Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is full of cheese, bacon, and mayo - it's our family's FAVORITE recipe!

Do you guys want to hear a sob story?

My parents never, not once, fed me meatloaf as a child. How dare they! What kind of parents were they, anyway?!

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is full of cheese, bacon, and mayo - it's our family's FAVORITE recipe!

I mean, sure, most kids hate meatloaf and yes, I absolutely would have whined about it had my parents dared to serve me a hunk of loaf shaped meat full of who knows what. But, still. It’s the principle of the matter. Parents are supposed to force their children to eat meatloaf.

Anyway, one day when I was married I decided to make my very first meatloaf. I had never tasted meatloaf before and I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, but I saw a recipe online that was full of steak sauce and I happen to love steak sauce, so I made it. It was divine. This is not that recipe though. This is better.

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is full of cheese, bacon, and mayo - it's our family's FAVORITE recipe!

This meatloaf is the only one that my family will eat. It tastes like a great big bacon cheeseburger and oh, you guys. It is absolutely divine. It is loaded with bacon, mayo, and cheese, so yeah. There is no chance of this not being amazing.  Instead of bread crumbs, I use Stove Top Stuffing. I know, I’m weird. But, you guys, dry stuffing is just so perfect in meatloaf. If that’s not something you have on hand, feel free to sub in bread crumbs. I prefer panko, but use whatcha got.

I’ve wanted to share this recipe with you for years now, but meatloaf is just plain ugly. Today I finally accepted that there is nothing I can do to make meatloaf look appetizing, so here it is, in all it’s loaf-y glory.

Be sure not to overbake your meatloaf! I use and love this instant thermometer all the time!

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is full of cheese, bacon, and mayo - it's our family's FAVORITE recipe!

Embrace the loaf, you guys. Spread the bacon cheeseburger meatloaf love.

Oh, and you see the pool of grease in the bottom of my baking dish? Well. Let me tell you a secret and please promise that you won’t judge me for this. I like to cover my meatloaf with foil after I pull it from the oven and let it sit for 20 minutes. After that 20 minutes is up, that grease will have magically disappeared. Don’t question it or you may realize that the grease has been absorbed back into the meatloaf which is probably not the most healthy way to deal with meatloaf grease, but it’s definitely the most delicious. Seriously, this is the most flavorful meatloaf you’ll ever eat.

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is full of cheese, bacon, and mayo - it's our family's FAVORITE recipe!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 85% lean
8 slices bacon
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dry Stove Top Stuffing or panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop the bacon into bite sized pieces and place in a hot skillet over medium heat. Fry until just about crisp. Drain and add bacon to a large bowl.
Add the beef, cheese, oats, stuffing mix or panko, mayonnaise, egg, and salt to the bowl with the bacon.
In a small bowl combine the ketchup and mustard. Add half of the mixture to the meatloaf mixture. Add the tablespoon of brown sugar to the remaining ketchup and mustard and set aside.
Use your hands to combine the meatloaf mixture until well mixed. Dump into a large baking dish and shape into a loaf about 8 inches long and 2-3 inches thick.
Spread the ketchup and mustard mixture over the meatloaf.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees.

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33 Responses to “Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf”

  1. Chloe @ foodlikecake April 7, 2014 @ 5:58 am (#
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    That looks really good! I love all the cheese in it :-)

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  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness April 7, 2014 @ 5:58 am (#
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    Weirdly enough, my mom made meatloaf ALL the time..and I hated it. But, I tried it again when I got married..and now I love the stuff! You had me at bacon cheeseburger…yum! Pinned

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  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 7, 2014 @ 7:02 am (#
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    This looks awesome Karly, my family would devour it immediately, guaranteed.

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  4. Janet April 7, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#
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    I was just recently introduced to the StoveTop stuffing-used-in-a-meatloaf idea. I was sceptical but wow. Very good. I’m going to try this version too. Thanks.

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  5. amanda @ fake ginger April 7, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#
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    You were definitely deprived as a child! Meatloaf night was always my favorite! I can’t wait to try this recipe – my kids looooove meatloaf so I know they’ll be excited about it!

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    simple green moms Reply:

    your parents might quite possibly be amazing…but you totally missed out on the meatloaf thing! I hope you at least got to eat meatballs =)

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    Karly Reply:

    @simple green moms,

    I guess they’re pretty cool, but yeah. I demand a re-do on the meatloaf thing! ;) Also, no. I had my first meatball after I was already married. Weird, right?

