Instant Pot Meatloaf

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4.62 from 13 votes
This Instant Pot Meatloaf takes a perennial favorite and makes it quick, juicy and delicious. Traditional meatloaf recipes are as unique as finger prints. Every family has their favorite recipe and no ones meatloaf is better than your mother's or grandmother's.  This recipe will challenge that notion.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Instant Pot Meatloaf on a white platter with a red striped napkin
This Instant Pot Meatloaf takes a perennial favorite and makes it quick, juicy and delicious. Traditional meatloaf recipes are as unique as finger prints. Every family has their favorite recipe and no ones meatloaf is better than your mother’s or grandmother’s.  This recipe will challenge that notion. Instant Pot Meatloaf on a white platter with a red striped napkin and a steak kneef Comfort foods are staples in my house. It just screams cooking with love to me but I don’t have the time that my grandmother did. This recipe allows you to make a classic meatloaf that your family will enjoy complete with a tangy glaze in a very short timeframe.

Why This Instant Pot Meat Loaf Recipe Works

My Instant Pot Meatloaf takes my traditional meatloaf recipe and modernizes it for the next generation. After all, the Instant Pot locks in all the flavor and keeps the meat super juicy.

How to Make this Pressure Cooker Meatloaf- Step by Step

  • Step One: First, place Saltines in a plastic bag and crush. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Then in a bowl whisk eggs together.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Next add cheese to egg mixture.  (Photo 3 below)
  • Step Four: Then mix milk into egg mixture.  (Photo 4 below)
Step by step instructions for making Instant Pot Meatloaf, Image 1 wooden rolling pin with crushed saltines, Image 2 metal fork whisking eggs in a glass bowl, Image 3 adding satline mixture to whisked eggs in a glass bowl with a measuring cup, Image 4 adding milk from a glass to the glass bowl with the egg and saltine mixture
  • Step One: Pour soy sauce into bowl and then place spices into egg mixture.  (Photo 1 below)
  • Next Two: Then grate the garlic.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Next Three: Add Garlic to bowl (Photo 3 below)
  • Next Four: Next, mix ingredients together until well combined.  (Photo 4 below)
Step by step instructions, Step 1 adding brown liquid to a glass bowl, Step 2 garlic is being grated with metal and black grater, Step 3 garlic is added to the mixture, Step 4 the mixture is being mixed with a black spoon.
  • Step One: Add Ground Beef to bowl and combine well. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Form into loaf and place on foil. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Add 1/2 cup of water to pot and place steamer rack. Arrange the loaf into Instant Pot (Photo 3 below)
  • Step Four: Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.  When the pressure cooker has finished cooking, use the quick release to release the pressure. Unlock and remove the lid. Test the temperature of the meatloaf, it should be 160 degrees. Try my favorite Meat Themometer. (Photo 4 below)

Step by step instructions for making Instant Pot Meatloaf

Step One: To make the glaze, add the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a bowl. Meanwhile, preheat the oven broiler.(Photo 1 below) Step Two: After that, combine Ingredients together. Then transfer the meatloaf in the foil pan to a rimmed baking sheet (Photo 2 below) Step Three: Lastly, brush the top of the meatloaf with the glaze mixture. Place 6 inches under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until the glaze caramelizes. (Photo 3 below) Step by step instructions for making Instant Pot Meatloaf glaze, Image 1 glass bowl with brown sugar and sauce in it, Image 2 glass bowl with brown mixture and metal spoon, Image 3 sauce spread out on foil and a spoon

 Recommendations for Making Pressure Cooker Meatloaf

It is hard to figure out sometimes what the best meat to use for your meatloaf. Traditional meatloaf, by and large, can sometimes be dry or tough. This article helps you figure out the optimal grind of  beef for your meatloaf. Ground Beef, on a white plate with a black spoon.

 Recommendations for Sides to Make with this Instant Pot Meatloaf

If you are going to use the Instant Pot to make your meatloaf, you might want to try some quick and easy side dishes to make in your Pressure Cooker to get dinner on the table in minutes. For instance, try my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes or my Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese. They are both delicious and will make your meal complete fast. Instant Pot Meatloaf on a white platter with a red striped napkin and a steak knife

Expert Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Meatloaf

  • Double Duty: Place your potatoes underneath your meatloaf and cook them at the same time.
  • Try a Different Cracker: One easy way to switch up the flavor is to replace the saltines with another flavored cracker. There are so many on the market now and it really amps up the flavor.
  • Spice it Up: Make a Tex Mex Version by adding Taco Spice to your Meatloaf

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Instant Pot Meatloaf on a white platter with a red striped napkin

Instant Pot Meatloaf

4.6 from 13 votes
This Instant Pot Meatloaf takes a perennial favorite and makes it quick, juicy and delicious. Traditional meatloaf recipes are as unique as finger prints. Every family has their favorite recipe and no ones meatloaf is better than your mother's or grandmother's.  This recipe will challenge that notion.
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 35 saltines crushed
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning Blend
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water

GLAZE

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine saltines, parmesan cheese, milk, soy sauce, garlic, onion and House Seasoning Blend in a large bowl.
  • Mix in ground beef.
  • Place a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on a flat surface.
  • Shape meat mixture into a loaf in the center of the foil.
  • Fold the edges of the foil up to form a pan shape.
  • Place the steam rack inside the pressure cooker.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  • Add the meatloaf to the top of the steamer rack.
  • Close and lock the lid, making sure to seal the vent.
  • Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes (it will take about 10-15 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to pressure).
  • Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a bowl.
  • Preheat the oven broiler.
  • When the pressure cooker has finished cooking, use the quick release to release the pressure.
  • Unlock and remove the lid.
  • Test the temperature of the meatloaf, it should be 160 degrees.
  • Transfer the meatloaf in the foil pan to a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Brush the top of the meatloaf with the glaze mixture.
  • Place 6 inches under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until the glaze caramelizes.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • If the meatloaf did not reach 160 degrees in the pressure cooker, bake it at 400 degrees until it reaches 160.

Expert Tips

  • Double Duty: Place your potatoes underneath your meatloaf and cook them at the same time.
  • Try a Different Cracker: One easy way to switch up the flavor is to replace the saltines with another flavored cracker. There are so many on the market now and it really amps up the flavor.
  • Spice it Up: Make a Tex Mex Version by adding Taco Spice to your Meatloaf

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2130mg | Potassium: 624mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Meatloaf”

      • I was wondering the same thing. There are eggs in the step by step pictures, so I was confused as well. Thanks for clarifying, but do you find it changes the moisture content without them and does the loaf stay together without them? I’ve always put eggs in, but perhaps that’s easily left out without impacting the taste/consistency.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a fun meatloaf recipe to try. I love how you can change the crackers and cook this in an instant pot. How convenient! And it looks so moist.

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