Calico Beans with Hamburger are not the average baked bean. These kicked up beans have 4 different types of beans, beef, bacon, onion. garlic, and BBQ sauce. Hearty, smokey, and savory these are a must for any BBQ!
I am still going strong with #BBQWeek! I am celebrating all thing BBQ this week with a handful of amazing blogging friends. We are here to beef-up your recipe book just in time for grilling season!
Today, I am sharing my recipe for Calico Beans with Hamburger. This is one of my all-time favorite side dishes, and I love the heartiness of this dish. I have even made this as an entree before, and it is always well loved.
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This 4-bean side dish includes great northern, pinto, butter, and baked beans. I add a little bacon, onion, garlic, hamburger, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. The flavors as sweet and smokey from the bacon and BBQ. The beans and hamburger offer a protein on protein side dish that is satisfying and so hearty. This is not your traditional, out of a can, and routine bean side dish!
This recipe is also slow cooker friendly, and the beans can be placed in the slow cooker and not cooked on the stove top for a time saver on a busy night, or if you want to prep in advance for a BBQ party.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use different beans?
Yes. If you want to sub pinto for black beans that would work just fine, but I wouldn't sub the can of baked beans.
Can I add some heat?
Yes. Try a diced jalapeno with the onion and hamburger.
Is Bacon a must? Can I use ground turkey?
Nope! If you are not a fan of bacon just leave it out. Same goes for the onion. And yes, you can use ground turkey in place of beef.
How do I cook the beans in a slow cooker?
Cook the beef and onion till onion is tender and beef is not pink. Add to slow cooker with remaining ingredients. Gently stir. Cook on low for 3 hours. Set to warm once it has reached temperature.
What do I need to make these beans?
I love to use a dutch oven (like this one), or if using a slow cooker this one is my current favorite. I also like to have a great cutting board for my onions and peppers.
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Calico Beans with Hamburger
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 4 sliced of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 15.5 oz canned butter beans, drained
- 15.5 oz canned pinto beans, drained
- 15.5 oz Great Northern beans, drained
- 28 oz original flavor canned baked beans
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup BBQ sauce
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a dutch oven, brown beef and onion together until beef is not pink, and onions are tender.
- Add the beans, gently stir in the bacon, butter beans, pinto beans, northern beans, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and salt and pepper.
- Cook over low heat until warmed to desired temp.
These look amazing! I love the idea of adding a little bit of heat.
I was literally drooling at all that sauce of the beans. Such rich and creamy with perfect looking sauce.
I'd totally just eat this between two slices of Boston Brown bread and call it a meal! Yum!
I actually think this is a dish my family would love. Served with some cornbread, they could make a meal from it.
Delicious. We make a very similar dish but add some whiskey to it. Your version is probably more potluck friendly.
I've been recently cooking beans a lot, and one thing I've found out is that combining many different types of beans works miracles. I can see you've got four of them + garlic + bacon among other ingredients. So many great flavors in one dish!
I like the addition of the burger to the beans!
OMG. I've never heard of these! I loveeee anything with beans but my husband doesn't so hey oh more for me!
It's not a bbq without the beans! This version looks awesome.
Oh man do those look amazing. Bacon and hamburger meat and the variety of beans sounds heavenly.
Incredible! I can only imagine how much flavor mixing 4 types of beans can get! Lovely beans recipe that I am really looking forward to making!
Jaida ~ Sweet Beginnings
Um...Ashley...these look AMAZING! And all those yummy beans! I would definitely add some jalapeno, because...we like all the spicy things! 🙂
Gotta have baked beans at a bbq, right?
Yes! I love that you used cooked beans for these. I'm love me some good beans. I could totally throw this together for a barbecue party.