Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

This recipe for bacon wrapped green bean bundles makes for the best appetizer or side dish! Bite size perfection with a sweet brown sugar and butter glaze – so simple to make ahead.

bacon wrapped green beans on a plate

Introduction

Today, I'm sharing on of my favorite recipes that, somehow, has never made the blog. I've been making this bacon wrapped green bean bundle recipe for at least 10 years now. It's one of my top go-to side items for a potluck, and for good reason: I very rarely bring leftovers home! I think this one is going to become one of your favorites too.

looking down on bacon green bean bundles on a plate

I can't explain why canned green beans, bacon, butter, and brown sugar work so well together. It's a strange combo, but they just work. The smokiness of the bacon plays really well off of the sweetness in the brown sugar glaze. The green beans add a little bit of freshness to the very rich side dish. It all combines together to make a really fun and addictive dish! Seriously, try to eat just one.

This recipe can easily be used as a side item or an appetizer. For an appetizer, simply use toothpicks to serve bundles individually. I've used this recipe for both courses over the years.

Why canned green beans?

I've tried making this recipe with both fresh and canned green beans. Over time, I've found that it works so much better with the canned variety. I know that sounds strange, but the texture/size of the canned variety makes the bundles the perfect bite-sized party appetizer.

looking down on a plate of bacon wrapped green beans

Cut canned green beans fit the bacon slices almost perfectly. Since canned green beans are already pre-cooked, there's no need to over-cook the bundles to ensure that the green beans are done. They're much more tender and make the bundles so easy to eat.

You can use either French green beans or cut green beans (both in cans) for this recipe. But, I've found the cut green beans are easier to work with.

plate of green bean bundles

Variations

This is an easy recipe to make your own! There are a ton of different variations, including…

  • Using fresh green beans
  • Using another vegetable, like asparagus, sliced carrots, or mushrooms
  • Adding honey to the glaze instead of brown sugar
  • Using prosciutto instead of bacon
  • Adding flavor depth by sprinking bundles with fresh minced onion and/or garlic before covering in glaze
  • Use a thick-cut bacon to make the bacon the real star of the show
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper for an additional flavor kick. I've even seen variations that added soy sauce to the glaze!

Step-by-Step Instructions

To make this recipe, you'll need just a few simple ingredients…

ingredients: canned cut green beans, bacon, butter, garlic powder, brown sugar

1. Prep Work

Do a little bit of prep work by dividing your bacon slices into thirds, draining the green beans, and dumping the beans into a bowl.

cutting board with sliced bacon and green beans

2. Roll The Bundles

Take 5-6 green beans and place on the end of a piece of bacon strip. Roll those green beans into a bundle.

slice of bacon with green beans
green beans rolled into a bundle surrounded by bacon

Place these bundles in a single layer in a glass baking dish. It is important that they are in a single layer so they all brown well. It also helps to place the bundles seam side down.

green bean bundles in a single layer in a glass baking dish

3. Cover in brown sugar butter glaze

Melt a stick of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp garlic powder; stir well.

brown sugar and butter glaze being poured over bundles

Pour glaze over the bacon-wrapped green bean bundles in the baking pan, making sure to cover each one.

green bean bundles covered in brown sugar glaze

4. Bake bundles

dish baking in an oven

Bake the bundles in an oven at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, until tops of the bacon start to become browned and crispy.

close up of browned bacon

And that's all it takes to make one of the most delectable appetizers you can imagine!

Green Bean Bundles FAQs

You can absolutely make this recipe ahead of time – that's one of my favorite parts of it! When making these ahead of time, I wrap the green beans in the bacon and place in the baking dish. Wrap tightly and put in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, pour the melted butter and brown sugar glaze over the bundles and follow instructions for cook time.

Sure! I prefer canned green beans for this recipe because of the texture, but fresh green beans will absolutely work too. Please note: cook time might need to be adjusted if using fresh beans.

I usually like to make 5-6 bundles per guest. Depending on your cut of bacon, this recipe will make between 40-50 bundles.

Video: Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

bacon wrapped green beans on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This recipe for bacon wrapped green beans makes for the best appetizer or side dish! Bite size green bean bundles with a sweet brown sugar and butter glaze – so simple to make ahead.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 423 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cans cut green beans drained
  • 16 ounces bacon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Drain all three cans of green beans and pour contents into a large bowl.
  • Cut bacon slices into thirds.
  • Take a cut strip of bacon and gently stretch; lay flat on a cutting board. On one end of the bacon slice, pile 5-6 green beans. Gently roll the bacon around the green beans to make an individual bundle.
  • Place bundles in a single layer in a glass baking dish.
  • Microwave butter in 30 second increments until blended and smooth. Stir in garlic powder and brown sugar.
  • Spoon glaze over green bean bundles in the baking dish, making sure glaze covers each bundle.
  • Bake green bean bundles at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, until bacon begins to brown.

Notes

If you would like to make this recipe ahead of time, place green bean bundles in an airtight container and refrigerate. When you're ready to cook, place bundles in a glass baking dish and cover with glaze; bake according to cook times in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 9gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 476mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1052IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, brown sugar, bundles, green beans
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bacon wrapped green bean bundles

Hope you love this one as much as we do! Check out more great side items below.

xo, Leslie

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