Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This meatloaf right here…is pure LIFE!!! It is seriously so incredibly delicious, so perfect and so divine that I couldn’t stop eating it. It made my heart sing. Now let’s get one thing straight – this is not a low calorie meatloaf. If you are looking for that, well, you ain’t getting it here. I have all sorts of other recipes to choose from if you’re looking to go that route, but this one isn’t that. This is pure, unadulterated food pleasure. If we’re talking about food porn in the dictionary, this recipe is the photo right next to the definition. Do you think I may be a little too into this meatloaf? Sure. But that’s exactly why I always thought I was so weird compared to everyone else. Because my food obsession runs deep.

Something you should know about this meatloaf…you can totally make it your own. Take a second to think about what you like on a big ole’ juicy burger. And then put those toppings on top of this meatloaf. It’s that easy. Make your own spin on it and tell me how you make yours! And don’t forget to tag me in your photos on instagram! I usually just get random people tagging me in random sh*t that has absolutely nothing to do with me, so when I get tagged in a photo that is actually a recipe of mine, it puts a real smile on my face. Help me smile, people!!

PaleOMG Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

You guys. Big news. After a year and a half on our couch, we finally said we couldn’t do it anymore. It’s just not comfortable for 2 people and a 40 pound dog trying to lay on it every day. So we took the plunge and bought a couch at Room & Board after our friends said they LOVED their couch from there. This new couch will be an L-shaped couch and has an extra 15 or so inches on the old one. More space and more leg room. I also need to get a new rug. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought an off-white rug that is directly in front of the front door. You know how you talk yourself into believing that you can keep something clean…that people will always take their shoes off (I don’t even take MY shoes off)…that you will just wash it every couple months. Yeah, I straight up lied to myself. I definitely talked myself into believing all that jazz. And none of it has actually ever happened. So now we just have a dirty ass rug from dirty ass people and a dirty ass dog.

PaleOMG Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

So anywho. Now we need to sell our old couch. Out with the old, in with the new! So if you know anyone in Denver who may be interested in buying this couch (in the smoke color), just send me a lovely email because we are looking to get rid of this couch by early next week! My husband says he wants us to order a GF pizza and have a movie night when we first get our couch. That’s how excited we are about it!

In the meantime, stop what you’re doing and go make this lovely meatloaf. It’s seriously the best.

PaleOMG Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf


Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

  • Yield: 6 1x



For the caramelized onions

  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • salt, to taste

For the garnishes


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line a baking baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Place all bacon on the wire rack and into oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, until crispy. Place bacon on paper towels and then add 3 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat into a large sauté pan – this will be used to caramelize the onions later on. Dice bacon into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 the diced bacon, beef, pork, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic, almond flour, mushrooms, dill relish, both mustards, salt and garlic powder and 1 egg. Use your clean hands to mix all of the ingredients until completely combine. Press mixture into a parchment paper lined 9×5 loaf pan (lining it with parchment paper helps with easy removal later on). Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, until the meat is completely cooked through in the middle to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  3. When the meatloaf goes in the oven, add the thinly sliced onions to the pan with the rendered bacon fat and turn heat up to medium-low. Toss onions in the bacon fat and let cook down for 30+ minutes. The slower they cook, the more they will caramelize and not burn. Toss onions every few minutes to help cook evenly throughout. Cook until sweet and brown. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and toss. Keep on low heat until meatloaf is done cooking.
  4. Once meatloaf is cooked through, let cool for a few minutes then dispose of the excess liquid left behind in the pan and remove meatloaf from pan.
  5. Pour smoked cheese on top of meatloaf, then top with caramelized onions, bacon, jalapeños and cilantro then slice up before serving!


*don’t have this brand in your area yet? that’s quite all right! top your meatloaf with Cassy’s Nacho Cheese instead!

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70 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf”

  1. This looks so yummy! Sorry to be annoying… Is there an alternate for the cheese sauce? It’s not sold in CA and not available online ???? I suppose I could make it without it?

    1. I have seen some recipes floating around on Instagram about using nutritional yeast for a dairy free cheese. You could give that a try?

  2. I. Am. Drooling! Totally making this soon. I just joined our local OTF and wondering if you’re still loving it? I’m a big fan of it so far, although the 5am classes are just about killing me (my fault for having too much stuff going on in the evening!).

