Chef John's Grilled Bacon Meatloaf Burgers


I love meatloaf, but not as much as I love meatloaf sandwiches. In fact, I'll make a meatloaf just for the leftovers. I'll fry the cold slice in a buttered pan until hot and crusty, and enjoy it on toast with ketchup. This recipe is basically that, plus bacon, in burger form.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • pinch dried thyme

  • cayenne pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup plain bread crumbs

  • cup chopped cooked bacon

  • 1 pound ground chuck beef (85% lean)


  1. Whisk egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Add breadcrumbs and chopped cooked bacon. Crumble in the ground beef. Mix with your fingers until bacon and breadcrumbs are distributed evenly.

  2. Form mixture into 4 burgers with your wet hands. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly, about 3 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Place burgers on the grate and cook, turing occasionally, until firm and cooked to your desired doneness. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read between 145 and 150 degrees F (63 degrees C). Let burgers rest for a few minutes before serving.

    close up view of a Grilled Bacon Meatloaf Burger on a bun, served with tomato, lettuce and potato chips on a plate
    Chef John

Cook's Note:

You can also pan fry these burgers to get a nice even crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

520 Calories
38g Fat
9g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 1389mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 548mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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