The Best Baked Beans for the Bean Queens Out There

The best baked beans are the perfect balance of sweet and savory. The best canned baked beans capture that homemade-by-the-fire taste so you don’t have to do any actual cooking.

When done right, a can of baked beans can be a delicious meal on its own. So, what did we look for in this taste test? We wanted good quality first and foremost. And texture is paramount. Baked beans should be slightly firm, but rich, buttery, and creamy in the middle. Baked beans should never be grainy, which several brands we tried unfortunately were. Also, the sauce that comes in the can should be a balance of sweet and tangy. Extra notes of smokiness were a bonus. We, of course, hoped for good seasoning. And while bacon isn’t a must, if you advertise it, don’t be stingy with it. These are the best baked beans you can buy at the grocery store.


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Best Spicy

Bush’s Sweet Heat

These are some of the best baked beans we tried because they give you exactly what they promise: sweet and heat! The sugary taste coats your tongue and then the spicy kick comes in at the end. I think it’s a great variation on the classic baked bean. If regular baked beans are too saccharine for you, these are a great option. —Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Sweet

Bush’s Brown Sugar & Bourbon Grilling Beans

I’m not exactly sure what a “grilling bean” is, but I now know that I love it! The Bush’s “Grilling Bean” line of baked beans are all tasty, but these are one of the tastiest in the group. You don’t get much bourbon, but I think the bourbon is more about the vibe than the flavor. The sweet and savory flavors are perfectly balanced. The beans themselves are perfectly cooked. The person eating them (me or you) is perfect. —Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Vegetarian

Amy’s Vegetarian Organic Baked Beans

Amy’s is the best vegetarian can of baked beans we tried in our baked bean taste test. It’s very tomato-forward but there’s some sweetness, too. Plus, the bean quality is excellent. Amy’s uses white beans that are a bit smaller. They kind of clump up together, sticking to each other with sweet tomatoey goo. I thought these were absolutely delicious, and if you ask me, you don’t need bacon for baked beans to work. The best baked beans can shine without the meat. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Bacon

Bush’s Maple & Cured Bacon Baked Beans

This can of baked beans actually had some big chunks of bacon in it, which made it stand out because some of the other cans with added bacon skimped on the bacon. Bush’s Maple & Cured Bacon baked beans have the feeling of a full English breakfast, with an American edge. Like all of Bush’s baked bean products, these are deliciously sweet and the beans are tender. The maple flavor is great, with a molasses-like quality that permeates every bite. This is one of the best cans of baked beans, especially if you’re not into frying your own bacon. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Savory

Bush’s Southern Pit BBQ Grilling Beans

The Southern Pit BBQ Grilling Beans are my favorite baked beans in the “Grilling Bean” line. Unlike other baked beans, these sweet and savory beans are more savory than sweet. You get great smokiness, onion, garlic, and tomato. The soft and creamy beans have just a hint of sweetness. I loved the zesty flavor and the fact that there is plenty of saucy-ness. —Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best of the Best

Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans

Bush’s is synonymous with baked beans for a reason; they just understand the flavor aesthetic. Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory beans carry the quintessential baked bean taste—sweet, tangy, and a little tomatoey. The addition of smokiness goes a long way, and the hickory adds a nice, standout complexity. The beans themselves are creamy and buttery just like we want. When it comes to baked beans, Bush’s understands, more than anybody else, that sweetness is the move. These have the most pronounced sugary taste of the bunch, and that’s why they’re number one. This is what the best baked beans are supposed to taste like. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

10/10

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Other baked beans we tried: Great Value Baked Beans, Great Value Maple and Cured Bacon, Bush’s Original, Trader Joe’s Baked Beans, Bush’s Country Style, Dakota’s Pride Original, Dakota’s Pride Maple, Dakota’s Pride Country Style, Whole Foods 365, B&M Original Baked Beans, Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans in Rich Tomato Sauce, Walnut Acres, Walnut Acres Brown Sugar & Onion, Bush’s Zero Sugar, Bush’s Steakhouse Grilling Beans 


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The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • No offense at all, Danny – solid list here – but HOW, when you folks are part of Mythical Entertainment, do you not have a “Best Rhett Beans” in here??? He’s the Bean Aficionado, after all! The King of Legumes! What would *HE* choose?

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  • Do not buy wyldwood baked beans! They have alot of gummy
    Filling & sparse beans. No flavor in spite of saying there was maple syrup.

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