Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe + Video (2024)

ByDonna Elick


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Bacon Wrapped Meatloafis tender, juicy, and bursting with bold flavors! Make this recipe tonight with fresh ingredients and pantry staples.This bacon-wrapped meatloaf is the best meatloaf recipe. Perfect for any bacon lover!

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This just might be my favorite meatloaf dinner. It’s a spin on the classic meatloaf recipe and is one of the best options for delicious homemade comfort food.

There is so much flavor in this delicious bacon meatloaf that it’s sure to be a huge hit with the whole family.

The next time that you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner, it’s time to add my favorite meatloaf recipe to your list.

The bacon wrap and tangy ketchup glaze are the best way to enjoy!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

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 thissmokedversion instead.

It’s crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, and has plenty of heat from chopped chiles in adobo.

You can also makeMini Meatloaf CupsorBalsamic Glazed Meatloaf Meatballsfor poppable bites that are perfect for party appetizers or a casual meal.

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

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Cheese Stuffed 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 stuffed meatloaf 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.
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Stuffed 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 and would be a great addition to this cheeseburger meatloaf.

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

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Cheeseburger Meatloaf FAQs

What should I serve with cheese stuffed meatloaf?

The possibilities are endless! Serve cheeseburger meatloaf withpotato saladandcorn on the cobin the warmer months, or stick with classicmashed potatoesin the winter.

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

Should meat loaf be cooked covered or uncovered?

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

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.

What goes on the top of the meatloaf?

When it comes to the main meatloaf ingredients, you’ll find that most people add ketchup or BBQ sauce to a traditional meatloaf recipe. When you’re making homemade meatloaf, the great thing about making your own meat mixture is that it gives you the freedom to add whatever you want.

Barbecue sauce adds a kick and pairs really well with the bacon slices, while ketchup adds a nice glaze to the top of the meatloaf mixture. Both pair well with this juicy meatloaf, so add and get ready to enjoy.

Can I make this with ground turkey?

This is how new recipes are created! You can use ground turkey or even turkey bacon instead of slices of bacon. This is a healthier spin on the classic recipe and is a great way to offer options for someone on a low calorie diet.

Using turkey instead of beef for this bacon meatloaf recipe takes no extra effort at all. You’ll still enjoy tender meatloaf with crispy bacon – and that’s a win!

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Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe + 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 2 reviews

Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Course Main

Cuisine American

Method Oven

Servings 4 – 6


  • 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


  • 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!



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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Originally published April 2014, updated and republished March 2024

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