The official Bratwurst Season is now in full swing. That means a lot of yelling and swearing at the TV. It means Hubby’s blood pressure is sure to rise – and that the veins in his forehead are popping up.
It also means grilling Bratwurst Sausage and wearing big hunks of cheese on our heads. For those of you who don’t know, Bratwurst is the official food of Wisconsin. Sure, they want you to think it’s really the cheese, but the reality is cheese is more for wearing, bratwurst is all about eating. You can spot people from Wisconsin – they wear cheese on their heads, drink beer and eat a ton of bratwurst sausage. At least that’s what Hubby tells me – he’s the Wisconsin native. My cheese-head is all about supporting a crazy man during football season. One thing is certain, if the Packers are playing, we are eating Johsonville bratwurst at halftime.
Like their bratwurst sausage, Johnsonville makes an assortment of Bratwurst Burgers. You can have Bratwurst Burgers with Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese, with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese, with Cheddar alone or the original Brat Burger. In our house, nothing but the original will ever do. Hubby, born and raised in Wisconsin, doesn’t drink beer or eat cheese. The joke he likes to tell is that the state officials got together and decided to ask him to leave – move to California, where the cows are “happy” cows.
I will admit, I do like the burgers – maybe even better than the sausage style brats. Now you could load ’em up with all the traditional and not-so-traditional fixings, but around these parts it’s grilled onions. Period. End of discussion. Hubby, as usual, will smother his burger in ketchup, while I like mine like I do my dogs – mustard if you please.
6 Johnsonville Bratwurst Patties
6 Hamburger Buns
1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
Sliced Cheese, optional
Thinly slice onion. Place in a large saute pan over medium low heat with a little margarine. Saute until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare grill for burgers. When ready, grill bratwurst patties until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side. If desired, top with sliced smoked cheese just before removing from grill, allow cheese to melt.
Serve with grilled onions and condiments on the side. Like any burger, fries are the perfect side.