Lambeau Leep Beer Brat Recipe – Brats simmered in beer and onions and finished off on the grill. If you love tailgating or are an armchair quarterback – this is the meal for you! This post has been updated from September 2016 to improve reader experience.
It was January 30th, 1994 – Super Bowl Sunday. It was also moving day and I was moving from San Clemente, CA to Manitowoc, WI.
When I stepped on the plane it was 80 in Southern California – when I deplaned in Milwaukee Wisconsin it was 7. Pretty sure the windchill was -20 below zero. Hence my introduction to Wisconsin!
Here is what I learned about Wisconsin while I lived there –
- These are hard-working folks. They won’t let a little thing like a snowstorm stop them from coming to work. AND they won’t be late either, they will get up, dig out their driveway and car and go to work. Snow is a way of life – deal with it!
- Fridays are for Fish Fries and Fish Boils. Every supper club has a Fish Fry on Friday nights and if you are really lucky you get invited to a fish boil (ewe!!!). Admittedly I thought a “fish boil” sounded awful until I tried it. Fish boils are amazing. Lake Trout boiled with corn, onions, potatoes and seasoning. It involves a big fire, super cool and loads of fun. If you EVER get an invite – go!
In the five years I was in Wisconsin I lived in Manitowoc, Mishicot and Ashwaubenon!
What is the difference between hotdogs and brats?
- Though both are sausages, bratwurst are made with fresh beef, pork or veal and mixed with herbs and spice. Hotdogs are precooked.
- In my opinion, the best brats are Johnsonville Brats made in Sheboygan (sorry another name you can’t pronounce!).
- If you can’t find Johnsonville Brats get good bratwurst or German Sausages – not hotdogs, because ahem…..there’s a difference!
Never had cheese curds? Give them a try! In Wisconsin they are a delicacy!
And Wisconsin loves their Green Bay Packers! Football is a way of life in Wisconsin and I love it too! I lived in Wisconsin for about five years and I’ve been a Packer-Backer ever since! Now that it’s football season…. I’m a happy gal!
So, since it’s now football season (YAY!) I wanted to share my favorite way to make brats. Good beer brats, slow cooked on the stove and finished on the grill. They are the best game day grub!
If you’re going to do some tailgating this year, I’m going to give you a tried and true recipe for my Lambeau Leap Beer brats. They are perfect for game day grub!
Shopping list for Beer Brat Recipe
- yellow onion
- beef broth
- whole grain mustard
- hotdog buns
Steps to make Lambeau Leap Beer Brat Recipe
- Add the brats to a deep frying pan or large pot set on medium heat.
- Add the beer, beef broth, onion, garlic and water.
- Bring to a boil & reduce to simmer.
- Occasionally turn the brats.
- Cook them for 30-45 minutes until they are completely cooked thru.
- Next Grill the Beer Brats over an open grill making sure to get good grill marks.
- Build your brat with a hotdog bun, topped with a brat, sauerkraut and a good whole grain german mustard. Enjoy!
Why boil the meat and then grill it?
Braising them in beer and onions infuses them with flavor and helps keeps them juicy and flavorful! If you just grill the brats when they are raw they end up dried up.
That’s it….simple and perfect! Football is a way of life in Wisconsin and when it comes to Beer Brats – they do it right!
And in case you’re wondering… I love football! The team I root for is the Green Bay Packers (big surprise, right?!! I’ve been to several games at Lambeau Stadium and Dan and I have plans to head back to Wisconsin next fall to enjoy a game!!
How about you, who’s your favorite team?
More great recipes for tailgating and game day grub!
- Cuban Sliders – salty, buttery meaty bites!
- Refried Bean Dip – super simple and always delicious!
- Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce – a MUST make!!
- Tailgate Chili – my favorite chili recipe!
What’s your favorite tailgate food? Comment below, I’d love to hear what’s on your menu! If you have a moment, please leave a five star comment for these tasty brats!!!
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Beer Brat Recipe
Lambeau Leap Beer Brat Recipe
Beer Brat Recipe - Brats simmered in beer and onions and finished off on the grill. Perfect for tailgating!
- 1-2 package brats - Johnsonville Brats if you can find them or good German Sausage
- 2 12 oz bottles of beer
- 1 yellow onion cut into wedges
- 2 clove garlic chopped
- 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
- 1 can sauerkraut
- whole grain German Mustard
- Hotdog buns
- Additional water as needed to cover the brats
- Braise the brats. Add the brats to a deep frying pan or large pot set on medium heat. To the brats add the beer, beef broth, onion, garlic and water. Bring to a boil & reduce to simmer. Occasionally turn the brats. Cook them for 30-45 minutes until they are completely cooked thru. Braising them will keep them juicy and flavorful.
- Grill the Beer Brats over an open grill making sure to get good grill marks.
- Build your brat with a hotdog bun, topped with a brat, sauerkraut and german mustard. Enjoy!