Oma's Baked Sausage ~ Bratwurst im Backofen

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Baked sausage? When I first thought about it, I really wondered if it would work. Why not? I love baked bacon. It's an easy way to make lots of bacon.

So, I tried doing sausages the same way. The result? Fantastic! A no-mess easy way to make a lot or a few.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

Easy German meat recipes include these sausages baked (roasted) in the oven, simply because they're so simple to make without the mess! 

Oma's easy baked sausages! 
Yummy, traditional, simple and the perfect partner for that delicious potato salad. Great for BBQ's!

What's the best way to cook sausage?

For flavor, I think nothing beats a charcoal grill to prepare sausage. Even a gas grill is a good alternative. But, when the weather's bad, it's raining or snowing, or one just wants to keep things simple, cooking the sausages inside is the answer.

The usual way to cook sausages is then on the stove top. However, when frying in a pan with butter or oil, the fat often splatters and the whole kitchen (make that the whole house) smells.

Enter the oven! Using the oven to 'bake' the sausage keeps the smell contained better and the splattering doesn't happen either. A win-win. And, one can make as few or as many as one needs.

Easy Sausage Dinner

Oma's yummy traditional baked sausage!

In the picture above, I've served these sausages with oven-roasted broccoli and roast potatoes. You get the picture?

  • Oven set for 400°F.
  • Potatoes go in first,
  • then the sausages go in 15 minutes later,
  • then the broccoli goes in 10 minutes later.
  • 20 - 30 minutes later, dinner's done. (Check each ... and remove as it's done. Will depend on how big your potato chunks are and how thick your sausage.)

An easy dinner. 

Want other German sausage recipes? Here's one way that uses both the stove and the BBQ.  

In Germany, Bratwurst is a generic name for sausages that are either fried or grilled. Well, doing them in the oven produces a similar result with the only real difference being that the grill marks are missing. 

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Some of the interesting names are:

  • "Bierwurst" (beer sausage)
  • "Blutwurst", (blood sausage)
  • "Fleischwurst" (meat sausage)
  • "Blaue Zipfel" (blue tip)
  • "Teewurst" (tea sausage)
  • "Speckwurst" (bacon sausage)

Should you poke the sausages before cooking?

The answer to that is divided!

Ideally, you don't want to poke because all the goodness inside will start to come out. Those juices (and yes, the fat) is what gives you the flavor!

However, especially if you're grilling, it's easy to have the heat super high and those sausages will burst on their own, giving flareups and burned meat. If that normally happens to you, you can poke the sausages a little bit before, just not too much. You'll get a little bit of flaring up, but it shouldn't be as bad as if the whole sausage burst.

Ready to bake some sausage?

Oma's Baked Sausage ~ Bratwurst im Backofen

Baked sausage? When I first thought about it, I really wondered if it would work. Why not? I love baked bacon. It's an easy way to make lots of bacon.

So, I tried doing sausages the same way. The result? Fantastic! A no-mess easy way to make a lot or a few.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Bake Time

25 - 45 minutes

Total Time

30 - 50 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 4 raw sausages (about 1 pound)
  • olive oil



  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with either aluminum foil or parchment paper. Alternately, you could put a rack on the baking sheet as well.
  • Place sausages on baking sheet (or rack) so that they don't touch each other.
  • Brush with olive oil (to aid in browning)
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until meat thermometer reads an internal temperature of 160°F. If the sausages are really thick, this may take up to 45 minutes. Turn sausages at least once during baking.
  • Serve with mustard and buns, sauerkraut or easy potato salad.

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Oma's easy baked sausages! Yes, there are so many ways to make sausages, and for me, this is one of the BEST!

Oma's Baked Sausage ~ Bratwurst im Backofen

Oma's Baked Sausage ~ Bratwurst im Backofen
Baked sausage? What an easy way to make lots of sausages without the mess. Roast them alongside your other dishes and dinner's ready! It's Bratwurst im Backofen, Oma-style!

Ingredients: sausages, olive oil,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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