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A plate of brats with peppers and onions

Pan Grilled Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 5 brats 1x


Pan Grilled Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions. A pan full of brats, peppers, and onions make a great grilled dinner.


  • 2 medium onions, sliced ¼" thick
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced ¼" thick
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5-6 bratwurst (one package of brats)
  • ¼ cup beer (The rest of the bottle is a chef's treat!)
  • 5-6 bratwurst buns


  • Spicy brown mustard (optional…but not in my opinion)


  1. Prepare the Bratwurst Pan: Toss the onions, peppers, salt, and pepper in the grill pan. Drizzle with the oil and toss again to coat the onions and peppers, then spread in an even layer across the bottom of the pan. Put the brats on top of the peppers and onions, then pour the beer over everything. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and crimp the edges shut.
  2. Prepare the Grill: Set your grill up for cooking on direct medium heat (350°F). For my Weber Summit, I preheat the grill for 15 minutes with all burners on high, scrape the grates clean with my grill brush, then turn all the burners down to medium. In my Weber Kettle, I light a chimney of charcoal, wait for it to be covered with gray ash, then spread it over the bottom of the grill in a tight single layer of coals.
  3. Steam the Bratwurst in the Pan: Put the foil-covered pan on the grill over direct medium heat. Cook with the grill lid closed for 20 minutes.
  4. Grill the Brats, Brown the Peppers and Onions: Remove the foil from the pan, and leave the pan over medium heat. Move the brats from the pan to the grill, also over direct medium heat. Grill the brats until browned, for about 2 minutes a side, then remove from the grill directly into the waiting buns. Watch out for flare-ups while the brats are over direct heat, and move them around as necessary. While grilling the brats, keep cooking the onions and peppers in the pan, stirring occasionally. The peppers and onions are done when most of the liquid is cooked away and they are starting to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes after the foil was removed.
  5. Serve: Serve the brats with the onions, peppers, and brown spicy mustard on the side. Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American