This Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe With Cheese And Bacon (aka Big Mac Meatloaf) is a melt-in-your-mouth ground beef recipe with the flavor of your favorite cheeseburger! So good it's destined to be a family favorite! This meatloaf is gluten free, low carb, and keto-friendly - but you'll never know it.
The Best Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe!
"My family went bonkers over this recipe. It's juicy and has a ton of flavor - all the makings of a cheeseburger - in a meatloaf. Yum. While it looks hard, it is actually super easy! It's so fun to make and I end up feeling like a gourmet cook - even though I'm not!" 🙂 - Kori
If you love meatloaf I know you'll want to try this Italian Stuffed Meatloaf, this classic style meatloaf, or Stove Top Meatloaf!
Stuffed Meatloaf - Tasty!
No chopping required - this is an easy meatloaf recipe. You just dump the ingredients in a bowl and mix. On parchment paper, press the meatloaf mixture into a rectangle and top with cheddar cheese, dried onions, bacon, and pickles. Roll up and place in pan and bake.
A Great Make-Ahead Dinner Recipe
This stuffed meatloaf recipe with cheese and bacon is the perfect make-ahead dinner recipe. You can assemble it all ahead and bake when you are ready.
Or, you can make it and bake it, then pack up for some great leftover lunches.
This recipe also freezes well!
Low Carb and Keto Meatloaf
This is a great low carb and keto meatloaf. The nutritional analysis is below in the recipe, but here is a summary. With only 6.3 g of net carbs and 24.9g of fat, this "Big Mac" meatloaf is keto-friendly and definitely low in carbs!
net carbs 6 g | protein 42 g | fat 35 g
🥘 What You'll Need
Here's what you'll need to make bacon and cheese stuffed meatloaf:
- Ground Beef - 80/20 was used in this recipe, but a leaner ground beef is fine too.
- Almond Flour - breadcrumbs can also be used
- Ketchup - keto followers: make sure it's sugar-free and keto-friendly
- Tomato Paste
- Garlic Cloves - minced
- Onion Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Sharp cheddar cheese - grated
- Dried Minced Onion
- Bacon - cooked and cut into 1" pieces
- Dill Pickles - sliced and drained
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
How To Make Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe With Cheese And Bacon
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray your bread loaf pan with nonstick spray.
One. In a large mixing bowl add ground beef, almond flour, ketchup, tomato paste, eggs, garlic, parsley, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Two. Using your hands or a spoon, mix ingredients until all ingredients are incorporated.
Three. On a large piece of parchment (18 to 20" long), press the meatloaf into a rectangle that is as wide as your pan (around 8" to 9" is standard), and at least 10" to 14" long. Take care to make sure the meatloaf mixture is pressed together really well.
Four. Layer cheese, dried onions, bacon, and pickles on top.
Five (and Six). Lift up the end of the parchment paper, carefully rolling the meatloaf lengthwise, pressing and tucking as tightly as possible as you go (without losing ingredients) (5 & 6).
Seven. Leave the meatloaf on the parchment paper and carefully lift the meatloaf and place it into the pan, seam side down.
Eight. Gently pull the parchment out from under the meatloaf. Voila! You did it - Good job!
Nine. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until meatloaf reaches 160° F temperature in the center. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve with a side of "Big Mac" special sauce!
What To Serve With Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf
Stuffed cheeseburger meatloaf pairs really well with Big Mac Sauce, shredded lettuce, and tomato. The "Big Mac sauce" (also called special sauce) makes a great dip or salad dressing for the lettuce and tomato.
Non-low carb followers may like French fries low carb followers might want zucchini fries.
💭 Top Tips
- You can slice the meatloaf in the pan or take it out of the pan and cut. I find it a little easier to cut the slices in the pan and take each piece out individually.
- Use a thermometer to test whether your meatloaf is done. It should be 160 degrees.
- Don't forget to let the meatloaf sit for about 15 minutes.
- Serve with Copycat Big Mac Sauce! So good.
Should I Cover My Meatloaf In The Oven?
You do not need to cover your meatloaf in the oven.
How Long Should Meatloaf Rest?
Meatloaf should rest between 10 and 15 minutes before slicing.
How Do I Know If My Meatloaf Is Done?
Check the temperature in the middle with an instant-read thermometer. It should be at 160° F.
Why Is My Meatloaf Dry?
The most common reason for meatloaf being dry is overcooking.
Not enough fat or moisture from other meatloaf ingredients can also cause dryness. Be sure to use ground beef that is 80% lean/20% fat in this recipe. Bake only until the temperature reaches 160°F, which usually takes 1 hour.
What Can I Eat With Meatloaf?
It depends if you have any dietary restrictions. If you are following a low carb or keto diet you should serve this Italian Meatloaf with vegetables topped with a sugar-free or keto-approved marinara sauce. If you are not following a low carb diet you could serve it with pasta and any other marinara sauce of your choosing.
How Long Will Meatloaf Last In The Fridge?
3 to 4 days. Store in an airtight container. If you can't eat within 3 to 4 days, slice it and put it in a freezer-safe bag or container. This freezes well!
Can I Make Meatloaf The Night Before?
Yes. You can even make it a few days before. It is a great make-ahead, meal prep recipe.
Can I Freeze Meatloaf?
Yes. You can freeze meatloaf. Place cooked meatloaf in a freezer-safe plastic bag, pushing air out. Label the bag (and date it) and then use it within 3 months. You may be able to keep it longer, but I prefer it to be fresher. Plus, it's just too good not to eat! 🙂
Here are some more delicious ground beef recipes! 🙂
- Creamy Beef Taco Soup (Keto Instant Pot Soup Recipe)
- Stuffed Italian Meatloaf Recipe
- Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers (Keto Stuffed Peppers)
- Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs) Low Carb Keto Gluten Free
- Cheese Stuffed Baked Meatball Recipe (Keto Meatballs)
- Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce - so GOOD and easy!
This stuffed "big mac" meatloaf is a mouthwatering recipe your whole family will LOVE. Tastes like a cheeseburger, only it's healthy, low carb, and a keto recipe. This stuffed meatloaf with cheese and bacon is the perfect comfort food you crave. Served with copycat Big Mac Sauce it's AHHmazing. Easy to make - you'll be surprised! #keto #lowcarb #ketogenic #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes #meatloaf #seekinggoodeats #bigmac #ketodinner #bigmacsauce #ketorecipe #makeahead
Would the recipe be similar if I tried using ground chicken instead? I haven't tried converting a ground beef to ground chicken recipe yet.
I have not done it for this recipe, but I think you could substitute ground beef for chicken. The texture and taste will be a little different than the ground beef of course, but I think it will still be good! If you decide to make it I would love it if you would tell me how it worked out? Thanks! -Kori
Am allergic to most forms of tomatoes. What can I use as a substitute?
I think you can omit the tomato paste completely.