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Bratwurst Sliders with Beer Cheese and Beer Braised Onions

  • Author: Morgan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders 1x


Bratwurst Sliders Recipe Type : Main Cuisine: German Author: Morgan Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 25 mins Bratwurst sliders with beer cheese, beer braised onions, and pretzel buns! The beer cheese is adapted from a recipe by Rachel Ray.


  • 12 pretzel buns (click for recipe) or other slider buns
  • For the beer-braised onions:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle German beer
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • For the bratwurst:
  • 10 pre-cooked beer bratwursts, cut into fourths
  • For the beer cheese:
  • 10 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup German beer
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • Hot sauce and Worcestershire, to taste


  1. To start, make the beer braised onions. Add thinly sliced onions and about a tablespoon of butter to a medium-sized frying pan. Saute the onions until soft and translucent.
  2. Add sugar, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and pour in the entire bottle of beer.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the onions lightly begin to caramelize and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  4. Scoop onions into a bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  5. Add the sliced bratwurst to your pan and saute on medium-high until the skin has browned in spots.
  6. As the bratwurst cooks, toss the cheeses and cornstarch in a medium-sized bowl. In a small saucepan, bring a cup of lager to a boil. Stir in the minced garlic.
  7. Bring the heat down to simmer and add cheese mixture, a handful at a time, stirting constantly with a wooden spoon to melt the cheese evenly.
  8. After the cheese is completely melted, stir in the brown mustard. Add hot sauce and worcestershire sauce, to taste, if desired.
  9. Layer the pretzel bun bottoms with the bratwurst, then the beer cheese, and then the onions. Cover with the top buns and serve warm.
  10. Serve bratwurst, warm beer cheese, and onions on rolls and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour