How to Cook Bratwurst in the Oven (Oven Baked Brats)

This Oven Baked Brats recipe bakes these juicy German sausages to golden-brown and crispy perfection in 30 minutes or less! Turn to this mostly hands-off cooking method when you’re craving juicy sausages for busy weeknight dinners or easy summer entertaining.

I love a juicy grilled bratwurst but this Oven Baked Brats recipe is so much more hands-off and low-maintenance! 

The process is as easy as placing the brats on a baking sheet, popping them in the oven, and waiting for the oven to do its thing. No standing over a hot grill needed! Instead, spend your free time relaxing or preparing classic side dishes like German potato salad or baked beans

The oven’s consistent heat also ensures the brats bake evenly, achieving that perfect golden-brown crust on the outside while preserving the flavor and juiciness within. In 30 minutes or less, these meaty German sausages are ready to be stuffed into buns and layered with all of your favorite toppings.

Raw bratwurst on plate.

What is bratwurst?

Bratwurst is a German sausage made from finely minced pork and/or veal and savory herbs and spices. Its name, derived from “brät” (meaning finely chopped meat) and “wurst” (sausage), refers to its finely ground texture. This versatile sausage is excellent grilled, pan-fried, air fried, or baked in the oven.

Ingredients needed

  • Brats – That’s it! In addition to traditional German bratwurst, I encourage you to try fun flavors like beer bratwurst, cheddar bratwurst, and jalapeño bratwurst. 

How to bake bratwurst in the oven

Arrange the brats in a single layer on a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake until the sausages are golden-brown on the outside and fully cooked on the inside. 

Take the sausages out of the oven and serve them immediately in buns with your favorite toppings. Enjoy! 

Tips and tricks

  • Plan ahead! The brats need to cool to room temperature to help them cook faster and more evenly. Remember to take them out of the fridge and leave them on the kitchen counter for 20 to 30 minutes before baking.
  • Use a paring knife to score the bratwurst with a few shallow cuts to prevent them from bursting in the oven.
  • For an extra crispy finish, consider finishing the baked brats under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Brats are cooked through and safe to eat when they reach an internal temperature of 160ºF.

Bratwurst topping ideas 

Grab some sausage buns and choose your favorite toppings to load on top of the brats:

Searching for sides? I’ve got you covered! Head to this round-up of 35+ Side Dishes for Bratwurst.

Bratwurst in buns arranged on serving tray next to small bowls of mustard and sauerkraut.

FAQs

Can you cook brats in the oven?

Absolutely! Baking brats in the oven is a convenient, hands-off method that yields delicious results. It’s also the best alternative when you want a low-maintenance meal or when it’s too cold or rainy to grill outside.

What temperature is best for baking brats?

Preheat your oven to 400°F for the best results. The brats cook through at this temperature while developing a golden brown crust on the outside.

How long do you cook brats in the oven?

Baking brats at 400°F typically takes between 20 and 25 minutes. Adjust the time based on the specific type and size of the brats you’re using, and always check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Sausages are fully cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F.

Storing

After cooling, place the leftover baked brats in an airtight container or ziplock bag and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

You can also wrap the individual sausages tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze for 2 to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating in the oven or microwave.

Wine pairings for bratwurst

You can’t go wrong washing down a bratwurst with an ice-cold German lager or pilsner, but if you prefer wine, opt for these pairings:

Bratwurst in buns arranged on serving tray next to small bowls of mustard and sauerkraut.

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Close up of oven baked bratwrust.

Easy Oven Baked Bratwurst

This Oven Baked Brats recipe bakes these juicy German sausages to golden-brown and crispy perfection in 30 minutes or less! Turn to this mostly hands-off cooking method when you’re craving juicy sausages for busy weeknight dinners or easy summer entertaining.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5 people

Ingredients

  • 5 bratwurst (19-ounce package)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, if desired.
  • Arrange brats on the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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Equipment

Parchment Paper optional

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 558mg | Potassium: 230mg | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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