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Southern Baked Beans with Ground Turkey


With this being the perfect time of the year to start grilling, I had to introduce this classic side dish. This southern baked bean recipe is one for the record books. Hands down, my most requested recipe and potluck favorite. With Spring being in the air, and the smell of grills smoking, this recipe will be a family hit.

Southern baked beans aren’t just for a side dish. With this meaty recipe, you can add a slice of cornbread and make it a nice little weekday supper.

In the video below I wanted to show you how much ground turkey I prepared for my southern baked beans. If you are not a fan of ground turkey, use ground beef. You can cut and dice your onion and bell pepper as big or small as you like.

I always add 2lbs of meat to my recipe because I love how the ground turkey and beans complement each other. You DO NOT have to use so much ground turkey or beef.  Like I always say, make these recipes yours. Tailor it to fit your needs.


Do you see how the meat and bean ratio looks perfect?

Remember once the ground turkey is finished you are almost to the finish line.

Do you want to add bacon on top?

Make sure the turkey bacon covers every area.
Look at how crispy the bacon turned out. Trust the process.

I always add my turkey bacon. If you are not a fan of turkey bacon, use regular bacon. Just make sure to cook UNCOVERED! If you cover it, the bacon will look raw. Don’t do it, please don’t.  Also, sprinkle brown sugar over the bacon so it will have a nice crunch. The flavor is amazing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.


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Southern Baked Beans

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish


  • 1 large aluminum baking pan


  • 2 lbs ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 package turkey bacon
  • 2 cans pork and beans (any kind)
  • 2 cans baked beans (any kind)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp hamburger seasoning


  • Cook your ground turkey, onions, and bell peppers until done. Make sure to drain grease.
  • Cut oven to 325 degrees.
  • Get your aluminum pan. Add your beans, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and seasonings. Stir in the ground turkey mixture, and make sure to blend well.
  • Take your bacon and place the strips over your beans.
  • Cook in the oven uncovered for 35 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425 for 10 minutes to get the bacon crispy.
  • Enjoy


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