Delicious Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln Recipe – Quick & Easy

Do you ever find yourself craving delicious, hearty potatoes bursting with flavor, with a little bit of a German twist? Then you have come to the right place! As a vegan chef, I have been experimenting with European recipes that I can adapt to my diet, and this vegetarian bratkartoffeln recipe (German-style fried potatoes) is one of my favorites.

My love affair with German-style fried potatoes started when my German friends gave me their secret family recipe. I adapted it to make it vegan-friendly but kept all the traditional flavors. This recipe is ideal for those evenings when you want a quick and hearty meal that will leave your stomach full and your taste buds satisfied.

This dish is perfect as a standalone meal or as a great side dish paired with your favorite protein. And if you’re looking for something different, try serving it as an appetizer alongside roasted fingerling potatoes and elevated cauliflower purée roasted with garlic.

So, why not try this delicious recipe out for yourself and surprise your family and friends with some authentic vegetarian bratkartoffeln? Keep reading for the full recipe breakdown and preparation tips!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes) W/ Feta Cheese
Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes) W/ Feta Cheese

Are you looking for a delicious side dish that will add a burst of flavor to your meal? Look no further than this Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with Feta Cheese recipe.

First off, who doesn’t love potatoes? They are a staple ingredient in many cuisines around the world, and for good reason. They are versatile, filling, and delicious. This recipe takes potatoes to the next level by using German-style pan-fried potatoes, also known as bratkartoffeln.

But it’s not just any ordinary bratkartoffeln recipe – it’s made even better with the addition of salty, tangy feta cheese. The combination of crispy potatoes and creamy feta creates a flavor explosion in your mouth that is truly irresistible. This is definitely not your typical potato side dish.

Additionally, this recipe is vegetarian-friendly and uses canola oil instead of animal-based fats like sausage or bacon commonly used in German bratkartoffeln recipes. You can enjoy all the flavor without compromising your dietary restrictions.

Plus, the ingredients are easy to find and budget-friendly. You only need 2 lbs of potatoes, 1 medium onion, and 4 tablespoons of canola oil for the base of the dish. And let’s not forget about the feta cheese – just 12 ounces will do the trick.

Overall, this Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with Feta Cheese recipe is a great way to elevate your potato game with minimal effort and maximum flavor payoff. Give it a try and see for yourself why you’ll love this recipe!

Ingredient List

 German comfort food with a Mediterranean twist.
German comfort food with a Mediterranean twist.

Let’s dive into the flavors that make this Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln special. Below is the list of ingredients you’ll need to gather:

  • 2 lbs (or 1 kg) potatoes
  • 2-4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt (or regular salt)
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 12 ounces feta cheese (vegan feta can also be used)
  • Some chopped parsley for garnishing (optional)

Always choose fresh ingredients for the best results, especially when it comes to potatoes as they are the star of this dish. If possible, go for yellow or red baby potatoes, as they hold their shape well during cooking and have a buttery texture. A ripe, tangy feta will add rich flavor and creaminess to the dish. And if you prefer a milder flavor, try using vegan feta cheese instead!

The Recipe How-To

 These fried potatoes will make your taste buds dance.
These fried potatoes will make your taste buds dance.

Now, let’s get down to business and learn how to cook our Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes) w/ Feta Cheese recipe!

Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients

First, I recommend that you gather all your ingredients and measure them out properly. This saves time and ensures you have everything you need before you start cooking.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 2-4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 12 ounce feta cheese (vegetarian feta preferred)

Step 2: Cook the Potatoes

Next, cut the peeled potatoes into thin slices about 1/8 inch thick. If you prefer, you can also dice them into small cubes for a quicker cook time.

In a large skillet or pan, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sliced potatoes making sure they do not overcrowd each other in the skillet or pan. Increase the heat to high and allow them to cook for about 5 – 7 minutes until they are golden brown on one side. Flip the potatoes over and continue to cook until both sides are crispy and golden brown.

Tip: If needed, add more canola oil as necessary to avoid sticking to the skillet or pan.

Step 3: Cook the Onions

While the potatoes are cooking, slice your prepared onion in halves then thinly slice them.

Heat another skillet over medium-high heat with two tablespoons of canola oil. Once hot, add the sliced onions and sauté for about 5 minutes until golden brown.