  3. I cannot wait to make this. I love all your recipes I’ve tried. I’m sure my 5 year old will love love love this!!!

  4. I’m laughing at you trying to sell your couch on here when you complained about the feathers poking through and stabbing you just a few weeks ago. LOL! You crack me up!

  5. I’m with Michelle ^^^ Help us non-Coloradan’s make it WITH cheese sauce, because let’s be honest — what’s a delicious burger without cheese, even when you’re paleo?!

    Can’t wait to give this a shot and see what the hubs thinks!! 🙂

  6. this. looks. divine.
    and all in line with keto which I’m still trying to stick to!! any recommendations on the cheese sauce//alternatives? Mississippi is about 8 light years behind on getting good foodie finds.
    thanks <3

    1. Maybe instead of the cheese sauce you top your slice with a fried egg and let the yolk be your sauce. Just like on an egg-topped burger!

  7. Holy moly, this sounds amazing! My daughter has severe egg , dairy and nut allergies, so I’m thrilled I can make something like this for her. I will use Casey’s nacho cheese sauce that you linked (thanks for that)!

    1. angie, i have a HUGE apology to make. i accidentally forgot to add in both the almond flour and egg that is in this recipe. again, i’m so so sorry! BUT i have made meatloaf without egg and almond flour (i have an allergy to both) and it still taste delicious, it just crumbles a tad more. just be sure to pack it really well in the loaf pan. again, SO SORRY about that, but it will still taste delicious without those two ingredients!

      1. So I made t without the egg and almond flour (I was wondering why there wasn’t a binder) and it didn’t hold as well straight out of the oven. BUT Later on after it cooled, it sliced up fine and I just threw it on a skillet and warmed it up that way. It still works without the egg and almond flour!

  8. I find it sad you choose to make your recipe with a product that only a hand full of people can purchase. I could be resourceful and look up for a similar recipe on the internet but to tell you the truth I am way to lazy. I will instead look for a recipe that I know I can easily make with items I already have or are easily available to me…:(. Promoting a product is a good thing but don’t compromise your recipes…for the sake of advertising.

    1. 1. don’t be lazy. it literally gets you no where in life.
      2. i linked a recipe for a nacho recipe on my friends website that you could use instead, so if you’re too lazy to click a link, i can’t help you.
      3. this is not for the sake of advertising, i was not paid to promote that product (it would say if i was) and this is an ingredient i use myself which is why i shared it.
      4. stop putting people down for their hard work that you receive for FREE. you’re not a child.
      5. put a fried egg on top – instant sauce.
      6. i don’t know who you are, where you live, what you do or where you shop. so how will i ever know what is available TO YOU? think about it.
      have a wonderful day.

      1. I’m pretty sure that I need to print out #1 and hang it in my office for motivation. That was awesome!

      2. Juli,

        Best. Response. Ever.

        Seriously? I could not believe her post. I know I’m late to the game in reading these comments, but I seriously cannot believe that someone would admit to being lazy, but then complain about your free content. I mean, that’s her problem.

        Way to go – you’re a lazy person, Mello. Just accept that fact and move on with your life. I now live in BFE and can get products shipped to my doorstep. Thrive Market? Amazon Prime? Direct from the company? You’ve GOT to be super-g-damn lazy if you can’t hop on the internets to use any of those on-line services.

        Keep doing you, Juli. I appreciate all that you do and I am obsessed with your bank of recipes. My husband thanks you, too. You’ve made me look like a legit cook.

        On another note, this recipe is BOMB. I made it last night and ate some for breakfast. I, for one, didn’t have the Honest Company’s Smoked Cheese Sauce, so I put on my big-girl panties and topped it with grass-fed cheddar.

        1. thanks for the love, michelle. all those sites make it SO easy nowadays, it’s so weird when someone complains. so glad you were able to solve the problem like a level headed person and still loved the recipe!! xoxoxo

  9. I’m on a dairy-free diet with Dr. Wahls for MS. I long for cheese like a man longs for a woman. (Probably depends on the man!) I am waiting for some wonderful food manufacturer to make coconut milk cheese. Gosh that would be grand! Any hints on such an obscure product?

