Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich

A thick slice of grilled, bacon wrapped meatloaf covered in a melty slice of sharp cheddar cheese, topped with bourbon caramelized onions, more barbecue sauce and a fried egg.

This Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich is the king of all sandwiches.

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 1 hour 30 mins
Total time 2 hours
Serves: 8 burgers


Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 15 ounces BBQ Sauce, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 6 bacon slices


  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces bourbon
  • 8 sandwich rolls
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • lettuce optional

Tomato Salsa

  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, egg, ⅓ cup barbecue sauce, garlic, salt and onion. Form into a loaf and place on three layers of aluminum foil. Fold edges of foil up to create tray for grilling.
  2. Cover loaf with remaining barbecue sauce – save a bit for serving on sandwiches! – and layer bacon slices over meatloaf diagonally, tucking ends under loaf.
  3. Grill over indirect heat for one hour or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  4. Remove from heat and tent with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

For Tomato Salsa

  1. In a bowl place: chopped tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning and oil.
    Mix well and set aside.


  1. Meanwhile, add onions to large pan over high heat until beginning to sweat and brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add bourbon and reduce heat to medium. Cook until liquid has completely cooked into onions and onions are caramel in color.
  3. Fry eggs according to personal preference.
  4. Grill sandwich roll halves and place a thick slice of meatloaf on bottom of roll.
  5. Top with cheese slice, placing under broiler momentarily, if desired, to melt.
  6. Top with additional barbecue sauce, whiskey caramelized onions, fried egg, a tablespoon of tomato salsa and top of roll.
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Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich
Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich

Recipe adapted from: Melaniemakes

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