This fabulous Paula Deen meatloaf recipe tastes just like it’s depicted–a bacon cheeseburger! It’s filled with lots of bacon and cheese, then it’s glazed with a ketchup and mustard sauce, followed by French’s Fried Onions stacked on top. It sounds like something you’d find at a country diner or greasy spoon and it tastes absolutely spectacular, especially if you love bacon cheeseburgers! I thought this meatloaf was heavenly when I made it a couple of weeks ago for company. The flavors were perfect, the texture was wonderful with crunch from the onions as well as the bacon. Seriously, it tasted like eating a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings on top. It was awesome.
I don’t eat foods like this much anymore, but I’ve been sitting on this recipe for about three to four years, ever since our pastor’s wife at Hillcrest Baptist Church watched Paula Deen making this recipe on television. She gave me a copy of the recipe and I’ve been wanting to make it, but it has so many things I rarely eat anymore that I waited for the proper time to make it. That proper time was when we served it to a houseful of company! That way I knew we wouldn’t be eating lots of leftovers that we couldn’t keep our hands out of! (And, rack up 5 pounds in a matter of days!)
I’m not a cook who’s afraid to try out new recipes for company. I usually try out at least one new recipe (if not more) with company every time we entertain. I figured with the Paula Deen name it couldn’t be bad–and it wasn’t. This meatloaf was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. But it is high calorie, fattening, and not healthy–so let me get that word out right up front. But every now and then we allow ourselves to indulge and so we did about a week and a half ago when I served this delightful entree.
Our guests confirmed what I thought about the meatloaf–everyone loved it. Even one of the children raved over the meatloaf and said it was the best he’d ever eaten! Because we had company I made one-and-a-half times the normal recipe, though I doubled the meat ingredient. There were a few things I changed, too. My husband can’t stand cooked mayonnaise in a recipe so I substituted sour cream instead. When Bev gave me the recipe she told me that Paula revealed a few secrets at the time of the video that were not written in the actual recipe. I’ve incorporated those secrets into this recipe. I have to admit, this was the first time I’ve ever toasted bread crumbs for a recipe before. That provided a more savory rich depth to the meatloaf that it wouldn’t have with just plain bread crumbs. I also increased the amount of the ketchup-mustard sauce because it seemed a little skimpy. Even with increasing those amounts the sauce will not completely cover the meatloaf.
I don’t usually serve meatloaf to company because a lot of people don’t like it, but I inquired beforehand of the two families we were having over to see if they would eat it and both were delighted that I was going to make it. I don’t think any of us had ever made a Paula Deen recipe that failed! Her name is synonymous with good food! Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is incredibly delicious and I highly recommend you try it if you’re not worried about calories, or you serve it to a houseful of people and limit yourself to one slice! If you’re looking for a way to spiff up your meatloaf you should certainly consider making this version sometime. But don’t get on the scale immediately afterward! Prepare yourself for a spectacular culinary delight with this delectable meatloaf.
Paula Deen’s Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is scrumptious.
Here’s a look at it just out of the oven.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf tastes just like eating a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings on top!
If you look closely at the meat you will see a piece of bread on the bottom. One of the secrets Paula Deen shared during the episode that Bev watched was to put two pieces of sandwich bread under the meatloaf. I’m assuming that’s to sop up extra grease that’s drained from the meat. I used a 93% lean beef so it didn’t have too much grease after cooking. I removed the meat after putting it on my plate.
Here’s what I did.
Place ground beef in a mixing bowl. I doubled the meat and increased all the other ingredients by 50% in order to make enough servings for our company.
Add shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
Add crisp-fried bacon broken into small pieces.
Toast bread crumbs. I also increased the amount of bread crumbs from the original recipe to ensure everything would hold together well.
Add bread crumbs to the meat mixture.
Add sour cream (or mayonnaise). I didn’t bother trying to slim this recipe down with Greek yogurt since it already has so many high calorie ingredients you can’t take out of the recipe.
Add Worcestershire sauce.
Add salt and pepper.
Combine the mixture well with your hands working all the ingredients into the beef.
In a small mixing bowl measure ketchup.
Add mustard and brown sugar.
Stir to combine.
Add 1/4 cup ketchup mixture to beef mixture and combine.
All the ingredients have been well mixed.
Spray a large 9×13″ or 10×14″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place a couple of pieces of sandwich bread in the center of the dish to absorb excess grease from the meat while cooking. All I had available was the end pieces from some breadmaker bread I had made a few days beforehand.
Shape beef mixture into a loaf over top of the bread in the baking dish. Try to seal edges well so the cheese doesn’t leak out all over the pan. Make sure you don’t make the meatloaf really high. Spread it out over the dish so it cooks more quickly.
Pour remaining ketchup mixture over top of the meatloaf.
Bake at 350 about 40-45 minutes.
Remove meat from oven and place French fried onions over top, pressing them into the meatloaf if you need to. Bake an addition 15 minutes or so until onions are crispy.
To serve: slice Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf in about 3/4″ pieces and place on dinner plates.
These hunks were about 1 to 2 inches in width!
Here’s a serving of Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf.
While Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is high in calories it’s also very high in taste. This meatloaf is succulent and mouthwatering.
We loved the addition of bacon, cheese and French fried onions to meatloaf. It was exceptionally good.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is a meatloaf even your kids will enjoy–especially if they like bacon cheeseburgers and onion rings!
Here’s the recipe.
PAULA DEEN’S BACON CHEESEBURGER MEATLOAF
(Recipe adapted from Beverly Simmons, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX, source: adapted from Paula Deen)
1 lb. of ground chuck
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 oz. package sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup bread crumbs, toasted
1/3 cup sour cream (or mayonnaise)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup ketchup
2 ½ tablespoons prepared mustard
2 ½ tbsp. brown sugar (see note below)
3 oz. can French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Work 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture with your hands, reserving remaining ketchup mixture. Press meat mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. (If placed in a loaf pan or baking dish, place slices of sandwich bread under the center of the meat—Paula Deen secret.) Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake 10-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
NOTE: One other Paula Deen secret ingredient was to stir approximately 2 tbsp. of brown sugar into the 1/2 cup ketchup which I have done in the directions above.
Doesn’t Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf look wonderful?
We loved this moist, delectable meatloaf recipe.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is a main dish entree your whole family is sure to enjoy.
Paula Deen’s recipes have never let me down. Everything has come out with consistently great taste.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf is certainly a fabulous recipe to pull out for special occasions. I’m sure your company will feast on this great recipe just like ours did.