Grilled Bratwurst Bites – this bratwurst appetizer is perfect for summer. Serve slices of grilled brats served with a tangy mustard sauce for dipping.
I love grilling bratwurst in the summer. They are my favorite sausage, and they’re so delicious on the grill. Slice them and serve appetizer style like I’m doing in this recipe, or serve on a toasted bun. Either way, brats are easy to cook and fuss-free.
Bratwurst comes in cooked and uncooked varieties. For this recipe, I’m using uncooked brats. If using the pre-cooked brats, reduce the grilling time. Only grill long enough to heat the brats through.
How to cook brats
Grilling – Grilling is my favorite way to cook brats. It’s fast and easy and the clean-up is minimal. Preheat the grill to medium and grill the bratwurst for 5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. If the flame is flaring up, turn the grill down to medium-low to allow the brats to cook through completely without burning on the outside.
Stovetop – Brats can also be cooked in a skillet or grill pan on the stove. Cook over medium heat, turning to brown both sides, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Braising brats in beer or chicken stock and other seasonings is another option. The flavorful liquid infuses the brats with extra flavor.
Oven – Cook the bratwurst as part of a sheet pan meal. Add the bratwurst sausage, potatoes, and veggies to a sheet pan and bake until brown. Always use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees.
Three ingredient mustard sauce
Mustard goes so well with brats, so this creamy mustard dipping sauce is the perfect condiment for these grilled bratwurst bites. And, with just three ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make.
- sour cream
- stone-ground mustard
Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. The amount of mustard can be adjusted to taste. Add more for a more intense mustard flavor, or less if preferred. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
The mustard sauce can be made ahead of time. It keeps well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. TIP: This sauce doubles as a delicious dip for pretzels or a savory spread for ham sandwiches.
How to serve bratwurst
Appetizer – for this bratwurst appetizer, slice the grilled brats and serve with toothpicks and mustard sauce for dipping. bites are the perfect appetizer for summer snacking, game days, Octoberfest, or anytime you are craving these delicious sausages.
In a bun – Leave the brats whole and serve on a toasted bun. Top with sauerkraut, mustard sauce, and onions. Try my Brats and Kraut which pairs sweet and sour sauerkraut with bratwurst.
What to serve with bratwurst
Any side dish that you like to serve with hamburgers or hot dogs goes great with brats. From potato salad to pasta salad, there are so many options.
- Ultimate Baked Beans
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Easy Creamy Coleslaw
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
- Lemon Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
More delicious bratwurst recipes
Bratwurst are grilled, then sliced and served with mustard dipping sauce.
- 19 ounces bratwurst uncooked
- 3/8 cup mayonnaise (6 tablespoons)
- 1/8 cup sour cream (2 tablespoons)
- 1/8 cup stone-ground mustard (2 tablespoons)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Grill the brats for 5 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Meanwhile, for the mustard sauce, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, and mustard in a small bowl. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Slice the brats and serve with the mustard sauce.