    1. Juli’s recommendation of Kite Hill almond “cream cheese” is a good one!! I find it at Whole Foods. Kite Hill also makes a ricotta cheese using almonds. It is awesome! Both are great replacements!

  10. Kristine MacGregor

    1) Ice cream AND a meatloaf recipe in one week, you’re spoiling us!
    2) That 1-6 response above, well done *clapping hands emoji*!

    I have to eat AIP due to an autoimmune issue, so there are MANY recipes I have to alter, but I just appreciate the recipe itself, the creativity behind each meal because I’ve got none of that creativity in the kitchen sh*t. So thank you for putting out soooooooo many FREE recipes that I can use, even if I have to alter them. I appreciate you’re hard work each and every week 🙂

    1. thank YOU for not being lazy, kristine! the whole reason i create recipes is so i don’t feel like i’m missing out when it comes to recipes that i can’t eat. i don’t complain about it, i just create! and that’s what life is all about – figuring out what works for you and if it doesn’t, work harder to figure it out! so thank you for still supporting me and the blog even though you can’t eat many of the recipes! xoxoxo

  11. Yay! Can’t wait to make this. You will NOT regret your room and board purchase. Best furniture ever.!

  12. I was so excited when you posted this recipe! It WILL be made soon. Here’s how I know:
    Me: “husband, how about a bacon cheeseburger meatloaf?”
    Husband: “um…”
    Me: “it’s by the paleomg girl i follow…”
    Husband: “ooooh…” walks over to the computer screen. Looks at picture. “Do it.”
    Gathering ingredients today, and thank you for posting Cassy Joy’s cheese sauce. The egg idea sounds fantastic, too. Thanks for all the work you put into gifting us with these incredible, free, delicious, beautifully photographed recipes.

  13. Holy shit! This looks so amazing! I am going to have to wait until after Paleo f(x) but you better believe I am going to make this, post it on Instagram and tag you! And I may skip the cheese sauce altogether…you had me at bacon and caramelized onions.
    On a side note, your off white rug reminds me of the set of off white love seats that sounded like a good idea years ago. A poorly trained pet iguana and later, a very large Bichon Frise completely destroyed them. Just say no to off white anything, unless no one comes in your house ever. Including you!

  14. THANK YOU for using two pounds of ground meat!! So many meatloaf recipes only use 1.5 pounds! What am I supposed to do with the other half pound besides forget about it in my freezer?! You’re awesome ????????

  15. PaleOMG indeed! Bacony, oniony meatloaf with nacho toppings? Heavenly! I can’t wait to try this!

    Since I live alone the leftovers will be used as workday lunches to drive my coworkers crazy – one of my favorite occupations 😉 I got half the staff hooked on my favorite kale salad recently!
    And thanks so much – the linked cheese sauce recipe sounds like just what I have been searching for! I discovered my cow milk allergy before I ever had a chance to taste nachos, and now I am going to try them with this sauce!

  16. This sounds great even without the cheese sauce. Gonna be lazy and top it with an egg. Or just cheese. Because honestly, with a lb of bacon you may not need cheese. People at work gonna be very jealous next week.

  17. This was amazing!!!! I didn’t have the cheese sauce and it didn’t matter at all. I also love the sweet potato meatloaf as well!!!! I’m trying to rate it 5 starts and it only lets me do 4, but it’s a 5 for sure!

  18. My boyfriend and I made this and we both thought it was absolutely amazing! I topped mine with a slice of tomato and it was so refreshing. Your recipes seriously have never disappointed, thanks for sharing!

    PS- this is a 5/5, but mine also isn’t letting me select more than 4 stars. Boo.

  19. Holy crap this was delicious! I’m bummed I don’t live near any place that sells this cheese sauce – I’m going to try to look for a similar substitute next time I make it (I cheated and did regular American cheese).

  20. Delicious! I made these as meatballs in my instant pot yesterday to have for the week. Cooked on high pressure for 15 minutes with a 5 minute natural release. Could probably even do a little less time than that. Turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!!

  21. I got married two weeks ago and made this for my new husband as my first “wife” meal. It looked absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait for it to finish in the oven. After my over timer went off, I realized I had never turned the oven on…wife of the year haha. It was delicious though once I actually cooked it! I have made several of your recipes for him before and he has loved them all. Thank you!!

