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I love a juicy, smoky grilled brat – your classic smoked bratwurst or a healthier chicken or turkey brat option, flavored brats like chili cheese, jalapeño cheddar, or stadium brats. I like them all. They are super handy to keep around for a quick and easy summertime dinner after a busy day. Just fire up the grill, heat through, grab a bun and done.


As for toppings, you can go classic with ketchup and mustard – my eldest insists I add relish to this list. Possibly some sautéed onions. Top with chili, cheese, and raw onion for a chili brat. Or one of our favorites is a jalapeño cheddar brat slathered with loaded guacamole. On this particular day, I had a fresh pineapple on the counter, so I made a spicy-sweet pineapple and avocado salsa. This flavor combo is fantastic. Then, I drizzled mine with a little Sriracha to finish it off, because… well… some like it hot. And when they say some they mean me.

Grilled Brats with Pineapple Avocado Salsa

Grilled brats topped with a spicy sweet pineapple avocado salsa. A quick and flavorful summertime meal.

Yields: 4 brats

  • 4 smoked bratwurst, grilled
  • 4 hot dog buns, preferably grilled or warmed
  • For the pineapple avocado salsa:
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño (or to taste), seeded and finely minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • Sriracha, on the side (optional)

In a bowl, gently stir together the pineapple, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime. Salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

!To assemble:

Place a grilled brat on a warm hot dog bun. Top generously with the pineapple avocado salsa. Repeat with all the remaining brats and salsa. Serve with Sriracha on the side.


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