Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 16 reviews

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. 

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

Picture of a sliced bacon wrapped meatloaf on a wooden board.

The Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

This Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf will quickly become your family’s favorite meal. It is moist, flavorful, affordable, and can feed a larger crowd. While the bacon definitely gives this meatloaf 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.

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.

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For this Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, 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.

Why does my meatloaf always fall apart?

There are some factors that might cause a meatloaf 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 a meatloaf together. Also, we use cheese in our recipe, which keeps the meatloaf nice and puffy.

How do I know when my meatloaf is done?

To make sure you have a perfectly cooked meatloaf, we recommend using an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature of a meatloaf should be 160 degrees F. If the temperature is lower than 160 degrees F, put the meatloaf back into the oven and back for a few extra minutes.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf:

Some great suggestions are listed below:

Recipe Tips and Notes:

  • 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.
  • Also, 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 until ready to bake.
  • Similarly, if you want to use a store-bought BBQ sauce to speed up the process, that will work as well.

Picture of homemade meatloaf wrapped in bacon.

Can you Freeze leftover meatloaf?

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 airtight container or freezer wrap. It can be frozen for up to 3-4 months.

Tools I used to make this Recipe:

Non-Stick Pan Set – I have this set and I love it, I used the smaller pan for this recipe.

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5 from 16 reviews
Easy Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 slices
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


  • 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 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

Make Meatloaf:

  1. 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.

  2. Add the cheddar cheese and again mix well.

  3. Shape the beef mix into a loaf shape and set it aside.

Make a Bacon Weave:

  1. Lay half of the bacon strips, one next to each other, vertically across the prepared rimmed baking sheet.

  2. 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 where not fold back. Straighten out the folded bacon strips to cover the strip that has just been placed.

  3. 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:

  1. Check and make sure that the loaf shaped meat is the same length as the bacon weave. If needed reshape it.

  2. 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:

  1. Combine all the Glaze ingredients in a bowl until smooth and set aside.


  1. Transfer meatloaf to 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.

  2. Once the meatloaf is done, let it cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Calories: 415 Carbohydrates: 13 Protein: 26 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 106 Sodium: 303 Potassium: 426 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 110 Vitamin C: 1.3 Calcium: 147 Iron: 3.2
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All you had to say was bacon. My whole family is in. We love our bacon 


Shoshana Sue

This bacon wrapped meatloaf sure does look appealing. I wouldn't have known that it's better to work with room temperature bacon. Thanks for the tips and recipe


Alli Smith

I've never been a fan of traditional meatloaf because it tends to be too dry for my taste. This, on the other hand, looks amazing and so moist! Bacon makes everything better and I have to try your recipe ASAP. Looks so delicious!



This recipe sounds amazing and looks so flavorful. I can't wait to make this for my family. I know they're going to love it. 



We love meatloaf but I have never thought about putting bacon around it. I must try this recipe for sure. Pinning for later.



There is no better food on the planet than bacon wrapped meatloaf. It has EVERYTHING I've ever loved in food.


Paula Schuck

I have been on a quest all year to find and make the perfect meatloaf. We enjoy meatloaf here and I make it about once every two weeks. So it is a regular dish bit I never would have thought of bacon wrapped meatloaf. This is a great idea. 



I'm not a meatloaf girl but this might change my mind. This actually looks tasty and not dry!


Amber Myers

Oh yes please. Everything is better with bacon. I will have to make this one night for sure.


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I love this idea of wrapping meatloaf in bacon. It looks delicious and like the perfect pairing.



oh. my. goodness. I mean does it get any better than meatloaf and bacon? I am saying not. Thanks for this awesome looking recipe. Gotta make this one for the hubby.


Sue Reddel

Isn't everything better with bacon surrounding it! Especially everyone's favorite meatloaf. What a fun recipe.



My husband would love it if I made this for him. Meatloaf is his favorite but I have never thought of adding bacon.


Sophie Anderson

This has got to be the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. My family LOVES it. I added the chili powder, just the right spice to add a little kick.



Bacon makes everything better, right?!?! It is no surprise that it would be great wrapped around meatloaf. This looks like a tasty recipe.


Chubskulit Rose

I have never had a bacon wrapped meatloaf but this sounds delicious and perfect to make this Thanksgiving for my small family. Thank you for sharing the recipe.



Anything bacon touches is amazing! My mom is the meatloaf queen and I am super excited to share this with her.



This sounds like an interesting dish! I know my father in law would love this one. It would definitely be a treat for those who like bacon!


Tabitha Blue

ANYTHING wrapped in bacon is so good. I haven't thought about wrapping meat loaf though... looks delish!


Bacon makes everything better!!


Claudia Krusch

I've never had bacon wrapped meatloaf, but it looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!


Kathryn Baxter

Made this bacon wrapped meatloaf tonight for dinner. It was moist and flavorful. A hit with the family for sure. If I make this again I will use half as much onion and be sure to dice it as small as possible. Also it took almost an hour and a half to get this loaf up to temp, you you may want to note that to time the meal with sides.


Thank you Kathryn for your feedback! I am very happy that you loved the recipe!



Well, I made this for the family last night. I'm now in charge of meatloaf. One of the best ever. My wife is usually the meatloaf expert, and is very proud of her recipe, but the baton has been passed.



Bacon wrapped meatloaf is one of my go-tos for my family. I can't wait to try this recipe.



We wrap a lot of things with bacon weaves. It is really best with chicken and bbq sauce!



Um, meatloaf + bacon? Yum!! I guess you're right, bacon would add to the tenderness. I hadn't thought of that before.


Wanda Lopez

I haven't had meatloaf in such a long time. Now, I have to make your recipe. You had me at bacon.



You had me at bacon! I’ll eat anything that bacon plays a part in. Bwah!


Annemarie LeBlanc

Oh bacon... the duct tape of food! This recipe for bacon wrapped meatloaf is a must try for me. I will have to get more bacon tomorrow so I can make this soon as possible. Looks so delicious!



My husband loves meatloaf. I am going to have to make this for him. I know for sure he would devour a bacon wrapped meatloaf.



We tried this recipe tonight and the bacon was soft on the sides & bottom, where did we go wrong?


If you want the bottom and sides to be crunchy you have to place it on a wire rack when baking.


Jennifer Allen

I made this meatloaf for my husbands birthday last night and it was amaaaaaazzzzzzing!!!! I did have to cook it for an extra 30 minutes and then put it under the broiler to crisp the bacon, but it was worth the extra time!!


Gloria Aguirre

OMG JUST FOUND YA AND MADE YA TODAY BEING NATIONAL BACON DAY!!!! All I can say is OMG it literally melted in our mouths!!! We used all but milk and thyme. Beyond delish my Lubs had 3 servings!!!!


Thanks Gloria for your review. Glad you loved it!



My bacon was crisp when I only wrapped 5 of the 6 sides instead of going all the way around (the bottom wasn't wrapped). Also I used a broil pan (2 pieces with the top having slits for fat to drip through).


Thank you for the comment :) hope you loved it



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


For a great texture


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