Baked brats is my favorite way to prepare these amazing sausages. Oven baked bratwurst sausages are easy to make, taste great, and perfect as an easy entree for weeknight dinners.
Whether you're preparing for an Oktoberfest feast or an everyday dinner, this recipe will definitely save you time. Baked brats can be prepared in small or big batches, and require very little effort in the kitchen.
Why you'll love it
- Easy way to cook sausages
- Perfect for meal prep
- Cook a small or big batch to suit your needs
- Suitable for many diets. You can often find dairy free and gluten free brats
- Can easily be turned into a sheet pan meal
- No hands on cooking required
Bratwursts, often nicknames "brats", are German sausages, typically made from pork. There are different varieties of them, and they come in various shapes and sizes.
Brats are often coarse and juicy, and the skin becomes crispy when baked. This makes them perfect to use as hot dogs, served in buns. They can also be served as an entree with various side dishes, or used in other recipes.
The sausages can be cooked in many ways, but they are commonly oven baked or grilled.
How to bake them
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
Baking sausages is quite straight forward, and bratwursts are no different.
Place the sausages on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 200 degrees Celcius for about 20 minutes, or until the sausages are golden brown on top.
You can turn the sausages once halfway through cooking them to ensure an even cooking result. This will make the sausages equally crispy on all sides, however it's completely optional.
- Keep an eye on the bratwursts while they bake. Your oven might require a slightly shorter or longer cooking time than what's suggested.
- You can speed up the process by slicing the brats before you bake them. If they are cut into smaller pieces, they will cook much faster!
- If you're in doubt, you can use a meat thermometer to ensure that the baked brats have cooked through. They should have an internal temperature of 160°F / 71°C.
Oven baked bratwurst sausages are often served in a bun or hot dog roll with ketchup and mustard, like any other hot dogs. You can also top them with crispy fried onions, Balsamic Caramelized Onions or German potato salad.
Sheet pan baked brats and vegetables: If you want to bake the sausages with vegetables, you can check out my Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies recipe. Add seasoned vegetables to the baking sheet with your bratwursts.
Seasoned: You can season the sausages with Pork Seasoning used as a dry rub, a glaze or sauce.
Baked brats and potatoes: Bake the sausages with seasoned potato cubes.
Beer brats: Bake the sausages in a casserole dish covered with beer and sliced onions. The beer will give the bratwurst a fantastic flavor.
Bratwursts with sauerkraut: Bake the brats in a casserole dish on top of sauerkraut. Sausages and sauerkraut is a delicious combination, and baking them together is a great time saver.
Store any leftover baked brats in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat the sausages in an oven, skillet or microwave, and serve them warm. Alternatively, slice or dice the sausages and add them to other dishes like soups, casseroles or stews.
You can also freeze cooked bratwursts for up to 3 months. Thaw them in a refrigerator overnight, and add to various dishes or reheat to serve them as an entree.
Frequently asked questions
Different countries operate with different regulations and recommendations for safe cooking practices. It is generally recommended that you allow the sausages to cook through completely, until they are no longer pink in the middle.
No. Avoid poking holes in the bratwurst before or while it bakes, as this would allow the fat to escape, and make the sausages dry.
Bratwurst sausages are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F / 71°C. They will also be golden brown on the surface, and the sausage casings might start to wrinkle.
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Oven Baked Bratwurst
- 6 bratwursts
- Preheat your oven to 400 F / 200 C.
- Place the sausages on a baking sheet. You might want to line it with a parchment paper, or a silicone baking cover.
- Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the sausages are golden brown on top.
- You can turn the sausages once halfway through cooking them to ensure an even cooking result. This will make the sausages equally crispy on all sides, however it's completely optional.
- Store leftover brats in a refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat them in a microwave or oven, or add them to other dishes.
- Make it a sheet pan meal by baking the brats with vegetables like cubed potatoes, green beans or sauerkraut.
- The required cooking time can vary slightly. The sausages are cooked when they are golden brown on top.
Food safety tips
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove