BBQ Baked Beans With Ground Beef Recipe

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This BBQ Baked Beans With Ground Beef Recipe is an easy and delicious meal for the whole family. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a tasty dish that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The ground beef and beans make it hearty, while the tangy barbecue sauce adds a little kick. Throw in some diced tomatoes and onions, and you have a meal that’s sure to please everyone.

Skillet of bbq baked beans.

Baked beans are a staple in the Southern kitchen. They’re easy to make, filling, and hearty. This baked beans recipe is made with ground beef for more protein, soaking up all that BBQ sauce goodness! You can serve these as a side dish or even turn them into your main meal by adding cooked meat like pulled pork or chicken. So let’s get cooking!


For this meaty bean side dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16-ounce package of bacon
  • ½  cup chopped white onion
  • 16 ounces dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 ounces pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15.5 ounce can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • ½  – 1 cup water

How To Make BBQ Baked Beans With Ground Beef

Start by cooking bacon over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. Remove the bacon and drain it on paper towels. In the same skillet, cook the onions and ground beef until the beef is no longer pink.

Cooking ground beef and onions in a skillet.

Next, brown a pound of ground beef along with 1/2 cup of chopped onion.

Once the beef has cooked, add the bacon back to the pan and add 3 cans of beans (Pinto, Kidney, and Butter Bean – though you can probably use just about any kind of canned bean that you like), barbecue sauce, and a little bit of water.

Process of making bbq baked beans.

Cover the dish and bake it for 50 minutes and voilà!

This recipe makes a large amount and is perfect as a side dish to enjoy National BBQ Month, as well as the other 11 months of the year! Plus, not only is it great as a side dish, but because of the amount of meat in it, it can be served as a main dish.

These baked beans are even better the next day.

Scoop of baked beans.

Storage Directions for BBQ Baked Beans

  1. Cooling Process: Allow the BBQ baked beans to cool to room temperature before storing.
  2. Refrigeration: For short-term storage, transfer any leftover BBQ baked beans into an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. The beans can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  3. Freezing (Long-term Storage): If you have a larger batch of BBQ baked beans that you won’t be consuming within a few days, freezing is an excellent option. Place the cooled beans in a freezer-safe, airtight container, or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible from the container to prevent freezer burn. Be sure to label the container or bag with the date before placing it in the fridge or freezer.
    Thawing Frozen Beans
    : When you’re ready to use the frozen BBQ baked beans, transfer the container to the refrigerator and allow them to thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can reheat the frozen beans directly from the freezer on the stovetop or in the microwave. Stir gently while reheating to ensure even warming.
bbq baked beans

BBQ Baked Beans

These BBQ Baked Beans are a family favorite.  They can be eaten as a main course or as a tasty side.
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 663kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 ounces package bacon
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 16 ounces Dark Red Kidney Beans (canned) drained and rinsed
  • 16 ounces Pinto Beans (canned) drained and rinsed
  • 15.5 ounces Butter Beans (canned) drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • ½ – 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook bacon in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until done. Cut or tear cooked bacon into 1-inch pieces and set aside. Drain fat from skillet.
  • Add ground beef and onion to skillet and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Return cooked bacon and add remaining ingredients to skillet and stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and spoon into casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1548mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g
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