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Perfect Complements: 12 Best Side Dishes for Bratwurst

If you’re a fan of bratwurst, then this article is for you! Join me as I explore the vast world of sides that are perfect to serve with your favorite German sausage.

what to serve with bratwurst

It’s not just how delicious it tastes, what we love most about this sausage is how easy it is to cook.

No matter what you make it with or how rare your blood type is – bratwurst will never disappoint.

It’s so versatile that you can eat it on its own (say goodbye to pesky vegetarians) but also enjoys the usual sides such as potato salad or sauerkraut!

What to Serve with Bratwurst? 12 BEST Side Dishes

1 – Classic Sauerkraut


You’ve never tasted bratwurst until you’ve had it with sauerkraut! The classic combo adds an extra flavor that’s hard to find anywhere else.

You know how yogurt is good for you, but I bet you don’t know that sauerkraut contains the same type of bacteria! What a mind-blowing discovery.

Sauerkraut is a pickled German dish that often accompanies meat dishes. You can either make your own or buy one at the store, but there are two things you need to know if you want it to be really satisfying!

The first thing is grilling for 3-5 minutes until it caramelizes and makes it taste better than ever before.

Alternatively, try using butter or oil in a cast-iron skillet – this will also give your kraut an amazing flavor with less risk of burning something on accident when cooking (though we don’t recommend trying those while drunk!)

2. Swabian Kartoffelsalat

It’s a German potato salad just like regular American versions, except for a few key differences.

For starters, the German version uses unpeeled red potatoes rather than peeled russets; this difference in texture and flavor can be noticeable if you’re not expecting it!

The dressing also contains vinegar as well as bacon grease instead of mayonnaise.

Keep your eyes peeled because when served warm out of the oven (instead of cold), they are usually sliced into wedges before serving so that everyone gets their fair share regardless of how much time they have to spend on them at home!

3 – Mustard Sauce

No one can deny that bratwurst is the best when paired with spicy stone-ground mustard.

Some purists even go so far as to say it’s the only acceptable condiment for this meaty mouthful of goodness!

Who doesn’t love a good German experience? I suggest looking at brands like Plochman’s and Inglehoffer for your next sausage fest– you won’t be disappointed.

4 – Grilled Corn on the Cob

grilled corn on the cob
grilled corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is a universally loved summertime snack.

But it’s even more delicious when paired with juicy sausage!

The best part? You can slather those cobs in butter to make them extra-delicious!

5 – Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage

It is a healthy and filling side dish that will make your meal even more satisfying!

It’s also easy to whip up, especially if you don’t have any experience cooking German dishes.

Just simmer red cabbage with some white wine vinegar, apples, sugar (or honey), and cloves for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are tender enough to swallow them whole.

This vibrant/vibrant great catchy name of this recipe gives an interesting twist when combined with braising red cabbage in sweetened apple cider or water as well as adding other spices including cinnamon sticks.

6 – Southern Style Coleslaw

southern style creamy coleslaw

I can’t go on without trying this zesty coleslaw! It’s downright delicious.

Simply mix together shredded carrots and cabbage in a vinegar-based dressing to create the perfect side for your next BBQ outing with friends or family.

7 – Caramelized Onions

caramelized onions

The smell of onions can be so overbearing. However, when you combine them with a hot and savory bratwurst, they turn into the perfect dish for an afternoon picnic or cookout!

8 – Grilled Veggies

grilled vegetables

I bet you never thought about grilling vegetables, but they’re easy and so good.

I love the charring on them; it really brings out a yummy smoky flavor that’s perfect with bratwurst or any other meat dish.

9 – Bacon-wrapped

It’s no surprise that these two types of meat are delicious together.

Wanna know how to level up your bratwurst? Wrap your sausage with bacon and boom! You’ll be tasting a real German food favorite in no time.

10 – Potato Pancakes (German Kartoffelpuffer)

potato pancakes

The Germans have a reputation for being big eaters. But what can we say, they’re just hungry!

Kartoffelpuffer is just potato pancakes so you’ll be sure to satisfy your craving with this classic dish that’s not much different from hash browns and will warm up any winter night.

Try it as the difference in taste may surprise you if it’s your first time trying it out

11 – German Spaetzle

German cuisine is known for its many unique and delicious dishes.

One such dish, spaetzle comes from a region near Vienna where it was originally made with bread crumbs or flour-water dough that had been boiled in broth before being tossed into butter to make the noodles crispy on the outside while still moist inside.

Nowadays, however, most recipes call for eggs instead of water as well as some milk which makes them taste like an egg noodle hybrid without actually having any gluten!

12 – Applesauce


To feed your guests on time, you need to keep it simple. A jar of store-bought applesauce will do the trick!

If you have some extra time up your sleeve and want that homemade taste though, making a batch from scratch is worth it in the end as well.


These side dishes are a great choice for German bratwurst.

They’re easy to make and do not take up too much space on the plate, so they can be served as an accompaniment or side dish in addition to regular food like potatoes, breads or pasta that may already be available at your meal table!

You’ll be an expert in this side-dish the next time you host a potluck dinner party or outdoor barbecue with your friends, guaranteed.

what to serve with bratwurst

What to Serve with Bratwurst? 12 BEST Side Dishes

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Classic Sauerkraut
  • Swabian Kartoffelsalat
  • Mustard Sauce
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage
  • Southern Style Coleslaw
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Grilled Veggies
  • Bacon-wrapped
  • Potato Pancakes German Kartoffelpuffer
  • German Spaetzle
  • Applesauce


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