These bacon wrapped green bean bundles are the perfect elegant side dish for any meal!

Your guests will be so impressed when you serve them these beautiful and delicious bacon wrapped green beans. Skip the green bean casserole this year for Thanksgiving and serve green bean bundles instead!

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A row of green bean bundles on a pan.

I’m of the opinion that everything is always better with bacon, especially in savory dishes like bacon ranch chicken foil packets. These bacon wrapped green bean bundles are no exception, and they’re PERFECT for Thanksgiving! Everyone will think you spent hours on them, when they’re really actually quite simple to make with a few little tips and tricks.

Green bean bundles wrapped in bacon.

How to make green bean bundles

Let’s talk about the green beans first. Not all green beans are created equal. I highly recommend using thin green beans, or the smaller French green beans (also known as haricot vert). I’ve used the French green beans in these photos. Many stores carry french green beans, but they’re typically not in the bulk bins like standard green beans. You’ll find french green beans pre-packaged in bags in the produce section, often near the bagged baby carrots, broccoli etc. French green beans are readily available and inexpensive at Trader Joe’s, but I have seen them at other larger chain supermarkets too. If you can’t find the French beans, just use small thin standard green beans, it’ll be just as delicious!

Bacon wrapped green bean bundles on a sheet pan.

I have two key tips for making sure your green bean bundles come out perfect every time. The first tip is to blanch the green beans, then submerge them in ice water to set their color. This will help prevent them from losing their bright green color in the oven. The next tip is to par cook your bacon. You want the bacon to still be soft and pliable, so don’t overdo it here or it won’t wrap easily around the beans. You’ll want to secure the bacon around the green beans with a toothpick. You can remove the toothpick prior to serving, but just be aware that these green bean bundles tend to be on the more fragile side, simply because you’ve got a small strip of meat holding 8-10 green beans in place. So handle the final product with care!

These green bean bundles will definitely be on my Thanksgiving table this year, such a fun alternative to the traditional green bean casserole!

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4.98 from 39 votes

Green Bean Bundles

AuthorSara Welch
A row of green bean bundles on a pan.
These bacon wrapped green bean bundles are the perfect elegant side dish for any meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Serves 6


  • 1 1/4 lbs green beans look for thinner green beans or use french green beans (haricot vert)
  • 6 slices bacon cut in half, do not use thick cut bacon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the bacon on a sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the bacon from the oven.
  •  Trim the ends of the green beans. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Place the green beans in the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain and put the green beans in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Pat the green beans dry. In a small bowl mix together the garlic salt, butter, brown sugar and pepper. Pour the butter mixture over the green beans and toss to coat.
  • Wrap 8-10 green beans with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.  Place the green bean bundles on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 609mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. These look great. Will make them first before I entertain with them at Christmas as I am not sure about that much sugar for what should be a savoury side dish.

  2. 5 stars
    Those beans look so good! I love french beans because they are more tender and more flavorful. I will try this recipe tomorrow. Bacon is definitely the duct tape of food!

  3. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Anything with bacon is always a winner in my family. I did not know there were different kinds of green beans too. I will have check on this. Thanks fr the recipe idea.

  4. I go through phases with veggies. This year it’s been all about brussel sprouts and cauliflower. I’m thinking 2018 is the year of the green bean with this fantastic recipe!

  5. You had me at bacon! These would be a lovely part of our Thanksgiving meal, but I’m not sure I can wait that long to make them.

  6. I would never think to do this with string beans. These are two of my favorites and I know the family would love them!

  7. Everything is better with bacon, just ask my boys! I think this is one recipe that they’d love to have and I can’t wait to make this for them! Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  8. Green beans and bacon! What could be a better combination than that! It looks really good and the beans look perfect, thanks for the tip on how to make the beans look like that.

  9. That looks really good! I’ve always liked the combination of bacon and green beans and I’m sure the kids will love this as well. Thanks for the tips!

  10. I agree that everything is better with bacon. These look amazing! I think my son would even try them (and he’s pretty particular about his vegetables).