Instant Pot Meatloaf

This down-home and cozy Instant Pot Meatloaf recipe will make your mouth water and stomach rumble. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good and topped with an irresistible tangy and sweet glaze. But above all, it’s a delicious comfort recipe that you can turn to any night of the week.

If you love dinners in the Instant Pot, you’ve got to try our classic Instant Pot Pork chops and gravy. Perfect to serve with Instant Pot Mashed potatoes!

Slices of meatloaf in a brown platter with Instant Pot in background

Why Instant Pot Meatloaf Works

This meatloaf is just like an old family meatloaf recipe, but I’ve made it so much faster with an Instant Pot. Here are a few reasons why you (and your kids) will love it,

  • Prep is speedy. There’s only 5 minutes of hands-on time, and then you can set-and-forget it with the Instant Pot. It makes for a fabulous busy night menu.
  • Dry meatloaf? Not here. Unlike traditional oven-baked meatloaf, you won’t find a dry bite here. The Instant Pot locks in all of the flavor and moisture.
  • The perfect comfort food. I like this recipe any time, but it’s especially timely during the colder months. It will fill and warm you up. Pair it with mashed potatoes for the full effect.

We also love a good instant pot chili recipe to keep on hand for busy weeknights! No need to simmer all day here.

Important Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef – Grab the ground beef labeled 80% lean, 20% fat for the juiciest meatloaf that isn’t too greasy.
  • Quick-Cook Oatmeal – You might find this labeled as Quick Oats at the grocery store.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Shred it yourself, or buy a package of pre-shredded cheese for convenience.
  • Milk – Any dairy milk will work in this recipe, so if you want to lighten it up, use fat-free or 2%.
  • Egg– helps bind the beef together for a tender texture.
  • Brown Sugar – I recommend light brown sugar for this recipe since the molasses flavor isn’t too overpowering. If you use dark brown sugar, expect a more intense flavor.
  • Yellow Mustard – Plain yellow mustard is all you need to give this recipe a little tang. But you could use spicy brown or dijon if you’d like. 
Step by step photos showing how to make meatloaf in the instant pot.

Easy Instructions

  1. Shape the loaf. Add all of the loaf ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and combine them with your hands. Place the mixture atop two sheets of aluminum foil laid in a cross pattern on your counter. Shape it into a loaf and fold the foil up around the edges to create a bowl shape.
  2. Add the glaze. Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and spread it across the meatloaf.
  3. Cook it. Add a cup of water to your Instant Pot, and lower your loaf into the pot using the trivet. Cook on high for 35 minutes. When cooking is complete, slice and serve it hot.v
Meatloaf served on a plate with sweet potato and green beans.

Tips and Tricks

  • To ensure your meatloaf is fully cooked, insert a digital meat thermometer into the thickest part of the loaf. If the temperature reads 160°F or higher, it’s fully cooked.
  • Instead of spreading all the glaze on the meatloaf before cooking, reserve some for garnish. Then, once the meatloaf has finished cooking, mix the drippings with the glaze you set aside to create a delicious sauce to spoon over each serving.
  • The cooking time of this recipe doesn’t include the time it takes for your Instant Pot to come to pressure or to release at the end. So, make sure you account for extra time when planning your meal.
  • Not a fan of foil? Parchment paper works great too!

Serving Suggestions

Serve any of these side dishes with this Instant Pot Meatloaf, and there will be full bellies and satisfied smiles all around the table. 

  1. Slow Cooked Green Bean Casserole is another hands-off dish that can be cooked at the same time as the meatloaf without much effort or attention. 
  2. Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese is perfect when you’re in the mood for pairing comfort food with more comfort food. We’ve all been there.
  3. Sweet Potato Casserole is salty, sweet, and combines many similar flavors as the meatloaf. It’s a perfect pairing.
  4. Oven Baked Mashed Potatoes are so easy and convenient. Since your Instant Pot will already be occupied, this is a simple way to enjoy classic mashed potatoes without all the effort and fuss. 

