How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven

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Everything you need to know about how to cook bratwurst in the oven. It’s every bit as good as grilling and is ready in under 20 minutes.

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works:
  2. Can I cook a bratwurst in the oven?
  3. What temp should brats be baked at?
  4. How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven
  5. How do you know when brats are fully cooked?
  6. What to Serve with Bratwurst
  7. Storage Instructions
  8. How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven Recipe
  9. Frequently Asked Questions

Grilling season is quickly fading (for us midwesterners at least) but football and tailgating is just at the beginning. Game day food is my favorite part of football parties and fall picnics.

What happens when the weather is poor or you don’t have access to a grill? What is the best way to cook brats indoors? This is the guide you need. We’ll teach exactly how to get crispy, yet juicy brats, right in your oven. It’s an easy dinner idea for any type of year.

overhead view of sauerkraut and bratwurst sandwiches

Why this recipe works:

Grilled brats are amazing because they get a crispy char on the outside while staying juicy on the inside. Our method for brats in the oven works because we cook them at a high temperature and then broil them at the end. This gives them that charred look you know and love in a bratwurst.

Can I cook a bratwurst in the oven?

Yes, you can and should bake bratwurst in the oven. It’s a great method for beer brats, Italian sausages and even kielbasa.

What temp should brats be baked at?

You’ll find varying articles about what temperature brats should be cooked at, ranging from 350ºF up to 425ºF.

I like roasting foods in the oven at high temperatures so that they cook quickly and get a little crispy on the outsides. I do this with oven roasted red potatoes. If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out on a delicious side dish recipe.

For that reason, I choose 425ºF as the optimal temperature for baking brats.

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How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven

Johnsonville brats are the most common and very popular type of pork brat in the US. There are other brats that contain not only pork, but also beef and veal. Choose any flavor of those or whatever your favorite brand is. Many times we pick up the store brand and they are every bit as good.

  • Preheat oven to 425º Fahrenheit.
  • Cover a rimmed sheet pan (with at least 1” edges) with parchment paper. You can also use a 9×13 casserole dish or even a cast iron skillet if you don’t have a rimmed baking sheet. The parchment paper (or aluminum foil) allows for easy clean-up.
uncooked bratwurst on a baking pan
  • Place the bratwurst on the prepared pan with at least 1” space between.
  • Bake brats for 8 minutes, then flip the brats and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Cooking time can vary based on the size of the brats, ovens and types of baking pans, so always check the internal temperature of the brats (details below).
  • Set the oven to high broil (the pan should be on the center oven rack, not too close to the top). Broil on high for 3 minutes.
oven baked bratwurst on a baking pan

How do you know when brats are fully cooked?

According to the USDA, brats are fully cooked when the internal temperature has reached 160ºF. You can test the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the center of the brat.

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What to Serve with Bratwurst

Bratwursts are traditionally served on brat buns or hot dog buns. Many times they are loaded with onions, mustard or sauerkraut. Here are some options for how to top your bratwurst sandwiches and sides to serve with bratwurst that will enhance and compliment the flavors of the brats.

sauerkraut and bratwurst sandwiches

Condiments

  • Mustard. You can use any type of mustard, but a hearty stone ground brown mustard is my favorite.
  • Ketchup
  • Relish
  • Grilled onions
  • Chili sauce. This is such an amazing combination.
  • Cheese sauce.
  • Creamy coleslaw. Or even a pineapple coleslaw would be delish.
  • Sauerkraut.
sauerkraut and bratwurst sandwiches with brown mustard

Sides

Consider these side dishes to serve with bratwurst:

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover brats in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftovers will keep for up to 3-4 days.

3 cooked bratwurst on the oven
3 cooked bratwurst on the oven

How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven

5 from 2 votes
Everything you need to know about how to cook bratwurst in the oven. It's every bit as good as grilling and is ready in under 20 minutes.
Servings 5
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 5 uncooked bratwurst
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425º Fahrenheit.
  • Cover a rimmed baking sheet (with at least 1” edges) with parchment paper.
  • Place the bratwurst on the prepared pan with at least 1” space between.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, then flip the brats and cook for an additional 6 minutes.
  • Set the oven to high broil (the pan should be on the center rack of the oven, not too close to the top). Broil on high for 3 minutes.
  • The brats should have an internal temperature of 160ºF.
  • Serve on toasted buns with sauerkraut and over favorite toppings.

Notes

If you’re cooking the brats with other veggies in the pan, they’ll need 20 to 25 minutes. When cooked by themselves, the bratwurst cook in just 15 minutes.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 5 bratwurst, with 1 serving being 1 brat. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 558mg | Potassium: 230mg | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 220
Keyword easy dinner idea, easy recipe, how to bake

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use this method with Italian sausage links?

Yes! This works well with Italian sausage, too.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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