Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (with a Tangy Glaze)

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This Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf recipe is such a comforting weeknight dinner that is low carb and full of flavor. It is wrapped in bacon and smothered with a tasty keto-friendly glaze that is sweet, tangy, and crazy delicious!

slices of meatloaf served over mashed cauliflower

 

How to make bacon-wrapped meatloaf keto-friendly

Meatloaf is such a classic American dinner, so creating a homemade keto meatloaf was a must. If you haven’t tried my classic meatloaf yet, I highly suggest you do! This recipe comes out moist and juicy inside every time, making it the perfect low carb comfort food. I like to use ground beef with 20% fat content, but you could use turkey instead if you prefer. The bacon over top adds fat, making sure your meatloaf is juicy, tender, and flavorful. I love how easy this recipe is to prepare and love to make it in advance when I can.

Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ingredients:

  • Ground beef: Ground beef is most commonly used to make meatloaf, but you could use ground turkey if you like; however, your meatloaf will not be as juicy.
  • Eggs, coconut flour: The eggs and coconut flour act as binders to help hold the meatloaf together while adding healthy fats.
  • Bragg Aminos, Worcestershire: Bragg’s liquid aminos is a seasoning sauce made from soybeans and water. It is a healthier version of soy sauce. This, along with Worcestershire sauce, adds incredible umami flavor.
  • Mozzarella, parmesan, cream: The dairy in this recipe adds more fat and makes your meatloaf cheesy and full of flavor.
  • Bacon: Wrapping your meatloaf with bacon adds another layer of fat, flavor and will help make your meatloaf nice and juicy.

Steps to making bacon-wrapped meatloaf:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

onions and garlic in saute pan

Step 2: Saute your onions and garlic in butter a skillet. Remove when onions turn translucent. This step adds more moisture and flavor to the meatloaf.

eggs, parmesan cheese, worcestershire sauce, onions, garlic, spices in a clear bowl

Step 3: In a bowl, combine sauteed onions & garlic with your eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, Worcester sauce, Bragg’s, mozzarella cheese, coconut flour, and Parmesan Cheese.

Tip: If you avoid soy, coconut aminos is a soy-free alternative to Braggs aminos.

meatloaf mixture in clear bowl

Step 4: Add ground beef and mix until thoroughly combined. (I like to use this Meat Chopper tool. It makes things so much easier and is also fantastic for browning ground beef or sausage.) Be careful not to handle the ground beef too much, or it will make it touch. 

meat mixture shaped into a loaf on baking rack

Step 5: Shape into a large loaf and add your bacon slices to the top without overlapping. Tuck the bacon underneath. Place wrapped meatloaf onto a greased roasting pan with a grate on top, so the drippings drop in the pan underneath.

keto meatloaf glaze being brushed onto meatloaf

Step 6: Brush half of your glaze on top and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and brush the rest of your glaze over top to finish baking.

baked meatloaf on white dish with glaze on top

Step 7: Once the internal meatloaf temperature reaches 160 degrees F, it is ready! Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

keto meatloaf sliced on a white plate

If you like, you can serve your meatloaf alongside some Roasted Cauliflower, Mashed Cauliflower, or Air Fryer Roasted Green Beans. Also, if you like dipping or smothering your meatloaf in more sauce, my homemade low carb BBQ Sauce would be perfect!

Is meatloaf keto-friendly?

Yes, as long as you don’t use breadcrumbs and you replace those traditional sugary ingredients with sugar-free substitutes. Ketchup is a common ingredient in meatloaf, so make sure to use one that is completely sugar-free, or you can make your own keto ketchup.

The best sweeteners to use for your glaze

To make your sauce or “glaze” keto-friendly, make sure to use a sugar-free sweetener. For this recipe, I used Lakanto Monkfruit Golden Sweetener, which is a fabulous sugar-free substitute for brown sugar that works great in keto recipes. An alternative sweetener is Swerve Brown. Lakanto Monkfruit Golden and Swerve Brown measure the same and are interchangeable, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Can I use almond flour instead of coconut flour?

