Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf

If you love a good bacon cheeseburger, you’ll love this easy bacon cheeseburger recipe. This mini meatloaf tastes just like your favorite bacon cheeseburger without the bun!

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If you’re a bacon cheeseburger lover, this wonderful bacon cheeseburger meatloaf recipe is for you!

This mini meatloaf reminds me of a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. It’s comfort food at its finest and this smaller-than-average mini meatloaf is the ideal size for one or two people.

When my kids were little, they loved my stuffed meatloaf. In fact, they never thought I made it often enough.

I decided to take my tried and true meatloaf recipe and scale down the ingredients to make a mini meatloaf and goodness, this mini version is absolutely delicious and totally reminds me of the original.

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How To Make A Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This bacon cheeseburger meatloaf starts out as all good meatloaf recipes do, with ground beef.

Add the following to the ground beef: 4 slices of cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, an egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

One thing I love about this mini meatloaf recipe is that you can use your favorite cheese and still have a delicious meatloaf. We’ve used Mozzarella, smoked Gouda and even American cheeses with great success.

Also, if you are looking to lower the carbs, use almond meal or oat flour instead of the bread crumbs. Both are delicious in this recipe as well.

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After the ingredients are mixed together, transfer the meatloaf mixture to a greased baking dish and preheat your oven. While the oven is preheating, pour a little more of the “secret sauce” over the top.

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What’s the secret sauce, you ask?

Ketchup and Mustard – simple ingredients but essential on a bacon cheeseburger.

Bake the meatloaf for about 35-40 minutes or until it’s no longer pink on the inside, let it rest for about 10 minutes (another important tip to ensure you have a moist meatloaf).

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

Bacon: You’ll use only 4 slices of bacon in this meatloaf recipe, you might like to consider using the rest of the bacon in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Twice Baked Potato

Potato Soup

Baked Stuffed Fish

Cobb Salad

Ground Beef: You’ll use 1/2-pound in this recipe. If you have any left over, consider these recipes:

Pita Pizza


Taco Salad

Cheddar Cheese: You’ll use about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, any of these recipes would be ideal to use any leftover cheese in:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Vegetable Enchiladas

Cheesy Baked Eggs

For this bacon cheeseburger meatloaf, I use a 5-inch baking dish which holds about 1 1/2 to 2 cups. You can also use a small loaf pan or any similar smaller sized baking dish.

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Tips For Making The Best Meatloaf

Follow these tips to guarantee the best tasting meatloaf:

  • Don’t buy meat that’s too lean. Because of the minimal fat content in lean ground beef, the meat will easily dry out. A little fat equals a lot of flavor too.
  • Don’t skip adding the egg. It doesn’t just add flavor and texture, it helps make the meat super juicy.
  • Don’t overmix the ingredients, it will make the meatloaf dry and dense.
  • Be sure to add the glaze, the ketchup and mustard mixture takes the meatloaf up a notch.
  • After cooking, cover the meatloaf and let it rest for 10 minutes. This will keep the meatloaf nice and juicy.
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What To Serve With A Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Mashed Potatoes For One

Macaroni and Cheese For One

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Recipe

This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate single serving comfort food. | One Dish Kitchen

Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: meatloaf
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 593kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices cooked bacon , crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

How To Video


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • In a bowl, combine the ground beef, crumbled cooked bacon, cheese, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  • Transfer the meatloaf mixture into a 5-inch (or similar sized) lightly greased baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Spread evenly across the top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in the middle.

Remove meatloaf from the oven and cover. Let meatloaf rest for 10 minutes.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 264mg | Sodium: 1393mg | Potassium: 691mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 452mg | Iron: 4.5mg
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    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    If you like this mini meatloaf recipe, you might like to try our Slow Cooker Mini Meatloaf recipe.

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    47 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf”

    1. This.Is.Fantastic! It was really easy to put together and tasted great. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    2. The recipe sound very good I think I will add some chopped onion when I make it since I like onion in about everything.

    3. Thank you so much Joanie for your great recipes for those of us who live alone, and want to eat well. I’ve made many of your recipes now, inc this delicious meat loaf, your chicken with broccoli and cashew nuts, and my favourite breakfast, your toasted granola and the delicious orange and oat cakes. I’ve recommended your site to several of my friends, and they too are enjoying them!
      Best wishes from Ann, Victoria, Australia.

      1. Ann, thank you so much for your email! I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes and I’m so glad you let me know. Thank you for sharing our site with your friends, I hope you all find many new recipes to enjoy. Have a wonderful week!

    4. 3 stars
      I give this recipe a good recommendation but as written, I find it’s very salty probably due to the bacon. I’ve found bacons vary in their saltines. I’ve made this recipe several times but leave out the extra salt and use only one thick cut slice of bacon and it comes out just right for me.

      1. I have switched to uncured bacon. It has all the flavor without the excessive saltiness. I have actually switched to mostly uncured meats.
        Rae Robertson

    5. 5 stars
      This is the only meatloaf my daughter and 10 year old granddaughter will eat. I now can cook meatloaf once a month instead of once a year. A WINNER!!!!!

      1. Awesome! I’m so happy your daughter and granddaughter love the recipe. I happen to love it too, you just can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon. Thanks so much for letting me know.

    6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

      I love having this recipe! I’m a meatloaf lover but I don’t make it often (my hubs doesn’t really like it), so this is great! It looks delicious!

    7. 5 stars
      I love this fresh spin on the traditional meatloaf recipe! This looks like an excellent mid-week dinner. Thanks so much for the fantastic meal inspiration!

    8. That looks so good! It would be perfect for those nights when my husband goes out of town. I usually end up eating awful food, but this would help me eat a little healthier. 🙂

    9. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

      Mmmm! This sounds delicious! I love bacon cheeseburgers so I can only imagine this would make meatloaf even better… =)

    10. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

      Confusion…I use to loathe meatloaf growing up! But something switched in college when I made my own and fell in love! I don’t make it nearly enough and this single serving sounds amazing!

    11. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

      I have been adding bacon to all our meals lately and my mother-in-law commented that it looks like my husband lost weight… Must be all that bacon, haha. I will definitely have to add bacon to my next meatloaf 🙂

      1. It would be perfect if bacon could help with weight loss, I’d have no problem. Yes, try bacon in your meatloaf – it’s delicious!

    12. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

      5 stars
      This sounds like it would be a PERFECT addition to my lunch rotation! The “secret sauce” is simple yet genius 😀

    13. Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

      5 stars
      That’s one good looking meatloaf! I love that’s it’s for one, I might have to whip this up for myself before the kids finish school this week 🙂

    14. heather | girlichef

      I don’t think that’s a strange thing to say at all – my family loves meatloaf, too! I often have to make two loaves, because I feel bummed out if there’s nothing left for sammies ;). Now, meatloaf for one? That’s the total opposite idea, but I love it! So handy for single peeps…plus, bacon cheeseburger = yum!

    15. Kate @ Diethood

      This looks dang delicious! I love meatloaf. I know, everyone is always like, “whaaaat? meatloaf? ewwww!” And I’m like, “you’re ewwwww!” Like, as if! 😀

    16. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

      Everything about this is fabulous – the fact that it serves 1, tastes like a bacon cheeseburger, and doesn’t need a bun to be delicious! Can’t wait to make this.

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