Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf Recipe
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Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf Recipe

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We created this recipe to convince my son to try meatloaf—adding blue cheese and bacon for flavor —and it works. —Lila Allen, Fallon, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 469 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 190 mg cholesterol, 1,072 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 38 g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrot and onion; cook and stir until tender. Cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, crumbled bacon, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, spices and carrot mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  3. Shape into an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; mix well. Pat onto meat loaf; let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Remove to a platter. Yield: 1 loaf (8 servings).
Originally published as Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 469 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 190 mg cholesterol, 1,072 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 38 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

very tasty with the blue cheese on top. I substituted the fresh spice with 1/2 tsp each of dried spice.

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

My brother-in-law made this for a Sunday dinner and it was a hit even those who did not like blue cheese thought that this was a GREAT meatloaf. YUM!

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

As a huge fan of bleu cheese, I found this to be very good. Unfortunately my husband doesn't like bleu cheese so I may not make this often but when I do I will enjoy it completely!

Reviewed May. 23, 2013

Very good but a little peppery. Will use less next time. Love the veggies mixed inside and the cheese on top. Such a nice change from the meat loaf recipes with the ketchup on top (which I don't like). Very impressed!

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

Great meatloaf

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