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Leftover Brat Recipes: 11 Ways to Reinvent Your Bratwurst Meal Tonight

Leftover Brat Recipes: 11 Ways to Reinvent Your Bratwurst Meal Tonight

Who doesn’t love a good bratwurst?

This delicious blend of pork meat and spices fashioned together in a nice tube shape is beloved by many.

There’s nothing bratty about brats, though your kids may just throw a fit if you simply reheat last night’s bratwurst for dinner.


But bratwurst, lovely as they are with sauerkraut, can be turned into many other delightful items. Enter: leftover brat recipes!

From dips for gatherings to family dinners, you’ll discover how you can repurpose your brats.

Even if you have them leftover from a party, you can make these 11 brat dishes all week long and they’ll feel brand new.

So bring on the brats you’ve got leftover from your cookout or last night’s dinner.

You’re about to see how much you can do in your kitchen with these savory sausages!

Leftover Brat Recipes: 11 Drool-Worthy Meal Ideas 

Wondering what to do with those brat leftovers besides simply reheating them? 

These dimple and delish brat recipes have you covered!

1. Brats Nachos


Is there a big game on today? 

Well, go get the bratwurst out and start making brats nachos! 

What takes these to the next level is that instead of queso on top, you’re smothering them with beer cheese.

Oh, Lord. 

That is just pure heaven on a plate!

And well of course, you’ll top it with shredded cheddar for good measure.

Those brats will please a crowd with sauerkraut, banana peppers, scallions, sour cream, and cherry tomatoes on top for a festive look. 

Of course if there is no game, you could just make them for yourself.

We won’t tell.

Sue from Palatable Pastime has this divine recipe for you!

2. Bratwurst Soup

Bratwurst Soup with leftover brats

Coming in from the cold? 

Warm up with a steaming-hot bowl of bratwurst soup (like this super delish one)!

This is an excellent way to finish off any remaining brats in your fridge from last night.

The savory beef broth is a perfect base for this soup, loaded with hunks of potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and whatever other veggies you like.

If you’ve got veggies about to turn like kale or spinach, toss them in too.

It’s nutritious and delicious, just like Mom always said!

What takes it from ordinary vegetable soup to extraordinary is the bits of brats you’ll throw in.

Serve it with warm, crusty bread to dunk into it!

3. Bratwurst Potato Skillet

Bratwurst Potato Skillet with leftover brats

Uh oh…was today a crazy-busy day?

Never fear, for a bratwurst potato skillet is the solution you need to get dinner on the table tonight.

And in less than 30 minutes too!

Brown your potatoes and then add those leftover brats along with some aromatic onions and green peppers.

You could leave it at that, but why not make a delicious sauce to pull it all together?

Mix soy sauce with orange juice and basil, then salt and pepper to taste.

Now the whole family will ask if you can keep this one in your weekly rotation.

You’re welcome!

4. Brat and Bacon Pizza


Is Friday night pizza night in your home?

Well, honestly, ANY night could be pizza night, if you make it!

And you absolutely should make this brat and bacon pizza. 

It takes virtually no time at all to make, using a tube of thin refrigerated pizza crust.

The secret that takes it to next-level territory?

A sauce of honey mustard and apricot preserves.

Top with cooked bacon, onions, bratwurst, and cheddar and this will disappear fast.

Perfect for parties, or for fighting over the last slice with your family.

Better make 2 of them at least.

5. Bratwurst Strudel


The word ‘strudel’ usually conjures up images of sweet things.

But forget that, for this savory version is about to become the new love of your life.

We hate to be dramatic, well, no we don’t.

It’s true!

You’re going to love using up those brats in these savory strudels along with sauerkraut, Dijon mustard, caraway seeds, and some cheese. 

Using ready-made puff pastry makes this totally simple, no matter your experience in the kitchen.

You’ll find the full recipe on Cookist!

6. Beer Brat Chili

Beer Brat Chili with leftover brats

If you think chili smells good simmering away, just you wait!

Because beer brat chili is going to blow you away!

And all you have to do is throw it all into your slow cooker.

Dump in your pinto, cannellini, and black beans along with a can of Italian diced tomatoes.

