It doesn't need to be Oktoberfest for you to order the best bratwurst.
If you can't wait for Oktoberfest, which begins on Sept. 16 this year, you can celebrate any old time by hauling a taste of Munich to your doorstep with a speedy shipment of authentic German sausages. There are sausages to suit any celebration including brats, knackwurst, currywurst, bockwurst and weisswurst.
Oktoberfest has roots as a celebration of King Ludwig I's marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. These days, it's more about marrying great Bavarian beer with traditional German food, music and some general Wies'n revelry. If you want to do as the Germans do for Oktoberfest, you'll need some supplies and we've uncovered the absolute best bratwurst to order online that'll have you slap dancing in your lederhosen.
Many of our favorite online butchers and specialty food purveyors stock these essential festival foods, including those made by Schaller & Weber, the preeminent New York-based German butcher and sausage maker.
Porter Road is one of our favorite meat delivery services offering a huge selection of sausages of all kinds including German-style sausages. These juicy brats are made with pasture-raised pork, eggs and fresh cream and seasoned with white pepper, nutmeg and ginger.
Mikkeller and Schaller & Weber are two beloved makers of German delights -- one of beer and the other, sausages. The two have collaborated on a special Butcher Bier Brat; traditional bratwurst made with Mikkeller NYC Butcher Bier. It's the Bavarian best of both worlds and perfect for Oktober.
Feed the entire Oktoberfest gang (and then some) with this 5-pound sampler of Schaller & Weber sausages. Through Goldbelly, you'll pick two types of German-style sausages from a list of eight (2.5 pounds of each). Options include brats, chicken brats and weisswurst.
This Oktoberfest feast has two types of brats, knackwurst, weisswurst (18 sausages in all) and two types of mustard, all for $85.
For a little variety, try Harry & David's sausage sampler with traditional German brats but also Cajun andouille, traditional Italian and Canadian-style chicken sausage with cheddar and jalapenos.
This is a classic brat recipe but Porter Road swapped out the pork for dry-aged beef and then added eggs and cream for a pillowy finish.
Vegetarians and vegans can now enjoy a proper sausage fix. Surely you've heard about the plant-based meat alternatives from food-tech startups like Impossible and Beyond Meat. These meatless brats with all-vegan ingredients, courtesy of Beyond Meat, imitate the flavor of traditional German sausage and do a pretty darn good job of it.
KC Cattle Co. is a butcher delivery service specializing in Wagyu beef products. The Wagyu summer sausage comes in two flavors, classic and jalapeno & cheese (for those who like their sausages spicy), and go great sliced and served with crackers, cheese and a frigid Kolsch.