Grilled Brats with Onion Relish

Chef Richard 4 Servings 25 minutes

Bratwursts get dressed up with this sweet onion relish. The onion relish can be made ahead of time and reheated when ready to serve.


  • 4 bratwurst, uncooked
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, Sliced
  • 1 12-ounce can beer
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ¼ cup bread and butter pickles
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped 


  • In large deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add onion. Sauté, stirring frequently, until very soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add beer and brown sugar and cook over medium high heat until liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Continue cooking until the onion turns a golden brown, stirring constantly. Stir in bacon, pickles and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare a medium hot fire in grill. Grill bratwurst directly over heat, turning, until evenly browned, about 5-7 minutes and to an internal temperature of 160°F. Remove from grill and top with onion relish.

Note: The onion relish can be made ahead and reheated. Store it in the refrigerator. Serve it warm or at room temperature.