Easy Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Green Bean Bundles Recipe

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This Green Beans Bundles recipe uses blanched green beans, an easy salt and pepper seasoning, wrapped with savory Prosciutto slices. The Green Bean Bundles are grilled over direct heat and ready in less than 10 minutes.

A super simple (and healthy!) crowd-pleasing side dish for dinner or holidays.

Grilled Green Bundles wrapped in Prosciutto

As live fire caterers we are often asked about easy but elevated grilled appetizer ideas. One of our go-to recipes is prosciutto wrapped green bean bundles. They are super easy to prep, easy to make, easy to scale up, and the elevated flavor prosciutto adds versus bacon makes it an easy crowd pleaser.

And the best part is kids love this vegetable side dish too (thank you, prosciutto).


  • Green Beans – We prefer French Green Beans for their length and flavor. They may be labeled haricots verts. The most important component of ingredients is using fresh green beans. See FAQ for more details on how to buy fresh green beans.
  • Seasoning: Extra Virgin Olive oil, kosher salt, and coarse black pepper.
  • Prosciutto: Prosciutto is easier to cook than bacon and crisps up much better than bacon when wrapped around the green beans. You can buy the pre-packed prosciutto. If you do be sure it’s at least 4 ounce packs which typically have 8 slices. Or think 1 piece of prosciutto to every 5 green beans.
  • Serving: Add a slight dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to take the flavor over the top. An optional and fun finish is also some lemon flavored olive oil. Just a light drizzle after they are done adds a nice fresh flavor profile.

Chef’s Note: We strongly recommend using freshly grated Parmessan. Invest in a good microplane. Just microplane the cheese right over the finished green bean bundles.


We need to quickly blanch the green beans in order to grill them properly and make sure they cook (once wrapped in the prosciutto). We find this to be the best method when wrapping green beans for the grill.

Have an ice bath ready (large bowl of ice and water) before you boil the beans.

Rinse the green beans and remove the stem. Layout your sheet tray for drying the beans. This is a good time to start your grill and prepare it for direct grilling. Target 450 degrees Fahrenheit using lump charcoal.

Blanch Green Beans

We have tested this recipe many ways and the best flavor AND texture is to quickly blanch the green beans. Blanching is boiling the beans and then quickly stopping the cooking process through the use of an ice bath.

  1. Bring water to a boil and then add the green beans. Note, bring the water to a boil FIRST.
  2. Boil for two minutes. That’s it. Then remove the green beans from the boiling water and immediately place them in the ice bath.
  3. After 1 minute remove the blanched green beans and place them on a sheet tray lined with paper towels. Dry them.

Should I salt the boiling water? No, because they are cooking so quickly there is little added flavor a salted water would add to the beans versus salting water in our roasted potatoes recipe.

If you choose not to blanch just know that the green beans will take longer to cook through and the texture will be slightly softer because of the additional time.


In a large bowl add the dried green beans. Then add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Now it’s time to make the bundles.

Discard the paper towels you used in the sheet tray and layout the green beans in piles of 4 or 5 beans of similar length. Then wrap each bundle of beans with one slice of prosciutto tightly. Keep just the tip and ends visible.

Then they are ready to grill.

Grilling the Prosciutto Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

You can also learn more about grilling beans in our guide on how to grill green beans.

  1. Place the prosciutto wrapped green bean bundles on the grill, over direct heat, on the grill grates. Close the lid and grill for 2 – 3 minutes. Begin to flip the bundles and continue grilling for 2 additional minutes.
  2. Continue to flip and grill over direct heat until the prosciutto has crisped up and the ends of the green beans begin to show grill marks. Adjust the position of the green bean bundles if you notice any hot spots. Keep flipping and rotating, and then remove after 10 minutes.
  3. Place on a serving platter and dust with a little bit of Parmesan cheese and optional lemon olive oil drizzle and serve warm.

Gas Grill: If using a gas grill follow the same directions. We recommend firing up two burners.

Oven Modification: If using an oven then preheat the oven using the broiler. Use the bottom rack of the oven. Place the sheet tray in the oven and broil each side for 2 minutes. Monitor and rotate the green beans based on how much browning happens on the Prosciutto.

