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Making meatloaf in the Air Fryer became a game changer for us. Now you can make delicious moist meatloaf in less time in your Air Fryer.

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We are still on the Air Fryer bandwagon in our home and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Fact is, it has made our lives so much easier when it comes to getting dinner on the table in a hurry. Since both my hubby and I work full time and have a ton of side projects, we just don’t have much time to devote to meals that take a long time to cook.

That’s where this Air Fryer Meatloaf comes into play. Meatloaf is one of my comfort foods but it typically takes me almost a good 90 minutes to bake a 2lb meatloaf in my oven, unless I’m making my Mini Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf in the oven. But for a huge loaf, the Air Fryer allows me to cut that time almost in half. Thanks Air Fryer!

sliced meatloaf

          How to Cook Meatloaf in an Air Fryer

Making meatloaf in your Air Fryer is easy peasy. You will use whatever meatloaf recipe you like (my meatloaf recipe is included below) and “fry” it in your Air fryer at 390-400 degrees Fahrenheit. How long will depend on how much meat you put in your loaf. For a 1lb meat loaf, cook for about 25-30 minutes. For a 2 lbs of meat, go up to about 45 minutes.

I like to combine my loaf made of meat and place it directly in the Air Fryer basket or on my Phillips brand grill tray. This grill tray didn’t come with my Phillips Air Fryer so I had to purchase it seperatley. I find it handier than the basket and easier to clean. No worries, if you don’t have the grill tray for your air fryer, you can still place your meatloaf in the basket.

air fryer grill tray

I do however recommend using foil paper or these parchment paper rounds for the bottom of your meatloaf so it’s easier to remove and doesn’t leave a humongous mess. I make a foil paper sling with foil paper if I’m not using my grill tray.

Once the recommended time on your meatloaf is done, use a calibrated quick read thermometer to check the temperature. Ground beef should reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meatloaf in an Air Fryer vs. Oven, What’s the Difference?

Time. That’s pretty much it. As far as texture and taste, it’s the same. But the time saved making a meatloaf in the Air Fryer is worth taking the time to put it in the Air Fryer. The Air Fryer preheats much quicker than the oven and the time it takes to get done is much quicker.

What kind of meat to use for Air Fryer Meatloaf

Whatever kind your heart desires. Beef, turkey, pork, a combinaition…they all will work in your Air Fryer.

I used Butcherbox ground beef for my first air fryer meatloaf and loved it. ButcherBox (You can see my unboxing of my first box of meat on Facebook) and used the grass fed beef to make this meatloaf.) It was delicious!

Watch this full video tutorial on Youtube where I make this meatloaf from start to finish.

butcher box ground beef

I’ve also written a 9 month review of Butcher Box delivery service. 

Important Updated Notes on Air Fryer Meatloaf:

  • I originally cooked my meatloaves in the Phillips Starfish Technology XL Air Fryer with Grill Tray. The grill tray allowed the meat to be further away from the heating element which allowed my meatloaf to cook without becoming too dark too quickly. My newer air fryer doesn’t have the same option so I cover it with heavy-duty foil paper to ensure the top doesn’t get too dark too quickly. 
  • All air fryers won’t need the foil covering. I recommend checking on your meatloaf periodically. If it starts to get too brown during the cooking process, cover with foil until it’s time to add the glaze.
  • There are many factors that may affect how long it takes to cook your meatloaf in the air fryer. If you find that your meatloaf is not done at the recommended cook time, place it back in the oven and check on it about every 5-10 minutes until it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Looking for more Air Fryer meat recipes? Try these out:

Meatloaf in Air Fryer with glaze on top.
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Air Fryer Meatloaf

Making meatloaf in the Air Fryer became a game changer for us. Make delicious moist meatloaf in less time in your Air Fryer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf in air fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 407kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh soft bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon style mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 lbs ground beef

For glaze

Instructions

  • Add breadcrumbs and beef broth to a small bowl and stir until breadcrumbs are coated. Set aside.
  • Add mushrooms, carrots, onions, and garlic and process until finely chopped. Place in large bowl.
  • Add ground beef, eggs, soaked breadcrumbs, ketchup, Dijon style mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt to large bowl. Mix with hands until incorporated. Form into a loaf.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 390 degrees.*
  • Place Meatloaf in Air Fryer and cook for 40-45 minutes.
  • While meatloaf is cooking, prepare glaze by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and dijon mustard. When there is about 5 minutes left on your timer, spread glaze over meatloaf in Air Fryer.
  • Remove and allow meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Video

Notes

  • Most Air Fryers have a maximum temperature setting of 400. The Phillips brand has a maximum temperature of 390 degrees. 
  • I love using fresh breadcrumbs in this recipe. I take about 4 slices of whatever bread we have around the house, toss 'em in the food processor for about 1 cup of breadcrumbs.
  • Adding vegetables to your meatloaf helps keep it moist and not dense.
  • Wait a few minutes before slicing your meatloaf if you don’t want it to fall apart.
  • Check on your meatloaf periodically. If it starts to get too brown during the cooking process, cover with foil until it's time to add the glaze. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal
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Step by Step Photos of Air Fryer Meatloaf

I like to start with making fresh breadcrumbs in a food processor.
I like to start by making my breadcrumbs fresh in my food processor. 
breadcrumbs and beefbroth in a small bowl for air fried meatloaf recipe.
Place breadcrumbs and beef broth in small bowl. Set aside.
chopped vegetables for air fried meatloaf
Chop your mushrooms, onions, carrots, and garlic in a food processor.
air fried meatloaf mixture
Add chopped vegetables, ground beef, eggs, ketchup, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs and salt to a large bowl. Use hands to combine.
air fried meatloaf in air fryer before cooking
Place meatloaf in preheated 390 degree Air Fryer.
sauce in glass bowl with spoon
While Air Fryer is frying, make glaze.
air fried meatloaf covered in glaze
With about 5 minute cooktime left, cover meatloaf with glaze. Return to Air fryer and cook for 5 more minutes or until meatloaf reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Completed Meatloaf in Air Fryer
All done. Remove from Air Fryer and allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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air fryer steak on pan

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Recipe Rating




Sherri Metz

Saturday 24th of October 2020

This is the very BEST meatloaf recipe I have ever eaten!

Carol A tbryant in

Monday 29th of June 2020

I've always used Quaker oats instead of breadcrumbs a d use drippings for gravy.

Cass

Friday 8th of May 2020

So meaty and moist and flavorful even without the sauce on top.

Tanya

Friday 8th of May 2020

Thank you so much Cass :)

Sherri

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

I am very picky about my meatloaf but this is by far the best one I have ever made! If your looking for the most delicious meatloaf recipe in the world try this one!

Tanya

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Thank you so much Sherri :)

Linda workman

Monday 16th of March 2020

I posted earlier but had some errors.I used my visit I recipe instructions

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