Homemade Brat Burgers Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time (optional): 30 minutes – overnight
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes



  • 1 pound (about 4-5 links) uncooked bratwurst

Ground meat:

  • 1 pound ground pork, ground beef (80/20), or a mix


  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)

Toppings: (choose your favorites)

  • Caramelized onions
  • Sauerkraut
  • Mustard (Dijon, German-style, yellow)
  • Sliced cheese (Swiss, cheddar, provolone)


  • Pretzel buns, Kaiser rolls, or your favorite burger buns


  • Prepare the bratwurst: Remove the casings from the bratwurst. Crumble the sausage meat into a large bowl.
  • Combine with ground meat: Add the ground pork or beef to the crumbled bratwurst.
  • Season: Add the ground sage, black pepper, salt, marjoram, nutmeg, and cloves (if using). Mix the spices thoroughly into the meat with your hands. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Form the patties: Divide the meat mixture into four equal portions. Shape them into round patties, slightly larger than your buns. For a more even cook, make a small indentation in the center of each patty.
  • Chilling (Optional): For the best flavor and texture, cover the patties and refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  • Preheat your grill or skillet: Preheat your grill to medium heat (around 350-400°F or 175 – 200°C). If using a skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat.
  • Cook the patties: Place the patties on the grill or skillet. Close the grill lid if you’re using one. Cook for 7-10 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Don’t press the burgers down with a spatula, as this will release the delicious juices.
  • Top and serve: During the last few minutes of cooking, toast the buns. If desired, melt your favorite cheese over the patties. Assemble your burgers with toppings like caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and mustard.


  • Don’t overhandle: Avoid overmixing the meat, or the burgers might become dense.
  • Control the heat: Cook over steady, medium heat for the best results and to avoid burning.
  • Use a thermometer: Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers are fully cooked.
  • Customize: Experiment with different topping combinations or even add some chopped onions or garlic directly into the burger mix.

Enjoy your tasty, homemade brat burgers!


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