This Easy Baked Beans The recipe is a simplified version of everyone’s favorite backyard grilling recipe. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with homemade BBQ sauce, these are the best baked beans from scratch in less time!

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While I like to assume that my husband married me because of my irresistible charm, girly good looks, and sparkly personality, I know better: he married me because I’m easy to bake beans (and this Jalapeno Cornbread).

Broadly speaking, he actually married me for a Kansas City BBQ, of which baked beans were a key component.

Whenever we go back to my hometown, at least two barbecues are an essential part of our travel itinerary.

Back home in Milwaukee, we survived on some copycat recipes of my own (sorry Wisconsin, you just don’t grill like Kansas), my favorite is today’s Healthy Easy Baked Beans (and this Grilled Corn Salad).

The Best Baked Beans Recipe in a Bowl

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“My family loves these beans! We paired them with smoked brisket. Will definitely be back!”

— Bonnie —

While I may lack the proper equipment, meat supply, and beard to be a serious BBQ contender, these BBQ beans still tickle our BBQ itch, and they’re always a surefire hit at potlucks too.

I have a lot of respect for traditional baked beans recipes and start with dried beans (like mine Crock Pot Baked Beans), but they take hours and are usually heavy.

Thanks to canned beans (one of my favorite pantry staples), these quick baked beans are:

  • Ready in 30 minutes – which means more time to socialize with guests and have a drink (or sneak a few scoops) Greek Layer Dip).
  • Doesn’t require you to turn on the oven – so if you want technique, these are stovetop “roasted” beans, but the spirit is there.
  • And it’s healthier for you too – no corn syrup, brown sugar or bacon. (This Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip Another lean version for a picnic. )
Easy Baked Beans and Maple Syrup in a Spooned Bowl

How to Make Easy Baked Beans

Making these easy roasted beans is as simple as sauteing an onion, stirring everything together and letting it simmer on the stovetop.

In just 20 minutes, these ingredients turn into a pot of sweet and delicious healthy BBQ beans.

these ingredients

  • canned beans. Use canned beans to shave hours off your cooking time with this easy baked bean recipe. I usually go for great northern baked beans because they have a creamy texture and are mild so the BBQ flavors can shine through. Bonus: Beans are low in fat, high in protein, and provide more than 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber in just 1/2 cup. (This Three Bean Salad is another fiber-rich picnic salad. ) See more legume options in the FAQ below.
  • BBQ sauce. To make these easy roasted beans healthier I used my favorite homemade BBQ sauce. This is the best way to skip the excess sugar and additives found in most store-bought sauces and controls Exactly What’s going on in these fantastic beans.

Alternative Tips

Barbecue sauce is as subjective as pizza toppings and ice cream flavors. Everyone has a different opinion on what is the “best” version. For this recipe, use any kind of BBQ sauce to get your BBQ heart soaring.

To make sure the canned beans aren’t too sweet, look for barbecue sauces that are lower in sugar.

  • ketchup. Adds mellowness to the sauce with some soupy and natural sweetness.


Try products that use natural sweeteners without high fructose corn syrup.There are now so many great brands of healthy ketchup that contain if only Limited natural ingredients.

  • ketchup. Thick and intense tomato flavor.
  • Maple sugar. Instead of using brown sugar for this easy baked beans recipe, I substituted pure maple syrup. It adds a natural sweetness and a little extra smoky flavor.
  • onion. A little zip and adds a layer of complexity.
  • Worcestershire. Adds some umami flavor.

Diet Instructions

To make these easy baked beans vegan and vegetarian, omit the Worcestershire and add some extra salt to taste.

  • spices. I season these babies with smoked paprika, a little dry mustard and cumin. My secret to creating great BBQ bean flavor without the extra weight is the spice.


While this is an easy baked beans recipe without bacon, you can certainly sauté chopped bacon slices with onions for another layer of meaty, smoky flavor.


  1. Rinse and drain beans.
A blend of BBQ sauce, maple syrup, and spices for easy baked beans
  1. Mix the sauce together.
Saute Onions in a Pan
  1. Fried onions.
An easy baked beans recipe simmered on the stovetop with BBQ sauce and sauteed onions
  1. Add the sauce to the onions, bring to a boil, then add the beans.
Easy Baked Beans Without Bacon in a Pan, Ready to Serve a Crowd
  1. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and the beans have thickened. enjoy your meal!

storage tips

  • storage. Place roasted beans in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat. Gently reheat beans in a Dutch oven on the stove over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave.
  • freeze. Store leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What to Serve with Easy Baked Beans

Recommended tools for making this recipe

  • brush. I love this set of three whisks so I always have the right size whisk for the task at hand.
  • mixing bowl. This set of nesting glass bowls is my favorite!
  • pan. It’s an investment, but worth every penny.

best pan

The aluminum and stainless steel sides of the All-Clad pans provide excellent durability and even heat distribution.

Healthy Baked Beans Easy to Put in a Bowl with Parsley and a Spoon

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Better For You, Easy Baked Beans Mean an Extra Serving Instant Ribs It’s required.

It’s all about balance, right?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best beans for baked beans?

I personally love the size, texture and taste of great northern beans, so this is my go-to for any homemade baked bean recipe from scratch. However, navy and pinto beans are also excellent options for countless easy baked bean recipes.

Can I use dried beans in this recipe?

You need to cook the beans before using them in this recipe. For suggested cooking methods, check out my IInstant Pot Refried Beans hint.

Are Baked Beans Healthy?

While many store-bought and homemade baked beans are unhealthy, this easy baked bean recipe is a great light alternative that’s packed with flavor and protein. Baked beans are often loaded with sweeteners like cane sugar, brown sugar, or corn syrup, in addition to bacon, which add fat and calories. This recipe minimizes those without sacrificing that sweet, smoky barbecue goodness.

  • 2 can Great Northern Bean (15 oz can)
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce recommended: Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup ketchup
  • 3 spoon Maple sugar
  • 1 spoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (omit, add salt to taste, make vegetarian)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced

  • Rinse and drain beans. shelved.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce, ketchup, maple syrup, ketchup, Worcestershire paprika, mustard, cumin, salt and pepper. shelved.

  • Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and sauté until fragrant and soft, about 2 minutes.

  • Add BBQ sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Add the drained beans.

  • Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

  • storage: Place baked beans in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • reheat: In a dutch oven on the stovetop, gently heat the beans over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave.
  • freeze: Store leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serve: 1(4 in total)Calories: 373kcalcarbohydrate: 70Gprotein: 19Gfat: 3GSaturated fat: 1GPolyunsaturated Fats: 1GMonounsaturated Fats: 2GPotassium: 1066mgfiber: 16Gsugar: 20GVitamin A: 556IUVitamin C: 6mgcalcium: 184mgiron: 5mg

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