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How to Cook Bratwurst (Fresh Brats) Recipe

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

We’re well known for our incredible fresh bratwurst creations, so naturally we’re often asked how to cook bratwursts.

This bratwurst recipe gives you step by step directions on how to cook fresh brats on your grill at home. Please note that these instructions are for fresh bratwursts that come wrapped in white butcher paper at LGCM. If you have precooked bratwursts, you don’t need to follow these instructions, just warm them back up!

The first step in grilling brats is usually done inside or on a grillside burner, not directly over the grill’s heat. We recommend parboiling our fresh brats before putting them on the grill This makes sure that they’re cooked all the way through so you don’t have an unpleasant cold spot or raw spot in the middle of the bratwurst.

Many customers want to boil their brats in beer, but we do not recommend doing this, just boil them in water. The beer will change as it boils and the brats can take a bit of an acrid flavor while they’re cooking. We don’t want that! If you’re looking for beer brats, cook the brats using this method, then put them in a beer bath after cooking. We show you how to do that in the recipe video or you can check out this Wisconsin Stadium Beer Brats recipe.

It is also possible to just grill your bratwursts directly. We wrote our how to cook bratwursts directions with parboil and then grill directions because it’s easier, but if you’d like to just grill your brats, and not parboil them, we recommend putting them over medium-low heat, and turning every minute or so to promote even cooking. The texture of these brats will be slightly less bound together on the inside, but you’ll need to pay close attention to not overcook the brats!

If you’re not outside grilling (in Wisconsin it’s grilling season year-round) just finish cooking your bratwursts under a broiler or in a frying pan. We prefer a broiler over a frying pan, but both are good methods for cooking bratwursts if you don’t have access to a grill.

Now that you know all of our tips on how to cook bratwursts, you need to get into Lake Geneva Country Meats and stock up on brats! You can check out check out a listing of our Leahy’s Sausage flavors by clicking here and visiting our sausage page. You’ll get more details about what’s in each bratwurst and also find a video showing you a behind-the-scenes glimpse on how we make our bratwursts!

What do you think of our how to cook bratwurst instructions? Do you have a preferred way of cooking bratwursts? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!


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


  1. Place your sausages in a large pot and cover with water. The pot should not be more than three quarters of the way filled.

  2. Bring the water 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. This parboil step helps cook the brats evenly throughout so you don’t have any raw spots in the middle!

  3. After parboiling, remove the brats from the liquid and dry off. Place the sausages over medium direct heat. Be careful to not put the sausages over anything higher than medium heat to avoid having the casings crack open. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the casing is browned.

  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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3 Reviews for How to Cook Bratwurst (Fresh Brats)

    I can’t say why I bought bratwursts without any idea of how to cook them – maybe because I’ve had them at other places and thought they were great!
    This recipe saved me – it is 100% clear and very simple. I like that there are options included at each step. Those options are not complicated either. I’ll be using the choices to change it up because I’ll be cooking bratwursts regularly from now on. My whole family enjoyed them!

      5, 5

      We’re so glad you found our how to cook bratwurst / best brat recipe helpful, Regina, thank you for the feedback!

    great recipe thank you…xoxo came out perfect…