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Caramelized Beer Onions and Cheddar Bratwurst

  • Author: Maggie Cubbler
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


This is tailgating food, meant to be paired with good beer and football.


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2TB beer
  • 4 bratwurst sausages
  • 2 bottles beer (660ml) + water if needed
  • 3oz (85g) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Buns


  1. Finely slice the onion in half-moon shapes.
  2. In a medium stainless steel saucepan, heat about 1TB of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, without stirring for about 10 minutes or until you start to see some dark caramelization on the pan. Stir the onions, scraping off the color from the sides and bottoms of the pan.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to the onions and stir. Let the onions sit, checking in every 5 minutes or so to see if there is more caramelization to scrape off the pan. (I used a wooden spoon to scrape it.)
  4. Keep repeating the process until the onions are a rich, dark color. Do not increase the heat or allow the onions to burn!
  5. Once the onions have reached the desired color and you are unable to scrape any more color off the pan, deglaze with the 2TB of beer. Quickly stir using the liquid to scrape off all the caramelization possible. Set aside.
  6. Place the brats in a separate large saucepan and cover with beer. If it doesn’t cover, just top it off with water. Simmer over medium heat for about 7-8 minutes or until cooked. Keep an eye on the pan because the beer will boil over!
  7. Once par-boiled, you can finish off the brats over a grill or in a skillet with some olive oil over medium heat. Cook until desired color is achieved.
  8. Serve in a nice hot dog/hoagie bun and top with sharp grated cheddar cheese and caramlized onions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Main
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