Monday, July 12, 2021

Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe

Air fryer meatloaf is perfectly seasoned and topped with a sweet and tangy glaze. Make this easy meatloaf recipe for dinner in under an hour!

Enjoy a comfort food meal without creating a pile of pots and pans to clean afterwards. In fact, you can have the whole kitchen cleaned by the time dinner is on the table!

Don’t have an air fryer? I’ve got another easy meatloaf recipe for the oven that’s topped with a delicious balsamic glaze.

You can even convert that recipe into poppable bites for easy snacking!

Otherwise, use this handy appliance to cook all of your favorites in minutes - like perfectly crisp chicken wings or tender, juicy steak.

air fryer meatloaf with brown sugar glaze

Air Fryer Meatloaf - Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Choose a fattier blend. If your ground beef is too low fat, you will end up with a dry loaf. Aim for a fat content of at least 15%.
  • Don’t overmix! This is often the culprit for a dense, dry meatloaf. Combine the ingredients just until they are evenly distributed, then leave it alone.
  • Get a smooth surface. Dip your hands in warm water or coat them in a little bit of olive oil before shaping. 
  • When is it done? The easiest way to know for sure is by inserting a digital meat thermometer into the center. It should read around 165°F and no longer be pink in the center when sliced.
  • Let it rest. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before slicing so all of the juices have a chance to redistribute throughout the meat.

easy meatloaf recipe ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes when the meatloaf is in the air fryer. Add a side of steamed veggies or toss in some cauliflower while the loaf is resting.

For a simple meal, pair it with some greens tossed in your favorite dressing or any one of my pasta salads.

mixing meatloaf

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes will require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. 
  • Basting Brush - I like this one over the silicone ones because it transfers sauce more evenly.

meatloaf in air fryer

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use ground turkey to make this recipe leaner?

Yes, you can. When I make it with ground turkey instead, I like to add the zest of one lemon to the mixture. It adds a really nice complementary flavor.

Can I substitute Panko breadcrumbs for the traditional ones?

Absolutely! Because it doesn’t have Italian seasoning, you may want to add about a teaspoon of that with the other spices.

I also recommend soaking the Panko in a quarter cup of milk so they don’t dry out the beef mixture too much.

meatloaf in air fryer with brown sugar glaze

Why don’t I need to put air fryer meatloaf in a pan?

Whether you are making meatloaf in the air fryer or the oven, skipping the pan allows the outside to crisp up and caramelize.

You can certainly use a mini loaf pan if you prefer. Test it first to be sure that if fits in your basket and use one with holes in the bottom for the fat to drain.


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air fryer meatloaf on a cutting board

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Author: Donna Elick
Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf

Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air fryer meatloaf is perfectly seasoned and topped with a sweet and tangy glaze. Make this easy meatloaf recipe for dinner in under an hour!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onions, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Using your hand combine all the ingredients until they are all well combined.
  2. Form the mixture into a loaf form that will fit into your air fryer basket.
  3. Place the meatloaf into the air fryer and set it to 380°F for 30 minutes.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Brush the ketchup mixture over the top of the meatloaf and set it for another 10-15 minutes until the loaf reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Allow the meat to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

air fryer meatloaf closeup

Originally published July 2021

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1 comment:

  1. Meatloaf without having the oven on during the summer is a big win. I did put some foil underneath mine and brought it up to cover the top for all but the last 10- 15 minutes. The foil also helped when I lifted the loaf out of the air fryer.


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