I saw this package of Trader Joe’s “BAVARIAN BRATWURST” sausages the other day, and they looked worth trying for review. They were indeed worth it. These are just terrific! 

This is is an excellent product that I would gladly buy again. It’s labeled PRODUCT OF GERMANY as well as NO NITRATES OR NITRITES (ie, uncured) – two big pluses of course. Originally for Oktoberfest and though they look a bit like “Weisswurst” (made from veal) these delicious “Bavarian Bratwurst” sausages are made from only pork, water and spices… an impressive variety of spices blended perfectly for a terrific flavor. It’s these well-balanced spices and perfect texture which make these sausages quite different from say, the flavor of your typical Italian sausage or a typical American “Brat”. The spices include: black pepper, marjoram, nutmeg, mace, ginger, coriander, and cardamon. Reading this spice list sounded to me like typical Christmas spices and though this would be nice for meal around Xmas time (or Oktoberfest!) But of course these are great any time of the year if you see them. The sausages come fully cooked so they only need browning. They’re ready in about 8 minutes.

What I did with these was grill them up in a little butter with sautéed potatoes and onions. I served this classic combination with some really nice red cabbage in a jar (from Poland) I had just happened to find in a 99 cents store (!) Bratwurst and Potatoes are of course perfect together and and this actually became a Christmas Eve dinner along with the red cabbage and a nice German beer, plus bread and veggies. Everything matched up perfectly for a small German-style feast. But if you want just simple, these also great simply grilled and put on a hot dog bun, brioche bun or crusty roll or baguette with some good mustard and sauerkraut. Classic. All year, not just at holiday time. They make an easy meal. A 12 oz package with 4 nice sized sausages is $3.99 (or a buck each). So another pretty good deal from TJ’s and more than worth your trying. When I first saw these it was Xmas season and was not sure if they are available all year or if seasonal (Update: They are carried all year)

If you cooked these on a grill in summertime, it would be a huge hit I would think! You could try them with potatoes as I did or go the Easy route, just brown them and serve with mustard and kraut.

A NO-RECIPE RECIPE: Cut up some Yukon Gold potatoes into cubes and par-boil them for 5-10 minutes in salted water, till almost tender. Drain them and sauté them with onions in olive or veg. oil with a little butter for extra flavor. Toss till golden brown on all sides over med. heat. Make room in the center of the potatoes and grill the sausages 4 mins per side until browned. I slashed them slightly first.

Serve with good mustard. Cold beer would of course not be amiss with these Bavarian Bratwursts!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bob Farrell
    Dec 29, 2018 @ 10:45:10

    Brats are best served ‘browned” then given a bath and simmered in beer



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  3. Heidi Diekelman
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 12:24:05

    My great grandfather was a German born butcher, and my grandfather took over the family business. He retired in the late 60’s. Good weisswurst is hard to find and these looked like they got it right. I was apprehensive, but i bought a package and was very pleasantly surprised at how damn good they are! Delicate flavor, fine texture. They are not using veal, but the quality is such that it is a negligible difference. Absolutely will buy again.



  4. promacnyc
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 16:10:07

    Hi Heidi, thank you for a great comment about them being like Weisswurst. I used to love those until I became a “veal-tarian” a long time back!



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