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Grilled Cheese and Bacon Mini Meat Loaves

Grilled Cheese and Bacon Mini Meat Loaves

Love meat loaf? Make it on the grill for a summertime treat!


  • 1 pound extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Progresso┬« plain bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon (about 3 1/2 ounces), cut crosswise in half


  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect cooking as directed by manufacturer.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix all ingredients except bacon. On work surface, pat mixture into 7-inch square. Cut into 4 (3 1/2-inch) squares. Top each square with 2 half-slices bacon; attach with wooden picks.
  3. Carefully spray grill rack with cooking spray. Place patties on unheated side of two-burner gas grill or over drip pan on charcoal grill (medium heat). (If using one-burner gas grill, cook over low heat.) Cover grill; cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly pink in center.
  4. Using spatula, turn patties over. Cover grill; cook 5 to 8 minutes longer or until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160 degrees F and bacon is crisp.
  5. Remove wooden picks before serving.

Prep time: 55 Min | Servings: 4

Use Italian-style bread crumbs for a different flavor. You could also use pizza or spaghetti sauce for the ketchup.

Center-cut bacon has had the fatty ends cut off. You can use slices of regular bacon--just trim about 3/4 inch off of each end. The half-strips should just cover the surface of each beef square.

Nutrition Information 1 Serving Calories 320 ( Calories from Fat 160), Total Fat 18g (Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1/2g), Cholesterol 140mg Sodium 880mg Total Carbohydrate 9g (Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 4g), Protein 30g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A6%; Vitamin C0%; Calcium10%; Iron15%

Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices:1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker