Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf + Video

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Bacon wrapped meatloaf is tender, juicy, and bursting with bold flavors! Make this recipe tonight with fresh ingredients and pantry staples.

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Cheese stuffed meatloaf wrapped in bacon and smothered in a delicious brown sugar ketchup glaze is the ultimate comfort food meal.

Plus, the combination of flavors tastes just like your favorite bacon double cheeseburger!

If you want rich, smoky flavor without adding bacon, try this smoked version instead. It’s crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, and has plenty of heat from chopped chiles in adobo.

You can also make Mini Meatloaf Cups or Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf Meatballs for poppable bites that are perfect for party appetizers or a casual meal.

Both are ready in about 30 minutes and are freezer-friendly too.

meatloaf mixture in a clear bowl

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf – Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Use lean ground beef. Anything higher than 90% will work great. If you use a fattier ratio, reduce the amount of milk.
  • Mix gently. Overworking the meat will cause it to become tough, so mix just until everything is combined. It also helps to beat the egg before adding it to the mixture.
  • Want a smooth exterior? Run your hands under warm water or coat them with olive oil before smoothing the loaf the last time.
  • Avoid thick-cut bacon. This takes longer to crisp up in the oven, so stick with regular slices without too much added flavor or seasoning.
  • Feeding a crowd? You can easily make a larger bacon wrapped meatloaf, but it will take a bit longer to cook.
Forming the bottom half of the meatloaf

Cheese Substitutions

Whatever variety you choose, skip the prebagged shreds since those contain an additive that keeps the cheese from melting properly.

Mozzarella, Swiss, Monterey Jack, and Colby all have a milder flavor.

For something bolder, choose Gouda, Havarti, Muenster, or Pepper Jack.

Adding cheese to the bottom half of the meatloaf

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Placing top on meatloaf

FAQ – Common Recipe Questions

What should I serve with stuffed meatloaf?

The possibilities are endless! Serve it with potato salad and corn on the cob in the warmer months or stick with classic mashed potatoes in the winter.

For a lighter option, try a green salad or some steamed vegetables instead.

Should meat loaf be cooked covered or uncovered?

It really depends on the recipe. I typically cook this one uncovered, but if the bacon gets too crispy you can add some aluminum foil on top.

forming the stuffed meatloaf

Why does my meat loaf fall apart?Make sure to use enough binding agents like eggs and breadcrumbs, because this is what helps the meat stick together.

Also, don’t overcook it! When ground meat is overdone, it becomes crumbly and won’t hold its shape when sliced.

Enjoy!

Placing bacon on stuffed meatloaf

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stuffed meatloaf on a cutting board

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this recipe!

bacon wrapped meatloaf stuffed with cheese

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf + Video

Donna Elick
Bacon wrapped meatloaf is tender, juicy, and bursting with bold flavors! Make this recipe tonight with fresh ingredients and pantry staples.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 4 – 6

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound lean beef
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound bacon, uncooked

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl combine beef, bread crumbs and milk. Pouring milk directly over bread crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons ketchup, Worcestershire and steak seasoning. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, crack egg and beat it slightly. This helps prevent overworking the meat while combining, resulting in a tougher meatloaf. Add egg to large bowl with meat mixture. Combine well with hands, do not overwork the meat mixture.
  • Gently press meatloaf into bowl and divide in half. Place first half into 7″x10” (or larger) baking dish and form into a flat meatloaf Gently press the center in to create a rim around the outside of the meatloaf. Add shredded cheese into the center of the meatloaf.
  • Form remaining half of meatloaf in the bowl into a size similar to the meatloaf in the pan. Set op top and press the sides together to seal in the cheese. Form into a loaf shape about 1½ – 2” tall.
  • You may notice cracks in the loaf. Run your hands under warm water and then across the meatloaf to smooth the cracks out. Set meatloaf aside.
  • In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Mix well with a fork. Apply glaze evenly all over your meatloaf (except the bottom).
  • Arrange bacon slices over the top of the meatloaf. Start by wrapping a piece of bacon across the front side and a second piece of bacon across the back side. Arrange remaining bacon over the top. Tuck the ends of the bacon under the meatloaf (this prevents curling).
  • Place meatloaf in the oven and bake until bacon is crispy, about 1 hour.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to rest uncovered for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 1540cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 141g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1015mg | Sugar: 11g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 503mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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bacon wrapped meatloaf on a cutting board

Originally published April 2014, updated and republished February 2021

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74 Comments

    1. You can use CalorieKing.com and enter the ingredients you use to get the nutritional facts. Enjoy!

    2. This isn't exactly packed with much nutritional value. You getting protein from the burger, calcium and vitamin D. I'm not trying to cause a war of words or cause an argument. I'm simply saying, it sounds wonderful, if your a calorie or fat content conscious person, it means it's bad for you. You could make it with turkey or soy burger, Turkey bacon and use a low fat cheese. That would still be yummy and healthier. I would however love to taste this, it sounds so good!

