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Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs

How about an all-time summer favorite taken to the next level? Instead of plain ol’ boring corn dogs, we have gone rogue with juicy, savory bratwurst. Dipped into our homemade beer-infused cornmeal batter and deep-fried to golden perfection, these tasty bites are a fun-filled treat. Our suggestion? Serve with an ice-cold beer and our homemade honey mustard dipping sauce.

Indulge your summer food cravings with these delicious Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs!This recipe features savory bratwurst sausages dipped in a golden, homemade beer batter then deep-fried to perfection.#corndogs #bratwurst

Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs

Whoever says corn dogs are for kids has got it all wrong. They just haven’t had a hot bite of these delish beer-battered bratwursts yet. It is hard to go wrong with a lightly sweet corn meal breading wrapped around a savory bratwurst sausage.

Enjoy with an ice-cold beer because we are all adults here.

And honey mustard because we’re kids at heart and we like to dip our food. 🙂

A pan of roasted bratwurst sausages with wooden skewers

Ingredients Needed for this Recipe:

  • Bratwursts
  • Wooden skewers
  • Canola oil
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Egg
  • Beer of your choice, we recommend a good lager
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Spices (cayenne, garlic powder, salt + pepper)

Start this recipe with a high quality bratwurst for the best flavor. I love beer brats because it pairs well with the beer batter and balances the sweet batter.

The same goes for the beer you use. Sure, you can use a light beer if that is what you have on hand. But if you can, use a full bodied lager or “hoppy” beer because it will boost the flavor.

TIP: Be sure to whisk together your dry ingredients FIRST before adding the egg and the beer.

A yellow mixing bowl with corn dog batter made with beer

How to Make Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs:

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Arrange the bratwurst on the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 30 minutes. Cool.
  • Then cut the bratwursts in half. Insert a wooden skewer into each half.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer (or deep pot) to 365 degrees.
  • While the oil is heating, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  • Next, whisk in an egg and the beer into the dry mix until combined.
  • Pour the beer batter into a coffee mug or glass tall enough to dip the bratwurst into. One a time, dip a skewered bratwurst into the batter, letting the excess drip off.
  • Holding the end of the stick, CAREFULLY and SLOWLY lower the battered bratwurst into the hot oil.
  • Hold and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Finally, drain on a layer of paper bags.
  • Repeat until finished and serve with mustard sauce.
  • To make the homemade honey mustard stir together mustard, mayo, honey, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper until combined.

Since the deep-frying portion of this recipe is so quick, you should start with pre-cooked bratwursts. You can pan fry them if you’d like, but I love the ease of popping them on a baking pan and roasting them in the oven.

TIP: To make the battering easy, pour the prepared batter into a coffee mug or glass taller than the bratwurst. Just dip, then drip, then deep fry.

A bratwurst being dipped into cornmeal corn dog batter

You definitely want to make sure the oil is at the perfect temperature. The breading should cook quickly. If the oil is too cool, the bratwursts will be greasy. If the oil is too hot, they will get too brown. Start your oil at 365 degrees and adjust as needed.

Because we are working with VERY hot oil, this recipe should ONLY be prepared by an adult. Use extreme caution while working with the deep-fryer.

A corn dog being slowly dipped into hot oil

More fun recipes to try:

Fried Green Tomato BLT’s

Roasted Tomato Jam

Patatas Bravas

A small bowl with homemade mustard dipping sauce

BONUS: Don’t skip our oh-so-easy recipe for Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce. Zesty, tangy and just a little bit of honey-sweet, this sauce is the perfect condiment.

To make the mustard sauce, simply stir together mustard, mayo, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Get the amounts in the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Beer battered bratwurst corn dogs served with a mug of ice cold beer and homemade honey mustard dipping sauce.

Tips for the best results:

  • Start with pre-cooked bratwursts.
  • Make sure your oil is at the perfect temperature.
  • Work CAREFULLY and SLOWLY, cooking one at a time until golden.
  • Drain the dogs on paper bags to absorb excess grease without sogginess.
  • Whip up a batch of our honey mustard for a yummy treat.
  • Double this recipe because it is going to be a hit!
  • NOTE: This recipe has NOT been tested in an air fryer. Because the batter is so wet, it is not recommended. However, they can be re-heated in an air fryer.
Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs with Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce#corndogs #bratwurst
Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs with Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce#corndogs #bratwurst
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Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs

Take a summer favorite to the next level. Try our homemade beer batter on your favorite savory bratwursts, then deep fry to golden perfection. Bonus recipe for homemade honey mustard sauce, too!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword corn dogs
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 412 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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For the Beer Battered Corn Dogs

  • 5 bratwursts
  • 1 1/2 quarts canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups beer

For the Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook That

  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Arrange the bratwurst on the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 30 minutes. Cool.

  2. Then cut the bratwursts in half. Insert a wooden skewer into each half.

  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer (or deep pot) to 365 degrees.

  4. While the oil is heating, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda..

  5. Next, whisk in an egg and the beer into the dry mix until combined.

  6. Pour the beer batter into a coffee mug or glass tall enough to dip the bratwurst into. One a time, dip a skewered bratwurst into the batter, letting the excess drip off.

  7. Holding the end of the stick, CAREFULLY and SLOWLY lower the battered bratwurst into the hot oil.

  8. Hold and cook untl golden, about 3 minutes. Finally, drain on a layer of paper bags. Repeat until finished and serve with mustard sauce.

  9. To make the homemade honey mustard stir together mustard, mayo, honey, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper until combined.

Recipe Notes

Calorie information is based on an APPROXIMATE amount of 1 tablespoon of canola oil absorbed by the food while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Beer Battered Bratwurst Corn Dogs
Amount Per Serving (1 Corn Dog)
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 740mg 31%
Potassium 249mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    June 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my! These look so good!

    • Reply
      Teri
      June 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Karly! They turned out great …this is one of those “make a double batch” recipes. Lol

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