Grilled Brats with Onion Relish

Grilled Brats with Onion Relish

  • TOTAL PREP TIME30 minutes


  • 4 bratwurst uncooked
  • 2 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 12-ounce can beer
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup bread and butter pickles
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves chopped
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Bratwursts are a summertime staple. If you’re wondering how to make the best brats, we’ve got a secret for you: this homemade onion relish recipe may just be what you need! It’s the perfect addition to grilled brats. We have several other homemade bratwurst toppings for all your summer grilling needs! 

In large deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add onion. Sauté, stirring frequently, until very soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add beer and brown sugar and cook over medium high heat until liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Continue cooking until the onion turns a golden brown, stirring constantly. Stir in bacon, pickles and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare a medium hot fire in grill. Grill bratwurst directly over heat, turning, until evenly browned, about 5-7 minutes and to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Remove from grill and top with onion relish.

Makes 4 servings

Note: The onion relish can be made ahead and reheated. Store it in the refrigerator. Serve it warm or at room temperature


Crane Family

Meet the Crane Family

Southwest Kansas

My family and I live in the southwest part of the state. About 30 years ago I started raising hogs. It's been great to watch the continual improvement that our farms have made over the years. My wife, Nancy, and I have enjoyed raising our four children; Mandy, Mason, Miranda and Masheala, in a rural area.

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