Slow Cooker Beer Brats


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Brats, onions, peppers and garlic simmered in the slow cooker along with beer. Great for gameday or a lazy Sunday.

Beer being poured over browned brats in slow cooker.
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These beer brats tasted great! I love how the house smells when I add beer to the crock pot. When the guests arrive they get choose when they want to eat since the slow cooker keeps these brats nice and warm during the game. Did you notice I used bell peppers in the colors of our team?

Budwiser beer, packages of brats and onion and peppers on cutting board.

How to make Slow Cooker Beer Brats:

  • Add bell peppers, onion, garlic and black pepper to the bottom of the slow cooker
  • In a skillet set to medium-high heat, add oil. Brown the brats.
  • Add the brats on top of the peppers and onions.
3 slow cooker photos: one with onions, one with onions and bell peppers, and one with brats on top.
  • Add a can of your favorite beer. I used Budweiser, that’s my husband’s favorite. He is not a microbrew person.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours. Serve on buns with desired toppings such as mustard.
Cooked beer brats, onions and bell peppers in slow cookers.

Look how good these guys look! I could hardly wait to get one on a bun with mustard!

Brat in bun with bell peppers and onions on top.

What can I use instead of beer?

  • 15 oz. can chicken broth
  • Add extra garlic to enhance the flavor.

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beer being poured over brats in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Whether it's game day or just weeknight eating, these Slow Cooker Beer Brats are always a winner.


  • 28 oz. smoked bratwursts, (two-14-oz. packages)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 12 oz. beer
  • 12 buns


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the oil to cover the bottom.
  • Once hot, brown the brats on all sides, this will need to be done in batches.
  • While the brats are browning add the onion, bell peppers, garlic, and black pepper to the slow cooker.
  • Place the browned brats on top of the onion and peppers.
  • Pour in the beer.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
  • Serve the brats, onions, and bell peppers in buns; top with mustard if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Sarah’s Notes

What can I use instead of beer in this recipe?
  • 15 oz. can chicken broth
  • Extra garlic to enhance the flavor


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Joseph says:

    5 stars
    I wonder if this would work well with sauerkraut instead of onions and peppers for an Oktoberfest meal šŸ™‚