Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

I’m a side dish failure. Gracing my table with the main dish is often some frozen or canned veggies (warmed up, of course), and maybe potatoes in a variety of forms.  Sometimes we’ll do applesauce or fresh fruit, but nothing too exciting.

Except for these. I “break them out” for special occasions for a surefire hit when entertaining!  No one will even complain about eating veggies.  (Probably because there’s so much sugar and butter involved!)

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

  • 4 (15-oz.) cans of whole green beans ~ not “cut”, not “french-style”
  • bacon strips, cut in half (I use my kitchen scissors.)
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

Gather 10 beans into a bundle.  Wrap bacon around beans and secure with a toothpick.  Arrange in a 9×13 pan.

Combine melted butter, brown sugar, garlic salt, and soy sauce in a bowl.  Mix well.  Pour over beans.

Chill overnight or for several hours.  Bake at 375° for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or until bacon is cooked.


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  1. Oh wow, these sound like a must-try! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. oh these look so good!!! i will be trying these for Christmas this year, thanks!

  3. I can’t wait to try these!

  4. Yum! We make these similar but without the soy sauce and my kids actually beg me to make them.

  5. Those do sound very, very good. I’m not big on side dishes either. Usually it is because I am so busy getting the main dish done that by the time that is finished the kids don’t give me time for anything else. 🙂

  6. I make something similar to this, only without the bacon, but the marinade is almost the same. I like my “baked green beans”, but the addition of bacon to ANYthing steps it up a notch, lol, so I’ll have to try these!

  7. These sound really good ~ I will definitely try this recipe soon! Wonder how fresh green beans would work?? Have you ever tried them? Thanks for a new recipe 🙂

    • You know… when I was wrapping these I wondered the same thing! Have never tried fresh. Let me know if you do!

      • Sue Manner says:

        I would like to do this with fresh green beans for Easter. ( Canned beans have a lot of salt.) Has anyone tried it yet? I probably would need to cook beans first.

        • Donna Sparks says:

          I made mine with fresh green beans. Just boil the beans for about 8 minutes until they are tender/crisp. I also slightly cook my bacon before wrapping them (about 3 mins.). Soooooooo delicious!

  8. I LOVE these! But I’ve never made them. Maybe I’ll try them at Christmas and really impress everyone:) Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Bacon wrapped around a green bean.

    Does life get any better than that??

    I think not!

    I’ve never heard of these! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. They look really yummy:-)

  11. We’ve made these several times and they are wonderful. The problem is, we never have any left over to reheat the next day. I want to make these for a potluck at work, but that will require me making them the night before and reheating in a microwave at work. Has anyone ever done this? If so, how much quality is lost, if any? The flavor is so finger-licking good, I can’t imagine they’d be affected enough to NOT want to do this! LOL

  12. Stacey Linn says:

    Would these taste alright with just one stick of butter instead of two?

    • Hmmm, I’ve never tried that, Stacey. I’m not sure about what the ratio of butter to sugar would do if you decrease the butter. Sorry I’m not much help!

  13. I just had to tell you…I made these for our family dinner on Christmas Eve and they were HEAVENLY!!! Oh.My.Word. SO good! Everyone loved them~I can tell they will be a new special occasion favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Michelle K says:

    I’m going to try these for my Church Mom’s group Christmas dinner on Monday night. 🙂

  15. doris harris says:

    How do you keep these from burning, with the sugar on mine burns before the bacon gets crispy?

    • You might try partially cooking the bacon before wrapping the bundles. My bacon doesn’t get real crisp. I use it more for the flavor factor.

  16. I love this recipe!! usually when I make it though I don’t wrap the green beans…I just mix it all together in a casserole dish..(I crumble the bacon all over) and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes…its solo deelish!

  17. I am printing this right now to add to my recipe binder! Looks so yummy!

  18. Can this be prepared more than one nite in advance?

  19. Do you cook the bundles covered or uncovered? I have cooked these several times. Sometimes the grean beans shrink when too much when I cook them.

    • Hmmm, I cook them uncovered. You might want to try cooking them covered for a while and then broil them uncovered to crisp up the bacon. Maybe that would help?

  20. kris w. says:

    How many people would you say this serves? I want to make for our Easter dinner and we’ll have 13 adults. Should I double this recipe or just add more beans to the same amount of sauce? Thanks!

    • When I’m not sure, I definitely add beans to the same amount of sauce. I think I can get 3ish bundles from one can of beans.

  21. This looks great! How many bundles does this typically make? Is it enough for a family Thanksgiving of 14?

    • What I would do for a family of 14 is make more bundles with the same amount of sauce. You can probably squish more in the pan. 🙂 I’m trying to remember how many bundles I get from each can. 5, maybe?

  22. Can you use pre-cooked bacon for these? I haven’t tried them yet, but they sound absolutely delicious!!!!

  23. Just made these with meatloaf and they were a little too sugary for me. Next time I might cut out the brown sugar all together and half the butter. I wasn’t a fan of sweet green beans. They looked good tho!!

    • Just had them again but let them sit overnight and that makes a world of difference! I didn’t do that the first time around due to time. They’re amazing when you let them sit overnight!!

    • I made them for the first time tonight the family loved them but I only used half of what the recipe called for with the butter and brown sugar.

    • I made them for the first time tonight the family loved them but I only used half of what the recipe called for with the butter and brown sugar.
      I will be making them again soon for church pot luck!

  24. Michelle says:

    Just made these for a potluck… I let them sit over night.. Cooked them this mornin…. Is there supposed to be a lot of liquid? And my tops of the rolls got burnt.. Anyway I can prevent this from happening next time? I haven’t tried them yet, but am way excited!

  25. These were surprisingly good!!! Wasn’t too sure about canned beans but they turned out great! Brought for Thanksgiving and there were no leftovers …. My 6yr old nephew, who never eats vegetables, was left wanting more!!

  26. This is my most requested dish every Thanksgiving. A great way to get kids to eat lots of green beans too.

  27. Kimberly Ford says:

    Can you make these with fresh beans?

    • I am embarrassed to say I’ve never tried! “Way back when” I wrote the recipe, we just always made it with canned. I’ve learned lots of “new to me” ways of preparing fresh since then. I’m thinking if you blanched the fresh beans first, they would do just fine.

  28. AMY- It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m cooking and packing, finishing up and as usual…..LOOKING FOR THE GREEN BEAN BUNDLE RECIPE. Always trying to find that one cookbook with the recipe in it. Thank GOD for you. Upside is discovering your website! Thanks for saving Thanksgiving!


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