If you do not like coconut flour or do not have it on hand for this recipe, you can substitute almond flour. The proper ratio is 1 cup of almond flour for every 1/4 cup of coconut flour. Since this recipe calls for 2 tbsp of coconut flour, you should expect to use about 1/2 cup of almond flour.

meatloaf sliced over mashed cauliflower on a plate

What to serve with Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf?

Keto meatloaf tips:

  1. Make sure to wait for your meatloaf to cool a bit before slicing, so it does not fall apart. A serrated knife is best for this.
  2. Form your meatloaf ahead of time or even the night before and let it sit covered in the fridge if you want to make this in advance! This will also allow the flavors to get to know each other better.
  3. Don’t over mix your meatloaf mixture.
  4. Make sure to use ground beef with at least 15% fat for a juicier meatloaf.
  5. You can add pork rinds to your mixture to act as another binder, but it does not bind as well as flour does.
  6. Use a loaf pan to help shape your meatloaf. Just place parchment paper in a loaf pan then lift out the meat mixture once it is shaped. Be careful not to pack it! It should be loosely formed. 
  7. Using a broiler pan has become my favorite cooking method that gives a crispier texture. Make sure to spray the top pan with cooking spray and cover the inside pan with aluminum foil to make it easier to clean.
  8. Use a digital thermometer to accurately determine when it is done. Your meatloaf internal temperature should read 160 degrees F.

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Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (with Sweet & Tangy Glaze)

This Keto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf recipe is such a comforting weeknight dinner that is low carb and full of flavor. It is smothered with a tasty keto-friendly glaze that is sweet, tangy, and crazy delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 1 TB butter
  • ½ medium onion, minced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef, (I like 80/20)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 TB Braggs Aminos
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TB coconut flour
  • 1 TB heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ tsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8-10 slices bacon (to cover the top of the meatloaf)
  • Freshly Chopped parsley for topping

Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Saute the onion and garlic in butter until translucent over medium heat.
  • In a bowl, combine onion and garlic with eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, heavy whipping cream, Worcestershire sauce, Braggs, mozzarella cheese, coconut flour, and Parmesan Cheese.
  • Add ground beef then shape into a large loaf. Place on a baking rack or cooking cooling rack set over top of a baking sheet.
  • Wrap the top of the meatloaf with bacon. Do not overlap the bacon. Barely tuck your bacon slices underneath the meatloaf, so it doesn’t curl. If you overlap the bacon, that part won’t brown.
  • Add the ingredients of the topping in a small bowl and stir until combined. Brush ½ of the glaze on top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then spread the remaining glaze and bake for approx. 15 more min or until a digital thermometer reads 160°F.
  • Allow the meatloaf to rest approx. 10 min before slicing. (Tent with aluminum foil if the bacon starts to brown too much. If it isn’t brown enough, move to the top shelf and broil for 1-2 minutes.)

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Notes

The sugar alcohols from the Lakanto Monkfruit Golden are not included in the carb count because most subtract to calculate net carbs. 

Keto meatloaf tips:

    1. Make sure to wait for your meatloaf to cool a bit before slicing, so it does not fall apart. A serrated knife is best for this.
    2. Form your meatloaf ahead of time or even the night before and let it sit covered in the fridge if you want to make this in advance! This will also allow the flavors to get to know each other better.
    3. Don't over mix your meatloaf mixture.
    4. Make sure to use ground beef with at least 15% fat for a juicier meatloaf.
    5. You can add pork rinds to your mixture to act as another binder, but it does not bind as well as flour does.
    6. Use a loaf pan to help shape your meatloaf. Just place parchment paper in a loaf pan then lift out the meat mixture once it is shaped. Be careful not to pack it! It should be loosely formed. 
    7. Using a broiler pan has become my favorite cooking method that gives a crispier texture. Make sure to spray the top pan with cooking spray and cover the inside pan with aluminum foil to make it easier to clean.
    8. Use a digital thermometer to accurately determine when it is done. Your meatloaf internal temperature should read 160 degrees F.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg
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    1. The number of serving for recipes is listed at the top of the recipe card just so you’ll know in the future. This recipe serves 8.

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