Scaling Up

It’s easy to scale this recipe up. If grilling then set your grill for two-zone (or indirect grilling) so you can keep grilling the bundles with some scale. Then as the bundles are done you can place warm ones on the serving platter and if you still have more finishing, keep them warm on the indirect side of the grill.

Prosciutto wrapped Grilled Green Bean Bundles on a serving platter

What to Serve With Green Bean Bundles

This is an elegant holiday appetizer idea for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, like smoked turkey and smoked prime rib.

It’s also an easy appetizer to pair with your favorite grilled steak or other grilled protein.

Other Prosciutto Recipe Ideas

If you are looking for prosciutto recipe ideas we have a few of our favorites.

  • Grilled Jalapeño Poppers – Instead of bacon, wrap the peppers in Prosciutto. Or in this recipe use jalapeño halves stuffed with brie cheese and wrap them with the prosciutto.
  • Hot Honey Pizza – We elevate our hot honey pizza with some fresh Prosciutto and Ricotta cheese.
  • Pear and Prosciutto Pizza – If you want one of the best fruit and savory meat pairings it’s Pear and Prosciutto.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you wash green beans before or after snapping off stem?

First look to see if your green beans are pre-washed. If you buy fresh bulk produce (or not pre-washed) then rinse green beans first and then remove or snap off the stem tip.

How to buy fresh green beans?

The most important characteristic to fresh green beans is that they should NOT be limp. They should be somewhat firm and snap if you break them in half. If they are in pre-packaged bags look at the color. They should be green with few splotches on them. Grab the bag and try to at least touch a few and see if they are limp or still crispy.

Should you trim both ends of green beans?

No, the only end you need to trim is the stem for this green beans bundle recipe.

Is Prosciutto safe to eat raw?

Yes. Prosciutto is cured ham and safe to eat raw or cooked. It’s great on a charcuterie plate and is also great as a wrap to many cooked appetizers.

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Grilled Prosciutto wrapped Green Bean bundles on a serving platter
5 from 1 vote

Easy Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Blanched green beans seasoned with salt and pepper and wrapped with savory prosciutto. Then grilled over direct heat for an amazing grilled green bean and prosciutto appetizer.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 bundles


  • 1 large sauce pan
  • 1 large bowl with ice water


  • ½ pound green beens, (rinsed, dried, and tips removed)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces prosciutto slices (or 8 slices)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1 tablespoon lemon flavored olive oil


  • Prep: Prepare the grill for direct grilling targeting 450 degrees Fahrenheit in the cooking chamber. The preferred fuel is lump charcoal for the most flavor.
  • Blanch Beans: While the grill is warming, boil water in a large sauce pan. Add the green beans and boil for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove beans and place immediately the ice water bath for 1 minute. Remove and dry beans using a paper towel see notes).
  • Season and Wrap: In a large bowl toss the green beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then put them on a sheet tray in bundles of 4 or 5 green beans of similar size. Slowly wrap each bundle with one piece of the prosciutto as tightly as you can.
  • Grill and Serve: Place the prosciutto bundles on the grill over direct heat on the grill grates. Close the lid and grill for 2 – 3 minutes. Flip the bundles and continue grilling for 2 additional minutes. Continue to flip and rotate and grill over direct heat until the prosciutto has crisped up and the ends of the green beans have some grill marks. Adjust the position of the green bean bundles if any hot spots. Remove after 10 minutes.
    Place on your serving platter and dust with the Parmesan cheese and optional lemon olive oil drizzle.


  • If using a gas grill follow the same directions. We recommend firing up two burners.
  • If you have hot spots be sure to rotate the beans around for even cooking. 
  • If you leave your lid open for extended period of time over charcoal then the charcoal will get very hot. Adjust your cooking time if you are cooking a lot of these as your charcoal heats up.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 bundles
Calories: 120
Keyword: green bean appetizer ideas, green bean bundles, prosciutto appetizer ideas, prosciutto bundles
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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