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  6. Cookbook Queen April 7, 2014 @ 9:19 am (#
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    My boys love meatloaf!! I’ve been making it for infinity because I’m old school. Simple tastes in there parts. They would LOVE this recipe, I’m so excited to try it!!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Cookbook Queen,

    Yay! Hope you love it! :)

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  7. Cathy April 7, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#
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    I think you mean 85% lean…

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    Karly Reply:

    @Cathy,

    Ha! I definitely did. It’s fixed now. :)

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  8. Melissa April 7, 2014 @ 12:01 pm (#
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    My mum never made us meatloaf either because she hated it. She made ham loaf instead. I’ve never once made ham loaf since I’ve been married, I hated it as a child & now I rather miss it as an adult. I have perfected my meatloaf recipe & my family loves it. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try though!! Sounds yummy!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Melissa,

    That’s why my mom never made it too! We never had ham loaf either though. ;)

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  9. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron April 7, 2014 @ 12:46 pm (#
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    Haha oh my gosh! Dying over this! What were your parents thinking?! ;) My mom made us meatloaf all the time growing up. Some of us hated it and some of us loved it. It was my favorite! I can’t wait to try this take on it – sounds super flavorful and I know my husband would love it!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron,

    Well, my mom doesn’t actually like meatloaf, so I guess that explains it!

    Hope you give this a try and love it as much as we do!

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  10. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps April 7, 2014 @ 1:18 pm (#
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    So smart and totally delicious sounding!! AND you’ve managed to make it look awesome as well!

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  11. Liz April 7, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#
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    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great week.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Liz,

    Thanks! :) You too!

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  12. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 7, 2014 @ 3:46 pm (#
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    Woah! This meatloaf – oh, it’s happening! Pinned!

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  13. Allison-Celebrating Sweets April 7, 2014 @ 5:02 pm (#
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    This looks so good! I recently had a conversation with my parents about why they never served meatloaf for dinner. Maybe that’s why I like it so much now. ;) Can’t wait to try this one!

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  14. Debra April 7, 2014 @ 7:56 pm (#
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    Funny! My mom always made meatloaf and I never liked it and thought she was ruining perfectly good meat. The only part that I liked was the cooked on ketchup on top. Have never made it myself and my kids groan when I mention it! This one sounds good though .. it’s got bacon and cheese .. How could that be bad??

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    Karly Reply:

    @Debra,

    The cooked ketchup on top is and always will be my favorite part. :)

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    Debra Reply:

    @Karly,
    I KNEW we were twins ripped apart at birth!!

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  15. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 7, 2014 @ 8:50 pm (#
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    Best. Dinner. EVER.

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  16. Joanne April 7, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#
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    My mom tried to feed us meatloaf ALL THE TIME. It was tragic. I revolted and threw fits constantly…pretty sure I was a vegetarian even then.

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  17. Des {Life's Ambrosia} April 8, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#
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    We love meatloaf in our house. Of course I didn’t like it when I was a kid, but I’ve fed it to my toddler on a number of occasions because it’s my husbands favorite meal and surprise he LOVES it. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to make this one now because we are all sure to love it.

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  18. JanetFCTC April 8, 2014 @ 6:33 pm (#
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    If you’d had to eat MY mothers meatloaf, you’d have been thrilled to miss it lol. Cooking wasn’t her strong point :-P THIS meatloaf however, looks heavenly. We could happily eat meatloaf once a week or more so I will most definitely be trying your version!

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  19. LaShanda April 15, 2014 @ 10:54 am (#
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    This looks soooo yummy! Thank you for this one!

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  20. Corina April 27, 2014 @ 12:25 pm (#
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    My mum never made meatloaf for me either! And I dont’ think I’ve ever had it, but I see a lot of recipes online and I would love to try it one day.

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  21. Linda Brown June 3, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#
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    And meatloaf makes THE BEST sandwiches–hot or cold!!

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  22. harlee June 8, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#
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    What kind of stove top stuffing would you use?

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  23. Kim July 8, 2014 @ 10:50 pm (#
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    yummy this meatloaf was soooooooo good!!!!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kim,

    So glad you liked it!

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