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This easy bratwurst pizza is perfect for a game day meal or tailgating! Slices of beer infused bratwurst and onions are combined with peppers and two kinds of cheese for a delicious, easy dinner. Skip boring takeout pizza and try this fun flavor. This is a great leftover bratwurst recipe!

piece of bratwurst pizza on a plate

When my family and I want a quick and easy dinner pizza is one of our go-to dinners meals. But, let’s face it, although pizza is affordable, quick and easy, it can be boring.

That’s why I like to change things up and make pizzas with fun and different toppings, like pulled pork pizza or chicken bacon ranch pizza or this easy recipe for bratwurst pizza.

If you think about it bratwurst just makes sense on a pizza. Brats cooked in beer with onions are delicious, so why not stick them on a pizza and add a bunch of cheese?

I made this with leftover crock pot beer brats, but you could also cook some bratwurst up just for this pizza. It is that yummy!

serving the bratwurst pizza

Why You Will Love Bratwurst Pizza

  • This recipe is fast! Use premade pizza dough and leftover brats and you can have dinner done in less than 30 minutes.
  • The pizza is perfect for game day and tailgating since it combines two game day favorites into one simple recipe.
  • What better way to celebrate oktoberfest than a German inspired oktoberfest pizza! And some beer too, which goes perfectly with this pizza.
bratwurst pizza ingredients

Key Ingredients

  • Bratwurst – You can find German bratwurst at almost any grocery store.
  • Onions cooked in beer – This recipe uses onions cooked in beer as a replacement for pizza sauce. If you don’t have leftovers I give instructions below in how to make some quickly.
  • Bell pepper – I wanted to add some extra veggies to my pizza and bell peppers make a tasty choice.
  • Cheese – I used both mozzarella and cheddar cheese because more cheese is always better.
  • Pizza dough – I use store bought pizza dough, but you could certainly make your own or use a premade crust.

How to Make Brat Pizza

1. Prepare the Brats and Onions

If you have leftover brats you can skip this step! But if you don’t you the brats and onions need to be cooked in beer and butter for a little while to give them the traditional Wisconsin beer brat taste.

Melt the butter on medium-low heat in a frying pan and add the bratwurst and sliced onion. Stir the mixture for about 2 minutes to brown the sausages and the onion.

Then add 1/2 can of beer and let the beer cook down for about 10 minutes to soften the onions and infuse the brats with some beer flavor. You want most of the beer to evaporate.

2. Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Pizza needs a very hot oven to get the crust nice and crispy. Stretch the pizza dough out to make a big circle, filling your pizza pan.

I like to bake my pizza crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings. I find it gives me a crispier crust and makes sure the pizza dough is baked through in the middle. So put the crust in the preheated oven to bake for about 6 minutes.

3. Add the Toppings

While the pizza bakes cut the bratwurst into slices about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Slice the bell pepper and get the cheeses ready so you can quickly top the pizza.

adding the onions to the pizza

I start with a layer of mozzarella, because this isn’t a saucy pizza and the mozzarella will help hold the rest of the toppings down. Then add the cooked onions and spread them out around the entire crust.

adding the toppings to the pizza

Add the bratwurst slices and bell pepper rings. Then top it all off with a layer of cheddar cheese and put the pizza pan back in the oven for to cook for another 12 minutes.

How to Serve

Once the pizza is done take it out and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing it. Pizza is a great meal by itself and I usually only add a salad to complete the meal.

top view of pizza after cooking

Spicy mustard goes well with this pizza, either drizzled on top or as a dip for the slices.

Leftover Pizza

If you have leftover pizza then store it in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Some people like cold pizza, but I think it is best reheated. And the best way to reheat pizza is to use an air fryer, where you can reheat it in about 4 minutes at 320 degrees F.

If you don’t have an air fryer then reheat the pizza in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

oktoberfest pizza on a plate

Variations and Tips

  • Preheating the oven before cooking the dough is very, very important for the best crust!
  • You can add more toppings if you like. Mushrooms or bacon would probably be good, but too many toppings can make a pizza soggy, so don’t go overboard.
  • If you don’t like beer you can use chicken or beef broth instead to boil the sausages and cook the onions.
  • Add 1/4 cup of sauerkraut to the pizza along with the onions to make this more of a German bratwurst pizza.

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Yield: 4

Bratwurst Pizza

oktoberfest pizza on a plate

This easy bratwurst pizza is perfect for a game day meal or tailgating!

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 bratwurst
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 can beer
  • pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. If you are using leftover bratwurst and onions skip to step #4.
  2. Heat a frying pan of medium low heat and add the butter. Put the uncooked brats and onion in the skillet and stir to brown.
  3. After about 2 minutes add the beer to the skillet. Let the brats and onion cook until most of the beer has evaporated, about 8 minutes.
  4. Spread the pizza dough out in your pizza pan. Put the dough in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 6 minutes.
  5. While the pizza dough starts cooking cut the bratwurst into slices about 1/4 - 1/2 inch wide and dice the bell pepper.
  6. Take the pizza dough out and add the mozzarella cheese on top. Then spread the cooked onions out. Top that with the sliced brats and bell peppers. Finish the pizza off with the cheddar cheese.
  7. Put the pizza back in the oven and cook until the dough is crisp and cooked through, about 12 minutes.
  8. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  9. Serve with spicy mustard for drizzling or dipping.

Notes

  • Preheating the oven before cooking the dough is very, very important for the best crust!
  • You can add more toppings if you like. Mushrooms or bacon would probably be good, but too many toppings can make a pizza soggy, so don't go overboard.
  • If you don't like beer you can use chicken or beef broth instead to boil the sausages and cook the onions.
  • Add 1/4 cup of sauerkraut to the pizza along with the onions to make this more of a German bratwurst pizza.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 614mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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By on June 10th, 2021

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