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bacon green beans

Brown Sugar Bacon Green Beans

A classic holiday side dish recipe perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. These fresh green beans are sauteed with bacon, onions, garlic and brown sugar making these melt in your mouth delicious!
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb. Fresh Green Beans ends trimmed
  • 3 slices Thick Cut Bacon
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Small Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts Halves lightly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice


  • Add trimmed and cleaned fresh green beans to your saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain green beans using a strainer. Set aside for later.
  • While the beans are cooking, add bacon to your skillet and cook until crisp. Remove bacon and chop into small chunks. Set aside for later.
  • Wipe excess bacon grease from pan leaving about a teaspoon in the pan. Add butter, salt and sliced onions to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until onions are just tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cooked green beans and brown sugar to the skillet. Turn heat up to medium-high heat, cook stirring frequently until green beans are nice and hot. Next, add chopped bacon, walnuts and drizzle top with lemon juice and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Remove green beans from heat and serve with your favorite main courses! Enjoy!


Store completely cooled green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Keyword bacon green beans with onions, brown sugar bacon green beans, christmas side dish, thanksgiving side dish