December 3

Pinwheel Low Carb Meatloaf

So a while back, I posted a meatloaf stuffed with cheese on the Zen Facebook page that people went nuts about–both because it looked great, but also because I missed some high-carb ingredients. Crackers! The horror! But it was stuffed with cheese and I thought that was an awesome idea, so I’ve been wanting to do something similar ever since.

I’ve made this a few times now and while it’s good, I don’t think the Pinwheel effect pleases me quite yet. I’m just not sure how much cheese I’d have to pile on there to make it noticeable and colorful in the finished product. It would probably end up being, like 29 kajillion and two calories a slice. (I know most of us don’t count calories, but no need to be ridiculous.)

So for now, I’m leaving the recipe like it is–plain ol’ low carb meatloaf with a taste surprise inside–and you can tweak it yourself if you’re so inclined. Despite the fact it’s not dramatic enough to suit the pink-haired chick in presentation, it does taste very good and got a thumbs-up from the Mr. Very filling. Goes great with some caulimash. Also? Bacon! Yum!

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Pinwheel Low Carb Meatloaf

Low Carb Meatloaf rolled into a fun pinwheel around some delightful shredded cheese and bacon bits.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf, Keto Meatloaf
Servings: 12
Calories: 379kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid Smoke
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix (homemade)
  • 2 whole eggs


Meatloaf Filling

  • 2 cups monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup real bacon pieces (crumbled)

Meatloaf Topping

  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon blackstrap molasses (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Swerve (or sweetener of choice, optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Put your hamburger in a large bowl.
  • Add worcestershire, liquid smoke, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and soup mix. Combine well.
  • In a small, seperate bowl, whisk the eggs together with a fork.
  • Add eggs to the hamburger mixture.
  • Use a sided cookie sheet, to catch extra grease. Line it with a piece of aluminum foil. Add a second sheet of aluminum foil on top of the first sheet. (This will be used to help roll up your pinwheel.)
  • Dump the hamburger mixture onto your cookie sheet.

  • Spread the hamburger mixture into the cookie sheet, spreading and flattening it out. Smooth over any holes. (You can use gloves for this part if it's too messy for ya!)

  • Cover the flatted hamburger mixture with your shredded cheese and sprinkle on the bacon bits.

  • Use the aluminum foil to lift, start rolling up your pinwheel. You can start at the narrow side of the pan if you want a fatter pinwheel, or the longer side if the pan if you want a thinner pinwheel.

  • And roll...

  • AND roll...

  • After your pinwheel is rolled up, discard the extra sheet of foil. Position your pinwheel on the cookie sheet.

  • Seal together the edges and any holes in the hamburger mixutre by squishing it together with your fingers.

  • Put the meatloaf in the oven and set timer for about 35 minutes.
  • Now it's time to make the topping. Add the tomato paste, brown mustard, blackstrap molasses and Swerve (or sweetener of choice) in a bowl and mix it up. The blackstrap molasses is not required, but a very small amount adds a brown sugar flavor.
  • Leave the topping in the refridgerator until you're ready to use it.
  • When your meatloaf is almost done, approximately for when the timer is set, take it out and and smear the topping on.

  • Cook your meatloaf for another 5 or 10 minutes to finish up and heat up the topping.
  • Drain excess grease and serve.

Recipe Notes

Obviously, you can use whatever topping you want or none at all, use whatever cheese you like, and in general tweak it however you generally do meatloaf!
You could also mix in crushed pork rinds to soak up some of the grease. Leaner hamburger will produce less grease, naturally. Or you can be lazy and just pour the grease off into a jar before serving like I did. Ha!
Nutrition Facts
Pinwheel Low Carb Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 380mg16%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 22g44%
Net Carbs 10
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Just a regular gal who found she feels better eating low carb.


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