Step 4: Combine & Season

When both the onions and potatoes are cooked, combine them together in one of the skillets or pans with a tablespoon of canola oil if necessary.

Add in 1/2 teaspoon of onion salt and season with salt & black pepper to your liking. Stir well, making sure all ingredients are evenly mixed together.

Step 5: Add Feta Cheese

Finally, it’s time to add in your star ingredient – feta cheese! Crumble 12 ounces of vegetarian feta cheese on top of the pan fried potatoes and onions.

Allow it to melt for about 2 minutes while stirring occasionally until everything is combined perfectly.

Tip: You may also use regular feta cheese but make sure it’s crumbled into small pieces or diced.

Step 6: Serve!

This recipe is best served when hot and crispy! Enjoy this dish as an appetizer or side dish along with other classic European recipes like German style pan fried sausage or bacon. You can also serve it as part of a brunch menu paired with roasted

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Looking to switch things up with this dish? Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out:

– Cheese: While feta cheese lends a nice tangy flavor to the potatoes, you can certainly experiment with other types of cheese. Try using shredded cheddar or crumbled goat cheese for a different twist.

– Potatoes: This recipe calls for 2 pounds of potatoes, but you can also mix and match with other types of spuds. Try using roasted fingerling potatoes or even sweet potatoes for a flavorful variation.

– Spices: If you want to add more depth and complexity to the flavor profile of this dish, consider experimenting with different spices. Add a pinch of smoked paprika or cumin for a more savory taste, or use fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for an extra burst of freshness.

– Vegetables: Want to make this dish even healthier? Toss in some chopped bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, or even kale to boost the nutritional value and add some texture.

– Protein: If you want to make this dish more hearty, there are several proteins that would complement it nicely. Consider adding pan-fried sausage or bacon crumbles for a meatier flavor, or serving it alongside a side of tofu scramble for a vegan option.

– Presentation: How you present your Bratkartoffeln can make all the difference. Trying slicing the potatoes into thin rounds for an elegant look, using home fries as a base for a breakfast-style dish, or mixing in some potato salad for a picnic-ready version.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to this simple yet delicious potato recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative and see what alternative ingredients you can incorporate into your version of German-style fried potatoes!

Serving and Pairing

 Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside - the perfect texture.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside – the perfect texture.

I’ll tell you something that will make your taste buds dance with joy! This vegetarian Bratkartoffeln dish pairs perfectly with a glass of Riesling, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio wine. The combination of the crisp and salty potatoes with the creamy and tangy feta cheese in the recipe makes it an ideal appetizer to serve at dinner parties or potlucks.

You can also add some fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary as a garnish, which complements the earthy flavors of the potatoes and adds a pop of color to the dish. For a complete meal, pair this vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with roasted veggies like Brussels sprouts or asparagus.

If you’re hosting a brunch, serve it alongside veggie sausages, scrambled tofu or tempeh bacon strips for an extra kick of flavor. You can also shred some leftover Bratkartoffeln and toss them into your favorite potato salad recipe for an elevated twist.

The possibilities are endless! Whether you serve it during breakfast or dinner, this vegetarian Bratkartoffeln recipe has something irresistible about its crispy texture and savory flavors that appeal to any palate.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A simple yet flavorful dish that anyone can make.
A simple yet flavorful dish that anyone can make.

Oh no! You made way too much Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln the other night and now you’re wondering how to store it without losing any of its scrumptiousness. Don’t be afraid, I got you covered!

Make-Ahead: This dish is great for making ahead since it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. But before putting it away, make sure that you let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.

Storing: When storing your Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln in the refrigerator, make sure you keep it tightly covered in an airtight container. However, if you have too much of it and can’t fit everything into just one container, separate them into multiple containers so that everything stays fresh. Similarly, if you want to freeze your leftovers, use a freezer-safe container instead of a regular one.

Reheating: To reheat your Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln, simply take it out from your refrigerator or freezer and let it thaw at room temperature or leave it overnight in the fridge. After this, preheat your oven to 350°F and put your dish in the oven until warmed through. If you want to opt for the microwave method instead, place your dish in the microwave and reheat for 2-3 minutes until warmed through.

