Side Dish Alert: Bacon Acorn Squash Patties

I don’t know why I said alert. It’s not like this is an exciting recipe that I must alert you about. It’s a very simple, lazy recipe to eat along with your huge slab of meat. I don’t make side dishes enough, mostly because I don’t eat them. I’d rather just eat a huge steak and call it good. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables, I just like protein more.

So last week, I taught my first cooking class! Never thought I’d ever do that. During the day, I was getting nervous about it, but as soon as it came around, I wasn’t nervous whatsoever. Mostly because all I was doing was talking, and talking about food, so why would I feel uncomfortable? The class was for MBS CrossFit who is in the middle of doing their 28 day paleo challenge. It was pretty awesome because everyone brought a side dish to eat while they waited for my dish. Some of my favorite dishes included a lime infused sweet potato puree and the other was a peach habanero chicken salad. I couldn’t stop eating both.

So in conclusion, I want to do cooking classes more often. So fun.

I’m so obsessed with this song right now. Mostly because the video was filmed at Red Rocks which is where I grew up working out. I love that place. That’s definitely in my top 5 favorite places on Earth. It doesn’t come close to Lake Powell, though.

Did you see the sneak peek of my photo shoot for my cookbook on instagram the other day? I’m so excited for the cookbook! It doesn’t come out until April, but finishing up little touches like this makes me get so anxious.

And to person(s) that keep breaking into my car and throwing sh*t around, you’re not very nice. I would wish bad things upon you, but that would be mean, and I don’t want to be like you. So I hope good things upon you so in turn, you will stop beating the crap out of my car. Selfish reasons mostly.


Side Dish Alert: Bacon Acorn Squash Patties

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-6 1x


  • 1 large acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
  • 46 strips bacon, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your squash in half and place your squash open side, face down on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast your squash for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once your squash is soft when you poke its skin, remove it from the oven to cool.
  5. Then cook your bacon in a medium pan until cooked through, and place on a paper towel to soak up the excess fat.
  6. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in your pan after your bacon in done cooking.
  7. Scoop out your acorn squash into a bowl and add your bacon, eggs, coconut flour, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until eggs are broken up completely.
  8. Use a spoon to scoop out a large spoonful of mixture and add to your hot bacon fat pan.
  9. Cook each patty for 3-5 minutes then use a spatula to flip it over and press down and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  10. You just want to create a crust on each side of the patty.
  11. Repeat.
  12. Serve with your favorite protein.
  13. Makes 4-8 patties.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


77 thoughts on “Side Dish Alert: Bacon Acorn Squash Patties”

  1. Bacon eh? Then it’s a winner !

    Have seen your sneak peek on Instagram, love it !

    Keep ’em comin’ (both the pics and new recipes)

  2. I bet I could even get my veggie adverse bf to eat these! Everything really is better with bacon, and I’m excited to try these!!!

  3. Oh hey! I think I was right next to you when you took this shot (Pearl Street Farmers Market amiright?) – I have the dog that looks like a cute little red fox but is actually an asshole, and my roommate was with me, she has a sweet husky (so we have a fox and a wolf!). Anyhoo – going to try this recipe soon! Congrats on the book!

  4. This looks amazing, Guess i am headed back to the store to get some acorn squash. Because obviously I have bacon on hand. I will just study for that test later tonight.
    Bacon first, school second. Thats my motto. Thanks for all the work you do. I can not wait to buy your cook book!

  5. I just found your website when I googled paleo fudge. I think I’m in love. I need to stop pinning all your recipes and go make something yummy.

    Thanks for giving me new paleo foods to add to our lives!

  6. I’m sure you have a huge international following already but from this tiny little part of the UK, than thankyou for your blogs and recipes. I check it out every day on RSS. I hope we get to see your book over here. The recipes are good but your take on the world is better. Thank you.

  7. These look great! I was reading the directions.. Do I roast the sqaush.. Cut side up or down? I’m not sure If I am misreading it…

  8. Can you tell me why each time I try to print these recipes which I think are really good – I end up printing everything you have written AND all of the comments after the recipe… I have tried every way to print only the recipe but have had no luck AND have run out of toner in my printer. Even when I re e-mail it to myself – I still get all 7 pages.

    1. Annie-
      Maybe if you highlight just the recipe part you want to print, and then choose the dot for “SELECTION” when you print? I know that shouldn’t be necessary since it comes up in a new page, but it’s only a suggestion

      LOVE LOVE LOVE these. We have squash that needs cooking! PS, what is up the a-holes breaking into your car? Let’s stalk them and beat the snot out of them. Or throw gross food at them, like WHITE FLOUR. i can’t think of an adhesive that is not delicous. I could only think of eggs.

  9. There have been several comments from the news media about a “global bacon shortage” going to have to try these quick!!

  10. Could you give an approximate measure of how much squash this is, for those of us with small acorn squashes or butternut squash. I have a lot of butternut and “cheese pumpkin” right now. Would love to try this but don’t know how much squash to include. Great looking recipe!

    That predicted bacon shortage is worrisome, though.

      1. Shoot I prob used the same amount listed for coconut flour, when i used the almond flour. Still tastes good though. Almond flour is expensive!! lol

        1. You can make your own coconut flour by using a clean coffee bean grinder. Just pulse it until it’s powdery. I have also made my own almond flour by putting whole roasted almonds in the food processor until they’re sort of powdery too. Be careful about the length of time you process the almonds because they’ll turn into almond butter if it goes too long. 🙂 Good luck!

  11. I just made these…be sure to take the seed pulp out before you roast them….I added cayenne pepper and chopped scallions and they were soooooo good. thanks for the recipe…we loved them

  12. I just ate so many of these for breakfast, mmm. Awesome recipe, I used almond flour but probably will do coconut next time since they got really crumbly.

