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Easy Bratwurst Appetizer Bites are just the thing to serve during a party or for game day. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them! SCORE!

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My family (well, me really) goes crazy for all things German. This simple recipe for Bratwurst Bites combines flavorful cooked German bratwurst which is then wrapped in store-bought crescent rolls, and baked again until browned.

The easy creamy sauerkraut dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to these tasty little German sausage appetizer bites.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Bratwurst appetizers wrapped in crescent rolls is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


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The ingredient list for making bratwurst appetizer bites:

  • 1 package (5 each) bratwurst
  • 1 tube crescent rolls (I used the non-perforated sheets, or use the triangles and press together to form sheets)
  • one egg
  • poppy seeds

The ingredient list for the sauerkraut dipping sauce:

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How many bratwurst bites does this recipe make?

As written, this recipe will make 25 bratwurst bites. 

Want more? This recipe can be easily doubled (or tripled) as needed.

For the love of grocery store convenience foods!

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say again, store-bought tubed crescent rolls are one of my favorite grocery store convenience items!

I love to keep them on hand in my refrigerator on a pretty consistent basis. Especially during the holiday season, because you can never go wrong serving an appetizer where crescent rolls are part of the equation. At least not in my opinion.

A horizontal photo of a plate of bratwurst appetizer bites with cocktail picks and a bowl of sauerkraut dipping sauce on a tan napkin.

What if I’m not a fan of sauerkraut?

If you’re not a fan of sauerkraut you can still make the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites and dip them in something else.

Alternative dipping sauce suggestions:

  • Maybe some whole grain German mustard mixed with a little honey.
  • Or what about a prepared onion dip?
  • Or a beer cheese dip would be extra delicious.
  • Here’s a particularly amazing beer cheese dip recipe from Cook the Story that I think would make a tasty dip for these crescent wrapped bratwurst bites. So much so that I think I’m going to make the beer cheese dip the next time I make these bites because now I’m craving beer cheese dip! LOL

More about the sauerkraut dipping sauce:

Since my husband isn’t the biggest fan of sauerkraut (but I still am), I decided to cut the bitterness of the kraut with a bit of mayonnaise and a touch of smoked paprika.

The result is creamy, slightly tangy, slightly smoky, and utterly scrumptious!

A photo collage of bratwurst appetizer bites with poppy seeds and sauerkraut dipping sauce and title text graphic overlay

Can I make Bratwurst Bites in advance?

  • Yes. Prepare the bites, as written, up until bake time.
  • Cover loosely in the fridge for 1 – 2 days and then bring them to room temperature and then bake as directed.

The easy step-by-step instructions:

  • Cut each bratwurst into 1″ pieces.
  • Brown the brats in the oil over medium/high heat on all sides, turning occasionally.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers. | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Remove the cooked brats from the skillet and pat dry with a paper towel. Cool.
  • Unroll the crescent dough and pat it into a fairly uniform rectangle.
  • Use a knife or pizza wheel to cut the crescent dough in half width-wise, and then in ½” strips, lengthwise so you’ll have 24 pieces total.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Roll up each cooked bratwurst in the crescent dough strips and lay each rolled brat, seam side down on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray, or lined with parchment paper.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Brush each brat bite with a tiny bit of egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • Sprinkle each bite with poppy seeds
  • Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
Making crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Meanwhile, mix ½ cup prepared mayonnaise with ½ cup drained sauerkraut, pepper, and ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites warm, or at room temperature, with the chilled sauerkraut dipping sauce.
  • Enjoy!
Making crescent wrapped bratwurst bites with creamy sauerkraut dipping sauce. | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
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Enjoy the TASTE OF GERMANY delivered straight to your door!

Additional German-inspired recipes:

“German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst and pretzel roll croutons which will soon become a family favorite! Surprise! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.”

A vertical photo of a white bowl filled with German onion soup, croutons, and cheese. A beer bottle, glass, and onion are in the background.

“Nothing speaks to the flavors of a German dinner more than pork and sauerkraut. This easy recipe for German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker brings the family to the dinner table with a minimum of effort.”

