How to Cook Brats in the Oven

How to Cook Brats in the Oven

For a quick and easy dinner, cooking bratwurst in the oven requires only a few easy steps.  Serve this famous German sausage with sauerkraut and mustard or sauteed bell peppers and onions.  It doesn’t get any easier than placing brats on a baking sheet in the oven!

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  As you probably already know, my website is all about easy recipes, but this recipe may be the EASIEST one yet!  Here I will show you how to bake bratwurst in the oven in a matter of minutes.  Sounds pretty good, right!

 

Sausage is one of those foods that’s been around forever.  According to some historians, sausage has been around for over 3,500 years and began with the Babylonians.  Bratwurst is believed to have been originated in Germany several hundred years ago; some would argue it’s been around for much longer than that!  For more Bratwurst facts, visit the Grapes and Grains website.

 

brats with sausage and peppers on white plate

 

Are you a fan of coleslaw?  Check out my broccoli coleslaw recipeIt’s light and crunchy and goes great with these brats!

 

What are Bratwursts Made Of?

German bratwurst is typically made from pork or veal and seasoned with spices such as nutmeg, ginger, coriander, or caraway.

 

What Makes This Recipe Work

First, no need to open your spice cabinet as these sausages are already fully seasoned!  Second, cooking brats in the oven is a great alternative for grilling them.  So when it’s rainy or cold outside, or you just don’t have a grill, roasting brats in the oven is the next best thing.  All you need is a rimmed sheet pan!  TIP: line the sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up!

 

Ingredients Needed

You guessed it — brats!  Bratwurst usually comes 5 to a pack and is located in the refrigerated section of the grocery store hanging out with the other link sausages and hot dogs.  Choose original or venture out and try one of several unique flavors.  We usually eat the original brats since they’re plenty flavorful.

 

Directions for Oven Cooked Brats

Since brats are raw and not smoked, they need to be cooked to 160F.  Simply preheat your oven to 400F.  Place a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed sheet pan (rimmed to keep any juices from spilling over into your oven.)  Place the sausages on top of the parchment paper in a single layer, with the sides not touching.  TIP:  If you don’t have parchment paper, spray the sheet pan with non-stick spray so the sausages won’t stick.

uncooked bratwurst sausages on sheet pan lined with parchment paper

 

Bake for 15 minutes and then flip the sausage over and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F on a food thermometer.  Turning them over halfway through cooking will ensure even cooking and a nice roasted appearance.  

cooked bratwurst sausages in square pan with buns, sauerkraut, and bell pepper onion mixture on the side

 

How to Cook Frozen Brats in the Oven

Easy to do!  Add an additional 15-20 cook time to the directions above.  Flip an additional once or twice for that nice browned appearance.

 

Alternative Cooking Methods

Cooking brats in the oven is probably the easiest method out there.  However, for a change of pace, try grilling them or pan frying them (a cast iron skillet works well).

 

What to Serve with Brats

Traditionally, bratwurst is served with the following (or just serve with what you like; no rules here):

  • sauerkraut
  • german potato salad
  • sliced and sauteed bell pepper and onions
  • buns or rolls
  • stone ground mustard
  • beer (traditionally, German pilsner) ales and lagers pair really well

 

If you’re from the south, you’ll serve mac & cheese with just about anything!  While it may not be a traditional Bratwurst side, y’all know we eat what’s good, when we want to!  Serve my Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe with these sausages.  With only 4 simple ingredients, it’s the easiest! 

 

Marinating Brats in Beer

You can find pre-flavored beer brats in your grocery store, but marinating them yourself provides a much richer beer flavor.  After marinating the brats in your choice of beer overnight (or at least 6-12 hours), simply bake as directed.  

 

Looking for a Keto Bratwurst Recipe?

Keto brats and peppers are a perfect keto meal.  Brats and sauerkraut is another great low carb, keto meal.  Skip the bun for an easy and delicious sausage dinner!

 

Tips and Substitutions

  • Place the brats at least 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.  Basically, you don’t want them to touch because they won’t cook evenly.
  • Check for doneness by using a digital cooking thermometer.  Brats are done when they reach 160F.
  • If you don’t have parchment paper to line the sheet pan with, use foil.
  • If you can’t find original brats, pick any of the available flavors.

brats in bun with bell peppers and onions

 

Sausage Alfredo Pasta Recipe

For a fun and delicious change of pace, try my Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta recipe using 1 package of baked and sliced brats as a substitute for the chicken.  DEELICIOUS!!

 

Freezing Leftovers

If desired, you can freeze cooked bratwurst.  They’ll stay fresh for about 3 months when sealed in an airtight container or freezer bag.  Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.

 

Refrigerate Leftovers

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon. 

 

If you have leftovers, serve them with potatoes.  They go great with my easy slice and bake potato recipe!

 

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cooked bratwurst sausages in square pan with buns, sauerkraut, and bell pepper onion mixture on the side

How to Cook Brats in the Oven

For a quick and easy dinner, cooking bratwurst in the oven requires only a few easy steps.  Serve this famous German sausage with sauerkraut or pepper and onions.  It doesn't get any easier than placing brats on a baking sheet in the oven!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5

Equipment

  • Sheet pan - rimmed

Ingredients

  • 1 package uncooked bratwurst sausage (any flavor)

Instructions

  • Since brats are raw and not smoked, they need to be cooked to 160F.  Simply preheat your oven to 400F. 
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed sheet pan (rimmed to keep any juices from spilling over into your oven.)  Place the sausages on top of the parchment paper in a single layer, with the sides not touching.  TIP:  If you don't have parchment paper, spray the sheet pan with non-stick spray so the sausages won't stick.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then flip the sausage over and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F on a food thermometer.  Turning them over halfway through cooking will ensure even cooking and a nice roasted appearance.

Notes

Traditionally, bratwurst is served with the following (or just serve with what you like; no rules here):
  • sauerkraut
  • german potato salad
  • sliced and sauteed bell pepper and onions
  • buns or rolls
  • stone ground mustard
  • beer (traditionally, German pilsner) ales and lagers pair really well

Freezing Leftovers

If desired, you can freeze cooked bratwurst.  They'll stay fresh for about 3 months when sealed in an airtight container or freezer bag.  Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.

Refrigerate Leftovers

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon. 
 
If you have leftovers, serve them with potatoes.  They go great with my easy slice and bake potato recipe!
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