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Ready for the quick little bite that is both healthy and tasty? Bacon wrapped green beans are it! Green bean bundles wrapped in bacon brown sugar are a little crunchy, a little salty, and a little sweet – they’ve got everything going for them. When you get tired of plain roasted green beans (which are still totally delicious!) or just want them in appetizer form, make these fun bundles of green beans with bacon instead. They also make a great side dish for mains like filet mignon or sirloin steak.
Is there a combo better than green beans and bacon? Or bacon and any vegetable for that matter? No matter what your favorite veggie is, I’ve got a low carb bacon recipe to go with it: brussels sprout casserole, Southern fried cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts salad, bacon cheeseburger soup… and more!
What else does bacon pair super well with? Brown sugar! But since I try to avoid sugar, I’m excited to share that these bacon wrapped green beans work perfectly with Besti Brown Sugar Replacement instead. It has the same flavor and moisture as brown sugar, is naturally sweetened and naturally flavored, all with zero sugar and no aftertaste. You’re going to love it, whether you’re low carb or simply cutting down on sugar a bit.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
You’ll love how simple this recipe for fresh green beans wrapped in bacon is:
- Cook bacon. Place bacon slices in a single layer on a rack over a baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, but not crispy. (This is the same as my method for bacon in the oven, but we take it out early so that we can roll it.)
- Cook green beans. The easiest way is to boil them until crisp-tender, then immediately run under ice cold water to stop the cooking process.
TIP: They should be a little under-done. The green beans will cook again in the oven later, so don’t overcook them at this step.
- Season. Pour bacon fat over the green beans, and season with garlic powder and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly and add more salt to taste if you like.
- Assemble bacon wrapped string beans. Take 6-7 green beans and wrap them in a bacon slice, securing with a toothpick and place onto prepared baking sheet.
- Top with Besti Brown. Sprinkle Besti Brown over each bundle, and pat to help it stick.
- Roast. Roast the bacon green beans until the bacon is crispy and green beans are tender.
TIP: If you want the bacon crispier, simply place under the broiler. Watch closely, it will only take a minute or two.
FAQs About Green Bean Bundles
Can you use real brown sugar or a different sweetener?
I used Besti Brown Sugar Substitute in this recipe as a natural brown sugar replacement without the sugar. If you’re not low carb, feel free to use regular brown sugar.
Other low carb sweeteners won’t work as well, because they don’t have the same flavor and clumping properties of brown sugar.
You can get Besti Brown here, but can also simply omit it if you don’t want the brown flavor and sweetness.
If you do decide to get it, know that you can use it to make other things “candied”, such as candied carrots if you’re just reducing sugar.
Can you make bacon wrapped green beans on the grill?
Yes, you can. Follow the same steps for this easy bacon wrapped green bean recipe, and at the end, place the bundles on the grill instead of in the oven.
Bacon wrapped green beans on the grill should take about 10-15 minutes for the bacon to crisp up.
Are bacon bean bundles healthy?
Yes! These bundles make a great veggie appetizer or side. Each bundle has 80 calories.
Are bacon wrapped green bean bundles keto?
Yes, this recipe is keto! Each serving of 2 bundles has just 7 grams net carbs. (You can also cut that in half and eat just one bundle, depending on what else you serve them with.)
Storage Instructions For Green Beans With Bacon
Can you make them ahead?
Yes, you can. Simply reheat in the oven when you’re ready to serve. Alternatively, you can pre-cook the green beans ahead, then assemble and bake when you’re ready to serve them.
How to store fresh green bean bundles wrapped in bacon:
Store the bundles in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Can you freeze them?
Yes, you can. The best way would be to prepare the bundles, but don’t finish the last baking step – freeze with the green beans blanched but the bacon raw.
When ready to cook, you can roast them straight from frozen. Just be aware that green beans that have been frozen will be softer than fresh ones.
How to reheat green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar:
Reheat your bundles in a 350 degree F oven, until heated through. If your bacon is not as crisp as you’d like, you can broil at the end.
Microwaving is not recommended, as the bacon will be soggy.
More Bacon Wrapped Recipes
If you like these bacon wrapped green bean bundles, you’ll probably like some of my other bacon recipes:
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops – A fancy looking appetizer that’s ready in just 20 minutes.
- Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf – Flavorful, juicy and topped with a sweet BBQ sauce.
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders – Just 3 ingredients, with cheese stuffed inside.
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – Everyone loves this simple app or side, and you’ll love that it’s ready in just 30 minutes.
- Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts – Similar flavor to the green beans, but with a maple glaze, plus a crazy good maple dipping sauce.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates – Dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon are a fancy appetizer for any party.
Tools To Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
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- Large saucepan – This one is a good size for blanching green beans.
- Colander – This one is sturdy and durable.
- Baking Sheet With Rack – These pans are the best quality and made right here in the US. The rack helps the bacon drain, so that it gets crispy.
Green Beans And Bacon Bundles Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles Recipe
30-minute bacon wrapped green bean bundles are the best way to serve green beans and bacon! This easy, healthy appetizer or side needs just 5 ingredients.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Place an oven-safe rack over a baking sheet.
Arrange the halved bacon slices in a single layer on the rack. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until cooked through but not crispy.
Meanwhile, place the beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3-5 minutes, until crisp-tender but not quite done.
Drain the beans into a colander over the sink and run ice cold water over them, to stop them from cooking further. Pat dry very well. Place the green beans into a large bowl.
Pour the bacon drippings from the pan over the bowl of green beans. Sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Toss to coat. The bacon drippings already add salt, but if desired, you can add more salt to taste.
Lightly wipe down the baking sheet with a paper towel. Take 6-7 green beans and wrap in a bacon slice, secure with a toothpick, and place onto the baking sheet. Arrange all the bundles on the baking sheet, without touching each other.
Sprinkle Besti Brown over the green bean bundles, about 3/4 teaspoon per bundle.
Bake green bean bundles in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until bacon is crispy and green beans are tender.
If you want the bacon even more crispy, place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes at the end.
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Serving size: 2 green bean bundles, or 1/6 entire recipe
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Definitely a hit! I used to make mine with brown sugar and too much butter, so this is a great alternative! Thank you!
I love these green bean bundles! So yummy!
Can we use this for sides? Especially with the pandemic raging, I don’t have much use for appetizers, and two pounds of beans worth of green bean casserole was way too much for two people so I cut that recipe in half and probably have enough over a pound of green beans left to make four bundles because the supermarket was selling in packages of around two pounds.
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Hi Heather, Yes these bundles make a great side dish.