German Beer Cheese Dip with Brats

This German favorite is a great appetizer, or the perfect dish for a game night. This recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser, especially if you serve it with homemade pretzel bites.

Brats-Cheese-Dip Recipe

German Beer Cheese Dip

Angela Schofield
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine German
Servings 6 portions


  • 4 oz. bacon finely diced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2/3 cup beer or apple cider
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. full fat cream cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 brats i.e. “beer brats” or “better than cheddar brats”
  • ½ tsp. Hungarian paprika powder optional
  • ½ tsp. pepper optional
  • 2 tbsp. green onions finely sliced


  • Dice bacon and onion finely.
  • Melt butter in a cast iron skillet and fry bacon and onion over medium heat until translucent.
  • Add mustard and honey and stir well.
  • Let simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the beer or apple cider. Stir well and let simmer until almost all liquid is evaporated.
  • In the meantime, you can cut the cream cheese into 1-inch cubes.
  • Stir in the milk and heavy whipping cream.
  • Add cream cheese and stir occasionally until the cream cheese is completely melted. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, cut the brats and green onions into fine slices.
  • Add ¾ of the shredded cheddar and the spices (optional) to the skillet.
  • Stir well until cheese melts.
  • Add the brats and mix them well into the cheese mixture.
  • Let cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining shredded sharp cheddar and green onions on top and serve hot in the skillet.
  • Serve warm with pretzel bites.