  13. I made these two nights ago and they were really yummy! However, they did have a tendency to fall apart in the pan when you went to flip them. Any suggestions?

  14. I love Mumford and Sons. Just bought that new album Babel and I adore that song too.. I can totally relate to it. Anyway, I did my first CrossFit class today at CrossFt Morristown in NJ. And I fell in love. I have you and your passion for the wrokouts to thank for finally taking that step. Second anyway, these look fantastic. Anything simple and with bacon and I’m in. Have you ever heard of Bacon Cinnamon rolls? I think you’d like.

  15. I heard on the news the other day that bacon (and all pork products in general, but I was most concerned about bacon) next year could be crazy expensive / scarce because of the drought this year. I was devastated and may or may not have, but definitely did, order 10 packages of bacon from my CSA. Mainly because of recipes like this, and your Bacon Guac, I don’t know if I can live without bacon.

  16. These were fantastic! I made them a bit big, would definitely go smaller next time. Also, I think I would squeeze some moisture out of the squash next time too, make them a little drier and maybe they’ll stick together better. I dunno. Thoughts?

  17. Juli-any recipe that has BACON in the title is already an alert for me and many others I’m sure lol. Had a nice rainy day today and found myself craving fall…this recipe did just the trick for me! So easy to make and store and DELICIOUS 🙂 I bought the biggest acorn squash I could find at the market and it made quite a few little patties. Excited to eat them with my pork chop for breakfast tmrw 🙂 thanks for another great recipe and I’m counting the days until your cookbook comes out!!!!! 🙂

  18. Hubs & I both loved the way these turned out! Added some red pepper for a little kick. Delish! Thank you!!!

  19. My husband said that I’m a rock star after making these. So you must be a rock star for creating it. Thanks Juli.

  20. I just made these and OM DELICIOUS G. Spectacular recipe! I can’t wait to have the leftovers with some eggs for breakfast. =)

  21. Made these tonight & the flavor was yummy, but my patties wouldn’t stick together and ended up as a big old pile. Next time, I may add more coconut flour and maybe let it chill in the fridge for an hour or two before cooking. Really delicious. Love the sweetness of the squash with the salty/smokey flavor of the bacon.

  22. I just made these and only wish I saw the comment about how much squash we begin with, I think I had to have had 4 cups. It was a big boy I guess. So mine were on the very very soft side, but tasty. I love the subtle coconut taste. I’ll make them again, but wonder, would you say the “batter” should be the consistency of cookie dough? Maybe I should have added some unsweetened shredded coconut to tighten up the mixture. What do you think?

    1. holy moly that is a big boy!! mine was probably about 1.5 cups or so! they are soft no matter what, but the shredded coconut would definitely help! and similar to cookie dough is definitely true!

  23. I just made these last night…. Mine were a hot mess in the pan. Could have been the fact that the pan I used is a piece of junk…. damn, guess i’ll just have to go shopping for a new one.. darn it!!

  24. I just made these, the flavor is awesome but I could not get them to stick together in the pan. I roasted them in the oven w/ water in the pan, I wonder if they absorbed the water which made my “dough” too watery. Will try again w/o water. But the taste is incredible!!!!

  25. I made these for our first ever Paleo Dinner Club for Jogo Crossfit in Bellingham, Washington. They were really good. I doubled the recipe and found that they didn’t stick together well in the pan but when placed on a baking sheet and put in the oven they came out great. Planning on making your Italian Meatloaf next time. Meatloaf is one of my favorites. You should come up with a Stroganoff recipe. Because that would be legit.

  26. Just made these…my husband really liked them—i had a shockingly adverse reaction to the smell of roasting acorn squash…possibly a repressed childhood memory…Anyway, i made them exactly as written, a few turned out perfect, a few were special, but they all tasted really good. this blog has been a life saver to me while i try to figure all this paleo stuff out

  27. This is one of my new favorite things to eat. I can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner-the only problem is I can’t eat just one. Your recipes are amazing!

  28. These are amazing even my very picky husband liked them and had seconds. I have a wonderful Paleo stuffed Zucchini recipe that I used the meat stuffing from and topped the squash patties with the stuffing from that recipe it was a great dinner and better yet I had enough to bring for lunch.

  29. NO really. NO…really….Made these for dinner tonight and I am in love with them. Absolutely recommend them and you will probably see in your analytics I posted to FB 🙂 Love love love

  30. Flavor was ok but they were so sticky I couldn’t even get them to spread in the pan because they just wanted to stick to the utensils. It ended up becoming more like hash. Also, they absorbed the bacon grease instantly so I had to keep adding more and more grease to not burn in the pan.

  31. Made these tonight for breakfast in the morning. They fell apart on me but still delicious! I cannot wait to make them again. To much squash? Is that why they might have fallen apart?

  32. I’m having a similar mushy outcome…I had to add a LOT more coconut flour to absorb some of the moisture and that helped a bit. I’m thinking I used too much squash as well! Still tastes great even if it doesn’t look so hot

  33. I too found these mushy when fried. Baked for about 20 minutes at 350 after adding more coconut flour and they came out much better.

  34. Ok- sooooo are we making these on a skillet/electric skillet? I tried and mine never crusted on either side..just flopped. Help me help me help me! I ended up just dumping it all into my skillet and making a breakfast “hash” of some sort..still amazing haha but I wanna make the cakes!

  35. I have made the recipe for Thanksgiving this year. I really enjoyed the flavor and texture. What I didn’t like was standing at the stove and cooking the patties like pancakes. Have you ever put the mixture into a mini cupcake pan and baked it in the oven? Any thoughts? Thanks!

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