How Much Does Bratwurst Cost?
A bratwurst is a great summer food that is commonly found at cookouts or at the ballpark. A bratwurst is a large, thick German sausage made of fine or coarsely ground meat (which can be pork, beef, veal, or pork mixed with beef or veal) and is usually fried, grilled or cooked in beer or broth.
How much does it cost?
- Overall, depending on the flavors and styles that you want, the cost of a package of bratwurst is going to range anywhere from $3.50 a pound for a plain variety, all the way up to $8 per pound for a flavored pack.
- Sheboygan Bratwurst, a company located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, offers an array of Bratwurst choices including the following:
- Apple Bratwurst, 10 pounds – $49
- Apple Bratwurst, 5 pounds – $25.99
- Apple Bratwurst, 2 1/2 pounds – $12.99
- Sweet & Spicy Sampler Pack – $35
- Cheese Lovers Sampler Pack – $35
- Lean & Mean Sampler Pack – $35
- Glenn’s Market & Catering, located in Watertown, Wisconsin, has the following bratwurst offerings:
- Beef Bratwurst – $6.89 (6 pack)
- Beer Bratwurst – $5.99 (6 pack)
- Garlic Bratwurst – $5.69 (6 pack)
- Grilled Sheboygan Bratwurst – $7.79 (6 pack)
- Onion Bratwurst – $5.99 (6 pack)
- Plumper Style Wiener – $6.69 (6 pack)
- Pork Bratwurst – $5.69 (6 pack)
- Pre-Cooked Pork Bratwurst – $5.89 (6 pack)
- Sheboygan Bratwurst – $5.69 (6 pack)
- Smoked Pork Bratwurst – $6.19 (6 pack)
- If you want at a Bratwurst at a fair, circus, baseball game, or some other event, you will probably pay from $5 to $12 for one.
What is going to be included?
- Bratwurst can be bought fresh or precooked. Usually measuring 1-1 ½” in diameter and 4-6” long, this German sausage is available in a wide array of varieties, but with three broad categories. Kochwurst refers to primarily boiled sausages, while Bruhwurst is the parboiled or scalded type, and Hartwurst or Rohwurst, which is the hard, dry and preserved variety.
- Bratwurst can be purchased in bags, boxes or cases. A package will usually include 4 to 8 bratwursts.
- Purchasing a Bratwurst at an event such as the ones mentioned above will include the bun and all the condiments. There are some that may also include a drink with your purchase.
What are the extra costs?
- Buying bratwurst often means buying ingredients to cook along with the sausages. The ingredients depend on how the sausages will be prepared. The most obvious necessity of a Bratwurst is the bun. Most people like to use something other than a generic hot dug bun; instead, a sour dough or hard roll may be used.
- The most popular condiments to put on a Bratwurst are ketchup and mustard. Many people prefer hot mustard.
- Because this is derived from the German tradition, sauerkraut is a very popular topping. Another option is to cook the sauerkraut and then cut up the Bratwurst and mix the two together.
- When shopping online, shipping costs are not always included in the price. Shipping costs can range from approximately $10 to $70, depending on factors like item size, weight, quantity and shipping option.
Factors that influence the price:
- Meat. Bratwurst made from veal is the most expensive. Pork and beef are the most commonly used meat to make Bratwurst in the U.S. They are less expensive than veal and are the most commonly sold types.
- Ingredients. Many Bratwurst products come with regular ingredients and are usually cooked the German way. Brats made with pure, high quality meat that have no fillers often cost more. The spices commonly used to season the meat include coriander, cumin, nutmeg, caraway, pepper, marjoram, paprika, and/or ginger.
- Preparation. Some Bratwurst items that are pre-cooked may be slightly more expensive due to ease and convenience, requiring only a few minutes of preparation. Bratwurst that is purchased fresh from a deli will be a more expensive type.
Tips to know:
- Bratwurst that’s flash frozen can help keep the products fresh.
- Pre-cooked bratwurst is fully cooked and has a longer shelf life. They are also easier and faster to grill.
- To achieve a nice, dark brown color, brush the Bratwurst with beer before frying or grilling, or sprinkle with a little sugar.
Questions to ask:
- What kind of meat is in the bratwurst?
- What type of binder/casing do you use in your bratwurst?
- Are the bratwurst shipped fresh?
- How will you ship the bratwurst I order?
- Are your facilities inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)?
How can I save money?
- Check periodic sales and promotions at online sites. Many Bratwurst dealers and suppliers offer discounted prices, coupons or specials to customers on a regular basis.
- Buy Bratwurst in bulk. Many suppliers offer substantial discounts to buyers who buy in volume. You can freeze the Bratwursts that you do not use and save them for a later time.
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