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Instant Pot Meatloaf Magic Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Meatloaf Magic recipe is my go-to for a hearty, comforting dinner. It's a simple mix, shape, and cook process. The result? A juicy, flavorful meatloaf every time.

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You know, there's something pure magic about making meatloaf in an instant pot. I've always loved the classic baked version, but this speedy method takes all that homey goodness to a whole new level. Picture robust flavors merging under high pressure, the beef and seasonings intertwined in a dance as old as time. My hands shape a simple loaf, but the real masterpiece comes to life within that humming pot. Trust me, after this, you'll see your trusty instant pot in a whole new light. Get ready to make your tastebuds sing.

Ingredients You'll Need for This Delicious Meatloaf

  • Ground beef: Essential for the meatloaf base, providing flavor and texture to the dish when cooked in the instant pot.
  • Breadcrumbs: Helps bind the meatloaf together and adds a nice texture to the final dish when cooked.
  • Milk: Adds moisture to the meatloaf, keeping it tender and juicy during the cooking process in the instant pot.
  • Ketchup: Provides a tangy sweetness to the meatloaf, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • Onion: Adds a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor to the meatloaf when cooked in the instant pot.
  • Garlic: Infuses the meatloaf with a delicious savory flavor, complementing the other ingredients in the dish.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds a rich umami flavor to the meatloaf, enhancing its overall taste when cooked in the instant pot.
  • Eggs: Helps bind the meatloaf together and adds moisture, resulting in a tender and flavorful dish when cooked.

Essential Tools and Equipment for Making Meatloaf in an Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the meatloaf quickly and efficiently.
  • Trivet: Elevates the meatloaf above the water to prevent it from getting soggy during cooking.

Instant Pot Meatloaf Magic Recipe

This Instant Pot Meatloaf Magic Recipe is a quick and easy way to make a delicious meatloaf using your Instant Pot. Perfect for a family dinner!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Trivet


Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup ketchup
  • 0.25 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 0.5 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 eggs


  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until well combined.
  • Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it on a trivet in the Instant Pot.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove the meatloaf from the Instant Pot and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Serve and enjoy!


For a healthier option, you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 25gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 780mgPotassium: 420mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Easy Dinner, Instant Pot, Meatloaf
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Tips for Making Meatloaf Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the meatloaf mixture as instructed.
  • Shape the meatloaf and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Shape the meatloaf and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before cooking as directed.

Mixing the meatloaf ingredients too much can make it dense and tough. Be gentle when combining the ingredients to keep the meatloaf tender and juicy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Instant Pot Meatloaf

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe for a leaner option. Just ensure it's cooked through properly.
How can I make this meatloaf gluten-free?
To make this meatloaf gluten-free, you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers as a substitute for regular breadcrumbs.
Can I add vegetables to the meatloaf mixture?
Absolutely! Feel free to add finely chopped vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini to the meatloaf mixture for added flavor and nutrition.
Is it necessary to use an instant pot, or can I bake the meatloaf in the oven?
While this recipe is specifically for the instant pot, you can certainly bake the meatloaf in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 1 hour if you prefer.
How should I store any leftover meatloaf?
Store any leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

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