  22. So I loved this receipe. Made a few tweeks and mixed red and green bell pepper. Also used spicy sausage instead of regular pork.

    It is awesome. Thank you!!

    1. Perfect! I was hoping someone else had done this, as I’m making this tonight and forgot to get pork at the store. And it’s raining….I am not going back! 😀

  23. This is delicious but the prep time is way longer and the cook time was longer, too. I used a 9×5 loaf pan but found the meatloaf was so tall it fell apart when sliced so the toppings got lost.

  24. What is this sorcery?! This was amazing and I may make it every night for the next week. Your brain is full of magic, thank you for sharing!

  25. This recipe!!!!! Just made it last night. So incredibly easy and delicious! I will be making this often. So easy to chop up all the veggies the night before to save on time! I used Cassy’s Nacho Cheese as Honest Stand is not available in my area (SADLY!) . Cassy’s Nacho Cheese is great. My boyfriend didn’t believe me that it wasn’t “real” cheese!

    Thank you Juli and Cassy!

  26. Juli!

    My three picky kiddos ages 2, 5, and 6 just “pounded” (their word) the bacon cheeseburger meatloaf.

    Hell has frozen over.

    Thank you for another yummy recipe!

  27. This is the absolute best meatloaf I have ever eaten! After I pulled it out of the oven and was slicing it up, our dog came over with her nose in the air smelling it and started stomping her paws and “gruffing” at me because she thought it smelled so good! My husband and I just finished eating and we both wish that we could eat more because of how delicious it is. Thank you so much for this amazing meal, I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

  28. I made this recipe when you first posted it and froze some of the portions. I’m reheated it for lunch today and it’s still so freaking delicious. Holy shit. I want to make this again immediately. Great job! And thanks for turning me on to the Honest Stand cheese!

    For anyone who reads reviews to see how recipes worked out: I replaced the pork with turkey since I couldn’t find the pork at the time–still super flavorful and juicy. It freezes really well too (including cheese sauce).

  29. Is there a substitution for mushrooms? Or could you omit them? I’m not a huge fan so I wanted to see if there was a specific reason for them being included! Thank you!

  30. I had never made meatloaf before because meat in loaf format freaks me out. This recipe sounded so amazing though that I had to give it a try! I’m so glad I did because it was a big hit in my house! And man, so easy. This recipe will be making regular appearances on my meal plan!

  31. Loved this, and I don’t even like meatloaf. Was afraid to put jalapenos on it, because I am a spice wimp and I still loved it. Juli, you have amazing insight on how different ingredients taste, and what pairs well together in a recipe. I am new to Paleo, and not a great cook at that- but everything I’ve made has turned out great. So glad I found your site.

  32. Do you think this would freeze okay? I’m expecting my first little one and am looking for meals I can cook now, eat half of and freeze the rest for later.

  33. This recipe is AMAZING. I made mine in the instant pot for 30 minutes (same method as your sweet & spicy garlic instapot meatloaf), and it’s crazy good!

    Thanks for the husband-freakin-loves-my-cooking recipe!

  34. Delicious recipe, even though I had to pretty much bastardize it due to what I had on hand and my chaotic household. I used turkey instead of beef and pork, panko bread crumbs (I’m not paleo or gf), and I didn’t have mushrooms which made me sad, but it still turned out great. Oh yes, and I had to actually shape it into burger patties and cook them on the grill due to my infant having two poop explosions during my meal prep and my toddler spilling an entire bottle of water over the kitchen table while I was cleaning up the baby. So I would say a pretty adaptable recipe, which is awesome. Hopefully I can make the real thing eventually. When poop is not a part of the story.

  35. Hi juli,

    Let me start off by saying I absolutely love you and your recipes! With that said I just wanted to ask what do you usually pair your hamburger meatloaf with? I’m sure you can add it to fries, but what do you eat it with? Lol. Looking forward to your response and continue to be absolutely badass! <3

    1. i think it just depends what you like to it. i think it’s great with a salad since it brings a little freshness to the plate. but it would also go great with some roasted veggies!

  36. I know this is an older recipe but I just tried it and am in love! I’m egg intolerant so I substituted it with a Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer and it held together decently. Also, I had Siete queso on hand so I used that and omg was it good. I did just find some Honest Stand cheese sauce though so looks like I’ll be making this again next week 🙂

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