Essential Oktoberfest Recipes

Strap on your lederhosen and crank up the polka, it’s officially Oktoberfest. This 200-year old festival is a fun-filled homage to Bavarian culture and of course, beer. But you certainly don’t need to be in Munich to celebrate. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be Oktoberfest. These 8 essential Oktoberfest recipes will help you get your fill of beer, pretzels, brats and kraut any time of the year. 

pretzel pot pie

Oktoberfest Pretzel & Bratwurst Pot Pie

Trust us, you’ll never go back to regular pot pie again after trying this version. Soft homemade pretzels are baked over a creamy filling of bratwurst, cheddar, and beer. Prost! 

brat kraut bites

Beer, Brat & Kraut Bites

These addictive bites are filled with brats, tangy kraut, and cream cheese then rolled in Panko breadcrumbs and baked until crispy and golden. Best served with a cold, frothy beer and a side of mustard. 

oktoberfest beer can chicken

Oktoberfest Beer Can Chicken 

Brew up major flavor with this German version of Beer Can Chicken. Swap out your Bud for a rich Bavarian lager that'll add malty sweetness and moisture to your standard roasted chicken. Let the feasting commence. 

brat kraut stuffed pretzels

Brat & Kraut Stuffed Pretzels

Can you really have enough brat, kraut, and pretzels? These easy-to-make stuffed pretzels are perfect for game day or your backyard Oktoberfest celebration. 



Porketta Schnitzel Sandwich 

No German menu is complete without schnitzel, thinly pounded pork chops coated in breading and fried until crispy and golden. This easy version is served on a hard roll with heaps of stone ground mustard.

homemade pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Master the art of homemade soft pretzels (or brezen) and you've opened the floodgates to a pretzel-laden feast any Bavarian would be proud of. This versatile step-by-step recipe can be used to make pretzel bites, sticks, rolls or anything else you can imagine. 

crispy beer chicken with mushroom gravy

Crispy Beer Chicken with Drunken Mushroom Gravy

This recipe will add gemütlichkeit spirit to your weeknight meals with crispy chicken thighs smothered in a drunken mushroom gravy. Serve with spaetzle to soak up all that delicious beer-laced sauce. 

cheesy brat nachos

Beer Cheese Bratchos

Nachos get a German makeover with homemade potato chips, sliced bratwurst, and beer cheese sauce. Do you really need anything else? 

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