There is nothing like a great burger. Juicy flavorful meat, cheese, all the toppings–like really who doesn’t crave a good burger? So, in the spirit of Oktoberfest, I wanted to make some burgers that celebrates sausage and beer. So, a bratwurst burger with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and Muenster cheese was made!
I gain some inspiration from Milena and Cris over at Craft Beering. Great food that is cook cooked with beer! Paired with beer! All things craft beer! Check them out.
Oktoberfest is all about good food, most importantly, great sausage and beer. I wanted to incorporate what goes great with beer and also cook with it. So..
Pretzel bun. Check.
Beer braised onions with sauerkraut. Check.
Whole grain mustard and Muenster cheese. Check, check.
Since moving out to Texas my eating habits have changed. I enjoy a good brat with some local beer. Micro breweries are popping up all over the States with great craft beer. It is a great setting to hang out with friends and have some great food. A lot of food trucks go out to these breweries and a few friends and myself try to meet and catch up over a few brews and food.
This recipe comes together quickly. The beer braised onions is what takes a little bit of time. When cooking the sauerkraut, make sure to drain it well. I just sat it in a strainer to get most of the liquid out.
What are your favorite toppings for a burger?
Bratwurst Burger W/ Beer Braised Onions & Sauerkraut
- 1 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- a pinch red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 onions thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup beer
- 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
- 6-8 slices munster cheese
- whole grain mustard
- mayo for the buns
- 5-6 pretzel buns
Combine the pork and all the seasonings and mix well. Heat up a skillet and test for seasoning. Depending on if you want more of the spice to shine or more/less salt.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the onions and sprinkle with a little salt. Cook stirring every few minutes for 30minutes to an hour. Cook until golden brown. Add the sauerkraut and beer. Cook for 5 minutes until reduced.
Form the pork into patties roughly 4 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Preheat a pan over medium high heat with a little oil and cook the burgers 4-5 minutes on each side until done.
Toast your pretzel buns and slather with mayo and whole grain mustard. Place the burger, caramelized onion and sauerkraut, and cheese and top it off and enjoy!