Throw in some frozen or canned corn.

Chop up a sweet red pepper and an onion too.

Add some chili seasoning.

And of course, don’t forget your brats.

Cooked beer brats are best, but any will do.

You can throw a little beer in there for good measure.

Now, go live your life and in a few hours, this delicious dinner will be waiting to welcome you home!

7. Brat and Pepper Sandwiches

Brat and Pepper Sandwiches with leftover brats

Another simple way to use up those brats from yesterday is to make brat and pepper sandwiches.

It’s basically like those Italian sausage and peppers sandwiches you love, only with bratwurst.

Those hoagie rolls are the key in making this heavenly sandwich come to life.

Plus, it gives you enough room to shovel in all the bratwurst along with colorful slices of peppers and tender, caramelized onions (or other brat toppings!)

Easy dinner or lunch is waiting for you with this leftover brat recipe!

Also be sure to check out what to eat with bratwurst to complete your super satisfying meal.

8. Easy Bratwurst Pasta


Feel like pasta tonight?

This easy bratwurst pasta is just the thing the whole family needs to bring them to the table.

With rigatoni and chunks of bratwurst mingling in an herby cream cheese sauce, this is one of the best ways to give brats a makeover.

Plus, who can say no to a dreamy sauce like this?

You’ll basically unload your spice rack in here and create restaurant quality pasta for your family.

And if someone drops by for dinner, it’s surely impressive enough too!

Michelle from Blackberry Babe has all the details on this recipe!

9. Cheesy Brat Casserole

Cheesy Brat Casserole with leftover brats

Want to simplify your dinner?

Grab your brats from last night and turn them into a cheesy casserole.

A can of cream of mushroom soup along with potatoes, onions, and cheddar creates the robust base.

You’ll add your brats, and then green beans, broccoli, or another hardy veggie to round it out.

Even cauliflower would work though it would be far less colorful.

It’s a great way to breathe new life into leftovers, and once it’s in the oven, you can put your feet up.

Or do chores.

We vote for putting your feet up though!

10. Beer Brat Cheesy Chowder


Sometimes, you need more cheese in your life.

And beer.

Those things can really help.

Especially in the kitchen.

You don’t have to be a big drinker to appreciate how beer and cheese can unite for a flavorful combination.

And when you make this beer brat cheesy chowder, you’ll see just why.

Throw in carrots and onions with your brats, beer, and cheese, and you’ll be on your way to a chowder that satisfies your whole soul.

Get the full recipe from Sara at Bitz & Giggles

11. Slow Cooker Brat and Beer Cheese Dip


Ok, so that beer-cheese combo has you thinking.

You’re thinking about Super Bowl.

You’re thinking about future parties.

And we’re thinking we know just what you need.

This slow cooker brat and beer cheese dip is pure bliss. 

You can do this with brats you haven’t cooked yet too, but since yours are cooked, you can skip a few steps.

Make sure you add the beer and cheese though. 

Then you can serve it with warm soft pretzels or chips for dipping.

And of course, you don’t have to wait to have a party to make it.

But if you’re a party person, you can surely use this as an excuse to throw one.

Follow the full recipe to see how it’s done!

See? You don’t have to reheat the same old brats for dinner all week long. I use ideas like these for things like leftover meatballs as well – creativity goes a long way towards yummy sequels.

Don’t forget you can freeze your sausages and then use them in these leftover brat recipes if you’d prefer to serve a different protein or go meatless one night. 

They’ll be waiting for you to toss them into any of the above recipes!

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What to Cook with Leftover Brats

Ideas and recipes to cook with leftover brats
Course: Main Course


  • Brats Nachos
  • Bratwurst Soup
  • Bratwurst Potato Skillet
  • Brat and Bacon Pizza
  • Bratwurst Strudel
  • Beer Brat Chili
  • Brat and Pepper Sandwiches
  • Bratwurst Pasta
  • Cheesy Brat Casserole
  • Beer Brat Cheesy Chowder
  • Slow Cooker Brat and Beer Cheese Dip


  • Choose your desired leftover brat recipe.
  • Gather and organize needed ingredients.
  • Create a tasty leftover brat recipe to complete your meal!

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