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Bacon wrapped meatloaf slices on a white plate with ketchup and garnish
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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with a Brown Sugar Glaze

Easy, delicious bacon wrapped meatloaf is the dish you didn't know you were missing! Savory and sweet, this take on a classic comfort food is mouth-wateringly good. Serve with mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) for a dinner the whole family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, keto friendly, low carb
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 393kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooking spray
  • Small bowl & whisk
  • Large bowl

Ingredients

For the Glaze

  • ¼ cup ketchup see Notes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar see Notes

For the Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef lean preferred
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • ½ of one green bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • cup milk see Notes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs see Notes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10-12 slices bacon uncooked

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together ketchup and brown sugar to make glaze, then set aside.
    Glaze for bacon wrapped meatloaf in glass mixing bowl
  • In large bowl, mix together ground beef, diced onion, diced bell pepper, garlic, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and eggs with your hands until just combined.
    Meatloaf mixture in large glass mixing bowl
  • Transfer meatloaf mixture to baking sheet and mold mixture into loaf shape. It should be roughly the size and shape of standard loaf pans, which are typically 8 inches long by 4 inches wide. Spread glaze over top of uncooked meatloaf, coating evenly.
    Uncooked meatloaf with glaze on baking sheet
  • One by one, wrap each piece of bacon over top of loaf, placing each strip horizontally across width of loaf. Tuck ends of bacon strips under loaf. Brush with additional glaze if desired.
    Bacon wrapped meatloaf on baking sheet
  • Place baking sheet in oven. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 1 hour or until meatloaf reaches internal temperature of 160° Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Internal temperature will continue rising during that time. After 5 minutes, slice loaf and serve with desired sides.

Notes

  • Make it Keto: Use a keto-friendly ketchup (or make your own) and Brown Swerve for the glaze. In the meatloaf, swap out breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds, and use a low carb milk. You can skip the diced onion to save 1-2 carbs per serving. Use a little onion powder if you want to maintain that flavor. Note that Worcestershire sauce does contain a little sugar, so this recipe won't be 100% sugar-free.
  • Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use an unsweetened non-dairy milk.
 
Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any sides. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 8. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 12g