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Bacon-Filled Old-Fashioned Hot German Potato Salad

This hot German potato salad recipe makes an ideal summer side dish. Guests will flip for the tangy coarse Dijon apple cider vinegar dressing, along with the crispy fried bacon bits. Serve it hot, warm, or cold at your next cookout!

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Hot German Potato Salad

School’s out, soccer tryouts are in the books (successfully, yay!), and we’ve got one more day to go in our community garage sale — and then I am D-O-N-E, DONE. It’s been a hectic few weeks, but I’m looking forward to hauling everything that doesn’t sell to the donate drop-off, followed by a cookout with friends to celebrate the start of summer!

LOW KEY is the theme for this gathering, because frankly, I have zero bandwidth for anything else at this point. We’re talking grilled brats, my favorite German potato salad, and maybe I’ll ask my girls to make some of these individual veggie cups that are always a hit. Beyond that, I’ll pick up some beer and, perhaps, a pound cake and fresh berries for dessert and call it a day.


smithfield yuengling bratwurst with yuengling lager and pink tulips

Smithfield Brats + Yuengling Lager

The key to keeping a simple menu fresh and exciting is always in the details. In this case, we opted to pick up several packages of Smithfield® Yuengling® Traditional Lager Bratwurst and, of course, several 6-packs of Yuengling® Traditional Lager to pair with them…

I mean, they go hand-in-hand, right? Each delicious Smithfield brat is made with premium cuts of pork and a special blend of sweet and savory spices, then infused with real Yuengling Traditional Lager. A cold bottle of Yuengling Traditional Lager to wash them down is practically a requirement. I love them, because you can forget about boiling them in beer before grilling them. Toss these babies right on the grill, and they come out juicy and flavorful every time!

Wanna try them for yourself? Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst are available at your local Kroger. I always find them in the freezer case, but be sure to check the meat case as well.

recipe for german potato salad in a wooden bowl with wood servings utensils

Hot, Warm, or Cold German Potato Salad?

Let’s switch gears for just a moment to the German potato salad I mentioned. You’re definitely going to want to try this amazing summer side dish!

There’s a bit of debate over whether German potato salad should be served hot, warm, or cold, but I say go with what works. Hot German potato salad is totally amazing, but it’s often not practical to keep it hot at a gathering. If you have access to an outlet, a slow cooker does the trick well. But if not, it’s still totally delicious warm or cold. And since there’s no mayo in it, you don’t need to worry about spoilage in the summer heat like you do with an American-style potato salad.

Old-Fashioned German Potato Salad Recipe

Never had old-fashioned German potato salad? Oh, boy, are you in for a treat… Known as Kartoffelsalat in German (or as my Hungarian great-grandmother would have called it, Krumplisalata), it’s a slightly sweet fried potato salad with a bit of tang from apple cider vinegar and coarse ground Dijon mustard. Oh, and did I mention it’s filled with BACON?! Because it is — lots and lots of crispy fried bacon pieces. How can you go wrong with that?

If the bacon didn’t get your attention, maybe learning just how easy it is to make will. Let’s start with the fact that you don’t even need to peel the potatoes. Just boil a pot of red potatoes, drain them, and let them sit until they’ve cooled just enough that you can handle slicing them into bite size chunks without burning your fingers off. The dressing can be prepared while the potatoes are cooking, and it’s simply a mixture of diced cooked bacon, diced onions cooked in the remaining bacon fat, some apple cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper.

The still warm cooked potatoes get tossed with the hot bacon dressing, which helps them soak up all of that yummy flavor. Add in a healthy dose of chopped fresh parsley for subtle flavor and a pop of color, and it’s ready to serve! I’m telling you, this German potato salad recipe really could not be simpler to prepare, and I highly recommend doubling it, because it definitely will not last.

hot german potato salad served with smithfield yuengling bratwurst and yuengling lager

The combination of this warm German potato salad and Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst, paired with the subtle sweet caramel flavor of an icy cold Yuengling Traditional Lager will knock your next cookout out of the park. There’s only one way it could get any better… And that’s if you have a few extra minutes to make these Yuengling caramelized onions I shared last year. Prost!


recipe for german potato salad in a wooden bowl with wood servings utensils

Bacon-Filled Hot German Potato Salad

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This hot German potato salad recipe makes an ideal summer side dish. Guests will flip for the tangy coarse Dijon apple cider vinegar dressing, along with the crispy fried bacon bits. Serve it hot, warm, or cold at your next cookout!


  • 2.5-lbs. medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon salt, divided
  • 1/2-lb. bacon, diced
  • 1 heaping cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Place the quartered potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to just cover them. Add 2 teaspoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook until easily pierced by a fork, about 12-15 minutes. Drain, and set aside to cool slightly. When they are still warm but can be easily handled, slice into bite size chunks.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, place the diced bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp. Then remove to a bowl and set aside, leaving the rendered bacon fat in the pan.
  3. Add the diced onions to the pan, and cooke over medium heat until they turn translucent and start to brown. Add the vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add the bite size potato chunks and bacon to the pan, and toss to coat. Turn off the heat and and fold in the chopped parsley.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot (but warm and cold are fine, too).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 1073mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

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Find Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst

You can purchase Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst at your local Kroger. Be sure to follow @SmithfieldBrand and @YuenglingBeer for more ideas to #grilloutchillout this summer!

P.S. Don’t for one second think that this German potato salad is only for making during the summer. It’s a delicious side year round! Especially with these slow cooker pork chops and sauerkraut for New Year’s Day…

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Friday 17th of May 2019

This plus the Yuengling caramelized onions = absolute heaven! Love the flavors here!


Saturday 20th of April 2019

This recipe sounds delicious. Going to pick up some bacon so we can make this for supper. Will let you know how it comes out. Can’t wait to try it. I grew up on German Potato Salad and love it but this sounds like the easiest recipe to make and I’m all for easy

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hope you love it, Brenda! I haven't made it lately, but now I'm craving it...

kanchipuram sarees

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Have not made German potato salad in ages and now totally craving a bowl. Fabulous for all those bring a dish to pass BBQ potlucks.

Catrina Haider

Saturday 16th of June 2018

I usually make my German Potato Salad in a pressure cooker. The booklet that came with it in the 1940's (I got my Grandma's pressure cooker) had lots of great recipes in it and it had a yummy recipe for German Potato Salad. The pressure cooker seems to infuse all of the flavors together. Yours sounds good too though.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Sunday 17th of June 2018

I'd love to try your recipe, Catrina! Please send it to me if you have a chance. Old pressure cookers are pretty much the best. I had my grandma's for a while, and then my dad asked for it back. I find it really difficult to get my favorite recipes that have been passed down through my family to taste the same in my new Kuhn Rikon cooker or my Instant Pot. I'm pretty sure it's mainly a size thing, because my grandma's pressure cooker was much smaller. I'm thinking I just need to borrow it back and do some testing!


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Wow, I've never heard of a german potato salad, but it sounds so amazing! Plus, there's bits of meat added? You couldn't ask for a better dish!