Tomato Jam is a fun and flavorful way to jazz up grilled bratwursts or Italian sausage. Think of it as a really delicious, chunky, homemade ketchup!
Sometimes I just need something easy to make for dinner, whether it’s just us or for a few guests. Burgers and brats are my go-to for easy dinners in the summertime. They’re quick to make, crowd-friendly, and the leftovers taste great. 🙂
I’m always looking for a way to jazz up a classic, and Homemade Tomato Jam is a fun twist for topping either brats or burgers. Ketchup fans will love it, and ketchup haters (that’s me) will adore it even more. Everyone will want to know what the red condiment is on the table along with the ketchup and mustard!
The answer is a lightly sweet tomato jam, with lots of fresh tomato flavor. I used in-season summer tomatoes, but I have a feeling it would be good with tomatoes that aren’t quite in season, too.
I made it by combining chopped roma tomatoes with sugar, apple cider vinegar, fresh thyme, and sea salt. There’s no need to remove the seeds from the tomatoes, though you will want to remove the tough area where the stem meets the tomato.
The mixture cooks on low for 40–50 minutes on medium low, or until the tomatoes turn into a rich, delicious jam-like consistency. The mixture should be thick but can be a little runny in places (it’ll continue to thicken slightly as it cools).
I paired the tomato jam with spicy grilled bratwursts. The lightly sweet jam was the perfect complement to the kick of heat from the spicy brats! Mild or hot Italian sausage would be delicious, too.
True confession: when I make burgers or brats for just Longe and me, I serve frozen tater tots on the side. I’m such a sucker for them! I recently started using an air fryer to cook the tater tots—they get SO crispy in less than 15 minutes and I don’t have to heat up the oven.
If I’m doing a cookout for guests, I’ll stick with potato salad (Grandma’s German Potato Salad is a favorite) or Perfectly Crispy Garlic Potatoes. With a salad on the side, it’s the perfect summer meal.Print
Grilled Bratwursts with Tomato Jam
Tomato jam is a fun way to jazz up burgers or brats. Try it with spicy brats or sausage—the sweetness complements the heat nicely!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 50
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 5 servings 1x
- Category: Entrée
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 5 uncooked bratwursts or Italian sausages
- 5 hoagie buns
- 2 lbs tomatoes, cored and chopped into ¾-inch pieces (I used roma tomatoes)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
Combine tomatoes, sugar, apple cider vinegar, thyme, and sea salt in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40–50 minutes. Set aside to cool (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
Preheat a grill to medium heat. Place bratwursts on the grill and cook for 5–8 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
To serve, place the hoagie buns on a serving platter. Top each bun with a bratwurst and spoon tomato jam over the top.
The jam recipe makes enough for 8–10 servings. It will keep in the refrigerator for 7–10 days.
Nutrition facts below are for the jam only.
Keywords: tomato jam, grilling, cookout
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