No matter how you prepare it, meatloaf is one of those cozy dishes that evoke memories and makes you happy. If you stuff it with hard-boiled eggs, you'll get a mouth-watering meatloaf that fits any occasion, whether you serve it hot or cold!
This delicious dish can easily be a hearty winter comfort food as it can be a simple picnic snack! The bacon makes this minced roast crispy and gives it a deliciously warm note and a rustic look.
Whether flavored with Mediterranean spices, wrapped in dough, stuffed with cheese, or as a classic "mock rabbit with eggs," meatloaf can be extraordinary when prepared in various ways and served with side dishes to suit your taste. Try it!
Most European and South American countries call meatloaf a fake, false, faux, mock rabbit, or hare. In German, it's Falscher Hase or Hackbraten.
Meatloaf with boiled eggs is traditional in Germany, Scandinavia, and Belgium, but many other countries worldwide have their version of meatloaf.
Some cuisines use bacon and hard-boiled eggs, and some don't. But they all agree to serve it with yummy mashed potatoes.
The name comes from the time after the Second World War when many families could not afford a real rabbit for a Sunday roast.
In some regions, you can see this dish on the Easter table; after all, bunnies bring and hide Easter eggs, which would undoubtedly be the right name for this hidden egg meatloaf!
When sliced, this egg meatloaf looks incredible! It's much like a British scotch egg in loaf form, although you would make those typically with pork sausage.
For German-style meatloaf, a mixture of beef and pork is ideal. However, like here, I often make it just with ground beef and occasionally use buffalo. You can also make it with ground turkey and adjust the spices - it'll be just as delicious!
This meatloaf recipe is the best and excellent for special occasions. Not only is it delicious and a showstopper, but you'll get credit for spending hours in the kitchen without actually spending hours in the kitchen! It's a remarkably simple and easy dish to make.
🛒 Ingredients and Notes
- I believe that a beef/pork mix is best for meatloaf. However, the mixture might be hard to find, or you don't eat pork - ground beef, buffalo, turkey, and chicken (or a combination) work just as well.
- Everything is better with bacon, but it is optional. It also keeps the meat nice and juicy and prevents this minced roast from bursting open in the oven, which can happen. You can substitute it with turkey bacon or leave it out altogether.
The method here is super simple and pretty similar to any other recipe. So, if you've ever made meatloaf before, you don't need to worry - so long as you know how to boil an egg, you already know what to do!
- Combine all ingredients except the boiled eggs, bacon, and ketchup.
- Transfer the mixture to plastic wrap or wax paper and form a rectangle. Align the boiled eggs onto the meat mixture, then roll the meat over the eggs.
- Place the meat into the prepared pan, seam-side down, and cover with ketchup.
- Add bacon slices if using. You can lay strips in a row or make a lattice.
- Bake until bacon is crisp, and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
See? Super simple! It's like a swiss roll meatloaf - a delicious spiral!
👩🍳 Top Tips
- If you don't like handling raw meat with your bare hands, use disposable gloves, or mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon (it'll take a bit longer). I would not recommend a food processor or a mixer as it will easily overprocess the mixture and make the meatloaf tough.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the loaf pan with uncooked white rice, then place your formed meatloaf on top of it. While it cooks, rice will soak up all the extra juices, or use the special pan for meatloaf.
- Cut the ends of each egg a little to ensure every slice has a piece of egg yolk.
- For a gluten-free version, use GF breadcrumbs, almond flour, or almond meal.
- Rest meatloaf for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
To boil the eggs, place them into a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cook for 5 minutes. Run under cold water or place in an ice bath to cool and then peel.
Baking a meatloaf on a baking sheet will cause it to lose shape. If you don't have a loaf pan, make one with heavy-duty aluminum foil to put the meatloaf in and place it on a sheet. Note that baking time may warry.
You can either freeze the whole leftover meatloaf or freeze individual slices. To prevent freezer burn, wrap meatloaf tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag or container.
Defrost the meatloaf thoroughly in the refrigerator before reheating. Place leftover meatloaf in an oven-safe dish. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of broth or water to moisten the meatloaf, and cover with foil. Reheat for 20-30 minutes in a 250°F preheated oven.
🍽 How To Serve It
The juicy meatloaf, which hides hard-boiled eggs inside, is best served with fluffy mashed potatoes, smashed or boiled potatoes, red cabbage, or root vegetables.
In German's standard households, in addition to potato puree, peas with carrots and green beans are traditional sides with this Falscher Hase.
😋 Other Amazing Recipes to Try
Ground or minced meat offers unlimited dishes that are easy, satisfying, and soul-warming. You should try some, if not all, of these recipes:
- Gluten-Free Beef and Feta Risolles
- Chilean Shepherd's Corn Pie
- One-Pan South African Bobotie
- Swedish Cabbage Casserole
- Slavonian Polenta Beef Casserole
- Beef-Stuffed Onions
- Air Fryer Scotch Eggs
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Meatloaf with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Bacon
- Mixing bowl
- Loaf pan
- Plastic wrap or wax paper
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- 4 slices bacon optional
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle the bottom with breadcrumbs, which helps the meatloaf from sticking (*see the recipe notes for an alternative).
- In a medium bowl, combine everything except the boiled eggs, bacon, and ketchup. Dip your hands in it and be careful not to overwork it, or the meatloaf will end up being tough.
