I wanted to create something German-inspired and simple that brings some of my favorite flavors together. Born were German Nachos complete with sliced, grilled bratwurst and onion, quick marinated cabbage, a mustard sour cream and warm gouda-beer-sauce. Lecker!

German Nachos

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This Is A Sponsored Post That Contains Affiliate Link I partially blame it on my pregnancy brain (one month to go until baby number two!), but then I also blame it on my hungry desire (see what I did there?) to go back home to Germany and eat ALL the German food. And when I write ALL, I mean ALL thrown together on one platter apparently. 😉 Somehow these German Nachos entered my mind because there can’t be anything wrong with combining pretzels and grilled onion and bratwurst with marinated kraut and some gouda and pilsner cheese sauce! By the way to make grilling the onion less of a hassle, I used a vegetable grilling tray like this one!

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So I sure hope that Covid allows us all to travel back to Germany soon to devour everything that Germany has to offer, but in the meantime, I guess these German Nachos will do.

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German Nachos Essentials

Drink Pairing:

BäRenjäGer Pilsner

What happens when you combine great German beer like Warsteiner Pilsner with the highest quality German honey liqueur from Bärenjäger? I LOVE this combination so much and can’t wait for this baby to be born, so I can have some more of it! 🙂

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Simply pour yourself a beer (Pilsner like the one I used from Warsteiner works great, but Hefeweizen is actually really good with Bärenjäger as well), add about 1 ounce of Bärenjäger (more or less depending on how sweet you like it), garnish with a lemon and sip away!

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German Nachos: Pretzel Nachos with Brats and Beer-Gouda-Sauce

I wanted to create something German-inspired and simple that brings some of my favorite flavors together. Born were German Nachos complete with sliced, grilled bratwurst, quick marinated cabbage, a mustard sour cream and warm gouda-beer-sauce. Lecker!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Beer Cheese Nachos, Bratwurst Nacho Recipe, German Nacho Recipe, German Nachos, Nacho Recipe, Nachos with Bratwurst Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 780kcal


Pilsner Gouda Sauce

  • 1.5 Tbsp butter
  • 1.5 Tbsp flour
  • 60 ml Pilsner I used Warsteiner
  • 120 ml half and half
  • 1/2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 dash worcerstershire sauce
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne powder
  • 200 g shredded gouda

Other German Nacho Ingredients

  • 1 bag pretzel chips
  • 4 bratwurst links I love the Bavarian Bratwurst from Trader Joe's!
  • 1 yellow onion sliced into rings
  • 100 ml sour cream
  • 2 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1/4 head red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Grill the bratwurst and onion (I use a vegetable grilling tray for the onion) until slightly charred. Cut the bratwurst into slices.
  • Combine the sliced, red cabbage, vinegar, oil, sugar and season to taste with salt and pepper, set aside and stir occasionally.
  • Whisk together the sour cream and mustard, then season with salt and pepper.

Pilsner Gouda Sauce

  • In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 30 seconds while whisking. Slowly add in the beer, whisking vigorously as you pour to avoid lumps. Add in milk in the same manner. Cook over medium heat, whisking often, for several minutes, until mixture has thickened. Stir in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add cheese and stir until completely melted.
  • On a large platter, spread out the pretzel chips (you can also use chopped pretzel bites!) and scatter all bratwurst, grilled onion, marinated red cabbage, cheese sauce and sour cream sauce over the chips. Serve immediately. Guten Appetit!


Calories: 780kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1672mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1262IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 457mg | Iron: 1mg

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