bacon wrapped meatloaf with 2 slices on wooden cutting board; bbq sauce in condiment jar with basting brush in background

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Contributor: Ilona Orzechowska

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf is so flavorful and juicy. We’re showing you how to wrap the bacon so it’s not a hassle and it bakes nice and crispy.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 8 slices of bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (don’t use a bread/loaf pan).
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for meatloaf – sautéed onion, ground beef, breadcrumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, egg, and salt. Mix all ingredients until combined.
  4. Transfer meat to a baking sheet and form into a 10 x 5 loaf.
  5. Spread half of the barbecue sauce on top of the meatloaf. Set remaining barbecue sauce to side for near the end of the bake time.
  6. Put the bacon slices over the sides and top, tucking the ends under the meatloaf. Don’t wrap the bacon underneath the meatloaf because it won’t brown or crisp and will be rubbery, but make sure to tuck in underneath the edges because the bacon will shrink during baking.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Spread remaining barbecue sauce over the bacon and bake an additional 15 minutes, until internal temperature on an instant read thermometer is 160°F.
  9. Remove the meatloaf from oven and rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.