Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

Properly braised onions take a little bit of time to make, but oh how they are so worth the effort. They turn smoked sausage sandwiches with beer-braised onions into a fantastic sandwich. The onions are soft, tender, moist and even a bit sweet. You’ll want some crunchy dill pickles to kind of temper the sweetness a bit. Or you could add a pinch or two of red pepper flake or a few shakes of hot sauce to the onions if you want a bit of kick.
Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised OnionsThese beer-braised onions aren’t just for smoked sausage sandwiches. They’re great on regular ole hot dogs too. Or meatball sandwiches. Heck, I’d even pile them up on a Philly cheese steak. They also make for a great replacement for sauerkraut on a Reuben sandwich. Trust me.

If you prefer to smoke your sausages and make your own sandwiches, also try my classic smoked sausage sandwiches.

Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Beer-Braised Onions

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced onion I used 4 medium Vidalia onions
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces of your favorite American lager beer such as Budweiser
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Creole mustard or substitute your favorite
  • 8 slices Muenster cheese
  • Dill pickle slices


  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and toss to coat in the butter. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Saute the onions for 10 minutes or until they start to brown and have softened.
  • Add the beer and continue to saute for another 20-25 minutes or until the beer is mostly gone, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  • Grill the sausage until done. Cut it into thirds, then cut each third horizontally, leaving you with 12 slices of sausage.
  • Toast the buns on the grill if desired.
  • Slather one side of each bun with mayonnaise. Slather the other with mustard.
  • Add the sausage slices to the bun bottoms.
  • Top with the cheese and the onion mixture. Add pickles and serve.