Dill Pickle and Brat Soup

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup ~ a wonderfully surprising soup made with smokey brats, tangy dill pcikles, and tender potatoes in a creamy broth ~

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup, made in the crock pot, or not. This soup is a delicious surprise, with smokey brats, tangy dill pickles, and tender potatoes all in a light sour cream broth. If you love pickles, this is for you!

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup, made in the crock pot, or not. This soup is a delicious surprise, if you love pickles, you need to try this one! CROCK POT | SLOW COOKER | octoberfest | tailgating | game day

The first time I saw dill pickle soup it was on Pinterest, and I filed it away in my mind as something I *might* want to try sometime. Just like a lot of you, I’m sure, it’s not something I’d ever had before and it seemed a bit, well… odd. But somewhere in the back of my mind I was intrigued by the combination of creamy soup and tart, vinegar-y dill pickles. When I spotted a recipe that included ham, that finally convinced me to give it a go.

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Turns out I LOVE dill pickle soup ~ especially with the brats I added to give it a more satisfying substance and balance out the briney pickle flavor. I give this two thumbs up and hope you try it. We actually made 3 batches of this soup over the course of a few weeks and everybody went wild for it. It’s a great conversation piece for parties, and a lot more delicious than you might imagine. If you love this idea, you’re definitely going to want to check out my DILL PICKLE POTATO SALAD, it’s always a huge hit!

Ingredients for Dill Pickle and Brat Soup in the crock pot ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup is quick and easy to make ~ after you’ve sauteed the onions and carrots, almost everything else just gets dumped right in. You can do it on the stove or in the crock pot, and either way you’ll add the sour cream at the end.

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup ~ a warm and comforting soup that you probably haven't had before! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The flavor of the brats infuses beautifully into the soup, so I highly recommend using them. You could also substitute sausage, ham, hot dogs, or maybe even bacon, although I haven’t tried that.

TIP: Grilling the brats first gives an extra layer of smokey flavor that really works in this soup. Crank up the grill pan nice and hot for some good color.

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup, made in the crock pot, or not! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

*This soup was inspired by my friend Cathy of Noble Pig, her soup went viral and was even featured on The Chew! My recipe was adapted from the Polish dill pickle and smoked ham soup on Salt and Lavender.

3.36 from 68 votes

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 3 large red potatoes skins on, cut in 1/2 inch dice
  • 32 ounce carton chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 3 cooked brats grilled and sliced (you may want to cut each slice in half, for smaller pieces)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • fresh dill
  • thinly sliced pickles


  • Coat the bottom of a heavy pan with olive oil and saute the onion and carrot for about 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, up to but not including the sour cream, and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender but not mushy.
  • Mix the flour and sour cream together until completely combined, and stir in to the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook for a further few minutes.
  • Serve garnished with sprigs of dill and thinly sliced pickles.
  • CROCK POT METHOD: Put everything in the crock pot up to, but not including the sour cream, etc. Let it cook on low for 4 hours. Stir in the sour cream and flour mixture, and cook for another hour until smooth and slightly thickened.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Use any type of brats for this, but cooked ones are easiest. If yours are raw, cook them up before adding to the soup. Mine were actually bacon and cheddar brats from Neuskes, which I had in the freezer from Christmas. They come already cooked, so I just popped them in a grill pan to give them a little color, and sliced them up. They gave the soup an extra flavor boost.
  • For a variation you might try adding some shredded sharp cheddar cheese at the very end, just before serving.


Thanks for pinning my dill pickle and brat soup!

DILL PICKLE AND BRAT SOUP IS A HEARTY AND COMFORTING SOUP THAT CAN BE MADE IN THE CROCK POT OR SLOW COOKER ~ #soup #Octoberfest #tailgating #gameday #comfortfood #creamysoup #brats #dillpickles #fallsoup

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    Karen A Mensing
    January 2, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I am in the process of making this soup, but would like to know if I can put it together a couple of days ahead of actual eating . I am in a time crunch for making it for a Sunday meal and can’t make it on that day. I also used fresh brats that I fried in the frying pan since it is too cold to grill outside. Hope it comes out ok since the soup is being served to church members.

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      January 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      That all sounds fine, I think 2 days ahead would be the most I would do, though. Good luck!

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    February 2, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    What can I use to replace the flour in the dill pickle and brat soup? I have an allergy.

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      February 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      You can leave it out for a thinner soup, or try cornstarch or tapioca to thicken it. I also sometimes use a bit of instant mashed potatoes to thicken some soups.

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    Deanna Rauch
    October 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I’m planning on making this for a girls weekend and there are 6 of us which is the number of servings your recipes says it makes How big of serving per person would you say this makes?

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      October 17, 2018 at 11:23 am

      I always look at the liquid content when I’m trying to figure out how much a soup or stew makes, and this uses 32 ounces of stock. I would say that’s fine for 6, but if you wanted it to be the main course, I’d allow 8 ounces of liquid per person, so you could just augment the recipe with a little more stock and sour cream and you should be fine.

