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Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats

Perfect for Tailgating, these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats on a Stick have the Kraut tucked right in!  Serve then on the stick for the no-carb eaters at your football game!

brats on a stick with sauerkraut
Grilled Brats on a Stick!

Fall is coming…. which in my world means Football!  Today I’m sharing a recipe for Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats which is perfect for my favorite fall activity…  Football!

I’m a big college football fan (Go Big Red, yes I’m a Cornhusker fan tried and true!)  I love tailgating with anyone who knows how to do it right!  

My brother and his wife are really good at it!  They have friends who have a motorhome and usually bring that at least once during the season to crank up the tv, the barbecue and a place to party before the big game.  

I really like this recipe for Grilled Sauerkraut stuffed brats because I don’t miss the bun at all.  You can enjoy the brat and have each bite still have the sauerkraut with each mouthful!  

It’s so easy to do and since you can grill it right at the tailgate there is nothing to do ahead of time except make sure you have all the ingredients.  Since there are only 5 things in them, its easy to get that part right!

brats on the grill

What is the secret to Moist, juicy Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats:

My biggest pet peeve with people who grill Brats is when you’re served one and it’s really dried out.  By using the tip I share you will NEVER have this problem.

It’s so easy.  You continue to cook the brat in a pan after grilling it in the sautéed onions and a bottle of beer.  The steam from the beer boiling allows the brat to keep all of the juices inside.  (Don’t worry, this pan is placed onto the grill so it’s all right at the BBQ)

Are you looking for more info on Sauerkraut? This guide on ALL THINGS SAUERKRAUT will answer ALL the questions!

brats in a pan with onions

An added bonus:  The onions are a great addition to the brat (or any burgers you’re grilling at the same time too)

Ready or not!  Football season is here!  Enjoy!

p.s.  If you are looking for a great bite-sized treat to go with these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed brats check out my Baked Bean Bacon Cups

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I’ve joined forces with other bloggers who LOVE football and we will all be sharing delicious recipes to have for your favorite teams tailgating party! Coincidentally there are 64 of us, all pulling for different Pro teams ~~~2 bloggers for each team!   (All of the links are listed below the recipe… please click on any of the links to check out their fun ideas for tailgating!)

Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats

Perfect for Tailgating, these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats on a Stick have the Kraut tucked right in! Serve then on the stick for the no carb eaters at your football game!

Perfect for Tailgating, these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats on a Stick have the Kraut tucked right in! Serve then on the stick for the no carb eaters at your football game!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 8 whole Bratwurst, (uncooked, raw)
  • 1/2 cup Sauerkraut
  • 1/2 small onion, , sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 bottle of beer (I used a lager)
  • 16 wooden skewers


  • Mustard
  • Ketchup


  1. Turn your grill on and heat to high. (When you place the brats on they should immediately sizzle.
  2. Char all sides, cooking for a total of 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally so that all sides brown.
  3. While brats are cooking, place grill safe pan (I use a skillet type pan) on one side of the grill to get hot.
  4. Toss sliced onions with olive oil and then place in the pan stirring often to heat and soften through.
  5. Once brats are browned, place brats on top of onions in pan, then pour beer over the top. Reduce heat to medium flame.
  6. Continue to cook brats for 15-20 minutes until cooked through out.
  7. Strain any beer (if any at all) and serve onions on the side for anyone who wants them.
  8. Taking 2 skewers per brat, insert skewers up through the bottom. Once all brats are skewered, slice diagonal slices about 1 inch apart down to where skewer is threaded through. (I use 2 skewers because I found eating the brat was easier with the added stability. If your skewers are thicker, you may want to use only one)
  9. Place Sauerkraut in each slice.
  10. Serve with mustard and or ketchup for dipping.


All recipe calorie information was calculated on what I purchased to make this recipe in My Fitness Pal. When you make the recipe, the calorie content could vary depending on what specific ingredients/brands you actually use. Please take that into consideration if you are following a strict diet.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 46g
Perfect for Tailgating, these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats on a Stick have the Kraut tucked right in! Serve then on the stick for the no carb eaters at your football game!

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Perfect for Tailgating, these Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats on a Stick have the Kraut tucked right in! Serve then on the stick for the no carb eaters at your football game!
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Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

First off, sauerkraut -- you are speaking my love language! ;) . Then tailgating and football?? YES!! These will be showing up at our tailgate this fall, and on our grill this summer!! DROOLING!! oh and one more thing??


Michelle M

Thursday 13th of April 2017

Love this! This was a hit at our first BBQ of the season!!


Monday 17th of April 2017

I love that you are bbq'ing already in April! #goals!! ~m


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I'm not a bun fan either...this is just brilliant!


Sunday 4th of September 2016

Right? I mean I love the buns, but don't love all the calories they have! SO this way I get to eat the good stuff! ~m

Cynthia | What A Girl Eats

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I love a good brat, and your beer finished brats sound great! I've never thought to serve them on a stick when we BBQ, but that's a fab idea for tailgating, or just for game watching! I also love sauerkraut on my brats! Win-win!


Sunday 4th of September 2016

The beer keeps them so juicy! Glad someone else likes food on a stick as much as we do! ~m

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

What a unique recipe! You know what, I have never tried sauerkraut, but that needs to change and I need to make some of this!


Sunday 4th of September 2016

I used to abhore sauerkraut.... but ever since I tried them with bratwurst Im a convert! It adds a great crunch to each bite! ~m

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