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Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe

Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe is a quick dish using 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey. The meatloaf is topped with a sweet and savory glaze. Drizzle with gravy if you wish! 

meatloaf in an air fryer

This post was originally published in 2019. It has since been updated.

Making meatloaf in an air fryer can’t get any easier! If you are looking for easy air fryer ground beef recipes, you came to the right place. You can even make mini meatloaves using this recipe.

seasoning, breadcrumbs, and ground beef for air fryer meatloaf

I’m no stranger to making meatloaf. This dish is a replica of my low carb recipe, but prepared with breadcrumbs as opposed to almond flour.

chopped onions, eggs, parsley, and butter for air fryer meatloaf

How to Cook and Make Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

The key to good meatloaf lies in the seasoning and what you use to bind it. It will need to be properly bound to prevent it from falling apart.

  1. Saute onions and garlic with butter in a skillet.
  2. Add garlic, onions, eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, Italian Seasoning, paprika, Worcestershire,  salt, and pepper to a large bowl with ground beef.
  3. Break down the beef and combine the ingredients.
  4. Mold the meat into a loaf.
  5. Add the beef to the air fryer and air fry.
  6. Cool before serving.
onions, butter, ground beef in a glass bowl for air fryer meatloaf
air fryer meatloaf raw in a loaf pan

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Ultimately, you want to cook the meatloaf until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. Timing will vary. Mine was ready around 45 minutes.

meatloaf in an air fryer with glaze

Air Fryer Temperature

I like to use 370 degrees.

Meatloaf Glaze

I like to glaze the meatloaf with a combo that is both sweet and savory. I use a little brown sweetener, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoning.

ketchup, seasoning, and brown sugar for air fryer meatloaf glaze
air fryer meatloaf glaze in a glass bowl

How to Slice It

Always let the meatloaf rest and cool completely before slicing. It will fall apart if you don’t. Use a serrated knife to slice into the loaf. This will also prevent your slices from falling apart.

meatloaf in an air fryer

Pair with These Side Dishes

Cauliflower Mash
Zucchini Au Gratin
Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin
Purple Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Air Fryer Asparagus
Southern Baked Beans

How to Reheat Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

I like to line the basket with air fryer parchment paper first. I reheat the meatloaf on 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes.

Recipe Tips

  • Ground turkey can be used in this recipe if desired. The cook time will remain the same.
  • Lean ground beef can be used in this recipe if desired. If you use lean ground beef there will be a lot less fat to drain from the meatloaf.
  • Add a little heat by adding a little hot sauce or Sriracha!
  • You can use Italian Breadcrumbs and omit the Italian Seasoning.
  • Be sure to test the internal temperature of the meatloaf. I like to test 2 different areas to be sure it is cooked through.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 4 days.

If you want to make a low carb or keto version, check out my Keto Low-Carb Meatloaf here.

Serve this with my Keto Low-Carb Brown Gravy.

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meatloaf in an air fryer
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Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe

Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe is a quick dish using 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey. The meatloaf is topped with a sweet and savory glaze. Drizzle with gravy if you wish! 
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer meatloaf, making meatloaf in air fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 190kcal

Ingredients

Meatloaf Glaze

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the butter and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions become soft and fragrant. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add the ground beef to a large bowl with all of the ingredients including the cooked onions. (excluding the glaze ingredients).
  • Beak down the meat and combine the ingredients. You can also use your hands. Ensure the meat is coated in all of the seasonings and ingredients, but don't overwork the meat. If you overwork the meat the meatloaf is more likely to fall apart after air frying.
  • Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Add the meat mixture to the pan. Shape the meat in the pan, pay close attention to the edges, and smooth with a silicone spatula or spoon. A 9×5 pan won't fit in my 5.8 quart air fryer, but it will fit in my air fryer oven. If using an air fryer, use the loaf pan to mold the meatloaf, and then remove it from the pan by pulling up on the parchment paper and place it on the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 35 minutes on 370 degrees.
  • While the meatloaf bakes in the air fryer, combine all of the ingredients for the glaze in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • After 35 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven. You can choose to drain any excess fat. I didn't drain any because the parchment paper works well at soaking it up. Spread the glaze over the top. The mixture will create a thick layer on top.
  • Return the meatloaf to the air fryer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes (timing will vary based on temperature). Use a meat thermometer to test the inside of the loaf and ensure it has reached an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees. Examine the edges of the meatloaf to ensure the edges are fully cooked.
  • Allow the meatloaf to cool and rest for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. I allow mine to rest for about 20 minutes. The meat will need to rest before you slice into it.
  • Use a serrated bread knife to slice the meatloaf, this will prevent it from falling apart as you slice it.

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Notes

  • Ground turkey can be used in this recipe if desired. The cook time will remain the same.
  • Lean ground beef can be used in this recipe if desired. If you use lean ground beef there will be a lot less fat to drain from the meatloaf.
  • Add a little heat by adding a little hot sauce or Sriracha!
  • You can use Italian Breadcrumbs and omit the Italian Seasoning.
  • Be sure to test the internal temperature of the meatloaf. I like to test 2 different areas to be sure it is cooked through.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 4 days.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g
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Recipe Rating




Deb

Monday 1st of March 2021

I made this tonight and it was just delicious.

staysnatched

Monday 1st of March 2021

Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Alicia

Thursday 24th of December 2020

I've made this recipe three times now, and it is my favorite. Thanks Brandi! I've made it with Bison, Elk, and even the 'beyond meat' ground. We found sweet potato syrup at the store, and I used it in addition to dark brown sugar in the glaze. It was awesome.

Roberta M

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

@staysnatched,

staysnatched

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

oh wow! I'm so glad to hear it holds up with those!

Tenedra

Sunday 6th of December 2020

This was so good and so easy! I made it with your southern green beans and my 2 year old ate it up! THANK YOU!

staysnatched

Monday 7th of December 2020

Wonderful! I love when the kids enjoy a recipe.

Rebekah

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Absolutely loved this recipe. I doubled it and am SO glad I did for leftovers! Hello meatloaf sandwiches!!! I doubled the recipe and used 3lbs lean turkey and 1lb lean beef, didn’t sautéed the onions first (they softened while cooking!), used 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and 1/3 cups pork rinds, and then did the ketchup glaze on one but made a buffalo honey mustard glaze for the second. I also cooked them right in the loaf pans and air fried in my Breville Smart Oven so cooking time was increased. One of the BEST meatloafs I have ever made, not dry at all even with increased cooking time. HIGHLY recommend, 10/10!

staysnatched

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Crystal

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Can this be made just by making a loaf shape instead of using the pan?? Made it in pan last time didn’t like the texture on the sides. I’m picky.. amazing meatloaf though!

staysnatched

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Mine fell apart when I did this. Maybe you will have better luck.