Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans

These Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans are my favorite vegetable. They might actually be the only vegetable I like. I think I'll start adding brown sugared bacon to all my veggies. This recipe is simple, healthy, and full of flavor. You are going to love it.

If you are coming to this post for a healthy and delicious side dish, well, I have the delicious part covered.

These green beans are pretty much like candy and I can devour a pound of them in one sitting.

The sweet from the brown sugar and the salty from the bacon take these beans over the top. Add a good amount of butter and you have an INCREDIBLE dish.

Since the main ingredient is green beans, these can be considered health food, right?

(Moderation in all things . . . a little bacon and brown sugar every now and then won’t hurt.)

If all vegetables were prepared this way, I think that it would be my favorite food group.

These are simple, fast, inexpensive, and delicious. You are going to have a new family favorite with this one. Even my kids ask for these green beans now.

how to make brown sugar bacon green beans:

  • Step 1: Steam the beans according to package directions. You could use frozen green beans, or fresh, depending on your preference and what you have on hand.

I love the taste of fresh green beans, so I used the fresh ones from the produce section. This would also be delicious with fresh-from-the-garden green beans. Those taste so sweet and delicious.

  • Step 2: As the green beans are steaming, cook your bacon. I used about 6 strips of bacon for this recipe, but you could use more or less, depending on what you prefer.

I felt like 6 strips was the perfect amount.

  • Step 3: Remove the bacon from the pan and pat down with a paper towel to get all the extra grease off.

Pour the bacon grease out (I used an aluminum can to dump my bacon grease into). And wipe the pan clean with another paper towel, to get the extra grease out.

Be sure to let the pan cool a little before doing this.

  • Step 4: Crumble up the bacon pieces and place them back in the pan. Add the butter and brown sugar.

If you are looking for a healthier substitute, you could also use a little bit of olive oil instead of butter.

  • Step 5: Heat the pan up, just enough that the ingredients are well combined, the butter is melted and the sugar granules have dissolved.This should only take a few minutes. Probably around 3 or 4.
  • Step 6: Drain your green beans once they are done cooking, and add them to the bacon pan.

You could also add all the ingredients into a bowl, but I am all about saving dishes and having less to clean.

Mix until the bacon and beans are well combined and fully incorporated.

  • Step 7: Eat immediately.

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Serves: 6

Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen green beans (or fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until done (but not quite crisp).
  2. Drain off grease and crumble the bacon.
  3. Add butter and brown sugar to skillet and add the crumbled bacon back in. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  4. Steam the Green Beans in the bag if they are steamable, otherwise place the green beans in a pot and fill with about 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil and then place the lid on the pot.
  5. Steam the beans over medium heat until cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Drain the water from the beans, season with garlic salt, and stir in the sugar and bacon mixture.
  7. Serve immediately.


If the brown sugar mixture starts to go hard, you can quickly reheat it before pouring it over your beans.

Recipe slightly adapted from AllRecipes.

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24 Responses to “Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans”

  1. suzyhomemaker
    I would absolutely say healthy. Use some grass-fed butter and nitrate-free bacon. The great thing is that many vitamins are fat soluble, which means you need fat to absorb them. So having some fat with vegetables is actually better than not! Ok, so the sugar I cannot justify as healthy, but overall I think this is a pretty good side dish.
  2. Samantha Jo
    Absolutely going to make these for the boyfriend and I. They look delicious! Even if you wanted to make it a bit healthier, you could ditch the sugar and just use some turkey bacon. But really, who would wanna do that?! xP Thanks so much for the recipe!

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