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Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf

My family loves meat loaf—and this one in particular. I created this bacon meatloaf 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


  • 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 bacon strips, halved


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

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  • homemadewithlove
    Feb 13, 2021

    I didnt have chili sauce bur used a tomato sauce brown sugar combo and a mix of beef and venison..

  • Robin
    Jul 18, 2020

    The recipe shown does not mention the beef (percentage of fat) or how much to use.

  • potter419
    Mar 1, 2020

    Made this meatloaf exactly as recipe stated. Delicious! I made a oval ring out of crumpled aluminum foil and put the meatloaf on that when I baked it. It didn't sit in the grease. Will definitely make it again!

  • imrecipelover
    Oct 22, 2019

    Followed this recipe to the tee. Let is stand for 10 min. and cut into it and it fell apart. No taste whatsoever. I should have put it in my meat loaf pan. I bought $14.00 of 90% ground beef and it just wasn't what the reviews said it would be. I placed the meat loaf on a cookie cooling rack so it wasn't setting in the fat while it baked.

  • bakesalittle
    Jun 15, 2019

    My family thought this was the "cat's meow" and gave it 10 stars. I used a good quality ground beef and Panko bread crumbs. Used turkey bacon to top it. It was moist and tasty, will definitely make again. Next time will use the broiler pan as suggested in another review. The only negative is the long baking time as I live in a hot and humid location. So I will experiment with the convection setting to see if I can shorten the baking time.

  • Bunny
    Apr 3, 2019

    Shape your meatloaf on your broiler pan and the grease will drop thru. Excellent receipe.

  • oreo95
    Nov 17, 2018

    Made this last night, smelled so yummy cooking. I used 93% ground beef and my meatloaf pan to eliminate excess grease. Next time I make will definitely increase the chili sauce as it added a great tang. I may spread it on top and eliminate the bacon. I love bacon, but this would have been just as good without the bacon.

  • Fred
    Feb 19, 2018

    Almost once I week Mom and I would make this for supper. For a wedding gift Mom got a new copy of a Betty Crockbook. Still the one I use, falling out pages, etc. When you lived in a small town (Crown Z lumber mill) what was 'available' was pretty limited. Ocean Falls, BC.Book was printed in 1938.

  • gunslinger
    Sep 4, 2017

    Made this for supper last night and it was delicious! The chili sauce adds a nice spice to the meatloaf. minutes before it was done. It gave the bacon a great flavor.

  • bazzler254
    Sep 30, 2015

    This is the only meatloaf I'll eat!