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Traeger Smoked Beer Brats

Beer Brats are basically one of the major food groups in the summer in the Midwest, and our Traeger Smoked Beer Brats are taking a Wisconsin and Minnesota classic and giving it a smokey, pellet grill twist.

Traeger Beer Brats Recipe

What’s better than a regular beer brat? A home-smoked one, that’s what. We took a traditional beer brat recipe and turned it upside down a bit. This is a really easy, straightforward recipe, it is fast enough to work for either a quick lunch or weeknight dinner, but it is tasty enough to bring out on any cookout or bbq that you might be hitting up in the not-too-distant future.

What’s the best kind of brat to use?

I like using a fresh, uncooked, locally made bratwurst when I make beer brats. The fresher, the better. Whatever you have at your local grocery store will also work, however. Just make sure not to use a pre-cooked or pre-smoked sausage.

What kind of onion is best for beer brats?

Give me sweet Walla Walla onions or give me death.

A Vidalia would work pretty well too, but I’m pretty partial to the Washington variety. If it is summer and there are fresh sweet onions around, there’s no question that they are best for your brats. Any yellow onion will work in a pinch, though! Even a white onion too. But stay away from the red onions here.

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Traeger Smoked Beer Brats

Smoked Beer Brats shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for specific amounts.

  • bratwurst
  • beer
  • sweet onion
  • buns
  • spicy brown mustard

How to make Traeger Beer Brats

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re getting into here. You’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page when you are cooking.



Place your brats into a large freezer baggie and pour in a bottle of beer. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.



Preheat your smoker to 180°. Slice up your onions into strips.



Put the onions into a prepped grill-safe dish and put them on the grill. Drain the brats and put them right on the grill. Smoke both for an hour.



Turn the grill temperature up to 350°. Put the brats into the dish with the onions and pour in the other beer. Let cook for 30-60 minutes. You want the brats simmering for about 20-25 minutes total, so how long it will take at this stage depends on how long your beer takes to come up to a simmer.

Optional: Take the brats out of the beer and place them right on the grill grates again for 5-10 minutes to give them a little char.



Top with onions & mustard, and enjoy!

This would be perfect with our Smoked Potato Salad!

Smoked Beer Brats FAQ

How do you store leftovers?

Store these in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Reheat these in the microwave or right back on the grill.

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Traeger Smoked Beer Brats
Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Smoked Beer Brats

Traeger Smoked Beer Brats

These easy smoked beer brats are cooked on the pellet grill alongside with plenty of sweet Walla Walla onions and then braised in beer!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 6 uncooked bratwurst
  • 2 bottles beer
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 6 buns
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard


  1. Place the brats into a large baggie and add one bottle of beer. Seal and let marinate for 4-6 hours. Drain and discard marinade.
  2. Preheat your smoker to 180°.
  3. Slice the onions into long strips. Place into the bottom of a prepped grill-safe baking dish.
  4. Put the brats directly on the grill grates, and place the pan of onions in the grill as well. Let smoke for 1 hour at 180°.
  5. Turn up the grill temperature to 350°. Put the other beer in with the onions in the baking dish and place the brats on top. Cook on the grill for approximately 30-60 minutes. You want them to be simmering in the onions and beer mixture for about 20-25 minutes total, so how long it'll take depends on how long it takes for your beer to come up to a simmer in the grill.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with mustard.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 477Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1006mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 17g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Saturday 16th of September 2023

These sound great. What flavor wood pellets did you use?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 16th of September 2023

Whatever is in the hopper. ;) We usually run the Gourmet Blend, or some kind of fruit wood like cherry or apple, but I'd also make these with hickory or maple or even mesquite too.

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