Beer Happy: 8 Dishes That Get Better with a Brew

In case you aren’t able to make it to Germany for a beer stein at Oktoberfest, we’ve gathered the best of the best beer-inspired recipes so that you can get in on the fun, right from the comfort of your own kitchen.


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Photo by: Levi Brown

Levi Brown

Oktoberfest starts this Saturday, and you know what that, beer and more beer! In case you aren’t able to make it to Germany, we’ve gathered the best of the best beer-inspired recipes so that you can get in on the fun, right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

You already know that burgers and beer are the perfect combo, but how about combining the two into one? Adding beer to the cheese sauce makes it extra creamy and flavorful, creating a juicy mouthful in every bite.

Beer Battered Fries prepared by host Tiffani Amber Theissen for Burgers and Beer night with friends and family, as seen on Cooking Channel's Dinner at Tiffani's, Season 2.

Photo by: Jessica Brooks ©2016, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jessica Brooks, 2016, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Adding beer to the batter of these crispy French fries achieves more than just a great flavor — the bubbles actually help to create a lighter and crunchier texture all around! Serve with a few pints and you’ll be as golden as these fries.

Bratwurst, or German sausage, is especially delicious when grilled and served on a roll. The fun is in how you choose to top it. From sweet-and-sour onions and a bell pepper relish to smoky beer cheese, there are options to please the whole family.

Unleash the full potential of your backyard barbecue with Beer Can Chicken. Steam from the beer keeps the chicken moist and the can stand ensures an even roast, all while you enjoy a cold one. We’d consider that a win-win-win.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

With just a few ingredients, this Shrimp Foil Pack makes it easy to enjoy a quick and light beer-infused meal. Plus, the lager naturally enhances the shrimp’s flavor while the foil pack keeps all the juices locked in.

The flavors of soy sauce and garlic meet those of a light-colored beer and oranges in this Mexican-inspired skirt steak from Marcela Valladolid. Throw it onto the grill for an extra delicious char and serve it any way you like it(personally, we think this steak makes a pretty awesome taco filling).

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

If you’ve ever enjoyed stout, you’re familiar with its malty and roasted cocoa notes, which make it the perfect ingredient to enhance a chocolate cake. This is ideal for your next adult birthday or BYOBC (bring your own beer cake) event.



Photo by: Charles Masters

Charles Masters

Thanks, Chef Symon — we can't imagine a better way to overindulge than with beer, bacon, and ice cream! Seriously, the sweet and salty pairing here makes for what one fan calls "an incredibly sinful combination," and we couldn’t agree more.

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