Beer-Simmered Grilled Sausage

Beer-Simmered Grilled Sausage


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Grilling your sausage after first simmering it in beer not only makes for a great taste, but also helps grill your sausage faster. Which means your guests will eat quicker! The added onions take on the flavor of the beer, so you’ll get that great charcoal and beer flavor combination.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6-8 servings


  • 6 bottles (12 oz. each) medium- to heavy-bodied ale (9 cups)
  • 12 bratwurst
  • 1 large onion, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise

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Bring beer to a boil in a large, wide pot. Add sausages and onions and simmer 15 minutes. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit until ready to grill.

Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above the cooking grate only 4 to 5 seconds).

Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer sausages to the grill. Cook sausages, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, drain onions and set aside. Serve sausages hot or warm, with onions if you like.

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