    3. Party Pooper, Anonymous!!! You could spend years building up your own food blog and then post whatever recipes you want. Personally, I feel about your version the way you feel about Donna's! So, there! To each his own, right?

    4. Well Anonymous number 1, or aka Debbie Downer, I for one like good food and if I wanted something that was so health conscious, that's the kind of site I would be on…you have a wonderful day sweetheart… I am only Anonymous myself because I didn't want to sign up for anything else, Facebook was not listed

    5. If the nutritional value of this recipe is so important to you….why are you looking at meat loaf anyway?????? Keep your negativity to yourself. Let the rest of us enjoy our meal.

  1. I was planning on making meatloaf tonight for dinner. I just found a new way to dazzle the family…Thanks!

  2. I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your website and all of your recipes. Out of all of the other recipe websites out there that I have tried. You have one of the BEST that I have ever found, hands down. Keep up the good work!

  3. Am I just not seeing it or did you forget to mention what to do with the ketchup/Worcestershire/steak seasoning mixture? I see no mention of it after "Set aside".

    1. Are you speaking of "Add 2 tablespoons ketchup, Worcestershire and steak seasoning"? That is directing you to ADD it to the meat mixture. Enjoy.

    2. half ketchup and brown sugar go in meat mixture and the ot her half is the glaze for top the worchesterr goes in meat mixture, shows in my recipe I tried this and it is the bomb

    3. It tells you to add the steak spice, ketchup and Worcestershire to the meat mixture and then set that aside. You've misread it.

    1. Thanks for asking. The side dish possibilities are endless. You can go with an indoor 'bbq' summer theme and serve it with corn on the cob, potato salad and such or lighten the meal up with a salad and broccoli. I love it either way. Enjoy!

    2. This looks so delicious! I am trying out this recipe to go along with a corn and chickpea fiesta salad and sweet potato fries with Sriracha lime mayo. Can't wait to eat this meatloaf. It smells so good already! Thank you for sharing. Cara in Washington

  4. Awesome meatloaf. I love bacon on top of mine. I can't do the tomato/ketchup, but could easily exclude that.

    Thanks for sharing…pinning it!

  5. Made this tonight with Montreal Spicy Steak Seasoning, Boar's Head 3-Pepper Colby Jack and Jalapeño Bacon. Really good! Took about 1 hr 15 min to cook.

  6. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Was hoping for leftovers for lunch, but my family made sure that was not going to happen!

    1. I cook it uncovered, but if the bacon gets too crispy add some aluminum foil. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  7. Meatloaf is my husband's weakness. I surprised him with this recipe last week, and I believe he fell in love with me all over again. So thank you 🙂

  8. This is a keeper!!! I made it for dinner tonight; it did not taste like a typical meatloaf. It was flavorful and moist. Thank you so much!

    1. Yes, but keep in mind to work it gently (do not over work it) It may make the loaf more dense. I have also substituted crushed Rice Chex. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

    2. looks delicious… I may pay later… but the only thing it was missing was onions… I'm a fan, so I diced some, softened them in some bacon grease, blotted and added to the cheese…gotta have a vegi 😉 I'll let you know how my guests liked it 😉 I tried a different stuffed one and was told it was the best I'd made…also one from here. I had one bad experience with a meatloaf I'm still trying to live down!

  9. With a little bit of tweaking (bread crumbs and brown sugar), this could be a great low carb dish! 🙂

  10. PEOPLE, TRY TO MAKE IT BIGGER IN DIAMETER AND, WHEN READY, SLICE IT 1" THICK FOR A PERFECT BURGER PATTIE. GRILL THICK (1/2") RIPE TOMATO SLICES WITH PESTO. THEN PLACE THE MEATLOAF SLICES ON A COOKIE SHEET WITH THE TOMATO SLICE ON TOP AND MIX SHREDDED MOZZARELLA, CHEDDAR AND PARM, PUT ON TO AND BROIL TO PERFECTION. YOUR GUESTS WILL DIE FOR A BURGER LIKE THIS!

  11. Can I use oatmeal instead of panko crumbs? That's usually what I use in my meatloaf and all I have on hand.

    1. We used half bread and half oatmeal bc I did not have enough bread crumbs. I think it would be fine. The breadcrumbs really added to it tho, never had meatloaf this way.

  12. OMG I love this!So much that I'm making it a 2nd time today. My daughter said it was a little spicy. I used seasoned panko bread crumbs so I'm decreasing the Montreal steak seasoning this time. Still so good!

  13. I'd eat it, but at the same time I'd be thinking that the photo of the meatloaf is probably just like what my arteries look like, lol…

  14. Made this to tonight and it was very good. My family enjoyed it! Not much more work than my usual meatloaf either. I did add a grated onion to the mixture as I love onion. I also broiled it at the end to crisp up the bacon more. I let it sit for 15 minutes before cutting it and was pleased with how nicely it cut. Will make this again.

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