Cooking brats in the oven is a quick and easy way to cook bratwurst when you don't want to pull out your grill. Oven-baked brats are even faster than grilled sausages and they turn out amazing!
We show you how to bake them on their own or cook brats with peppers and onions. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Serve the baked brats with fried cabbage, sauerkraut, a bun, German potato salad, cucumber salad, roasted vegetables, broccoli cheese soup, your favorite kind of mustard, and beer of course!
If you're used to grilling brats you might even be wondering can you bake brats indoors? And how exactly do they compare? My husband is of German heritage and eating brats is a common menu item in our home. Here's a little secret I'll let you in on early in the post...making uncooked fresh brats in the oven makes the BEST bratwurst! So similar to the look and taste you'd get from grilled brats without going out in potentially bad weather.
Ever since he bought a Big Green Egg a couple of years ago that I still don't know how to use (or maybe am not allowed to get near?) I've been perfecting all of the indoor ways to cook brats, especially when it's not summertime!
Why you'll love this recipe for cooking Bratwurst in Oven
- Cooking brats in the oven only takes less than 20 minutes
- Baked brats still get a nice char line you're used to from grilled brats
- This method means it's easy to enjoy brats year-round, regardless of the weather
- The brats turn out so plump and juicy in the oven
- It's an easy method to cook vegetables like roasted peppers and onions in the same pan
Ingredients needed for Bratwurst in Oven
- 1 pkg uncooked bratwurst (5 brats)
- Optional toppings- red or green bell peppers, onions, sauerkraut, pickles, or stone ground mustard
- Optional Beer - for soaking the brats before cooking
Cooking Johnsonville brats in the oven is one of our go-to brands (and no we were not paid to say that), there's just something about their seasoning that makes them our go-to brand just about every time we want to cook brats in the oven. We also love to buy the Costco pack to serve a crowd.
A standard-sized package of uncooked brats comes with 5 sausages, feel free to double the recipe and get two packages. They make great leftovers!
NOTE: If you buy the larger deli size brats, they will take longer to cook than our recipe states. We used standard size bratwurst.
How to make Brats in Oven
If you want to cook beer brats in oven, it’s super simple to do. One option is to buy beer brats that are already marinated in beer, there is usually numerous pre-flavored bratwurst on the market these days.
That being said, if you have a favorite beer you love you’d rather bake your bratwurst, here’s how to do that:
In a shallow smaller pan, add one can or bottle of beer. Add the raw bratwurst to the beer and marinate for 30 minutes. Remove the bratwurst after 30 mins and continue cooking with the bratwurst in the oven instructions. You can also make beer boiled brats and then give them a quick broil to finish cooking them through.
How to Cook Brats in the Oven
You truly won't believe how quickly it takes to cook bratwurst in the oven!
Turn your oven to 400 F.
Lay the uncooked fresh bratwurst on a baking sheet or in a cast-iron skillet, making sure to spread the sausages out and give them plenty of space.
How Long to Cook Brats in Oven?
Bake the bratwurst on one side for 10 minutes.
Flip the sausages over with a spatula or tongs, and continue cooking for 8-10 more minutes until the oven-baked brats are cooked through and have an internal temperature of at least 160 F.
If the bratwurst in oven isn't yet browned to your liking but are cooked on the inside, you can broil them for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
How to Cook Brats With Peppers and Onions
Cooking bratwurst with peppers and onions is super easy!
Thinly slice 1-2 bell peppers and one onion. Lay on the large baking sheet that the bratwurst will also be cooked on.
Drizzle with 1+ tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt (or garlic salt) and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix the peppers and onions together in the pan.
Lay the bratwurst on the pan with the vegetables. After the brats get cooked in the oven for 10 minutes and get flipped, also stir the vegetables in the pan.
The vegetables should be done at the same time as the baked bratwurst. Sometimes we like to drizzle a little balsamic glaze over the peppers to add an extra punch of flavor.
How to serve Baked Brats
If you're wondering what to serve with brats, there's a variety of classic recipes and German-inspired ideas you'll love. Many people serve bratwurst on a bun like a fancy hot dog, but it's also often served as the main dish without a bun and a variety of sides. Here are a few ideas!
- A bun
- cooked peppers and onions
- Fried cabbage
- Roasted vegetables like broccoli or Brussels sprouts
- Cucumber salad
- German potato salad
- Potato pancakes
- Corn on the Cob
- And beer of course!
How to store Baked Brats
Store: Store cooked and baked brats in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
Freeze: You can freeze bratwurst for up to 3 months, wrap them in plastic wrap first and then in foil or put them in a Ziplock freezer bag.
Reheat: The quickest way to reheat bratwurst is to pan fry them in a skillet for a couple minutes per side or air fry them on 370 F until heated through.
Brats in Oven FAQs
You should not poke holes in bratwurst before baking them, to do so causes valuable moisture loss. People often believed that if you don’t poke holes in brats they can burst or split during cooking, but as long as you don’t overcook the sausages, they’ll stay whole.
The best way to know when brats are done in the oven is to use a digital meat thermometer, according to the USDA cook the bratwurst to an internal temperature of at least 160 F. Brats won’t be fully browned at 160 F but you can cook them up to 200 F and still have them be juicy inside or you can broil them for 1-2 minutes to get that just grilled look.
Bratwurst sausages are a quick cooking item so all of the cooking methods like grilling, air frying, pan frying, and baking are considered fast. Air frying, pan frying, and grilling are the fastest ways to cook brats, smoking bratwurst is the only slow cooking method.
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