Given a bounded domain Ω we look at the minimal parameter Λ(Ω) for which a Bernoulli free boundary value problem for the p-Laplacian has a solution minimising an energy functional. We show that amongst all domains of equal volume Λ(Ω) is minimal for the ball. Moreover, we show that the inequality is sharp with essentially only the ball minimising Λ(Ω). This resolves a problem related to a question asked in [Flucher et al., J. Reine Angew. Math. 486(1997), 165–204].