Football season is here!

That means it’s time for tailgating, appetizers, snacky, man-food type stuff.

It’s also casserole season. There is a slight chill to the air, and a warm casserole just seems to hit the spot.

Cheesy Tater Tot & Bratwurst Casserole

This cheesy Tater Tot and Bratwurst Casserole tackles both the hungry-man-food problem, and the warm-up-your-belly situation.

It’s the combination of sauerkraut, bratwurst, and crispy tater tots fused together with a creamy cheese sauce, then piled high with more melted cheese on top.

Cheesy Tater Tot & Bratwurst Casserole

It’s incredibly easy to throw this crowd pleasing meal together!


It basically makes itself.

Just looking at these pictures is making me want to kick my feet up, grab a big helping of this casserole, and re-live each delicious bite.

Cheesy Tater Tot & Bratwurst Casserole

The tang of the sauerkraut is tamed down by the cheese sauce, and not over powering at all. The bratwurst gives it a savory kick, while the crispy tater tots on top lend to your prepubescent cravings.

‘Gimme some of your tots.’

Cheesy Tater Tot & Bratwurst Casserole

This tater tot and bratwurst casserole was a touchdown with my family.

Loved by all.

Cheesy Tater Tot & Bratwurst Casserole

Grab a bowl today!

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Tater Tot and Bratwurst Casserole

Tater Tot and Bratwurst Casserole is the combination of sauerkraut, bratwurst, and crispy tater tots fused together with a creamy cheese sauce, then piled high with more melted cheese on top. recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine {Tailgating edition (2013)}
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 439 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 package, 1 1/4 lbs. uncooked bratwursts
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 16oz can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1 10oz can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 package, 32oz frozen Tater Tots
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


  • In a large saucepan combine the chicken broth and bratwursts, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the bratwursts are cooked through. Drain and discard chicken broth. Place brats on a cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place the saucepan back on the stove and brown the bratwursts in the butter over medium-high heat. Drain on paper towels.
  • Spoon the drained sauerkraut into a greased 9x13" casserole dish. Top with the bratwursts.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the cheddar cheese soup and milk until smooth. Pour over the brats.
  • Top with the tater tots. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned and crisp.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese and onions, bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.5g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 37.5g | Cholesterol: 96.1mg | Sodium: 918.9mg | Sugar: 2.7g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 6mg
Keywords: bratwurst, Casserole, Cheese, sauerkraut, tater tot
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
23 Responses
  1. April

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    I can’t get over all the folks that want to substitute the Sauerkraut or say that they hate it.
    I think that most people don’t realize , that you are supposed to rinse the Sauerkraut that you buy in the can or bag ,at least once before you use it.
    (It gets rid of that sour/bitter taste)

  2. Jacquelyn Czuhajewski

    My kids rrally do not like saur kraut. Is there anything I can use as a substitute. I’m excited to try it! Sounds delicious!

  3. Lee Ann

    This casserole is amazing! I have made it probably 10 times since I found this recipe and I can’t get enough! Every time I find bratwurst on sale THIS casserole comes to mind. Love it!

  4. Dungeon Hunter 4 Hack

    Good post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on
    this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.
    Many thanks!

  5. Katie P.

    We just ate this for dinner – DELISH. I subbed farmer bologna for the brats and boiled it in beer. Next time, I’m going to double the kraut, since I love kraut.

    1. Shawn

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you guys liked it, and I’m totally a kraut lover too, so I can fully get behind doubling that ingredient! 😉

    1. Shawn

      Hmm… well, you might try some shredded zucchini?? Or maybe some frozen hash browns, but since you already have tater tots on top, might be potato overload. The sauerkraut is really good in there, and since you rinse and drain it, it’s not that over-powering sauerkraut taste. Let me know what you try and how it turns out! 🙂

  6. Dana

    This is so genius! I love this idea…do you think andouille sausage would work in this as well? I really only like two kinds of sausage which is breakfast type sausage and andouille… But cheese and tater tots….I’m there!

    1. Shawn

      Definitely! If you get an andouille sausage that is already cooked then just skip the boiling part, and brown it in the butter before putting it in the casserole dish. 🙂 Thanks Dana!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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