Learn how to bake brats in the oven easily! These baked bratwurst turn out perfectly every single time. Serve them with onions, bell peppers, and potatoes for a simple sheet pan meal, or omit the potatoes and make the most delicious brat sub sandwiches.
Brats In The Oven
Bratwurst on the grill are one of my favorite summertime treats. How can you not love one of those perfect grilled brat sandwiches? But since I really miss them in the winter, I started wondering if you can bake brats in the oven. It turns out, you can! Not only that, they’re super delicious and consistently turn out perfectly.
The main ingredients in this recipe are the marinade (olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper), bratwurst links, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and yellow onion. The optional ingredients are potatoes, hot dog buns, and cheddar cheese.
How To Cook Brats In The Oven
Mix together the marinade ingredients, spread the vegetables and bratwurst on a greased baking sheet, toss the ingredients with the marinade, then bake it until it’s cooked through and browned (stirring halfway through). See the recipe card below for the full instructions including ingredient amounts, temperatures, and times, etc.
It’s important to note that the fresh veggies play a huge role in the cooking time for this recipe. If you want to cook the brats without any of the fresh roasted vegetables, they’ll likely be finished baking in just 15 – 18 minutes of total cook time (and they’ll still need to be flipped halfway through).
Should I Bake Or Broil Brats With Peppers And Onions?
I prefer to bake this recipe so that the interior of the sausage cooks as well as the exterior. If you’d like a really browned and caramelized finish, you can definitely broil it for a couple of minutes after it finishes baking.
Can You Bake Frozen Bratwurst In The Oven?
Yes! You can bake frozen brats. You’ll just need to add about 15 minutes to the total cooking time.
What Temperature Should Brats Be Cooked To?
Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 F on an instant read meat thermometer.
Beer Braised Bratwurst
If you’ve never had beer braised brats, you’d be in for a real treat if you try it. Luckily, it’s super easy to make! All you have to do is marinate the brats in beer for at least 30 minutes before transferring them to the baking sheet and following the baking instructions in the recipe card.
How To Store Leftover Sausage
You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or you can freeze them.
What Goes With Baked Brats?
Make A Sheet Pan Meal With Potatoes Or Bratwurst Sandwiches
You can make this a sheet pan meal with roasted potatoes, just be sure to cut the potato cubes relatively (1/2″ cubes is perfect). That allows the potatoes to cook as quickly as the rest of the food.
If you’d rather make bratwurst subs, leave out the potatoes, then stuff good quality hot dog buns with the cooked sausage, peppers, and onions. Sprinkle it with a little bit of cheddar cheese, then pop it back in the oven until it’s toasted and the cheese is melty. Drizzle a little seedy mustard over the top and serve it while it’s hot.
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- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
Bratwurst and Peppers:
- 5 bratwurst links
- 1 green bell pepper (seeds and stems removed, cut into 1/4” - 1/2” thick slices)
- 1 red bell pepper (seeds and stems removed, cut into 1/4” - 1/2” thick slices)
- 1 large yellow onion (skins removed, cut into quarters)
- 2 large russet potatoes (cut into 1/2” cubes, optional - for a sheet pan meal instead of bratwurst subs)
- 5 buns (optional)
- Cheddar cheese (for topping, optional)
- Mustard (for topping, optional)
- Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 F (204 C).
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to make the marinade.
- Lightly oil a large baking sheet. (I use a two-thirds size baking sheet, which is the size you’ll need if you’re including the optional potatoes. A half size baking sheet will work if you skip the potatoes.) Arrange the brats and vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet (if you’re making a sheet pan meal, add the potatoes, if you’re making bratwurst subs, omit the potatoes). Pour the marinade over the brats and veggies. Toss the bratwurst and vegetables so that they’re evenly coated in the vinaigrette.
- Bake for 20 minutes*, then remove from the oven, flip the bratwurst over and stir the vegetables. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast for an additional 20 - 25 minutes (or until the bratwurst have reached an internal temperature of 160 F on an instant read meat thermometer and the bratwurst and vegetables have browned edges).
- Bratwurst Subs: Place one brat in each bun, top with roasted peppers and onions, sprinkle with cheese, and place the sandwiches back on the baking sheet. Return the baking sheet to the oven until the bun is toasted and the cheese is melted (approximately 5 minutes).
*The fresh veggies play a huge role in the cooking time for this recipe. If you want to cook the brats without any of the fresh roasted vegetables, they’ll likely be finished baking in just 15 - 20 minutes of total cook time (and they’ll still need to be flipped halfway through). Always use an instant read meat thermometer to check for doneness. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 F.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 26gCarbohydrates: 7.9gNet Carbohydrates: 6.5gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 4.3gProtein: 9.9g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. This was not calculated with any of the optional ingredients - it was only calculated with the marinade ingredients, bratwurst, bell peppers, and onions.
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