Air fryer meatloaf is so juicy and cooks in a fraction of the time and clean up is a breeze.

This meatloaf contains a mixture of meat & seasonings and it’s topped with a delicious zesty topping!

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Why Make Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

A classic meatloaf is a favorite meal and we love this air fryer version for a quick weeknight dinner.

  • this can be baked in about half of the time compared to an oven recipe.
  • the fat drips away into the pan so the meat doesn’t cook in the fat.
  • this makes 2 smaller meatloaves so they’re easier to handle (and you get more of the crispy edges)
  • cleanup is a breeze (I have the Cosori 5.8QT XL and a quick rinse and it goes into the dishwasher)

No Air Fryer? No problem!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Meatloaf

Ingredients

MEAT We use lean ground beef (80/20), however, a combination of ground beef and ground turkey or pork can work just as well.

VEGGIES Finely diced bell pepper, onions, parsley, and garlic add flavor.

BINDER & SEASONINGS Breadcrumbs are mixed together with milk and egg yolk, Parmesan cheese, and a handful of Italian seasoning.

Ingredient Info

The topping in this recipe contains chili sauce (which is not spicy) and ketchup and it’s my favorite part of meatloaf.

If you’ve never had chili sauce, it is like a very zesty tangy ketchup with tons of flavor. It’s amazing combined with BBQ sauce and put on burgers and ribs.

process of making Air Fryer Meatloaf

How to Make Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air fryer meatloaf is a super quick and easy way to put a delicious meal on the table, and it takes just a few easy steps!

  1. Mix all of the ingredients, shape them into two equally-sized loaves (per the recipe below).
  2. Place meatloaves in the air fryer basket & cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add topping and cook an additional 15 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches 165°F.

Remove meatloaves from the air fryer & allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

close up of Air Fryer Meatloaf in the air fryer

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overmix the meat, mix just until combined.
  • Preheat the air fryer before adding the meatloaf.
  • Air Fryers can vary so be sure to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meatloaf and ensure it reaches 165° F.
  • Check the meatloaf early to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Add more time as needed.
  • Rest the meatloaf before slicing so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat in the air fryer or the microwave.

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Air Fryer Meatloaf

Juicy & tender, this Air Fryer Meatloaf is easy to make and full of flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ green bell pepper finely diced
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup onion* finely diced, see note
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste

Topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Mix all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl just until combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 2 and shape into small meatloaves, about 5" long by 2" wide.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 20 minutes.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Add topping and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until meatloaf reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

For a milder onion flavor, fry the onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Cool completely before adding.
Don't overmix the meat, mix just until combined.
Preheat the air fryer before adding the meatloaf.
Air Fryers can vary so be sure to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meatloaf and ensure it reaches 165° F.
Check the meatloaf early to ensure it doesn't overcook. Add more time as needed.
Rest the meatloaf before slicing so it doesn't fall apart.
5 from 143 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 340 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. try using ground up Captain Crunch Serial. You can also use ground up Captain Crutch Serial as your breading for chicken strips, fried chicken etc. This was the breading for Planet Hollywood

  2. Made this with lean ground pork. Subbed shallot for the onion, a small can of drained chopped mild peppers for the bell, and Mexican oregano for the Italian seasoning. Skipped the sauce on top. Turned out great!5 stars

  3. I’ve made this twice and my husband and I really enjoy it! I didn’t have tomato sauce, but used ketchup instead. The cooking time was perfect! It makes 2 meals for the us. Tastes good re-heated also. Definitely a keeper!5 stars

  4. I have used this recipe a few times and it always works!! Used a couple of different seasonings and my own topping but this is a great recipe!!5 stars

  5. So I made this tonight – came out wonderful! I changed the topping to something a bit sweeter. Loved it!!
    I made one loaf – pressed it down into my small air fryer. Kept checking the temp. Great recipe!5 stars

  6. Just got an air fryer as a gift. I must admit I was skeptical but this came out perfect. Obviously one could play around with the spices to your liking, but I pretty much exactly followed the recipe.5 stars

  7. Anxious to try your recipes.
    Husband is diabetic and looking for low carb, easy
    and I love the air fryer recipes you have

    thank you, Donna from NC5 stars

  8. I have grass fed beef (hamburger) in the freezer that I’m planning to use. I’m a bit afraid it will fall apart. What should I do to make sure it has enough “fat” in it to stick together?

  9. I would rate this an almost 5, just needed something else inside the meatloaf. Just not sure what. Very tasty would give this a 4 3/4 star. Emmie Peterson4 stars

    1. I love some meatloaf now, but don’t have a bell pepper, and have never used chili for sauce, but I’m Southern and always mix brown sugar and a little syrup into my ketchup for sauce, and I add canned mushrooms into about anything I cook. I’m awful with not following recipe to a t. I usually always add something and also (sorry) add a can of cream of mushroom soup and pack of Lipton onion soup mix and a dash of Dale’s seasoning. This will be my first time cooking a meatloaf in my Air Fryer, so please wish me luck. Thanks so very much for recipe!5 stars

    2. Actually, and this is gonna sound weird, but I’m from SC and have never used bread crumbs. I either take a glass and use the bottom of it to crush up either Ritz crackers or Club crackers (whichever I have here)! It definitely works good though for a poor gal…lol

  10. Have loved every recipe I have tried from your website! Thank you for keeping it really simple for those of us who don´t love to cook but love our air fryers! :-) You always use ingredients that most of us usually have on hand and seems like there are never more that 5-7 ingredients. Thanks so much for sharing!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Barbara, this made my day! I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes.

  11. I haven’t tried any of these but the meatloaf is happening tonight! I love trying new ideas and recipes, so this website will definitely be my Go-To!!!5 stars

    1. The milk and the egg together act as a binder and the milk helps keep it moist. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out if you left it out. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

      1. I make it without everytime (I just use my classic meatloaf recipe that I’ve always done and is slightly varied from this one, but use this cooking method) and it turns out amazing! I use an egg yolk and panko bread crumbs to bind and it works great.

  12. This was perfect to say the least. Just bit more prep time than I expected, but that could have just been me – anyway, well worth it. Came out just right so thanks for the great ingredients, air fryer temp & timing, etc. I thought I’d make the whole recipe for 4 just for us 2 so we could have meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow, BUT, my husband ate most of the 2nd meatloaf …. sigh! Will definitely make again.5 stars

  13. Holly, in my third paragraph. that should read “Next time, I will likely add more garlic, a little more salt” … not “sauce”. Sorry!

  14. Another big thumbs up for the mini meatloaf recipe!

    This is an easy-to-follow, very basic recipe that is spot on. I “almost” always follow recipes to the letter the first time I make them so that I will know where to start making adjustments to better suit my palette. I like a little more spice than this recipe provides … but now I have a good solid starting point for my air fryer meatloaf and it is very much like the meatloaf my Mum used to make!

    Next time, I will likely add more garlic, a little more sauce, some Montreal Steak spice, maybe some paprika, and perhaps a dash or two of Worchestershire Sauce.

    I have a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer. I found the cooking times to be close, but somewhat long for the 2″ x 5″ loaves. I would shorten the initial cook time to 17 or 18 minutes and the second cook to 4 or 5 minutes. The point, as Holly suggests, is to be sure to have your instant-read meat thermometer handy and check the temperature at the 15 or 16-minute mark … assuming you make the loaves 2″ x 5″ as recommended.

    And for Canadians, you may want to try Dianna’s Original BBQ sauce instead of the chili sauce/ketchup combo as the topping! It was the one change I made to this recipe … simply because I had no chili sauce on hand … and it was wonderful!

    Another triumph for Holly!5 stars