Guinness and Cheddar Meatloaf is packed with vegetables simmered in stout beer and fresh sage topped with crispy bacon and a sweet molasses glaze. #baconwrappedmeatloaf #easymeatloafrecipes

Guinness and Cheddar Meatloaf

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon wrapped meatloaf, best meatloaf recipe, cheddar meatloaf
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Jessica Formicola
Guinness and Cheddar Meatloaf is packed with vegetables simmered in stout beer and fresh sage topped with crispy bacon and a sweet molasses glaze.
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  • 1/2 red onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot , roughly chopped
  • 1 medium parsnip , roughly chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves , roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup stout beer , such as Guinness
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage , minced
  • 2 1/2 cups medium-coarse white bread , such as Italian or French, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork (or mild Italian sausage) , casings removed and crumbled)
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 1/2 cup aged white cheddar , finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 9-11 bacon strips


  • 2 tablesppons stout beer , such as Guinness
  • 1/2 cup molasses


  • Combine roughly chopped red onion, garlic, carrot and parsnip in food processor. Pulse until finely minced.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook vegetable mixture until softened and just beginning to brown, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Pour in stout, simmering until no more liquid remains, approximately 5 minutes. Add minced sage.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool until cool enough to touch. If you are short on time, transfer to another bowl and place in the refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile, in a shallow dish, arrange cubed bread in a single layer. Pour in milk. After 5 minutes, flip and allow to continue soaking for an additional 5 minutes. Gently press with a spatula, removing excess milk and making sure all of the bread is moistened and breaking into a pulp.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degree
  • s with the rack in the center. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Crumble ground beef and ground pork into a large mixing bowl. Pour beat eggs, shredded white cheddar and Worcestershire sauce over ground meat mixture, followed by fine sea salt, ground white pepper, vegetable mix and mushy bread.
  • With (clean) heads gently toss to combine. Do not overmix, this will result in tough meatloaf.
  • transfer meat mixture to parchment lined baking sheet and form into a loaf, approximately 10x4.
  • Finish the meatloaf by draping it with slightly overlapping strips of bacon, tucking the ends under the loaf.
  • For 45 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers at 160 degrees.
  • Turn broiler on high and crisp the top for 2-3 minutes or until browned.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together stout beer and molasses. 
  • Baste hot meatloaf with glaze as soon as it comes out of the oven. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 3mg