Celebrate Oktoberfest! 15 German Recipes to Pair with Beer

Munich’s Oktoberfest is a wonderland for lovers of German beer and food, with millions of liters of beer drunk and untold numbers of sausages, pretzels, and other German delights consumed over 16 days. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich, cities from coast to coast host their own Oktoberfests to celebrate German-American heritage.

But even if you’re just staying home, October is a great time to celebrate German cooking, one of the great influences on American cuisine responsible for everything from mainstays like hamburgers, frankfurters, potato salad, and meatloaf to our national preference for beer over wine. Oktoberfest is also a time to dig a little deeper into the German cookbook and make use of some cozy fall ingredients like pork, potatoes, apples, cabbage, and butter. These rich foods can be nicely tempered by a cold, crisp beer. Pair them with your favorite Oktoberfest brew, a golden lager like you might find in Munich, or whatever gets you in the mood to put on your dirndl and crank some oom-pah music.

Here are 15 German-inspired and German recipes that pair wonderfully with beer and are perfect for your Oktoberfest celebration.

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest! 15 German-Inspired Recipes 1 of 16

    Cook up an Oktoberfest feast with one of these delicious, German-inspired recipes.

  • Grilled Beer Brats 2 of 16
    Celebrate Oktoberfest! 15 German-Inspired and German Recipes

    Hot dogs are the most popular German sausage in America, but bratwurst is a close second. Grilled just right on a fall day and paired with a malty Oktoberfest beer, they're a perfect food for whatever you're celebrating this October, whether it's German heritage or your favorite football team.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Shaina Olmanson 

  • Soft Baked Pretzels 3 of 16

    Of all the gifts Germans have given the world, soft pretzels rank among the most wonderful. Warm and chewy, salty, malty, and just a little bit sweet, they're perfect either on their own or served with your favorite mustard.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Fresh Potato Salad with Artichoke Hearts 4 of 16

    This southern German potato salad adds artichoke hearts to give it fantastic flavor without adding much in the way of fat and calories.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooke McLay

  • Pork Chops with a Mushroom Cream Sauce 5 of 16

    Pork chops are a German favorite, and every German grandmother seems to have her own special pork chop recipe. This one, featuring a rich mushroom cream sauce, is perfect for a chilly October evening.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Paula Jones 

  • Easy Beef Stew 6 of 16

    One of the best things about stews is that they're easy to make, even for those who only cook occasionally. This easy beef stew is one of the simplest we know, but it doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of flavor.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan 

  • Red Cabbage and Kohlrabi Slaw 7 of 16

    Cabbage and kohlrabi (German for cabbage-turnip) are staples of German peasant cooking and are closely related to one another. Together they make a delightful, simple, and healthy side dish that is especially good to have on hand when you're eating a rich meat dish.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Shaina Olmanson 

  • Sausage and Peppers Salad 8 of 16

    Easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, this sausage and pepper salad is a healthy meal that's a snap to make.
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    Image: Angie McGowan 

  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Wild Mushrooms 9 of 16

    Oktoberfest happens to coincide with the onset of beef stew season. There's nothing like a house filled with the aroma of beef and herbs on a cool autumn day. And of course, because beef stews feature heavily in German food, they're perfect for Oktoberfest, too.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Laura Levy 

  • Lighter German Potato Salad 10 of 16

    German potato salad generally refers to the southern German style that uses oil and vinegar rather than mayo. This lighter version is also vegan, perfect for accommodating guests.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Sausage Kebabs 11 of 16

    Sausage on the grill is wonderful. Sausage on the grill with cherry tomatoes and a balsamic fig glaze, well that's just spectacular.
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    Image: Paula Jones 

  • Chicken Schnitzel 12 of 16

    Schnitzel is a flattened meat cutlet that is breaded and fried. While Wiener schnitzel, a style from Vienna made from veal, is the most well known, it's delicious no matter what kind of meat you use as this chicken schnitzel demonstrates.
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  • Carbonnade with Beer and Mustard 13 of 16

    Technically it's a Belgian recipe, but carbonnade is a beef stew made with beer and mustard and served over potatoes, so we'll count it.
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  • Rich Bacon and Beer Carbonara 14 of 16

    If there's another cuisine that's had as big an influence on American cooking as German, it's Italian. Combining the two, this bacon and beer carbonara may just be the ultimate American dish.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan

  • Pork Chops with Apples and Winter Squash 15 of 16

    Pork and apples just belong together. Add some winter squash, and you've got a perfect Oktoberfest recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Comfort Food, by Sandra Lee Copyright © 2010 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. 

  • Fried Pretzel Chicken 16 of 16

    Think of this as German-Southern fusion cuisine. This tasty recipe features a traditional fried chicken recipe but with a crust made of crushed pretzels. Sounds tempting, right?
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan 

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