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Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf Recipe

Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) 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 bacon strips, halved


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with bacon.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Drain; let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 piece: 329 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 692mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein

Reviews for Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

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

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.)"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"Good flavor and good texture."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015


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"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This is the ONLY meatloaf my family will let me make now!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I did not have Worcestershire or chili sauce so I substituted taco sauce. I also doubled the bacon. It was myh best meatloaf ever."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"Good directions. I didn't have chili sauce so I substituted taco sauce and since I didn't have the Worcestershire sauce I had to skip that ingredient. I doubled the bacon. It was fantastic"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"This is my favorite meatloaf recipe. I've made it many times."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"This is the best meatloaf I've ever had. I made a sauce to put on top using ketchup and worcestershire sauce. Yum!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"One of our favorite meatloaf recipes"

Reviewed May. 28, 2009

"I've made this meatloaf many times over the past year or so. I (in fact everyone who has tasted it) think it's really very delicious. I made one change in recipe though. Instead of 1/2 cup of chilli sauce I use 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. YUM!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"cant wait to try this on my grandson he loves bacon and his nana's this i will add the toppong i do to my is 1 cup of ketchup or maybe a little more depends on how big the loaf is...2 Talbs of Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar to your taste...mix well and let set whil the loaf is cooking...when loaf is half done i drain it and add the brown sugar sause to finish off the cooking...i believe this will tast awsome on this one too....thanks Gos Bless"

Reviewed May. 12, 2008

"I made this meatloaf for mothers day and it was excellent.This made up for the bad soup recs I got here,so thank you.

I will keep cooking.

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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