Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Do you like bacon cheeseburgers? Try this healthy meatloaf recipe packed with bacon and Cheddar cheese. It has all the flavor of a bacon cheeseburger with none of the guilt.

From EatingWell: January/February 2013
Yield: 10 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  1. 1 large yellow onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  2. 8 ounces button mushrooms, halved
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
  5. 4 strips center-cut bacon, divided
  6. 5 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  7. 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  8. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  9. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  10. 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
  11. 2 pounds lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  12. 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (or see Loaf Pan Variation).
  2. Pulse onion, mushrooms and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. (Or finely chop them with a knife.)
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Finely chop 2 slices bacon and add to the bowl with the vegetables. Add 3 tablespoons ketchup, relish and Worcestershire; stir to combine. Stir in egg and breadcrumbs. Add ground beef and with clean hands gently knead the vegetable mixture into the meat; do not overmix. Pat the meat mixture into a loaf shape (about 12 by 5 inches) on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup on top. Sprinkle cheese down the middle and place the remaining 2 slices of bacon on each side of the cheese.
  5. Bake the meatloaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 45 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 225 calories; 12 g fat (5 g sat, 5 g mono); 83 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 1 g fiber; 370 mg sodium; 369 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (33% daily value)

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 vegetable; 2 1/2 medium-fat meat; 1/2 fat