- Transfer the mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and pat it to form (about) an 8x12-inch rectangle.
- Align the boiled eggs next to each other in the middle of the meatloaf mixture. Roll the meat over the eggs, starting at the long end, then place the loaf into the pan, seam-side down.
- Spread the top with ketchup and cover with bacon slices (you can form a lattice pattern if you desire).
- Bake uncovered for 50 minutes or until bacon is crisp, then let stand for at least 10 minutes. Cut into 1-inch slices to serve either warm or cold.
- Beef and pork mixture is the best for meatloaf, but you can use just beef, buffalo, turkey, and chicken (or a combination) work just as well.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the loaf pan with uncooked white rice, then place your formed meatloaf on top of it. While it cooks, rice will soak up all the extra juices.
- Cut the ends of each egg a little to ensure everyone gets a piece of egg yolk in their slice, not just egg white.
- Rest meatloaf for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- Find additional tips in the post above.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used.
Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in July 2015 and updated in August 2020 with new photos and recipe tips.
We made something like this when I was growing up. It was an Italian style meatloaf. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday. Stop by again.
Italy is our neighbor country so there's some similarity in our cuisines. Glad you experienced the yummy meatloaf growing up. Thanks for stopping in! 😀
Joanne T Ferguson says
I love this meatloaf recipe Jas! Love the hidden egg! Pinned and share and is on my list to now do! Thank you!
Thank you, hon! 🙂
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
This sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you, Jenn!
Bam's Kitchen says
This is a brilliant recipe Jas! My teenagers would love it as it has bacon and according to teenagers, bacon is its own food group. Love this fun dish with hidden eggs. It is so pretty when you slice into it! Sharing, pinning, sending smoke signals... you know the usual...
Lol, smoke signals....don't burn the kitchen down, chief! 😀 And thank you so much!!! XO
My Life In Sweden says
It looks amazing. I have heard of this but never tried it. Thanks for sharing the recipe, and I love that you have so many photos to go along with it. 🙂
Have a great weekend!
Your comment means so much to me. Thank you! Hope your weekend is glorious as well! 😀
New Jersey Memories says
Ohmigosh, my Mom used to make meatloaf with hardboiled eggs in the center. It was delicious. She didn't wrap it in bacon, though. Sounds yummy!
😀 Glad my recipe evoked some memories!!! Have an amazing day!
Homemaker Mom (@Homemakermom) says
This looks amazing and I have never seen that before. Happy to find it at the Thursdays Favorite Things hop!
Thanks a heap! Hope you'll give it a try! Glad you're hopping with us 😀
Katherines Corner says
oh my goodness this is a wonderful recipe! Such wonderful flavors. Oh sigh...how I miss bacon. xo
Thanks, sweetie! Sorry you can't have bacon 🙁 But this could be made without it as well. My husband and my daughter don't like bacon (how wrong, right?), so I often make it without. Hugs
Lisa @ Flour Me With Love says
What an interesting recipe, and I know the kids would love to find an egg inside 😉
Thanks, Lisa! Kids love surprises 🙂
This looks interesting, I've never really cooked a meatloaf, with it being summer time here it is not likely to get cooked for a few more months, however I will give it a go sometine this year!
Thanks, Brian, for stopping in! I hope you give it a try. It's not classified as winter meal, but if you don't cook during the summer I understand 🙂 Have a great day!
April Tuell says
This looks delicious Jas. I'm allergic to eggs, but I'm definitely going to make a bacon wrapped meatloaf now! Thanks for the inspiration.
Oh no, I'm so sorry for your allergy! But even without the eggs, meatloaf is yummy. You could stuff it with cheese or cooked carrots perhaps 🙂 Thank you for always stopping in, April!!! Hugs
'Meatloaf' izgleda veoma dekorativno i sigurna sam da je bozanstvenog ukusa.
Hvala draga na pruzenom gostoprimstvu - to isto vrijedi za tebe i tvoju porodicu...dobrodosli ste u Australiju (kao moji gosti) u bilo koje doba. Drago mi je da sam te pronasla i zadrzala kao virtuelnog prijatelja .XO
Oh, hvala Jasna na pozivu....mozda jednog dana, bas bi te voljela upoznati. Mozda se nekad susretnemo u domovini (ne znam iz kojeg si mjesta, ja sam iz Banja Luke). A ovaj meatloaf je nas lazni zec, mama ga je cesto pravila bas ovako sa jajima 🙂 Puno pozdrava preko bare!
Thao @ In Good Flavor says
I love stuffed meatloaf. This one, stuffed with eggs and wrapped in bacon is looks incredible! It's a meatloaf that is company-worthy in my book.
Thank you, Thao! Have an amazing week 🙂
Ann GrubbsnCritters says
BTW, does your like button take forever to load or is it just me? I never get to click like as it tells me "loading..." all the time. 🙁
I have no idea. I don't usually click like on my own stuff, hahaha 😛 Must be your gremlins again 😀 Hope your week is fantastic!
Ann GrubbsnCritters says
Ann GrubbsnCritters says
Very creative, Jas! The bacon wrap looks really nice - although I'll hv to substitute that with turkey bacon if I make this. Food for a true carnivore!!! With surprise egg inside, too! Oh yummy!
Lol, I am true carnivore! You can omit bacon altogether 😀