Depending on the time of year, these are a few of our favorite side dishes:

Don’t forget to complete your meal with dessert. A simple sugar cookie or slice of Instant Pot Cheesecake.

Two slices of meatloaf with sweet potato and green beans.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use rolled oats instead of quick-cook?

In this recipe, the oats aren’t interchangeable. Quick-cooking oats are rolled oats that have gone through a process that decreases cooking time. For the best texture, stick to the quick-cook ones. 

What size Instant Pot should I use?

My Instant Pot is the 6 Quart Duo model. The recipe was tested in this device, so if your pressure cooker is a different size or brand, your settings and cook times may vary slightly. 

How can I store leftover meatloaf?

Store leftovers in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or, you can wrap leftover meatloaf in foil and slide that into a resealable freezer bag. In the freezer, it can last up to 4 months.

What’s the best way to reheat meatloaf?

If your meatloaf is frozen, you must thaw it in the fridge overnight. Then, you can microwave it, pan-sear it on the stovetop, or bake it in the oven until hot. If you bake it in the oven, tent it with foil so it doesn’t dry out. I also like to air-fry it because it heats up quickly and develops delicious crispy edges. 

Meatloaf on a white plate with sweet potato, green beans, and instant pot in background.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Meatloaf

4.70 from 40 votes
By: Aimee
This down-home and cozy Instant Pot Meatloaf recipe will make your mouth water and stomach rumble. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good and topped with an irresistible tangy and sweet glaze. But above all, it’s a delicious comfort recipe that you can turn to any night of the week.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup quick cook oatmeal
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard


  • In a big bowl, combine ground beef, diced onion, garlic powder, quick cook oatmeal, shredded cheddar cheese, milk, one egg, salt, and pepper.
  • Use your hands to mix, but DO NOT OVER MIX. The more mixing you do, the tougher the meat will get.
  • Lay two large sheets of aluminum foil on the counter in a cross pattern. Place the ball of meat in the center where they cross, and shape the meat into a small loaf.
  • Fold the foil up so that it creates a "bowl" around the meatloaf, this is where the drippings from the meat will collect.
  • In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard with a whisk. Spread over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Place the foil lined meatloaf on an Instant Pot trivet (I use the one that came with my pressure cooker). Add one cup of water to the Instant pot, then lower the trivet into the pot.
  • Secure the lid and make sure the vent is set to "SEALING".
  • Pressure Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.
  • When cook time ends, allow to naturally release pressure for ten minutes. Do a quick release of the pressure.
  • Remove meatloaf from the foil (be careful the drippings will be hot). Slice on a platter and serve. You can whip up a little extra of the sauce if you want to add more color (it's not a pretty sight, haha).


  • Not sure if your meatloaf is cooked completely? Use a digital meat thermometer and meatloaf is done when the reading is 160 degrees F or above.
  • Save extra glaze to spoon over the top after cooking.
  • Meatloaf can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days after cooking.
  • Today’s recipe was tested in my Instant Pot 6qt duo. Settings may vary with different brands and styles. Prep time does not include the time it takes for Instant Pot to come to pressure or naturally release, please keep this in mind when planning your meal.
  • Wrap meatloaf in foil and slide into a freezer safe ziploc bag after cooking. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and heat slices individually in microwave. I love cold meatloaf sandwiches. Leftovers don’t last long in our house.


Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 163mg, Sodium: 526mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Tender and Moist, this easy Instant Pot Meatloaf is the perfect weeknight recipe. Topped with a tangy and sweet glaze, your family will love this delicious meatloaf recipe.

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Posted on February 9, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to make a good meatloaf for quite awhile now, but wasn’t sure what recipe would be best. Tried this one tonight and followed it to a “T”. It was absolutely amazing and it will be the only recipe I will use from now on. Not having to turn the oven on in 100 degree weather was also a plus. Hubby is a picky eater and he loved it!

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