Beef & bacon meatloaf

Beef & bacon meatloaf

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
Five ingredients are all you need for this thrifty dish that makes the most of mince and has a great sage and onion flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal240
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.6g
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  • sunflower oil, for greasing
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  • 85g pack sage & onion stuffing mix
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 500g pack beef mince (avoid very cheap packs; use one with less than 20% fat)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and oil the inside of a 900g loaf tin. Tip the stuffing mix into a bowl, crumble in the stock cube and pour over 300ml boiling water. Give it a good stir, then set aside.

  2. Stretch the bacon rashers a little by running the back of a spoon along their length, then use 6-7 to line the base and longest sides of the tin. Chop the rest.

  3. Mix the chopped bacon and mince into the stuffing with some black pepper, then press into the bacon-lined tin and bake for 40 mins until firm. Turn out and serve sliced.

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Yorkie1965's picture
4th Dec, 2019
Very easy to cook and adjust the flavour to your liking. I added mushrooms, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 tsp mixed herbs, 2 tbs tomato purée, 1 stick of celery and a small onion. I used a rolling pin to thin the bacon I also covered it with tinfoil for 45 minutes then uncovered it for the last 15/20 minutes until the bacon on top was just starting to crisp. I served it with new potatoes, fresh veg and good old fashion gravy. I also sliced up the leftovers and froze it.
6th Jun, 2017
I make this with turkey mince as it's the only time I eat turkey. Slice it up, freeze and get a chunk out once a week to have with baked beans and veg or potatoes - perfect, easy meal to make for work, lasts a month and very tasty.
Saize's picture
13th Oct, 2016
Very nice with chips and mushy Peas. Great autumn meal.
27th Sep, 2016
A little 50:50 about this one. It certainly tastes great, and mine worked cooking for 40 minutes. It doesn't really look appetising, however, and it didn't really stick together. Still, very easy to cook from frozen as it is a solid piece by then!
16th Apr, 2014
It was just ok. I probably would not make this again it needed something else an cant put my finger on it. My partner suggested mushrooms and some spice. Took about 90 mins to cook and bacon wasnt crisp and it didnt hold its shape when turned out. disappointing.
6th Feb, 2014
LOVED IT!!! Made this the other night for the family, (husband is american, so he knows his meatloaf) & it was a great success!! I took on board other reviewers comments and so used only 3/4 of a oxo cube to reduce the saltyness of the flavour. Definitely a recipe i will cook again!!
8th Dec, 2013
Made this not expecting much since recipes I find tend to turn out badly but it was amazing. OH loves it so it must be amazing. Can't wait to have it in sandwiches tomorrow!
2nd Aug, 2013
Made this last night. The taste and texture was good and it held together well. Not the most attractive dish but it's meatloaf, what can you expect. The only thing I would change is to leave out the stock cube, it was a little too salty for our family.
libby0's picture
22nd Apr, 2013
Maximum taste, minimum effort. Brilliant recipe, whole family enjoyed it. The leftovers taste even better!
20th Apr, 2013
Loved it, except was still not cooked after 90 minutes. Had to spread it out on a tray eventually to cook. The bacon doesn't crisp up if left in tin either. Next time I will use half the amount of bacon, dice it all in the mixture and shape into burgers to cook.


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8th Dec, 2013
Cover in tin foil to stop it burinng on the top as it takes about 60 mins to cook! Also, if you are making gravy use the juices from the loaf.
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