Johnsonville's No Ordinary Burger Contest

Here is my first entry in Johnsonville's No Ordinary Burger Contest, that I mentioned previously. For this burger I twist up the classic traditional combination of brats, beer, onions and kraut (well kinda).

The idea behind this burger is to keep things simple, but not at all ordinary. For the slaw I use reduced American-style beer as a braising liquid for sliced red onion, and also as the base for the dressing. I then add some spicy brown mustard, black pepper and shredded cabbage. The result is a nice balance of sweet, tang, and crunch with a hint of bitter that perfectly compliments the rich bratwurst.

Here's how it all comes together.

24 ounces American-style light-bodied beer (I recommend Budweiser)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 medium Red onion, sliced to 1/4" (about 1 3/4 cups)
2 tsp Sugar
3 tsp Spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
1/4 head White cabbage, cored and shredded to 1/8" (about 2 cups)
6 Johnsonville Bratwurst Patties
6 Good hearty burger buns
Butter, for toasting the buns

Combine the beer and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep the foam from overflowing.

Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook at a low boil until the beer is reduced by half. Add the onions and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to about a tablespoon, about 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the mustard, sugar and pepper. Mix well until all of the ingredients are completely incorporated.

Add the cabbage to the pan, stir well, cover and set aside at room temperature.

Grill the bratwurst patties per the package directions.

Slice each bun and lightly butter each half. Toast the buns on the grill.

Serve the burgers topped with a healthy portion of the slaw.


If you dig this recipe I'd greatly appreciate your vote for the contest. Thanks in advance.

My second entry can be found here.

Disclaimer: I was given product samples and a grilling kit as promotional consideration for the No Ordinary Burger Contest. I've long been a great fan of Johnsonville, and I'm happy to be working with them.

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Anonymous Easy BBQ Recipes said...
John, let me tell ya, brother: I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS RECIPE!! It sounds and looks amazing!! As soon as I make this masterpiece I'm adding you to and giving you full credit on my website. I'm dang-near ready to go to the store and make this at 10 o'clock at night! Seriously. - Ken
Blogger Unknown said...
Thanks, Ken. Please let me know what you think.
Blogger Chris said...
These burger patties are wild and I think your topping will work great with them.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Can't wait to give these bratwurst patties a try! You make food look sooo good!
I may not comment very often but I'm following along and enjoy your posts immensely!

Lisa W. from Texas
Blogger Unknown said...
Thanks Lisa, I'm happy to have you as a reader.
Anonymous KJ said...
Thanks for a great summer recipe! Will try these soon!
Anonymous Laurief said...
We gave this recipe a whirl as part of our father's day bbq & it was a HIT! My 12 year old son grilled the brat burgers, while I made the slaw. Easy recipe w great results!
Blogger Unknown said...
Laurief - I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed them. Please give your son a high-five for his grilling services. Way to bring him up at the grill! ;-)

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