Cooking brats in the oven is not only simple, but it’s also a fantastic way to get a delicious dinner on the table in no time. In fact, cooking bratwurst in the oven is quite similar to cooking Italian sausages in the oven. So, let’s dive in and learn how to cook brats in the oven!
Cooking brats in the oven is one of the easiest ways!
Why You’ll Love Baking Bratwursts
Brats are a favorite in our household. Whether it’s for lunch, a fast dinner idea, or when we have guests over, brats are always a hit. They require little effort and are loved by almost everyone, making them the perfect choice for large groups.
While grilling brats is undoubtedly fantastic, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. That’s when oven-baked recipes shine. Who wants to brave the rain or snow when you can achieve the same deliciousness right in your oven? Plus, in a pinch, you can even cook brats in the air fryer in just 10 minutes!
How to Cook Brats in the Oven
To cook brats in the oven, start by preheating your oven to 400°F. Grease a baking dish, ensuring it’s large enough to accommodate the brats without overcrowding them. If you prefer easy cleanup, you can line the dish with aluminum foil. Place the brats in the dish, making sure they don’t overlap or touch to allow even cooking.
How Long to Cook Brats in the Oven
Once the oven is preheated, put the baking dish with the raw brats in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, carefully flip the brats and bake for an additional 6 minutes. If you desire that perfect “grill-like” brat, you can broil them for about a minute after the 6 minutes of baking.
It’s important to note that cooking times may vary depending on the oven. In some ovens, it might take as little as 16 minutes to reach the recommended internal temperature of 160°F, while others might require 20-25 minutes.
How to Serve
One of our favorite ways to serve oven-baked brats is by placing them on hot dog buns or a hoagie roll. However, if you’re following a low-carb diet, you can enjoy the bratwursts without bread as well. Additionally, you can slice them up and incorporate them into pasta recipes or cabbage and sausage dishes.
There are countless delicious toppings you can add to your bratwursts. While mustard is a classic choice, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors. Some popular options include sauerkraut, BBQ sauce, relish, queso, grilled peppers, grilled onions, bell peppers, red onions, and sour cream.
Bratwurst Topping Ideas
How to Store
If you have any leftover brats, store them in an airtight container once they’ve cooled down. They will stay fresh for 3-4 days. To reheat, simply warm them in the oven, microwave, or air fryer.
What to Serve as a Side Dish with Brats
When it comes to side dishes, you can keep it simple or get creative. Some easy options include potato chips, German potato salad, pickles, pasta salad, side salad, cornbread salad, cucumber salad, baked beans, and potato wedges. Feel free to explore different side dish recipes to complement your brats perfectly.
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