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 | Melanie Makes

If ever there was the perfect sandwich to create for Father’s Day this weekend, this would be it.  Meatloaf?  For Father’s Day?  Don’t raise your eyebrow at me!  This is a grilled meatloaf – you know, like over hot coals? – that’s cloaked in bacon and slathered in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.  It’s amazing in and of itself but once you put it on this sandwich?  Life changing, I say!

And the barbecue sauce I mentioned?  It just happens to be a Sweet and Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce that’s just as it’s name implies.  At first bite, it’s sweet and then you’re hit with a lingering spice note to finish.  Perfect for a thick sliced of smoky meatloaf.

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich | Melanie Makes

I definitely created this sandwich with my husband in mind.  The quintessential meat and potato guy, but one whom I’ve also transformed his way of thinking to enjoy off the wall things like kale chips.  (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)  A thick slice of meatloaf covered in a melty slice of sharp cheddar cheese that’s topped with bourbon caramelized onions and additional barbecue sauce.  And then, my favorite, a fried egg with a stream of runny yolk cascading down the side.  

Messy?  Obviously.  Out of this world?  You bet.

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich | Melanie Makes

It was when I was assembling sandwiches that I thought of my own father and how this would’ve been his perfect sandwich as well.  I recall him frying pieces of leftover meatloaf topped with cheese and how he enjoyed eggs with runny yolks at breakfast.  And of course, I then was requesting runny eggs at breakfast as well, likely to the chagrin of my mother.  I’m still a card carrying member of that club.

It’s funny the little things that I recall and how something as simple as a sandwich could make me smile at the memories of them both.

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich | Melanie Makes

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Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich
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Serves: 8 burgers
Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf
  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.
  1. Meanwhile, add onions to large pan over high heat until beginning to sweat and brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add whiskey 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 and top of roll.
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Serving size: 1 burger

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich | Melanie Makes

See?  I told you that this sandwich was perfect for Father’s Day!  Or, if the men in your life are anything like mine, they’ll think it’s pretty darn perfect any day of the year. 

I’m betting you’ll agree.


Looking for more great barbecue recipes?

Barbecue Chicken Pizza Skillet Lasagna | Melanie Makes

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie MakesDouble Grilled Cheese Barbecue Chicken BLT | Melanie Makes


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Barbecue Roasted Potatoes | Buns In My Oven


I was compensated by Robert Rothschild Farm to create a recipe featuring their product.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.   Thank you for supporting this sponsor that allows me the opportunity to create content, such as this, for Melanie Makes.


  1. This is THE ULTIMATE sandwich for any dad this Father’s Day. LOVE it!!!

  2. Ummmmm…. forget dad! I want one! Looks delicious, Melanie! :)

  3. I’m not sure I’ve seen anything so decadent!! Beautiful pictures too. I adore meatloaf sandwiches but I’ve never grilled them before. I usually make meatloaf as an excuse to have sandwiches the rest of the week. I’ve never put a fried egg over top, but I love that idea, so that will all be changing… Thanks for posting!

  4. Holy Moly… the runny yoke in this is just killing me! My husband would seriously love this sandwich, he is all about egg on every sandwich he eats! Pinned… gorgeous pics too Melanie!

  5. OMG I want to eat this RIGHT NOW.

    • melanie says:

      Thanks, Chrissy – I’m not even a huge meatloaf fan and I’d totally order this in a restaurant. So many great flavors!

  6. Just the name of your post made me hungry! We love meatloaf sandwiches, but this is taking it to a whole new level. Yum – Pinned!

  7. This is making my mouth water like whoa. On the list…

  8. Shut the front door! This hamburger has bacon, meatloaf, cheese, onions AND a fried egg?!? Doesn’t get any better! This sounds amazing!!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous burger/sandwich. Needing this ASAP. Do you deliver?

    • melanie says:

      Someone needs to offer a service of making a recipe that you’ve found online and then delivering it to you – genius, Allie!

  10. My mom would FLIP for this! She looooves meatloaf sandwiches. And so do I! Pinned!

  11. Melanie, this is so over the top, but I am craving it right now. This is just incredible! perfect for father’s day!

  12. This is a dad’s dream burger. Perfect for Father’s Day.

  13. Wowza!!! This is perfection – that runny, drippy yolk has me drooling!! To.Die.For Delicious!!!

  14. Oh my goodness! Just look at the melted cheese! Bacon, barbecue and meatloaf? Of course, all the dads will love this. But it’s just not for them, right? Because I certainly would love to have my own grilled barbecue bacon meatloaf sandwich. It’s so mouthwatering! :)

  15. Taylor Hedge says:

    Hello! So i am currently trying this out for Fathers day. I think your grilling time is off. Because im at 350F and have it on indirect heat and its taken 30 minute to change from 75 to 88 degrees internally. At this rate it will take around 3 hours to make it. So I dont know what temperature you had your grill on but you should probably go back and change the recipe a lil. This is supposed to be finished in a half an hour by your recipe but it certainly wont be. Sadly itll be pretty dark by the time this is done. Just thought you should know.

    • Hi, Taylor – I’m so sorry this doesn’t seem to be working for you. We’ve made this many times – it’s kind of addicting! – and haven’t ever had any cooking issues. Hoping everything worked out and you enjoyed your dinner!

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