Brat Bites

5 from 9 votes

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Brat bites are flavorful sausage bites that are perfect for your next tailgate party or as an Octoberfest appetizer.

As a bonus, you can make this easy party food for a crowd in less than an hour for under $10.00!

a piece of meat on a toothpick.

It’s only a few days away until Super Bowl Sunday, and many of us will be hosting or attending a gathering where a pigskin being fought over between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will be the main attraction. 

Our beloved Green Bay Packers gave it a worthy attempt to be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday and even though the green and gold won’t be on the turf, this delicious appetizer which is largely indigenous to Packer country, will make a great contribution to any Super Bowl party.

a brat bite getting rolled up in a pastry dough
dough for the brat bites
brat bites before the oven

Here in Wisconsin, bratwurst (affectionally referred to simply as a brat,) is as much of our state’s heritage and culture as our beloved Green Bay Packers.  Indeed, from the tiny rural crossroads of Johnsonville emerged the company that bears its name. 

There, Ralph Stayer, a local butcher, along with his wife Alice, started selling their brats and other meats.   From that little butcher shop grew the largest sausage company in the United States and, according to some, the largest in the world.

brat bites on a plate

Like any good Wisconsin household, brats are always in our freezer if not our meat drawer.  It was on a cold winter day, at our little cottage – just a few miles from Johnsonville, that I pulled out a package of the state’s most revered grill fare.

brat bites on a plate

With outside temps hovering in the single digits, there were going to be no grills lit on our deck that day.  I’m not sure what got into me.  Maybe it was the frigid weather or some leftover phyllo dough from the spanakopita I had recently put together.

brat bites on a plate
Whatever the inspiration, the remaining phyllo dough came out of its package and onto the cutting board went the brats.   Before I knew it, I was rolling the brats into the dough and into the oven they went.

A blue drink.
These brat bites turned out even better than I had imagined.  After giving it some thought, though, I had to ask myself how they could not taste wonderful.

  Juicy and flavorful bratwurst sausage enveloped and then baked inside the light and crispy wrap of a phyllo sheet.  That, my friends, is a bite-sized taste of Wisconsin.

a cross section of a brat bite

See more great game-day food and tailgating recipes on Platter Talk!

If you’re a fan of Wisconsin brats, be sure and try our recipe for Air fryer brats. You can make them in just 15 minutes!

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Brat Bites

5 from 9 votes
Easy game day food made from flavorful bratwurst.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 15 servings


  • 1 package bratwurst, (pre-cooked or uncooked)
  • 1/2 package phyllo dough
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • If using uncooked brats, parboil for 10 minutes, allow to cool.
  • Cut brats into 2-3 inch pieces.
  • Divide phyllo sheets into thirds, cutting lengthwise.
  • Roll and wrap each brat piece in cut strip of phyllo dough.
  • Use pastry brush to coat each wrapped brat with butter and place on cookie sheet
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately


Serve with ketchup and Dijon mustard.


Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 271mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 206IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. I’ve made these with crescent rolls but I like this idea too!
    Oh, Cincinnati’s meat packing plants (maybe not the largest) make good brats too!

  2. 5 stars
    I bet these are super crisp and crunchy but succulent within, perfect picky food for watching sports on tv with!