beer topped with caramelized onions and blue cheese crumbles.

Split image of beer braised brats with blue cheese and caramelized onions.

This post is sponsored by Michelob Ultra but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Bratwursts are great any time of year.

They are particularly wonderful on Father’s day, while watching a game, any and every outdoor cookout, and the random Wednesday night dinner.

Beer Braised Bratwursts topped with Blue Cheese and caramelized onions and a beer in the background.

What’s the Difference Between Sausage and Bratwurst?

Hot dogs, bratwursts, kielbasa, breakfast links, bangers, chorizo, Andouille, etc are all forms of “sausages” but each are prepared differently with different meats, seasonings, spices, and casings.

If you’re looking for a quick answer, then geography is it. Brats hail from Germany. But there is a wee bit more to it all than that.

Here’s a bit longer of an explanation.

Close up of the sausage in a bun on a blue plate.

What is a sausage?

A sausage is typically a blend of ground (or minced for my non-American friends) of chicken, pork, beef, and/or veal with herbs and spices and not to mention fat/lard and salt stuffed into a casing.

Sausages can be dried, smoked, or fresh.

What is a bratwurst?

Like their cousin the sausage, bratwursts (or brats) are a blending of ground (or minced) meats, with herbs and spices

Brats are from Germany, and every region of Germany has their own bratwurst with its own unique blend.

A cold glass of beer, brats on a blue plate, and brat garnishes of blue cheese, cole slaw, caramelized onions, and mustard.

Most brats are a combination of ground meats chicken and veal, pork and beef, etc. Then they are seasoned with warms spices like nutmeg and ginger. Traditionally speaking, they could have both eggs and cream. Caraway, garlic, and

Father’s Day Recipe

Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts topped with caramelized onions and blue cheese crumbles.

Another favorite is Taco Salad.

brats on a blue plate with cole slaw in the background.

How to make Beer Braised Bratwursts?

I have read that first you grill, then you poach.

I have also read that you first poach, then you grill.

Searing first, then poaching in beer is how I went this time.

The brats I used were stuffed with blue cheese, but any will do.

Caramelized Onions are super easy to make in the slow cooker for this recipe.

Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts
Two brats with caramelized onions and blue cheese with a beer.

Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts

Course: Dinner/Sandwiches/Burgers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Bratwursts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 473 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bratwursts braised in beer topped with caramelized onions and blue cheese crumbles.



  • 12 oz light beer I used Michelob ULTRA
  • 4 bratwursts I used blue cheese stuffed bratwursts
  • ¼ cup caramelized onions
  • 1 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 4 bratwurst buns


  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.

  2. Once hot, add the bratwursts.

  3. Sear and rotate until each side has become deep golden brown; about 8-10 minutes.

  4. Once browned, pour the beer over them, scrapping the bottom of the pan to pull up any stuck on bits. 

  5. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat to low. 

  6. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. 

  7. Warm the buns.

  8. When ready to serve, remove the brats from the pan, allowing the clinging beer to drip into the bun (spoon over more liquid if desired).

  9. Top with caramelized onions and blue cheese crumbles. 

  10. Serve and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

The brats I purchased only had 4 in the pack. Adjust buns, amount of caramelized onions, and blue cheese, if yours has more. 

Nutrition Facts
Beer Braised Blue Cheese Bratwursts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1016mg44%
Potassium 377mg11%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 54IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 186mg19%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated from its original June 13, 2018 with new content and a clarified recipe card.



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  • Reply
    June 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    That was a nice tribute to your Grandpa Michelle. He would love that beer and hotdog . Sounds good and I would also enjoy it. Love you!

  • Reply
    Kristen Chidsey
    June 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Oh friend, I am sending hugs and love this Father’s Day. What a beautiful tribute to your grandpa though. And a recipe I know my husband will LOVE

  • Reply
    Delaney | Melanie Makes
    June 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    These are perfect for summer!

  • Reply
    June 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your grandfather!
    I bet my husband would love those bratwursts too! We might have to put these on the menu soon!

  • Reply
    June 15, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather….what a wonderful way to honor him! This is such a great meal for all summer long!

  • Reply
    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    June 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    5 stars
    These look outstanding!!

  • Reply
    June 16, 2018 at 1:32 am

    5 stars
    Wow! These look so good! I love that caramelized onion!

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    June 17, 2018 at 6:09 am

    5 stars
    This is perfect for Father’s Day! Such a great idea!

  • Reply
    June 21, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Love it! And so happy to see that you value your grandfather so much.

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    Jeff the Chef
    June 23, 2018 at 3:45 am

    This is interesting and unusual. Add bacon, and I’m in!

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