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Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf

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
    1 loaf (8 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 large 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


  • In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrot and onion; cook and stir until tender. Cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, crumbled bacon, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and carrot mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  • 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°.
  • 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.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 469 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 1072mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    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
    Oct 9, 2016

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 17, 2013

    Great meatloaf

  • Geri Johnson
    Mar 19, 2013

    Now my husband's favorite meat loaf.

  • mowmiller
    Mar 9, 2013

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