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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 260kcal
Author Anne Clark


  • Sheet pan - rimmed


  • 19 ounces uncooked bratwurst sausage (any flavor) 5-link package I used Johnsonville for this recipe


  • 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.


Traditionally, bratwurst is served with the following (or just serve with what you like; no rules here):
  • sauerkraut
  • german potato salad
  • 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!


Serving: 1sausage | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 680mg | Sugar: 1g