What to Serve with Brats: What Goes Good with Them

There’s a lot of options to choose from when considering what to serve with brats. These 8 items on this list are, in my opinion, what goes good with brats (of course, there are plenty more than just these, but we’re sticking to a short list to make things much easier). Give them a try. I promise you won’t regret it.

Hard Roll

Wondering what to serve with brats? A hard dinner roll with a crusty and a biite will really complement the sausage.
A dinner roll with a little more chew will add texture to the bratwurst; adding some interesting texture for your taste buds.

Most people (myself included at one point) will put their bratwurst in a soft bun. Who knows why soft buns are so popular, but everyone seems to use them. If I had to take a wild guess, it would be because that’s all people know. Soft buns are easy to find and they’re quite popular, but they are definitely not the best choice when it comes to bratwurst sausages.

What you want to use is actually a hard roll. Find a hard roll and give it a try. The crisp crust and the extra bite and texture provided by a hard roll will stack on another layer of interest to your taste bud; making it way tastier.

Mustard

Whether you use a soft bun, or a hard roll, you just can’t have a brat without some mustard. I’m sure you’re probably thinking you already knew this. But do you know what’s the best mustard to use? It’s probably not what you have in your fridge right now. You’ll want to look for some stone ground mustard instead.

Sauerkraut

Another common item is sauerkraut. Just as it’s hard to skip the mustard, it’s just as hard to skip the sauerkraut. You can attempt to make your own if you are up to it, but the ready-made stuff you can find at the store will do just fine.

I recommend you put in a little effort for your sauerkraut the get the best out of it though. If you’re cooking your brats on the grill, place a large clump the on grill for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Otherwise, you can sautee it quickly in a heavy cast iron pan with a little bit of butter/oil.

Onions

Another common staple for bratwursts. White or yellow onions are fine. Serve them raw, or serve them quickly sautéed. Another option is to throw it on a grill first before chopping it up.

Bacon

You just can’t go wrong with bacon (especially when paired with brats). Make bacon bits to top off your brat, or you can even wrap your brats in bacon.

For bacon wrapped bratwursts:

  1. Soak some wood toothpicks in a bowl of cold water.
  2. Braise the brats without browning it. Cut down the cooking time by 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the brats form the braising liquid and allow it to cook down a little bit.
  4. Wrap the brats in bacon and hold the bacon in place with the tooth picks that have been sitting in the cold water.
  5. Cook the bacon wrapped brats in a cast iron pan, or on the grill. Make sure to turn them over as needed to make sure the bacon is thoroughly cooked. The brat will finish cooking along with the bacon. You might want to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be on the safe side.

Roasted Corn on the Cob

There’s not much to say about this item except, “who doesn’t love roasted corn on the cob?”. Whether you’re enjoying your bratwurst with or without a bun, roasted corn on the cob will have its place. You can also cut it down to use a topping like bacon bits or chopped onions.

Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes are a common side dish served with brats in Germany. It's not as common here, but the crunchy texture it adds is well worth trying at least once. You'll surely be hooked after you get a taste for it.While this item isn’t as common for those of us who love bratwurst in the United States, this item is a staple commonly found in Germany. Try going back to the German roots of the bratwurst and try some fried potato pancakes. Not really sure what they are? Think hash browns. Sounds great now doesn’t it? Yes, it does.

Go can find a simple recipe here.

Beer

This last item on the list is a no-brainer. Grab a cold beer to enjoy with your brat.

There you have it, 8 items that goes good with brats. If you’re unsure of what to serve with bratwurst sausages, give these items a try. You can’t go wrong with a combination of them, or even with all of them. Don’t forget to learn how to cook the brats properly so you can truly get the best for your taste buds. Go here to learn the details.