When the weather doesn't cooperate cooking brats indoors is always an option. Unfortunately cooking them on the stove can be a pain when you're trying to make enough for a group and don't have room in the pan for everybody. Cooking brats in the oven, a perfect way to work around that pesky annoyance.
Making brats in the oven
Baked brats are one of the best ways to enjoy the tasty sausages without the hard work or waste of propane and charcoal. I hate the way they can easily be ruined on the stovetop, or burner on a grill. But the oven method is our favorite.
It's a simple almost completely hands-off recipe that gives you a thick and crispy casing and a juicy sausage inside. Absolute perfection every time. It's practically a fool proof method!
Baked Brats Ingredients
What you’ll need to make this recipe
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Tips for making bratwurst in the oven
The biggest tip I have for making this recipe is to make sure you flip the sausage once. Over flipping means you're letting heat out of the oven over and over again, and flipping once gives you that golden color on the sides that we're aiming for.
The brats are finished cooking when they reach 160F degrees on a thermometer and they will still appear somewhat pink inside. This is normal and shows that they weren't over cooked.
Stovetop brats are often steam cooked making them gray inside since these are not cooked with that method, the internal appearance will be different from that.
FAQ for Brats
Absolutely. You can cook beer brats in the oven following this same recipe and method. Johnsonville brats or store brand should all work the same.
You can broil the brats if you're looking for a richer color. To do this you can turn the broiler on after the brats have finished cooking and broil for 1 minute on each side, keeping a close eye to make sure that they don't burn. You can cook the brats in the oven without a broiling pan to do this.
How to cook bratwurst in the oven
Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
Place your brats on a baking sheet to where they are not touching.
Bake for 15 minutes, flip the brats over and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
They're finished when they reach a 160F degrees internal temperature.
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Oven Baked Brats
- 1 pkg Brats (6pk or more)
- Aluminum foil *optional
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil (if desired).
- Evenly space your brats on the baking sheet so that they are not touching.
- Bake for 15 minutes, flip with a pair of tongs and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- The brats are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160F degrees.