Celebrate Oktoberfest and football season with these Caramelized Onion Beer Bratwursts! Bratwurst sausages are simmered in beer until cooked through and served in a bun with mustard, caramelized onions, and shredded Gruyere cheese. Looking for more Oktoberfest ideas and German recipes? I have also included a list of my previous recipes that fit the bill along with a few from other bloggers.
The history of Oktoberfest began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig (eventually King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. A large celebration took place outside the city gates of Munich (present day Theresienwises- Wies’n, named after Princess Therese) and concluded with horse racing. The celebration has been repeated every year (save a few interruptions due to war and cholera). This year, the festivities in Munich began on September 17th and last until October 3rd.
The bratwursts can be boiled in the beer a day or two in advance and heated on the grill or skillet just before serving.
If desired, toast the bread before assembling the sandwiches.
Here is a round-up of other recipes for Oktoberfest and from Germany:
And a few from other bloggers:
Caramelized Onion Beer Bratwursts
Adapted from Honest Cooking
1 large yellow onion
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (660 mL each) bottles of good quality beer, divided
4 raw bratwurst sausages
3 ounces (85 grams) Gruyere cheese, shredded
German mustard for serving
4 hoagie or hot dog buns
Peel and cut the onion in half. Thinly slice.
In a large pan, drizzle the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion and cook without stirring until the bottom begins to turn golden without burning, about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle the onions with salt and stir. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until deeply golden. Deglaze the pan with 2 tablespoons of the beer while stirring. Remove from heat.
In a large saucepan, add the bratwursts in a single layer over medium heat. Cover with the remaining beer. If the bratwursts aren’t covered, add a little water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sausages are cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove the bratwursts from the pan.
Remove the beer and place the pan back over medium heat with another tablespoon of olive oil or heat a grill pan. Add the cooked bratwursts and brown on each side. Remove from heat.
Slice the hoagie or hot dog buns nearly in half lengthwise if not precut. Spread the mustard on one inner side. Add a bratwurst and top with caramelized onions and shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.