How to Cook Bratwurst (Fresh Brats) Recipe

Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Makes 6 bratwursts
In this Recipe

Our Leahy’s Sausages are famous for their flavor and quality. Don’t ruin our sausage masterpieces by cooking them incorrectly!

Here are our easy to follow cooking instructions on how to cook bratwurst, fresh, at home. These instructions are for our fresh bratwursts (they come wrapped in butcher paper, not in a vacuum sealed plastic bag), and work with a variety of different cooking methods. Some other bratwurst recipes are our Wisconsin Stadium Beer Brats (one of our favorites), and our Green and Gold Brats (notice a pattern?)

Check out all of our flavors of Leahy’s Sausage by clicking here and enjoy get cooking!


  • 6 Leahy’s Fresh Bratwursts (any flavor!)


  1. Place your sausages in a large pot and cover with liquid. The pot should not be more than 3/4 filled. We recommend using water to cook in, but you can use beer as well. Beer works best for flavors like traditional, onion garlic, and polish. You can also add butter, onions and garlic for extra flavor if desired.

  2. Bring the liquid and brats to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes. You can boil and simmer the liquid and brats either inside on a stovetop or outside over a grill.

  3. We will now brown the sausages. First remove them from the liquid and dry. Cook over medium heat on a grill, under a broiler or in a frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the casing is browned. Do not use excessive heat to avoid having the casing crack open.

  4. Once brats are browned, they are ready to eat. Remove from grill, let cool, and serve with your favorite fixings. Enjoy!

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