Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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Beef Holiday Food Thanksgiving Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is moist and juicy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. A homemade comfort food, that is easy to make, cheesy, and super flavorful. 

We love bacon, and every time we get the occasion, we try to incorporate it into our recipes. Our favorite ones are Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Brown Sugar and Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Drumsticks.

The Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

This Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf will quickly become your family’s favorite meal. Just like the classic meatloaf recipe, this one is moist, flavorful, affordable, and can feed a larger crowd. Easily one of the best homemade comfort food. While the bacon definitely gives this recipe an extra bit of smokey flavor, it also adds to the tenderness of this meatloaf.

Baked to crispy perfection on the outside, and is super tender and juicy on the inside. This is the mother of all comfort foods! And if you are a bacon lover, this is the perfect combo. It is easy enough for a family weeknight meal or perfect for guests.

The garlic adds so much flavor, and the cheddar cheese makes it perfectly moist. This delicious homemade recipe can be an easy dinner, as it requires few ingredients. Similarly, the leftovers are delicious, and can easily be reheated.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Beef – I use about 90% lean ground beef. 
  • Bacon – Use longer slices of bacon to be able to fully wrap the loaf. 
  • Milk 
  • Large eggs 
  • Onion and garlic
  • Bread crumbs
  • Seasoning – Dried parsley, thyme, paprika, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Feel free to use garlic powder and/or onion powder as well.
  • Cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese – Both are great options here. So, use what you have on hand. 
  • Worcestershire sauce

For the homemade ketchup glaze:

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mustard

How to make Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf?

This is one of the easiest comfort food recipes out there. Below are the quick steps to make it. Also, feel free to watch the recipe short video tutorial.

  1. Preheat the oven: While you assemble the dish, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Make the meatloaf: In a large bowl, add the meat mixture: ground beef, milk, egg, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, dried parsley, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Then, mix them, but do not overmix the ingredients. Next, add in the cheese and combine it with your hands with the rest of the ground beef mixture. 
  3. Bacon wrap: Form the meatloaf mixture into the shape of a log over the bacon. Then, arrange the bacon strips on top of an aluminum foil (shown in the video attached). Next, place the loaf over the bacon strips, and fold the foil, and fill the loaf over, so it is fully wrapped in bacon. 
  4. Make the glaze: Whisk together the glaze ingredients and set them aside. 
  5. Bake: Transfer it to a baking dish (or loaf pan) and place it in the oven. Then, bake for about 55-60 minutes.
  6. Glaze it: During the mid-way baking time, remove the loaf from the oven and brush with glaze all over it. 
  7. Rest and serve: Allow it to rest for about 15 minutes after removing from the oven. Then, serve with your favorite side dish. 

Recipe Variations:

This recipe is easily adjustable. Below are some quick tips on how to adapt it:

  • Swap the meat: You can easily make this dish with any kind of ground meat. For example, try using ground turkey to make Turkey Meatloaf or even ground chicken in place of ground beef.
  • Add other cheese: Similarly, you can use other cheeses here, or a mixture of them. American, mozzarella, Asiago cheese works just as fine. 
  • Gluten-free: For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free breadcrumbs. 
  • Seasoning: You can easily add your favorite seasonings here. Great additions would be Italian seasoning, chili powder, ranch seasoning, etc. 

 

What type of meat should I use?

For this recipe, I used ground beef meat. However, any type of meat would work here. Ground pork would work just as well, or you could even mix the two. In addition, if you want a healthier meatloaf, then use ground chicken or ground turkey.

Recommended Meatloaf Cooking Times and temperatures:

I love cooking a 2lb loaf, at 350 degrees F for about 70-80 minutes. This is the optimal cooking time for juicy and succulent meat. Also, to make sure you have a perfectly cooked meatloaf, we recommend using an instant-read thermometer.

The internal temperature should be 160 degrees F. If the temperature is lower than 160 degrees F, put it back into the oven and back for a few extra minutes.

Why does my meatloaf always fall apart?

There are some factors that might cause it to fall apart and crumble. One factor to make sure is that meatloaf is not very dry, or that it has too much liquid in it.
So, it’s important to have a nice balance when cooking the meatloaf. Using eggs and bread crumbs are key ingredients in keeping this dish together. Also, we use cheese in our recipe, which keeps the meatloaf nice and puffy.

How to make a meatloaf sandwich?

The great thing about this recipe is that is very versatile. You can easily use leftovers in pasta dishes or making a delicious sandwich.
Simply, use your favorite bread, such as Frech rolls, and toast it. Then, add a slice of meatloaf to it. Also, feel free to add tomatoes, lettuce, and extra ketchup on top. 

Can I make it Keto?

Yes! To make a Keto meatloaf, you will simply replace the breadcrumbs with almond flour and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients. 

What to serve with it?

Some great suggestions are listed below:

Can you Freeze leftovers?

