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How to Boil Brats Before Grilling

author image Lillian Downey
How to Boil Brats Before Grilling
How to Boil Brats Before Grilling

Brats come in a variety of flavors and sizes, from savory beer brats to fancier chicken and herb varieties. Their diversity of flavors makes them a great substitute for plain hot dogs -- especially if you're looking to change up classic picnic or tailgating food without reinventing the wheel. Boiling raw or pre-cooked brats before grilling them helps to infuse flavors and ensure a safe, thoroughly cooked sausage.

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Step 1

Place the brats in a skillet, leaving about 1/2 inch between each sausage.

Step 2

Lightly drizzle olive oil over the brats to prevent them from sticking to the pan. Shake the pan back and forth to coat the brats with oil.

Step 3

Pour beer or water into pan until the sausages are just covered. Use beer if you want to infuse a light beer flavor into the brats, and use water if you'd like to keep the original flavor.

Step 4

Add two to three garlic cloves, a teaspoon of caraway seeds, a handful of diced onions or any other flavors you'd like to infuse the brats with.

Step 5

Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and turn the stove to high heat.

Step 6

Bring the liquid surrounding the brats to a strong simmer, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 to 20 minutes, or until the centers of the brats are hot and steaming. Avoid bringing the liquid to a full boil, because it can cause the sausages to burst open and then dry out.

Step 7

Remove the brats with tongs and transfer them to the grill right away. Grill until the outsides are crispy and brown and the interior temperature measures 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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