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 meat loaf, adding blue cheese and bacon for flavor. It worked! —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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 beef
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 469 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 1072mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g 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, seasonings and carrot mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  3. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in an ungreased 13x9-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).
Editor's Note: To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Originally published as Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 261830
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"My husband and I really liked this. My only complaint is that I thought it was a bit too salty. I'll cut back on that next time. The cut the recipe in half and used dried sage and chives for the top. I loved the blue cheese flavor. I actually make sandwiches from the leftover meatloaf slices. Because the meatloaf was only half as big, I think I only had it in the oven for about 50 minutes. This was very good, I'd make this again."

judontmesswithme User ID: 7075186 255202
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016 Edited Jan. 1, 2017

"Excellent meat loaf. I made this for the second time recently, and it's just so good. I had to increase my prior rating, because I think it'll be made more often now that my family is requesting it."

debstamp User ID: 6321450 216980
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"to quote my husband..."This is totally awesome!" The bleu cheese made this so tasty. I will definitely be making this one again!"

overthetop55 User ID: 7134810 199707
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."

kimmerrou User ID: 4183616 213416
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!"

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 125501
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!"

chinadoll2008 User ID: 1574460 122843
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!"

jesboc User ID: 6580965 152794
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Great meatloaf"

Geri Johnson User ID: 7181929 122840
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Now my husband's favorite meat loaf."

NatalieShae User ID: 1825591 198580
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"My new favorite meat loaf recipe...and I've tried quite a few!"

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