Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf

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  • Published Jun 4th
  • Ready In2h
  • Servings6
  • Calories348
Most people who replace their ground beef with buffalo, in recipes like meatballs, burgers, and meatloaf, are usually disappointed. Ground buffalo is much leaner than ground beef, which is the biggest challenge. In case you're new, it's the fat that provides most of the flavor and moisture. Also, for whatever reason, pre-packaged buffalo is ground very fine, almost to a paste, which can lead to a rubbery meatloaf, unless you use a few tricks.

Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf for 6 servings:

  • Meatloaf:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 fresh poblano pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 4 button mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds ground buffalo
  • 7 slices thick-cut bacon, or more as needed
  • Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)

Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf Cooking Instructions

  • Prep40m
  • Cook1h 10m
  • Ready In2h

To cook Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf, you need about 40 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf is about 1 hour 10 minutes , and you can serve your Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf within 2 hours . The following are the steps to cook Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. 2 Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-heat. Cook and stir chopped bacon in hot butter until almost crisp, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Pulse onion, carrot, celery, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, mushrooms, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add vegetable mixture and rosemary to bacon in the skillet; cook and stir until vegetables soften and sweeten, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Mix vegetable mixture, bread crumbs, and milk together in a bowl. Let cool to room temperature. Stir egg, salt, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and cayenne pepper into vegetable mixture. Add buffalo meat to vegetable mixture and mix with your hands until well-blended.
  5. 5 Turn meat mixture out into prepared baking dish and shape into a 9x5x3-inch meatloaf. Lay bacon strips crosswise over the top of the meatloaf, tucking in ends of bacon under the loaf.
  6. 6 Whisk rice vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard together in a bowl until glaze is smooth.
  7. 7 Bake meatloaf in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Brush glaze over loaf and continue baking until no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 155 degrees F (68 degrees C). Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary for the 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, if desired.
  • To check for seasoning: once everything is mixed, fry a small piece of the meatloaf mixture and taste. Adjust, if necessary, and recheck.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 348 calories; 13.6 grams of fat; 19.3 grams of carbohydrates; 35.8 grams of protein; 135 milligrams of cholesterol; 1239 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Oct 14th 2018

    I will make it again it was good but it took a while to make

  2. Sep 14th 2017

    I omitted butter. It seemed like an overkill. I subbed zucchini for mushrooms. I used less bacon on top, as I felt like 7 slices was also an overkill. Family loved it.

  3. Sep 21st 2016

    My hubby and son said this was good but alittle spicy! I made this with beef instead of bison.

  4. Aug 8th 2016

    Outstanding! Rave reviews from guests, with requests for the recipe. Chef John's expertise isn't to be trifled with!!! I usually follow his recipes without modification. Once again ...

  5. Aug 6th 2016

    Yes, I will make this again. I had omitted the mushrooms due to personal choice and I did not have any peppers on hand. It was still quite good! I did use only beef hamburger. I would like t ...

  6. Feb 29th 2016

    Oh my GOODNESS!!! Chef John you have outdone yourself again. Hands down the BEST meatloaf I have EVER made or EVER had. Buffalo. Bacon. Mushrooms. Tons of veggies within. Over the top amazin ...

  7. Nov 12th 2015

    I had to change a few things, I had three pounds of meet instead of two and I had to chop all the veggies instead of using a food processor since mine is a tiny. I think it turned out prett ...

  8. Sep 29th 2015

    This has become a family favorite!