Bacon Cheeseburger
Meatloaf Recipe

Real Restaurant Meatloaf Recipe

This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe was developed after a brief discussion with a very regular restaurant guest.

She was talking (complaining?) to me about her young son. She was saying all he ever wants to eat is a bacon cheeseburger.

She got me thinking. I asked her if she thought her son would at least try a slice of meatloaf. She laughed and said, “Not a chance. He hates meatloaf!”

I took this as a fun challenge. I took a risk and invited her to come to lunch the following Saturday and to have her son “in tow.”

The kitchen staff and I developed this meatloaf recipe. Of course I wanted a meatloaf recipe that incorporated bacon and cheese. I was “hedging my bet.”

                        The result was this meatloaf recipe.

Not only did her son love this meatloaf but so did the other restaurant guests. We sold out quickly!

I also “hedged” by serving a few fried onion rings with the meatloaf.

I knew one of the other things the boy would also eat was onion rings (with tartar sauce)!  Mom was astounded. She also ordered the meatloaf! :-)

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Real Restaurant Meatloaf Recipe

Preparation time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Serves approximately 12

Ingredients for meatloaf:

  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced and grilled
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and chopped (if infusing). If you are placing the bacon on top of the loaf just par cook the bacon)
  • 2 pounds mild cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 8 medium eggs
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 20 ounces of ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons of Chipotle Pepper Sauce

Instructions for glaze:

  • Mix ketchup and Chipotle Pepper sauce together



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all meatloaf ingredients together and mix well (you can use latex gloves). Make certain all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  • On a greased sheet pan or loaf pans, mold the meatloaf into two loaves
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes and remove from oven
  • Precooked 12 strips of bacon (optional)
  • Glaze the loaves with about 1/3 of glaze mixture
  • Return loaves to oven and bake another 15 minutes
  • Remove loaves again and re-glaze using another 1/3 of the mixture
  • Lay bacon strips (if using) on the top of the meat loaves
  • Return loaves to oven a bake at 400 degrees F for another 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F
  • Remove from oven and let the loaves “rest” about 5 minutes
  • Slice meatloaves into about 3 ounce pieces and serves two pieces per plate

Any remaining glaze mixture can be served as a side for dipping

Note: Roasted Red potatoes or French fried onion rings do great with this meatloaf!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here is how to form each loaf.


Enjoy your Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf and the company you share it with!


Did you know? Meatloaf has European origins.

Meatloaf of minced meat was mentioned in the famous Roman cookery collection "Apicius" as early as the 5th century.

American meatloaf has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times.

However, meatloaf in the contemporary American sense did not appear in cookbooks until the late 1800’s.