Grilled Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf

Grilled Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf
Grilled Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ Inc.
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8

By grilling this meatloaf, you get loads of extra flavor. The trick is to place the meatloaf on a couple of sheets of aluminum foil to hold it all together and to grill it indirectly to prevent the bottom from burning. This is particularly delicious when grilled over a charcoal fire.

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds/900 g ground beef
  • 1 cup/240 mL bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL onion (pureed, or 1/3 cup/80 mL finely chopped onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt (less if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL black pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL cayenne
  • 2 slices bacon (cut in half)
  • For the Meatloaf Topper
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL ketchup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL nutmeg powder
  • Optional: 2-3 dashes hot sauce

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat and prepare for indirect grilling.
  2. Stack foil one piece on top of the other and make sure to keep this close to where you will be mixing the meatloaf ingredients.
  3. Place ground meat in a deep mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, egg, cheese, onion, garlic, spices and mix thoroughly by hand.
  4. Place meat mixture onto foil and shape into an even loaf. Wash hands.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the ingredients for the meatloaf topper.
  1. Once the meatloaf topper ingredients are combined, spoon the sauce on top of the meatloaf. Spread evenly over the top and sides of meat.
  2. Cover the meatloaf with bacon strips (should be 4 smaller slices).
  3. Fold the corners of foil to create a pan. Creating the pan will help keep any juices or melted cheese from reaching the grill.
  4. Place meatloaf on the grill and cook for 1 hour over indirect heat.
  5. Make sure to check after 45-50 minutes for doneness (an internal temperature between 165-170 F, in the thickest part of meatloaf).
  6. Once cooked through, remove from heat and place onto a cutting board.
  7. Let sit for a few minutes before slicing.  Serve with a nice helping of mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 455
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 144 mg
Sodium 742 mg
Carbohydrates 26 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 41 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)