Slow Cooker Beer Brats

Slow Cooker Beer Brats are the easiest way to cook tender, flavorful beer brats! Finish them off on the grill for a bit of a char on the outside and they will be your go-to easy summer dinner!

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

With summer grilling season approaching us, I've been dreaming up all of the grilling recipes I possibly can! I did a bunch of chicken recipes a couple of weeks ago, and next up I have these Slow Cooker Beer Brats. Our whole family absolutely loves brats (Smoked Brats are a favorite!), but they can be a bit of a pain to have to boil first and we don't always have time to smoke them.

My solution? Let the slow cooker do the work! Using the slow cooker for beer brats allows all of the cooking of the brats to be mainly hands off. Once the brats are done in the slow cooker, you can serve immediately, OR throw them on the grill for a few minutes for a nice char and crusty outside.

Looking for other appetizer recipes? Check out my Hot Honey Wings, Whipped Feta, and Bacon Jalapeno Crescent Roll ups!

Slow Cooker Beer Brats
Slow Cooker Beer Brats

How to Make Slow Cooker Beer Brats

As I've mentioned, this recipe for beer brats is so easy to make. To start, slice up the onion and mince the garlic.

Place the onion and garlic on the bottom of your slow cooker. Top the onions with the brats and then pour the beer over everything. Place dollops of butter on top of the brats and onions. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook for low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Once the brats are cooked, you can either serve them immediately, or grill them. If you're grilling, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the brats for just a couple of minutes on each side for a little char and crusty outside.

Serve and enjoy! We love lots of toppings on our brats.

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

How to Serve Beer Brats

This time we opted for a more traditional sauerkraut, ketchup, and mustard. Other times we jazz things up a bit with kimchi or pickled veggies.

For sides, we usually keep things pretty simple with some potato chips, pasta salad, and grilled veggies. I'd highly recommend serving Peanut Butter Oreo Pie for dessert!

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

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Slow Cooker Beer Brats

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

An easy and flavorful way to cook beer brats - in the slow cooker! The tender brats are finished on the grill for a nice char and crusty outside.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 5 brats
Calories: 261kcal


  • 1 white or yellow onion sliced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 5 brats
  • 12 ounce beer
  • 2 tablespoon butter cut into small pieces


  • Add the onions and garlic to the slow cooker and top with the brats.
  • Pour the beer over the brats and onions and then place dollops of butter on top of the sausages.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Add the brats to get a char on each side.
  • Serve on buns topped with your favorite brat toppings and enjoy!


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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