The Brat Burger to Make You Forget about Regular Burgers

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Tailgating season. That magical time of year when mini-grills dot the landscape and fans paint themselves in team spirit like barbarian hordes preparing for battle. And what fuels these rabid forces of fandom? Well, something like this Cooper® Cheese Batter-Fried Onion Brat Burger is a great place to start. It’s part brat, part burger, all Cooper® Sharp deliciousness. With these burgers on the grill, tailgating victory will indeed be yours.


• 2 pounds fresh bratwurst sausages or bulk ground sausage*
• 1 large yellow onion
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon black pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground garlic
• 1 teaspoon ground onion
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 2 cups peanut oil
• 8 leaves green cabbage, cleaned and shredded
• 16 slices Cooper® Sharp cheese (any flavor)
• 8 pretzel rolls
• Dijon mustard


• Prepare grill to temperature.

• If the sausage is in bratwurst form, slice casings lengthwise and empty the ground sausage meat into a large mixing bowl. Form ground sausage into 8 patties and set aside.

• Slice yellow onion thinly into rings. Add flour and seasonings. Mix well into the onions to coat each ring evenly.

• In a medium skillet, warm peanut oil on the stove to 350°F. Add onions and fry until brown in color, then remove from oil and place freshly fried onions on paper towels to drain and cool.

• Place brat sausage patties on the grill and heat about 6 to 8 minutes per side, checking for doneness. When done, the patties should have no pink remaining in the center and reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

• As patties are nearing completion, place two slices of Cooper® Sharp cheese on top of each grilled patty, crisscrossed. Heat until cheese is melted (cover to speed up melting). Remove from grill and set aside.

• Place pretzel rolls on grill and toast lightly.

Assemble your burgers:
• Spread the bottom half of each pretzel roll with Dijon mustard. Layer some shredded cabbage onto bottom bun. Add a brat cheeseburger patty. Place a nice portion of fried onions on the burger and cap with the remaining half of the pretzel roll.

• Serve any remaining batter-fried onions on the side, using extra Dijon mustard for dunking.


*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

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