Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 19 reviews

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 in 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 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. 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.


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.

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.
  2. Make the meatloaf: In ad bowl, add the meat mixture: ground beef, milk, egg, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, dried parsley, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Then, mix the ingredients but do not overmix the ingredients. Next, add in the cheese and combine it with your hands with the rest of the mixture. 
  3. Bacon wrap: Form the meat 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 meatloaf over the bacon strips, and fold the foil and fil the loaf over, so it is fully wrapped. 
  4. Make the glaze: Whisk together the glaze ingredients and set aside. 
  5. Bake: Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 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. 

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf 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. 

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 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.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf:

Some great suggestions are listed below:

Can you Freeze leftover bacon wrapped 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 an airtight container or freezer wrap. It can be frozen for up to 3-4 months.

Bacon Meatloaf 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.
  • 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 less fat content.
  • Additionally,  you can form the meatloaf up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerate 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. 

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 19 reviews

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. 

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 slices
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


Meatloaf Glaze:


Make Meatloaf:

Make a Bacon Weave:

Wrap in Bacon:

Meatloaf Glaze:


Nutrition information

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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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



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


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



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.


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!



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


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


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