On the surface, few things sound easier than grilling up a few bratwurst—all you need is bratwurst and fire. Throw some onions and peppers into the mix, and you’ve got an easy dinner for two. But we know from experience that nicely grilled bratwurst with juicy interiors can be an elusive goal. Fatty sausages drip grease onto the coals, causing flare-ups that can quickly turn the exterior into carbon while the inside remains barely cooked. The onions often wind up mostly raw with a few charred spots. We sought a foolproof grilling method that would cook the bratwurst to perfection, and we hoped to offer sweet peppers and caramelized onions as part of the bargain. While we prefer bratwurst, this recipe will work with any raw, uncooked sausage.–The Editors of America’s Test Kitchen
LC Brat Buns Note
Some of us—okay, one of us—grew up on a farm in Iowa happily and wholeheartedly tucking into grilled brats at least severe times each summer. Thing is, with all respect to the sleuths at America’s Test Kitchen, the grilling of the brats, which, yes, may be slightly tricky, is only half the sandwich. Why go to all that precision and bother only to plonk it all on a soft, squishy, nondescript hot dog bun?! The horror! The thought—sacrilege—actually never occurred to us. We either sought out bratwurst buns, which were larger, sturdier, more robustly flavored buns, from a local German bakery or we did without. We suggest you do the same. Or at the very least, seek out a hoagie roll or perhaps even a demi baguette. It takes a bun of substance to stand up to bratwurst. Words to live by.
Grilled Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 45 M
- Serves 2
Special Equipment: 1 (8-inch square) disposable aluminum roasting pan
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If using a gas grill: Turn all the burners to high, cover, and heat the grill until hot, about 15 minutes. (Adjust the burners as needed to maintain a hot fire.)
- Grilled Bratwurst with Onion and Fennel
Follow the recipe for Grilled Bratwurst with Onion and Peppers, omitting the bell peppers and adding 1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and thinly sliced, to the bowl with the onion before microwaving in step 1.
- Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Apples
Follow the recipe for Grilled Bratwurst with Onion and Peppers, omitting the onion and bell peppers. Combine 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater, 1 cup drained sauerkraut, and 1/8 teaspoon dried sage in the disposable aluminum pan (do not microwave). Place the sausages in a single layer on top of the sauerkraut mixture and cook as directed in step 4. Omit step 5 and, after the sausages are browned, serve them with the sauerkraut mixture.
Recipe Testers Reviews
So few ingredients involved, but the outcome was very tasty. Partially cooking the onions in the microwave first was something I have done before, but not with sausages. Then the onions are layered with red peppers, topped with the raw sausages and covered tightly with foil and placed on the grill. The sausages essentially steam and become infused with the onion-pepper mixture. The sausages are direct-grilled until done, then served with the onions and peppers. The steaming really kept the sausages moist and juicy, and the resultant onions/peppers were both slightly charred and tasted of the sausage. This intriguing technique is highly recommended — we will certainly do it again.