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    ann tyndall
    August 16, 2018 at 9:16 am

    can this dill pickle and brats soup be caned in a jar. i do allot of canning .

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      August 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Gosh Ann, I’ve never canned soup, so you are probably much more knowledgable than me about this one since you do a lot of canning.

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    Patsy Brebner
    January 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Saw this recipe on twitter on Wednesday and made it yesterday. Awesome! Thanks for a different recipe.

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      January 5, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Patsy, I always feel like twitter is a waste, but I guess not ~ I’m glad you found me!

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    December 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    First time making it. A friend that just moved from Maui to Wisconsin told me about it. His husband made it for him. It sounded fantastic and I haven’t been able to think of anything else.

    The flour made lumps in the soup. ?

    I mixed it well with the sour cream what went wrong?

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      December 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Could it be the sour cream that curdled slightly in your soup? That might look like flour lumps. Sour cream is notorious for curdling in hot liquids, but mixing it with the flour should have prevented that.

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        December 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm

        I actually simmered it longer and the lumps dissolved. Thanks for your reply. It’s a hit with my family.

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          December 28, 2017 at 5:49 am

          Oh good, thanks so much for coming back to let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 21, 2017 at 5:14 am

    This sounds really nice. I just want to know what “brat” is? A kind of saussage?

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      December 21, 2017 at 8:15 am

      It’s a type of German sausage, Maritha. You could use any type of sausage you like in this soup.

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    September 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    this isn’t low carb

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      September 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      No, I don’t claim that it is particularly low carb, I’m not sure where you read that Liz?

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        September 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        Because this recipe is listed under 20 crockpot keto recipes…

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          September 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm

          Oh, not sure how that happened…my recipes wind up in all sorts of places!

          • Kat
            October 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

            I substituted radishes for potatoes and xanthan gum for flour to make it low carb. Xanthan gum thickened it but it also didn’t dissolve so it looked kind of weird but it tasted really good!

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    Deep Web
    April 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Looks delicious! Love those toast recipes, might have to try some of them, I am always so boring with the toast I serve with soup!

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    February 19, 2017 at 7:35 am

    My Polish Grandmother always used to make Ogorki soup like this… I think it is about time I tried to make some of her recipes myself – this looks like a nice easy place to start ๐Ÿ™‚

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      February 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Let me know how you like it!

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    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    February 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hi Sue, really appreciate the shout out, and I think your version looks amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
    February 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Pinned–this would be perfect for my husband! On a similar note, I have a pickle juice bread recipe on my list ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      February 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Oh I need that recipe, Inger!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This soup has my name written all over it Sue! Sounds absolutely delicious!

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    February 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I just made this tonight with a couple of variations. We have some in the Caribbean called bread fruit, and we had some frozen, so I used that rather than potato’s. They are very similar. Also, I did not have sour cream, so I used plain yogurt. We loved it, and my husband asked me to make sure and keep the recipe. I knew it would be a winner in our house!

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    January 31, 2017 at 3:49 am

    COMFORT FOOD COMFORT FOOD COMFORT FOOD!!! I love everything about this recipe. My sweetie turned me on to the deliciousness of brats (never tried one before a couple years ago!) and I love the idea of acidic dill pickles balancing out the richness. Awesome recipe!

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      January 31, 2017 at 7:28 am

      You said it! And it’s so true, there’s something about the combination of the brats with the pickles that REALLY works.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I love that you grilled the brats first to add some smoky character to this soup. This looks like so cozy and hearty, perfect for game day too!

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    January 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve had a dill pickle dip that sounded just as umm “interesting” as this recipe and it was DELICIOUS!!! I suggest you Google a recipe! I will give this a try but think I’ll use kielbasa from a good Polish deli instead of brats.

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    January 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I read the title of this and thought, “yuck!”, shared it with my husband and he thinks it sounds wonderful. I’m working on coming around, and have saved the recipe. Since I’ve eaten fried dill pickles, there’s no reason not to try this.

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      January 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Haha, I appreciate your honesty, I’m sure a lot of people have that first reaction!

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    January 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    This caught my eye immediately. My husband and I were shopping a few days ago and he found a large bottle of pickles like we used to buy at Costco. Our local store must be trying to do something similar here on our little island. I will have to make this on day this week, just need to buy some brats, I’m already craving this!

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      January 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      We couldn’t stop making it, it’s almost addictive, so the big jar may come in handy!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    January 30, 2017 at 10:06 am

    What a great idea to add pickles! I have a pickle loving family so they will love this one!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    January 30, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I have never had a soup like this…it looks hearty, comforting and very tasty.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 30, 2017 at 4:13 am

    You must have had my husband in mind when you made this recipe! It is the most perfect bowl of deliciousness for my pickle loving guy. I must admit I’m intrigued and will have to make this to see for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stirring up the flavors today Sue!

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