Planning Ahead for the Holidays: Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole with Pork Panko

Here in Colorado the weather has started changing, and we’ve gotten our first couple snow storms. It’s a welcome change from the heat of the summer, but it also makes me start thinking more about holiday meals that we can cook on the grill. It seems crazy, but we totally love cooking everything, year-round, on the grill.

You’ll be guaranteed to impress family and friends when you put a holiday meal on the table and inform everyone that it’s cooked on your Traeger. In addition to the Dry Brined Turkey mentioned in this blog post, there are lots of other recipes you can include in your Traegered holiday meal.

Green Bean Casserole!

Green Bean Casserole Ingredients with Pork Panko
Green Bean Casserole Ingredients with Pork Panko

This dish can be a polarizing one– some people love it and others hate it– but a fun one to cook is a green bean casserole. Many people probably dislike the dish because it reminds them of stressful, less-than-delicious dinners. But my take on the recipe makes it a little more homemade and way more delicious.

Making it My Own

You can do this recipe in a number of ways, which makes life easier. Using frozen, Frenched green beans you can skip the step of trimming and cooking fresh beans. You can use canned cream of mushroom soup, or you can make your own mushroom sauce with a little effort. And finally, packaged French fried onions make for a delicious topping, or you can bump it up a notch by using a 50/50 blend of those onions and Pork Panko, which makes it extra amazing.

Assemble the casserole and pop it in the Traeger for about 30 minutes and you will have an amazing side dish for your holiday meal. A recipe we like to use is below. Let me know what you think, and how you take a holiday classic and make it your own!

Green Bean Casserole with Pork Panko

Green Bean Casserole

This is a slightly-elevated version of the holiday favorite side dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course casserole, Side Dish


  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 bag frozen frenched green beans
  • 1 cup French fried onions
  • 1 cup Pork Panko


  • In a saucepan, combine soup and milk and mix well to combine. Bring to a simmer.
  • In a bowl, combine French fried onions and pork panko.
  • Pour frozen green beans in a casserole dish, then pour hot soup/milk mixture over top. Add ⅓ of the onion/pork panko mixture. Stir to combine and spread evenly in the pan.
  • Top with remaining onion/pork panko mixture and spread to coat evenly.
  • Bake in a preheated Traeger Grill set to 350°. Cook for about 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown. Serve immediately with an amazingly-grilled main dish.
Keyword casserole, green bean casserole, green beans, mushroom soup, pork panko, side dish