Brat Burgers

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Perfectly seasoned, flavorful brat burgers — looks like a burger, tastes like a bratwurst! Top it with a mound of sauerkraut, and grab yourself a cold one.  Perfect for Oktoberfest, tailgating, or just any ‘ol time!

Brat Burgers

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Once a season, there is that one football game that is considered the big game.  That game was last Saturday for us.

We haven’t played the Oregon Ducks in quite a while, and they came to town and boy! Was THAT a fun game!!


We had a big tailgate party before the game, and since it was also the first day of Oktoberfest — we used that as our theme!

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Sure, we could have grilled up some brats, and everyone would have been just content as can be, but I wanted to switch it up! So, laying in bed one morning, planning my menu in my head, I thought, what if we combined the idea of burgers and brats and made something completely fabulous??

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then … the Brat Burger was born!

I combined equal parts of lean ground beef, and bratwurst meat, added some German spices and bread crumbs, we hand pattied them, and grilled them up.

The common comment “Wait.  I thought this was a burger? But it tastes like a brat?!”  The other comments were more like “Wow!” and “Mmmmmm.”

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Best part?  Topping it with a big ‘ol mound of Frank’s Sauerkraut!  Check out these super convenient single serving packs!! I heard one of the Frat boys call them “Kraut Shots …” Ha!

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We grilled up almost 30 of them, and had all of the fixin’s anyone could want for their burger/bratwurst.

These will be made again and again, I assure you.

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Keeping with the theme, I made Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake) for dessert — then we had also had the famous Dill Pickle Dip — which doesn’t have anything to do with Oktoberfest, it’s just delicious! 😉


Yield: 8 quarter pound burgers

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close up of a Brat Burger on a table

Perfectly seasoned, flavorful brat burgers --- looks like a burger, tastes like a bratwurst! Top it with a mound of sauerkraut, and grab yourself a cold one. Perfect for Oktoberfest, tailgating, or just any 'ol time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Bratwurst, casings removed
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For serving: 8 buns, Frank's Kraut, condiments of your choosing


  • Using your hands, combine all of the ingredients together. Form into patties and grill until cooked in the center. Top with Frank's Kraut and other toppings of your choice.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1096mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

    Nutrition isn't always accurate


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    Take some time to visit Frank’s Kraut, find out where to buy the best sauerkraut on the planet, and read about the wonderful benefits of adding it to your diet.  Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to score all kinds of great recipes!

    Here are a couple that I have done for them:

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    Or see ALL of my Sauerkraut Recipes!

    Oh, In case you were wondering, we beat the ducks that day — and the party was HUGE!


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    1. I need those single serve packs!!! I love sauerkraut but my family doesn’t so when I buy it, inevitably some of it gets wasted because no one will eat it but me. If I could find those, I would be so happy!

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