Bacon wrapped meatloaf may be my favorite three words in the English language, especially when it comes to fantastic ideas for low carb dinners!
This is one of those low carb recipes that not only DOESN’T taste low carb, but it’s also mouth-watering and totally unforgettable!
This is one of my tastiest low carb casseroles, and the sweet and spicy glaze on top is to die for!! One bite, and you’ll be in disbelief that low carb ground beef recipes can taste this good…
Let’s dive in!
This dish is so easy to throw together and is worth every minute. Plus:
- Perfect for meal prepping – make ahead of time and warm-up as needed. It’s even better the second time!
- Ready in 2 hours, but most of that is bake time. And at 350 degrees, it’s perfect for cooking some side dishes at the same time!
- All of the made-at-home flavors we crave in a meatloaf, down to the addictive vinegar and tomato glaze, PLUS crispy bacon!
This bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe has a few special tricks to make it much more flavorful than your average family dinner. Check out my tips!
Here are a few ingredients hints to make sure this bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe (and any other healthy beef recipes) start on the right foot!
Ground beef — this meat comes in a variety of fat contents, with the highest amount being in ground beef, then ground chuck, ground round, and ground sirloin. More fat means more flavor, but it does cook-off, so you’ll end up with less loaf at the end. I usually go for an 80/20 ground beef for this (and most of my low carb ground beef recipes).
Sweetener — If you aren’t watching your carbs, opt for regular sugar.
If you’re looking for a sugar-free alternative (like me!), Check out erythritol — it’s an almost magic, zero-calorie sweetener that’s plant-derived. It has no effect on blood sugar, and it’s a perfect 1 to 1 replacement for sugar. We’ll use it here to sweeten up the sauce.
Almond flour — This flour comes from ground almonds and can come in a variety of textures. In this recipe, it’s taking the place of breadcrumbs, so you can use a courser almond flour.
Bacon — MMMMM, the best ingredient of this dish! Use whatever cut you like best, but watch for ones with added sugar (if you’re watching your carbs). These usually say something like maple or brown sugar, but check the label to make sure!
Tools To Make
These nifty tools will make this recipe as effortless as possible!
- 9×5 loaf pan – While many people bake their meatloaves in pans this size, we’re actually just using it for a mold!
- Parchment paper – This silicone coated paper will make sure your meatloaf lifts right off of the baking pan and onto a plate for easy serving.
- Brush – Could you apply the glaze without a brush? Yes. Will it be harder and more frustrating? Quite possibly. Save yourself the trouble by investing in an inexpensive silicone brush that will let you apply glaze, egg wash, and butter with ease to all of your healthy recipes.
- Rimmed Baking Sheet – to cook the meatloaf. I prefer cooking my meatloaf on a baking sheet as the air in the oven can circulate around the meatloaf, and the liquid is able to release. This helps the glaze to caramelize and the meat to brown, rather than steam.
This scrumptious bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe stores beautifully in the fridge and somehow tastes even better over the next few days. Make a loaf, store in an airtight container, and when you run out of healthy dinner ideas, BAM! A delicious dinner is served!
Can You Freeze This?
This bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe is gloriously hearty, so, yes, feel free to freeze this bad boy until you’re ready for it. Freeze it whole, prebaked, to have a quick meal ready for company on short notice.
Or bake it, slice it and freeze individual portions in airtight containers to have a quick and healthy lunch anytime.
To keep this in the category of healthy casseroles, skip the mashed potatoes and serve it up with something like pureed cauliflower, smashed brussel sprouts or a classic low carb green bean casserole.
This bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe is easy to customize with your favorite veggies, meats, and seasonings!
- Use Different Kinds Of Meat. This bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe is pretty versatile, so feel free to use whatever high fat meat you’re craving or what you have on hand (pork, beef, lamb). For another take, try this low carb chicken casserole or this flavorful ground chicken casserole.
- Make it Spicy. You can add any variety of spices to this dish that you like. Add some diced green chilies to your meatloaf and add some cayenne to your glaze for a spicy kick. For some other spicy casseroles, you can also try this low carb mexican casserole or this low carb taco casserole that is taco tuesday ready!
- Sneak in some veggies. Meatloaf is a great place to hide some pureed veggies like cauliflower or summer squash. You can also pair this amazing meatloaf with some veggie-stuffed sides like this low carb squash casserole or cauliflower rice casserole.
- Swap the sauce. I’ve included a recipe for a tangy, tomato-based glaze using erythritol as a sweetener that is absolutely delicious!! You could also use a low carb BBQ sauce or your favorite traditional BBQ sauce!
This bacon wrapped meatloaf is sure to convince you that healthy beef recipes make for delicious, filling dinners. Want some more options? Check these out!
- Low Carb Chili
- Low Carb Beef Stew
- Low Carb Cheeseburger Casserole
- Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie
- Bunless Burger
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BBQ Sauce Glaze (You can use traditional BBQ Sauce if not low carb):
- 6 Ounce Tomato Paste canned
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Mustard use dijon for some extra spice
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Swerve or Lakanto (see sweetener notes below)
- 12 Strips of Bacon
- 2 Tablespoons Mild Tasting Oil (see notes below)
- 1/2 Medium Onion chopped
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt divided
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Black Pepper divided
- 2 Lb Ground Beef
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- Preheat to oven to 350 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze and set aside.
- Place pieces of bacon (12 strips) in 9x5 loaf pan, overlapping each piece slightly.
- Spread glaze (2 tablespoons) over the bacon in the loaf pan and set aside.
- Heat oil (2 tablespoons) in a large pan over medium heat. Once shimmering, add medium size onion (1/2 chopped) and salt (1 teaspoon) plus pepper ( ½ teaspoon) until the onion is soft (about 10 minutes).
- Add minced garlic (4 cloves) and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant.
- Place cooked veggies into a large bowl and stir glaze (3 tablespoons).
- Add the ground beef (2 Lb), eggs (3), almond flour (1 cup), remaining salt and pepper and combine thoroughly.
- Press meatloaf into loaf pan over the slices of bacon.
- Fold each piece of bacon over the top of the meatloaf (mine didn’t reach all the way across the bottom, this is ok, you won’t see it).
- Place parchment paper lined baking sheet upside down over the top of your meatloaf, and flip the pan, so the bottom of the meatloaf is upright on the baking sheet.
- Brush remaining glaze over the top of the bacon wrapped meatloaf and bake in the oven for 1 hr - 1hr 30min, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 155F.
- Allow the meatloaf to cool 15 minutes before cutting into it.
- Brush additional low carb bbq sauce over the top (if you’d like) before serving and enjoy!
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Almond Flour. Using fine-grained almond flour will yield the most "flour-like" results. My favorite brands are Bob's Red Mill, Trader Joe's, or Costco brands.
- Lakanto, Swerve, or Erythritol. I stick to Lakanto and Swerve which are a 1:1 swap with traditional sugar. If using a different brand of Erythritol, keep in mind it's 70% as sweet as sugar, so you may need to add more to taste.
- Mild Tasting Oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point and mild flavor -- think avocado, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut. Skip EVOO, coconut, or sesame oil.
- Nutritional information is based off 1 slice if you divide your meatloaf into 8 slices.