My absolute fave meatloaf recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels. When cool, crumble into a large bowl.

  • Mix ketchup and mustard in a bowl.

  • Thoroughly combine 1/4 the ketchup mixture, ground chuck, Cheddar cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper with crumbled bacon in bowl; pat the mixture into a 5x9-inch loaf pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture evenly over top of meatloaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the meatloaf is no longer pink inside, about 45 minutes. Spread French-fried onions over the top of the loaf and return to oven until onions are browned and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), 10 to 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

586 calories; protein 31g 62% DV; carbohydrates 14.6g 5% DV; fat 44.3g 68% DV; cholesterol 168.9mg 56% DV; sodium 1189.5mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2012
I increased this recipe to use 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. I made this meat loaf with my youngest son. We followed this recipe closely only using dijon mustard and adding a good amount of Stacey's Hamburger Seasoning which is also from this site. When we started mixing the meat loaf together it was VERY wet. Like "how is this going to hold together" wet. We added another half cup of bread crumbs to hold it together. I used my Perfect Meatloaf Pan to make this--it was PACKED. I did follow the directions to sprinkle the french fried onions over the meat loaf but I was worried about how those onions would stick to the top with the meat loaf halfway cooked. What I did was spread a good amount of ketchup over the top of the meat loaf then sprinkle the french fried onions over the ketchup. This did take two hours to bake in the Perfect Meatloaf Pan total. This did make a good meat loaf with a good amount of both bacon and cheese. I'm glad I added the additional spice mixture because I think it would have been bland without it. I wouldn't have thought that adding a minimal amount of mayonnaise would make a difference but it really does. I served this with garlic dills Meme's Mashed Potatoes (Southern Plate recipe) and Cajun Buttered Corn. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2012
First try on this one. After cooking the full hour we let it cook a bit and "turned" it out on to a plate. While the flavor was good it was "mush. It did not hold together at all. If I tried it again I guess I might try and put more bread crumbs in as the other reader suggested and cut way back on the mustard. It was a little strong for our taste. Read More
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137 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 87
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2012
I increased this recipe to use 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. I made this meat loaf with my youngest son. We followed this recipe closely only using dijon mustard and adding a good amount of Stacey's Hamburger Seasoning which is also from this site. When we started mixing the meat loaf together it was VERY wet. Like "how is this going to hold together" wet. We added another half cup of bread crumbs to hold it together. I used my Perfect Meatloaf Pan to make this--it was PACKED. I did follow the directions to sprinkle the french fried onions over the meat loaf but I was worried about how those onions would stick to the top with the meat loaf halfway cooked. What I did was spread a good amount of ketchup over the top of the meat loaf then sprinkle the french fried onions over the ketchup. This did take two hours to bake in the Perfect Meatloaf Pan total. This did make a good meat loaf with a good amount of both bacon and cheese. I'm glad I added the additional spice mixture because I think it would have been bland without it. I wouldn't have thought that adding a minimal amount of mayonnaise would make a difference but it really does. I served this with garlic dills Meme's Mashed Potatoes (Southern Plate recipe) and Cajun Buttered Corn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
This recipe is AWESOME! Due to dietary needs in our family I had to make the following changes: used low sodium turkey bacon a 19 oz. pkg. of ground turkey an 8 oz. pkg. of non-dairy cheddar cheese Egg Beaters and omitted the onions. This meatloaf was so moist and flavorful. Even my ultra picky 10 year old had seconds. Thanks for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2012
After finding this recipe the hubby wanted to give it a try and it was pretty good! This meatloaf will occasionally make the rotation of "staple" meals in our household. I actually thinked we liked it better reheated on the second day as the bacon flavour seemed to meld more. The only things I did a little differently; I added only 1 egg based on another reviewer's suggestion that the meatloaf was too mushy (but I will add the second egg next time) and instead of mixing the cheese into the loaf I placed 3/4 of the meat mixture in the meatloaf pan then layered all the called for cheese (sliced into 1/4 inch slices rather than shredded) on top then topped with the remaining 1/4 meat mixure. We ended up with a gooey cheese "middle" that was yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
Try adding 2 slices of bread to the bottom of the baking dish. This will absorb any extra grease from the meat. Once you remove the meatloaf from the cooking pan (dish) cut off the grease soaked bread before serving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2012
Very good! I realized that I did not get the French-fried onions @ the store (doh!), so I just chopped some onion and added it to the meat mixture. I had more than 1 pound of beef (more like 1-3/4 pound, lol), so I adjusted the other ingredients accordingly, except for the eggs, which I kept at 2, added in a little garlic powder and I doubled the sauce mixture (I was glad I did b/c it was good). I also needed to add more breadcrumbs than called for. While this didn't taste 'just like' a bacon cheeseburger, it was very flavorful, moist and yummy! We all enjoyed it, and I will def be making it again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2012
First try on this one. After cooking the full hour we let it cook a bit and "turned" it out on to a plate. While the flavor was good it was "mush. It did not hold together at all. If I tried it again I guess I might try and put more bread crumbs in as the other reader suggested and cut way back on the mustard. It was a little strong for our taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
Super good and super easy to make. I'm not a fan of the traditional meatloaf but this variation was amazing and my 5 yr old asked for seconds. I highly recommend using top quality beef. I used a not so top grade and it came out very oily. Other than that it was DELICIOUS!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2012
This is a very good meatloaf recipe however I must give kudos to Paula Deen as this is her recipe right down to the exact name, ingredients, measurements and directions. Thanks to the submitter for sharing such a great recipe with everyone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2014
My family loved this although I would not serve it every day. But as an occasional meal it is tasty and well received! It deserves five stars for flavor! Read More
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