Remember, if you’re reheating from frozen, add a little more time to account for extra heating time needed. And voila! Your Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln is as delicious as before!

Tips for Perfect Results

As someone who has made this recipe many times, let me share a few tips to help you create the best Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with Feta Cheese:

1. Choose the right potatoes: It’s important to choose waxy potatoes rather than starchy ones for this recipe. Waxy potatoes like Yukon gold and red potatoes hold their shape better when frying and result in crispy fried potatoes that are tender on the inside.

2. Cut the potatoes evenly: Uniformly cutting the potatoes ensures that they cook evenly and have the same texture throughout.

3. Allow the potatoes to dry: After you have washed and cut the potatoes, it’s essential to let them dry completely. The excess moisture can lead to steam while frying, causing the potatoes to become mushy.

4. Use a cast-iron skillet: A cast-iron skillet retains heat better than other pans, creating a perfectly browned outer crust on your vegetarian bratkartoffeln.

5. Don’t overcrowd the pan: It’s best to fry the potato slices in small batches rather than trying to cook them all at once. Overcrowding the pan will lower the temperature of oil resulting in soggy and limp potato slices instead of perfectly crispy fried potatoes as expected.

6. Proper seasoning: Be sure to season your Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with onion salt, black pepper, and a touch of additional salt according to your taste preference. The right balance of seasoning can elevate this seemingly simple side dish into something extraordinary.

Follow these tips closely, and I am confident that you’ll end up with delicious Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln with Feta Cheese every time!

Bottom Line

There you have it, a recipe that will take your taste buds on a journey to Germany. This vegetarian German fried potatoes with feta cheese recipe is so delicious and bursting with flavor. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and would be a great side dish next to some pan-fried sausage or bacon.

But let’s not limit ourselves to just this one recipe. Try experimenting with different types of potatoes, like roasted fingerling potatoes or home fries. And for those looking for something more elevated, try pairing the dish with some cauliflower purée roasted with garlic.

Overall, German cuisine has a lot to offer in terms of flavor and texture. So don’t be afraid to explore more European recipes and discover new and exciting tastes. I hope this recipe has given you a glimpse into the wonderful world of German cooking and inspired you to try something new.

So put on your apron, grab your frying pan, and get ready to cook up a storm in your kitchen! Enjoy your vegetarian bratkartoffeln with feta cheese – I know you’re going to love it!

Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes) W/ Feta Cheese

Vegetarian Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes) W/ Feta Cheese Recipe

My vegetarian German friends gave me this recipe. I cooked this today and really loved it, though I didn't have any feta on hand so I used a little mozzarella. Still, I love feta and I'm positive the feta can only make the recipe taste even better! The vegetarian sausages, hot dogs, or vegetarian bacon are optional, but it really make the potatoes taste more authentic and gives it great flavor. You can also add Baco bits which are vegetarian. Serve with a fresh green side salad.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Calories 398.4 kcal


  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 1/2 lb feta cheese
  • 2 -4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce) can vegetarian sausages, chopped (could also use a packet of frozen stripes, vegetarian bacon, chopped or Baco Bits which are vegetari) (optional)


  • Boil potatoes in their skins until they are cooked, but not too soft (about 10-15 minutes), then peel and dice them.
  • In a skillet fry the onions in oil for a minute then add the vegetarian sausages or bacon if using it. Remove the sausages and onions from the skillet and set aside.
  • Fry the diced potatoes by laying the potatoes flat against the pan (you may need to use two pans if yours isn't large enough for all of them to lay flat and touch the pan) with oil and let them stand without mixing until they turn golden brown which should be after 3 or more minutes. After they turn golden brown flip the potatoes to the other side to do the same thing.
  • Once both sides are golden brown, add the onions and veggie sausage or vege bacon if using it, mix and then add the feta cheese stirring only once carefully.
  • Once the cheese has melted you are finished cooking the Bratkartoffeln.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 270gCalories: 398.4kcalCarbohydrates: 44.8gProtein: 12.9gFat: 19.3gSaturated Fat: 9.1gCholesterol: 50.6mgSodium: 649.2mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 5.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, European, Free Of..., German, Potato, Vegetable
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