How Many Calories Are in a Bratwurst? (Healthy OR Not?)

Iva Carter
Published by Iva Carter
Last Updated On: December 4, 2023

Originally from Germany, Bratwurst has become one of the most popular sausages worldwide. But how healthy is it?

As a seasoned nutritionist with years of experience helping clients make informed dietary choices, I recognize the significance of this question.

I, therefore, spent countless hours analyzing nutritional data, consulting with other experts, and working with clients to understand the impact of bratwurst consumption on overall health.

Here’s what you should know about Bratwurst nutrition facts.

Quick Summary

  • A single serving of Bratwurst sausage contains 260 calories.
  • The sausage is high in fat, with 21g total fat and 8g saturated fat per serving.
  • Despite its high calorie and fat content, Bratwurst is a good source of protein, providing 14g per serving.

Bratwurst Calories

A variety of sausages being grilled

One serving size (one link, about 85g) of cooked pork and beef Bratwurst has 283 calories [1].

Of these 283 calories, 223 are total fat calories, so Bratwurst sausage has a high-fat content in calorie count. There’s 25g of total fat and 8.5g of saturated fat.

Saturated fat is an unhealthy fat. Experts say men shouldn’t have more than 30g of saturated fat a day and women no more than 20g [2].

On the other hand, Bratwurst sausage has very little potassium, which is important if you’re on a potassium-restricted diet. There are almost no carbs and 0 sugar, and 63mg of cholesterol.

However, Bratwurst is high in sodium content. One serving of Bratwurst sausage has 719mg of sodium, which is about 25% of the recommended daily value of sodium intake.

Also, Bratwurst sausage is almost always eaten with mustard, which adds more calories. Bratwurst sausage is usually served inside two bun pieces, which adds about 100 to 150 extra calories.

If a typical Bratwurst has about 280 calories, this amounts to over 400 calories when we add the bun.

An adult person has a recommended diet of 2,000 calories, so this food serving contributes greatly to the total daily values [3].

Also, how many calories Bratwurst sausage has depends on the kind of meat the sausage is made of, the cooking method, its grams, it is eaten in a bun with mustard, and so on.

 

“A perfectly cooked Bratwurst has a golden-brown color from the outside, and it’s juicy inside. Most importantly, you need to make sure that it doesn’t burst during cooking.”

- Cooking the World, YouTube Channel

Besides relatively high-calorie intake, Bratwurst sausage also helps you get some proteins. One serving of Bratwurst has about 12g of protein, which can help build muscle and preserve existing muscle mass.

Bratwurst Sausage Varieties and Their Calories

A stack of sausage with herbs on the side

How many calories Bratwurst sausage has also depends on the meat it’s made of.

For example, if it’s made of bird meat, such as chicken or turkey, it’ll have fewer calories than when it’s made with beef. Chicken or turkey Bratwurst has from 70 to 180 calories. However, the protein content is also low.

On the other hand, if Bratwurst is made of red meat, such as beef and pork Bratwurst, the number of calories can go up to 290.

If you opt for a Bratwurst with cheese, such as cheddar, calories will increase. One serving size of famous Johnsonville cheddar or Beer Brat has 260 calories [4] [5].

Note: All these calories are without a bun and mustard, so you’ll quickly reach 2,000 calories a day if you add these.

How Healthy is Bratwurst Sausage?

Sausages on a plate with vegetables

Bratwurst sausage isn’t considered very healthy. According to nutrition facts, it has high sodium and calories.

However, it’s a good option if you eat Bratwurst that’s not made of red meat but bird meat and don’t eat it in a bun.

Bratwurst can even have some health benefits, such as:

  • Rich in choline — Choline is a chemical that builds cell membranes, especially for the heart and brain. It can even reduce depression and pain, and it’s connected to acetylcholine which sends signals between neurons.
  • Helps build muscle — One Bratwurst sausage has high daily protein values, and protein can help repair torn muscles and build new ones.
  • Has B Vitamins — Carbs and fat need B Vitamins to be broken down and become energy. One serving of food contributes to many of these vitamins in beef and pork, meaning Bratwurst is a good source of B vitamins. Bratwurst has niacin, B6, B12, and riboflavin vitamins.
  • Rich in selenium — Selenium is a mineral that boosts the immune system and helps with thyroid function, arthritis, and asthma.
  • Low carbohydrates — 85g of Bratwurst has 2.4g of carbs, so it’s good if you’re following a low-carb diet, as you won’t exceed the allowed daily carbs values.
  • Helps build strong bones — Bratwurst sausage is rich in phosphorus, which helps kidney function and strengthens bones. 

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Bratwurst Nutritional Facts

Bratwurst is a suitable choice for a protein-focused diet, which aids in building muscle. While the sodium content should be considered, the protein content is the main nutritional highlight.

The calories from fat in Bratwurst contribute to less than half of the total count, while protein is the primary source.

FAQs

Is Bratwurst Good for Weight Loss?

Bratwurst is good for weight loss. It’s rich in proteins, so you’ll feel full and have fewer cravings. Also, it’s low in carbs, so it’s great for a low-carb diet.

How Many Calories Are in an Original Johnsonville Brat?

There are 260 calories in an original Johnsonville brat.

Can Brats Be a Little Pink?

Brats can be a little pink. Most Bratwurst sausages contain minced meat, so they have a pink coloring.


References:

  1. https://www.nutritionix.com/food/bratwurst
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/food-types/different-fats-nutrition
  3. https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/
  4. https://www.johnsonville.com/products/cheddar.html
  5. https://www.johnsonville.com/products/beer-n-bratwurst.html
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Iva Carter
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Iva Carter is a FBP certified foodie and influencer who loves to share delicious yet quick dinner recipes. When she's not in the kitchen concocting meaty delights, you'll find her playing with her dog, Sylvie.
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