By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Ah, Wisconsin. McDonald's knows what you want. 

That's why they're putting Johnsonville brats back on the menu at 125 restaurants throughout Southeast Wisconsin beginning Monday, April 25.

It's not the first time the popular bratwurst have been showcased as a menu item at the popular burger chain. In fact, Johnsonville Brats first appeared on McDonald's menus in southeastern Wisconsin in 1998 thanks to local McDonald's owner and operator Steve Kilian, who initiated the the promotion with Johnsonville’s foodservice business. 

The initial launch caused a media frenzy. From Phoenix to New York City, more than 50 television stations nationwide covered the story of how the "old school" sausage, with its secret blend of spices, was being served up by a restaurant who made its name serving up "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun."

"We had quite a bit of fun explaining the product to people across the country who weren’t as familiar with bratwurst, much less how much we love them here," said Kilian. 

This time around, the brats, which haven't made their way onto menu boards in Milwaukee since 2009, will be served up on hardy brat-style buns and dressed with ketchup and mustard. In fact, customers will be able to procure two Johnsonville Brats (or a brat and large fries) for $4.44 through May 22.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.