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Midwestern Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches with Caraway Sauerkraut

Ask a Wisconsin purist -- tradition demands that these sausages be served on a toasted hard roll (not a hot dog bun), with butter, spicy mustard (not ketchup), sweet pickles (not lettuce), and sauerkraut.

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  • Servings: 4
Midwestern Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches with Caraway Sauerkraut

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2007

Ingredients

  • Oil, for grates
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for rolls (optional)
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, well drained
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 precooked bratwurst sausages (3 ounces each)
  • 4 hard rolls, halved horizontally
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup bread-and-butter pickles
  • Potato chips, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat grill to medium-low; lightly oil grates. In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sauerkraut, sugar, caraway seeds, and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until sauerkraut is heated through, 3 to 5 minutes; set aside.

  2. Grill sausages, turning frequently, until golden brown and warmed through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Grill rolls, cut side down, until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread lightly with butter, if using, and mustard. Halve sausages lengthwise; fill each roll with 2 halves and pickles. Serve with sauerkraut and potato chips.

Variations

This recipe calls for easy-to-find precooked brats (look near the other sausages). For fresh ones, increase the grilling time by 5 minutes, until they're cooked through.

Reviews (5)

  • toobusy 20 Sep, 2012

    Shuddering...you must have gotten this recipe from a stadium food service...no self-respecting Wisconsinite would use pre-cooked pkged brats! If you meant precook fresh brats, saute plenty of onions & peppers, store brats & veggies then take to tailgate & reheat them in beer on the grill - that could work

  • Wausau 15 Dec, 2010

    Gross! How can you even mention pre-cooked brats and Wisconsin purist in the same sentence? How is tha possible!!

    The best brats are never precooked. I prefer Johnsonville brats but your local butcher may also be a good choice. I only grill them on the BBQ and turn them frequetly. WHen they are around 170F I serve them right away.

  • SassiCook 29 Jun, 2010

    Please! No pre-cooked Brats at a REAL Wisconsin cookout! The process is this: Grill the Brats until done. On a side burner, have a simmering pot of beer with sliced onions (peppers, too, if you like). As the Brats are done, put them in the beer pot. They will stay moist (assuming you did NOT prick them with a fork) and warm for the life of the cookout.

  • mayers 5 Aug, 2009

    Where is the beer? You can't have Brats that aren't soaked in onions and beer.

  • welove2cook 4 Jul, 2008

    Delicious sandwich. We will definitely make bratwurst with these accompaniments again.

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