Instant Pot Meatloaf is a complete meal in just one pot!

A flavorful ground beef meatloaf is cooked on a bed of potatoes in the instant pot for a full meal! You’ll love how easy it is and your family will rave over the flavor!

Instant Pot Meatloaf with mini potatoes on a serving plate

No-Fail Instant Pot Meal

Homemade Meatloaf is a classic dinner recipe for good reason! It’s delicious, easy to make and it reheats well (and even makes for great patty melts).

The great news is that this meal also cooks easily in the Instant Pot!  Because it is cooked under pressure, this meatloaf comes out nice and flavorful while the potatoes cook right along with it.

A full meal in just one pot.

Instant Pot Meatloaf ingredients in a clear bowl


BEEF This recipe is the perfect combination of ingredients for a tender juicy meatloaf.

I use ground beef but a combination of beef and pork (or even veal) will work just fine in this recipe. Use lean ground beef (80/20) as you need a little bit of fat for flavor and moisture.

SEASONINGS I add onion to the mixture but if you’d like, add some chopped up veggies (green bell pepper is delicious in this). Swap out the spices for your favorites like chili powder or even taco seasoning!

TOPPING Hands down my favorite part! Ketchup and chili sauce is the perfect tangy topping. Chili sauce is not spicy, it’s like extra zesty ketchup and so good!

If you prefer a brown sugar topping, combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cider vinegar.

POTATOES potatoes make the perfect side for this meatloaf. Baby potatoes are the best choice as they don’t get mushy and can just be tossed in whole.

If using whole potatoes just be sure to cut them into large pieces so they don’t overcook and fall apart (or cut them smaller and make mashed potatoes right in the Instant Pot).

How to Make Instant Pot Meatloaf

When it comes to making meatloaf in the Instant Pot it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! I use this Instant Pot here to make this recipe.

1. Place the baby potatoes and broth on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Potatoes in an instant pot

2. Prepare the meatloaf and place it on a piece of aluminum foil in the Instant Pot right on top of the potatoes (per recipe below).

Meatloaf in foil with potatoes

3. Cook on high. Once cooked, remove from the Instant Pot, brush with topping and broil!

meatloaf before and after brushing with glaze

Let meatloaf rest before slicing (this seals in the juices), and serve with potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Tips for Success

Preparing meatloaf is a simple enough task but there are still a few tips that will help you make the perfect meatloaf every time!

  • This recipe has only been tested in a 6qt Instant Pot. If your Instant Pot is a different size, cooking instructions may vary.
  • If skipping the potatoes make sure to place the meatloaf on a trivet and add the broth or some water to make pressure.
  • To prevent dry spots in the meatloaf, make sure all ingredients are mixed together well.
  • Once cooked, add the topping and broil the meatloaf. This step is optional but it helps to caramelize the topping!
  • Before slicing, be sure to let it sit for at least 10 minutes to prevent the slices from crumbling or falling apart before serving.

Serve It With…

Everything goes with meatloaf! But as an entrée, here are some sides, salads, and bread you are sure to love!


Leftover meatloaf is great to freeze or store in the refrigerator!

  • Refrigerate: Keep meatloaf in an airtight container if you are keeping it in the refrigerator. It should last about 5 days.
  • Freeze: Place it whole or in portions in a zippered bag or an airtight container and label with the date on it. Frozen meatloaf should keep about six weeks in the freezer.
  • Reheat: Thaw and reheat easily in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes or in the microwave.

Nothing is better than next-day meatloaf sandwiches! Reheat a slab of leftover meatloaf and pop it between two slices of bread with some mayo, mustard, some onion, and lettuce and you’ve got a hearty and delicious lunch!

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Instant Pot Meatloaf

This Instant Pot Meatloaf is juicy, melt-in-you-mouth and so easy to make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Servings 6 slices
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  • 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • cup chicken broth


  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs



  • Place the baby potatoes, chopped onion, garlic, and broth in the bottom of a 6QT Instant-Pot.
  • Cook diced onion (for the meatloaf) in butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into a loaf and place on a piece of foil. Fold the edges of the foil to make a "pan" for the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf on the trivet and add to the Instant Pot.
  • Select manual and cook on high pressure 28 minutes. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Remove any remaining pressure. Open the lid and ensure the meatloaf has reached 165°F. Remove meatloaf to a cutting board.
  • Combine topping ingredients and brush over meatloaf. (Optional: Place under the broiler 3-4 minutes)
  • Rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with potatoes.


Beef Use an 80/20 mix. Use use a combination of beef and pork if preferred.
If you'd like to skip the potatoes, place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. 
Be sure to let the meatloaf sit 10 minutes before servings to help prevent it from falling apart when slicing. 
Glaze If prefer a brown sugar topping: combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cider vinegar.
Broiling, while optional, caramelizes the topping providing a delicious flavor. 
Potatoes can be served whole or smashed with a potato masher. If mashing, potatoes can be mashed in the instant pot, no need to drain the liquid.
Larger potatoes can be cut in this recipe but may not hold their shape. If you use larger potatoes, mash them before serving.
4.84 from 24 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 537 | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 1103mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 5mg

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

Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I have made this recipe many times in the oven. Always one of our favorites. My question is can I cook it in the instant pot and for how long has anybody tried it.5 stars

  2. Relatively straightforward recipe that turned out well with perfectly cooked meatloaf and baby potatoes. My only thought would be the whole dish is relatively bland – would love to hear how others spiced it up to make a more flavorful dish.4 stars

  3. Well I haven’t tasted it yet, because it’s not done…..BECAUSE my burn has come on not once, but twice

    1. Oh no Sandy! Are you using a 6 quart Instant Pot? Did you add the broth at the bottom? If you did, you may want to increase it by about 1/2 cup and see if that works for you.

  4. That was a reply about using 1 pound
    And still cooking for the time in the recipe.
    Once the timer starts I set my timer with the additional cool time recommended.
    Then letting the pressure out.

  5. Very simple recipe, and flexible .was able to use the one pot for sautéing the onions and garlic then splitting them between the potatoes and the meatloaf then glazing the cooked meatloaf for 5min using the one pot to broil the meatloaf afterwords to brown and sear the flavor in. ( the new one pots with air fry are sooo useful ) like the idea of the foil it kept the grease out of the potatoes and was able to empty the grease into the trashcan.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried this with just one lb but it might need a little bit less time (25 min?). Let us know how it goes!

  6. Mine didn’t turn out!! I did everything to a “T!” My Instapot signaled “burn” I used the little potatoes. I had to take my meatloaf out and add more chicken broth. I let the meatloaf cook the rest of the way. When everything was done I cut open the center and it still had a nice amount of pink. So frustrated!! I finished cooking it in the oven.3 stars

  7. Curious if anyone has halved the recipe for a mini (3 qt). New to IP and wonder if cook time would br the same for a halved recipe?

  8. I made this today and was absolutely excited about the incredible taste and texture. I wish I had taken a photo. The baby potatoes were awesome. Thanks, Holly, once again, for a great recipe that I plan to make again and again!!!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you loved it Dwight! If you have Instagram, you can tag us over there (@spendpennies) so we can see!

  9. Holly do you have a recipe for stuff cabbage roll casserole in the instant pot. It’s with. Coleslaw mix instead of cabbage. I lost mine

  10. I don’t have an Instant Pot. Can the meatloaf recipe be cooked in the crookpot or baked in the oven?
    Lynda Foskett