Cooked leftover meatloaf properly stored will last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To freeze a cooked meatloaf, wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil, or place in an airtight container or freezer wrap. It can be frozen for up to 3-4 months.

More Beef recipes to try:

Recipe Tips:

  • Use room temperature bacon. This is an important one because when you try to roll cold bacon, it just doesn’t mold that well as the fat is all cold.
  • In addition, you can use turkey bacon instead of the regular type.
  • Make sure you use longer and thinner bacon slices, that can be wrapped around easily.
  • Both the lean and regular ground beef would work well. Just know that using the leaner option will result in a slightly denser meatloaf as it has a less fat content.
  • Additionally,  you can form the meatloaf up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerate it until ready to bake.
  • Don’t over mix the mixture or it can become tough and dry.
  • Similarly, if you want to use a store-bought BBQ sauce to speed up the process, that will work as well.
  • Prior to serving, let the meat rest for 15 minutes so that all the juices seep back. Then slice it and serve. 
  • It is very important to check the temperature for proper doneness. Simply, insert a meat thermometer inside. The temperature should read when ready 165 degrees F. 
  • Also, you can use flavored bacon like maple-glazed or applewood-smoked bacon. 

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Easy Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is moist and juicy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Easy to make, full of cheese and flavor, it is also budget friendly. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon (room temperature)
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Meatloaf Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

Make Meatloaf:

  • Combine ground beef, milk, egg, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, dried parsley, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and mix well with your hands.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and again mix well.
  • Shape the beef mixture into a loaf shape and set it aside.

Make a Bacon Weave:

  • Lay half of the bacon strips, one next to each other, vertically across the prepared rimmed baking sheet.
  • Lift up and fold back the ends of every other bacon strip on one side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice perpendicular to the horizontal rows of bacon, on top of the bacon strips that were not folded back. Straighten out the folded bacon strips to cover the strip that has just been placed.
  • Lift up and fold back the ends of the horizontal bacon strips that are under the vertical bacon strip to the side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice right next to the first vertical bacon strip, directly on top of the bacon strips that you did not fold back. Repeat the process of alternating the vertical and horizontal bacon strips until you reach the other end of the horizontal bacon strips.

Wrap in Bacon:

  • Check and make sure that the loaf-shaped meat is the same length as the bacon weave. If needed reshape it.
  • Place the loaf-shaped meat in the center of the weave. Wrap in bacon, and flip on the other side, meaning that the bacon ends should be tucked under the meat.

Meatloaf Glaze:

  • Combine all the glaze ingredients in a bowl until smooth and set aside.

Bake:

  • Transfer the dish into the oven and bake for about 70-90 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the inside temperature is 160F degrees. Mid-baking covers the meatloaf in the prepared glaze. Brush it all over the surface.
  • Once the meatloaf is done, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite side dish.

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Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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Januce

Why add the milk? I never heard of that before.

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For a great texture

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Terri

OMG I made this about a 4 month ago and my husband could not stop talking about how good it was. Now I am having my family over and grandchildren and making it as it is my husband birthday, I know they will all enjoy it. This is the best meatloaf I have ever made.If you have a family that is on the fence about meatloaf this will definitely turn them around,. Thank you so much , it is such a delicious recipe, Have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year

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Thank you. You too ,havee a wondeerful Happy New Year and stay safe!

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Shay

I've used this recipe multiple times now and besides the bacon on the bottom not being cooked all the way for me personally (I will only use it on the top now) my wholeeee family loves its; my fiance, brothers, father, mother, and whoever else has tried it. Its great! I replace the small diced onion with minced onion as I'm a picky eater and it does just good. I also don't add cheese because my fiance doesn't fancy the idea, and its still great. I LOVE the glaze.

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Justin Ferrante

I’ve made this recipe several times now and each time it comes out perfect. It has a great depth of flavor and the bacon prevents it from drying out and or falling apart while imparting that great bacon taste. I actually prefer using thinner cuts of bacon to ensure that it is cooked through and not gummy (bacon that is). Do yourself a favor and try this recipe it is a definite winner all the way around! Kudos to you Catalina, this is the perfect recipe!

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Mandy

I use this recipe everytime I make meatloaf, my fiancé loves it!!!!!!!!

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I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! thanks for the feedback!

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Diane E

I had bacon wrapped meatloaf at the Copper Door Restaurant in Manchester, NH, and it was delicious. So I looked on Pinterest and found this fabulous recipe! I made it for my church friends tonight, and one person said, "Did you make this? It looks so professional!" It was moist and delicious. I have to say, though, I couldn't do the crisscross with the bacon. The video went too fast to follow. Nonetheless, it looked beautiful and it tasted so good!!! I will be making this again and again! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Janice Lee

I am really excited to make your meatloaf recipe. Making this weekend. Just have one question for the glaze. In the video mustard is an ingredient but it is not listed in the recipe. Just wondering how much mustard to use? Thank you and can’t wait, my hubby is going to love this!

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1 tablespoon is more than enough :)

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