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Brats On The Grill Best Way To Cook

Brats on the grill is one of the easiest things to cook on a grill, easier than burgers. This method of grilled bratwursts is low effort and high flavor.

Best Way to Cook Brats on the Grill

Brats on the grill can be cook in several ways. This recipe illustrates an excellent way that requires little attention. You initially sear them on all sides while on direct heat. Then, set them aside, away from direct heat, while still on the cooking grate. You close the grill cover and wait for them to finish. That’s assuming, of course, you manage the heat to be within a good range of 375-425°F.

Brats on the grill is one of the easiest things to cook on a grill. It's even easier than burgers. Served as a main course or on a bun, grilled bratwursts are a popular favorite.
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Brats On The Grill

Jeff Baygents
Brats on the grill is one of the easiest things to cook on a grill. It's even easier than burgers. Served as a main course or on a bun, grilled bratwursts are a popular favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 338


  • 5 servings bratwursts estimated about 5 brats per pound.
  • 5 servings hot dog buns optional


  • On a preheated grill of about 375-425°F, add your brats to the grate for direct heat initially. Turn about every 2 minutes. After all sides are seared, move to indirect heat and cover. Check in about 10-15 minutes.
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  • When done (internal temp at least 160°F), remove and serve. Can be main course (this recipe) or served optionally on a hot dog bun.
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Cooking Brats How Long

Cooking Brats on the Grill How Long

Many have asked how long do brats cook on the grill. This section addresses the times but it also matches up with the temperatures which always has a key impact on how long to cook them. So, when you ask how long does it take to cook brats on a grill, you’ll see it takes anywhere from 15-35 minutes, depending on the temperature experienced. Read further to get a closer estimate for your situation.

How long do you cook Brats on the grill? Brats grilled at 375-425°F will take you about 15-25 minutes to cook. The interior Brats temperature should be 160°F, according to

How long do I cook Brats on the grill? I cook them like this recipe. My grill preheats to about 450-500°F. I then sear them on all sides for about 5-7 minutes right over the coals. Then, I close the grill lid, and walk away. When I return in 12-15 minutes, they’re usually done. It depends on what the temp rose to during this time frame, as I use a Charcoal grill. Also, if I want them to be a darker color, I may turn them and cook another 5-10 minutes.

How long to grill brats at 350°F

If you have real good temperature control of your grill, as it might be a gas or electric grill, this total time will take about 35 minutes, and that’s if it’s on indirect heat (or evenly distributed heat) with the lid closed. It’s best to check it after 20 minutes.

Brats Grilled in the Kitchen How Long

If you have brats grilled in a frying pan or skillet, times will be a little different but somewhat similar. You can initially sear them on medium high heat for about 4-5 minutes (turning often), and then reduce it to low with a lid on, turning about every 5-7 minutes. This takes about 20-30 minutes (varies a lot).

If you cook brats in the oven (baked or broiled), at about 350°F, they might take about 30 minutes.

What Temperature do you Cook Brats on the Grill

The temperature to cook Brats on the Grill can vary between 375-425°F. Although, they can cook fine at lower temps. The times and temps are mentioned in earlier sections of this article but overall, 350-375°F might be about 25-35 minutes while a high of 425-450°F might be about 15-20 minutes.

What Goes Good with Brats on the Grill

If you want to consider a seasoning for Bratwursts, there are some good ones on Amazon.

Here are some good main or sides to go along well with Brats on the Grill. Cooking something else alongside Brats will save you some grilling time. Some will serve ribs and brats from the grill or chicken and brats.

Brats can also be served on small hoagie or regular hot dog buns. If you’re using a bun that might be sort of big, you’ll have room for add-ons like slaw or sauerkraut and top it with mustard. You can also consider putting some cheese on top for an added surprise.

In either case, French fries or Onion Rings go well also. Other good sides, if it’s a main course and not a sandwich, you can think about corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, loaded baked potatoes, or a veggie dish of potatoes and green beans.

Nutritional Values of Brats

The nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.

Conclusion of Brats on the Grill

In closing, for a change of pace from cooking grilled burgers, brats on the grill is a definite good choice. And, if you use a Weber charcoal grill, look at how to grill burgers the best way on a Weber charcoal grill. They are nearly as easy to cook as hot dogs on the grill and they’re more filling. You still have the wide range of condiments and a good choice of side dishes.

And, here’s an article that covers grilling both hamburgers and hot dogs together.

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