Homemade Brat Burgers Recipe

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

Ingredients:

Bratwurst:

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

Ground meat:

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

Seasonings:

  • 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)

Buns:

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

Instructions:

  • 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.

Tips:

  • 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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