Instant Pot Brats

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It takes only a few minutes to make perfect Instant Pot Brats, so why not do it the easy way by cooking your brats in the Instant Pot!

Brats, Buns and Sautéed Peppers

The Instant Pot Brats turn out perfectly tender and juicy, with no flavor lost to the grill. You can even brown them in the Instant Pot on sauté mode before cooking, so they have that browned, crispy exterior you expect.

When we’re grilling in the summer, especially for a big family barbecue, cooking brats in the Instant Pot is a great way to get more food on the table quickly, without the need to cook them forever on the grill.

Susan says: 5 starsWhile I’m sauteing the brats I throw in fat slices of onion. I keep the onions in a bowl while the brats cook under pressure then load up the rolls with yummy caramelized onions!! This is a super easy way to make brats, thanks!

Cinda Stocks says: 5 starsVERY good; it beat standing outside on the grill (32º now) I grilled some fresh veggies while the brats cooked and served them together. YUM!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Brats – We use Johnsonville brats.
  • Water or beer – Beer will impart more flavor to the brats but water works just as good.

There are many kinds of brats to choose from. We almost always use Johnsonville brats because they’re plump and tasty, and they come in many different flavors. The cheddar ones are a family favorite because you get a burst of cheese in every bite.

Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot – I use a 6-quart Instant Pot Plus to make all of my recipes. If you’re using an 8-quart pot, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid accordingly, as it requires more than the 6 quart to build steam.
  • Trivet – If you don’t have a trivet, you can use a steamer basket. It just needs to be raised up out of the water.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Meat thermometer: The only way to tell if meat is fully cooked to the right temperature is to use a meat thermometer. I use this Instant Read thermometer.
Raw Brats and the Instant Pot

Possible Toppings

You can eat the brats on their own with a little stone ground mustard on the side, or you can put them in buns with some toppings. Everyone loves the toppings.

Brats really are a blank slate for great flavor. Here are some ideas to spruce up your brats.

How to Cook Brats in the Instant Pot

As you can imagine, it’s a pretty easy operation. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Sear the brats on sauté mode for about 2 minutes per side. You can skip this step if you plan to grill the brats after cooking them.
  2. Remove the brats from the pot. Pour a cup of water into the inner pot and deglaze the browned bits off the bottom.
  3. Insert the trivet. Set the brats on the trivet.
  4. Press the pressure cook button (on high) and set the time to 6 minutes.
  5. Manually release the pressure and check that the brats reached 165° F internal temperature.
  6. Serve hot.

Brats should have an internal temperature of 165° F to be safe to eat. It is okay for there to be a slight pink inside as long as they are up to the correct temperature. They should be a light golden brown when done.  If they are leathery and wrinkled then they are overcooked.

Cooked Brats in the Instant Pot

Can I Cook Frozen Brats?

Yes, you can cook the brats from frozen in the Instant Pot. You won’t be able to sauté them beforehand because they’re frozen, so skip the sauté step and go directly to cooking for 6 minutes. When the brats are done, pour out the water and sauté the brats to brown them.

It will take an additional 2 minutes to cook frozen brats in the Instant Pot, so be sure to set the time to 8 minutes instead of 6.

Helpful Tips

  • You can cook as many brats in the Instant Pot as you want at a time, as long as you don’t go above the fill line. Stack them on top of each other, or stand them up.
  • If you want to add a bit of additional flavor, try using a cup of beer instead of water in the Instant Pot. The beer imparts a unique flavor into the brats as they cook. I suggest using a lager for this.
  • Try other cooking liquids like broth or apple juice.
  • Don’t poke holes in the brats before putting them in the Instant Pot. If you’re used to doing this so the brats don’t split open when being cooked on the stove top or grill, you don’t need to do that in the Instant Pot. If you do, they’ll lose some of their juices while cooking.
  • Be careful when pouring water into the Instant Pot after having sauté mode on.  Hot steam will rise up and can burn you. I recommend turning off sauté mode as soon as the brats are browned, wait a minute for heat to dissipate, then pour in the water.
Brats, Buns and Sautéed Peppers

What To Serve With Instant Pot Brats

You can serve this dish with any side dish you like. That’s the best part – they go with everything.

Try serving them with these sides that you can also make in the Instant Pot:

Questions About the Recipe

What beer is best for cooking brats?

The beer imparts a unique flavor into the brats as they cook. I suggest using a lager for this, something with a fresh mild flavor. Experiment and try other kinds of beer to see what you enjoy the most.

What can I use in place of the beer?

Try other cooking liquids like broth, water, or apple juice.

Do I have to use a trivet?

You don’t have to but we highly recommend that you do. You really want the brats to steam not boil.

Do I have to brown the brats before cooking?

No you don’t. If you are running behind you can just pressure cook them. But keep in mind that sautéing them until brown does add a lot of flavor.

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Cooked Brats on a Plate

Instant Pot Brats

It takes only a few minutes in the Instant Pot to make perfect brats, so why not do it the easy way by cooking your brats in the Instant Pot!

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.91 from 80 votes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressurize Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 222 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter
  • 5 Brats 1 package
  • 1 cup (236.59 ml) water or beer

Instructions
 

  • Turn on sauté mode. Add butter to the Instant Pot and saute the brats for 2 minutes per side.
  • Turn off machine and remove the brats. Pour the water into the bottom of the pot and deglaze any browned bits. Insert the trivet.
  • Place the brats on the trivet. Lock the lid and set the vent to seal.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on high for 6 minutes then manually release the pressure.
  • Test the internal temperature of the brats to make sure it reached 165° F (74° C).

Notes

  • Be careful when pouring water into the Instant Pot after having the sauté mode on. Hot steam will come up and can burn you.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 9gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 562mgPotassium: 234mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 9IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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22 thoughts on “Instant Pot Brats

  1. Susan says:

    5 stars
    While I’m sauteing the brats I throw in fat slices of onion. I keep the onions in a bowl while the brats cook under pressure then load up the rolls with yummy caramelized onions!! This is a super easy way to make brats, thanks!

  2. Brian says:

    Worked pretty good. Trying to figure out what peppers I’m supposed to check the internal temperature on.????

  3. Cinda Stocks says:

    5 stars
    VERY good; it beat standing outside on the grill (32º now) I grilled some fresh veggies while the brats cooked and served them together. YUM!

  4. Anna says:

    any ideas on what to do with the beer liquid at the end? I threw in two cans of beer and it’s a lovely savory smell that could be turned into soup.

    • Angela Morris says:

      It is okay for there to be slightly pink inside as long as they are up to the correct temperature. Brats should have an internal temperature of 165° F to be safe to eat.

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