Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf Recipe
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Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf Recipe

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My family loves meat loaf—and this one in particular. I created the recipe after trying and adjusting many other recipes over the years. Cheddar cheese tucked inside and a flavorful bacon topping dress it up just right for Sunday dinner! —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 329 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 692mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with bacon.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Drain; let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p31

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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bazzler254 User ID: 901392 233774
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"This is the only meatloaf I'll eat!"

SharonRD7 User ID: 8397555 227295
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"It was absolutely delicious (and I am not a fan of meatloaf!) My family loved it...The only change I made was that I used a "meatloaf mix" (pork, beef and veal ground). I made it a couple of weeks ago...and froze it for a night that I would not have time to cook. It was perfect. There was enough left for one lunch tomorrow! (Make sure you drain out the grease and let it settle so the slices don't fall apart when you are about to serve.)"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 225448
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"Good flavor and good texture."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 225412
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"This meatloaf was easy to make and was tasty, but we found this meatloaf so greasy. Maybe using a meatloaf pan that removes the grease as it bakes would help, but this is one recipe that I can only make every so often as a treat."

bckylou3 User ID: 6663519 223605
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"I make mine like this but I use Ragu instead of the chili sauce. And sometimes, for a little sweetness I'll use a mix of bread crumbs and corn meal. Awesome, recipe. Always looking for meatloaf recipes without ketchup in it."

imanimykel User ID: 2547796 223540
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"We loved this recipe. I added 1/2 cup bell pepper and 1/2 cup ketchup, substituted ground turkey for ground beef and seasoning salt for salt and omitted the cheese because I'm carb conscious. Will definitely make it again, layering the bacon crosswise instead of lengthwise."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 223408
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"I LOVE meat loaf, this one is great!! Invest in a meat loaf pan ( 2 piece w/the tray where the meat loaf sits ) they are worth their weight in gold. No more meat loaf sitting in grease."

Sweetdearest User ID: 7764674 223312
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015


Finnett User ID: 8053015 80888
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"Made this last night ....fabulous....added 1/4 cup chilli sauce and 1/4 cup kecup Manis instead of 1/2 cup chilli sauce ......and extra to glaze as it cooked was amazing"

Mainteddi User ID: 6549382 80514
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"This was a great meatloaf. My children don't like meatloaf but with this recipe there was no leftovers. We will definatley make this one again. I didn't have breadcrumbs so I crushed up onion garlic croutons. This had a great flavor."

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