Closeup photo of a bowl of German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut with carrots and mushrooms.

Buttered German egg dumplings (spaetzle) are layered in a casserole dish along with shredded Gruyere cheese and crispy, crunchy onions to bring you this delicious recipe for Layered German Spaetzle Casserole with Cheese & Crispy Onions.

Closeup vertical photo of a casserole dish filled with layered spaetzle casserole with cheese and crispy onions with a German doll in the background.
  • BRATWURST BITES WITH SAUERKRAUT DIPPING SAUCE (pictured below) – This is the place!
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See? I told you I love German foods and flavors!  🙂

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy bratwurst bites appetizers.

Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

Bratwurst Appetizer Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or gathering. They're also super simple to make, and everybody loves them! Make some today!
4.37 from 50 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine German
Servings 24
Calories 78 kcal


  • 5 bratwurst
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tube non-perforated crescent roll sheet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ cup sauerkraut drained
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • pinch black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • Cut the uncooked bratwurst into 1″ pieces to make 24 pieces.
  • In a large skillet, brown the bratwurst pieces (on medium/high heat) in the oil until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Remove the cooked bratwurst to a paper towel to drain and cool.
  • Pop and unroll the crescent sheet. Slice the sheet in half lengthwise and then slice into ½” strips to equal 24 – 6″ strips.
  • Wrap each cooked bratwurst piece in one of the 6″ crescent strips.
  • Place each wrapped bratwurst onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
  • Brush each crescent wrapped bratwurst with a bit of the egg wash, being careful not to saturate the bites as this will make them stick to the tray.
  • Sprinkle each bratwurst bite with poppy seeds.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the sauerkraut, mayonnaise, pepper, and smoked paprika. Keep cold until ready to serve.
  • Serve the bratwurst bites warm (or at room temperature), along with the chilled sauerkraut sauce.



Tools and equipment:
large skillet, small bowls, pizza wheel (optional), baking sheet, parchment paper (optional), cutting board, chef’s knife, spoons, and pastry brush


Serving: 1biteCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 125mgSugar: 1g
Keyword Brat Bites, bratwurst appetizer bites, Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites
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Recipe Rating


Friday 24th of September 2021

Love that they're bite-sized, everyone enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing, will definitely make again!


Friday 24th of September 2021

Awesome! Thanks so much for letting me know and for the 5-star review! Have a great day! Renee


Monday 6th of January 2020

These look amazing! We are big fans of all foods German so I'm excited to serve these at our next party or game day - whichever comes first!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Glad you like these, Beth! They're a favorite of ours, too. Enjoy, and happy snacking! Renee


Monday 6th of January 2020

Yum! Making this for the superbowl this year!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

You won't be sorry, Taryn! Enjoy!


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Quick question - can I fully prepare these the evening before they will be served? I will not have access to a stove the day I need to serve them, so I would need to bake them the night before and then store overnight. Thank you!


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Hi, Kelly! That should work just fine. To reheat, do so in a 350-degree oven for like 10-12 minutes, or in a microwave, covered with a paper towel, and on medium power for 2-3 minutes, or until hot. I hope this helps. Enjoy the recipe! Renee

Beth Block

Friday 25th of October 2019

Do you leave the skin on the sausage? I'm trying to cut them but pressure of cutting into bite size pieces squeezes the meat out of the skin.


Friday 25th of October 2019

Hello, Beth! I hope this answer reaches you in time to help. I do NOT take the casings off the sausages. You may be having problems cutting the sausages because your knife may need to be sharpened, OR possibly you need to use a sawing motion with the knife blade instead of pushing down on it. Some suggestions for fixing this problem would be to sharpen your knife or perhaps use a serrated knife instead, and don't forget to use a back and forth sawing motion. You needn't apply a lot of pressure while cutting the sausages, just let the knife do all the work. Another fix would be to freeze the sausages slightly (for about 15 minutes) before slicing. I hope these suggestions are helpful. Thanks for the question. Renee