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Moist and Delicious Air Fryer Meatloaf

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Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf is better than the classic meatloaf recipe and is done in a fraction of the time. Moist and delicious with a smoky glaze that takes your dinner from boring to extraordinary.

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My family loves all the classic comfort foods like meatloaf, and slow cooker macaroni and cheese. I usually do not have the time to make all the classic recipes we love. So, it was only natural to want to test out making meatloaf in my air fryer.

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Moist and delicious meatloaf

Benefits of using the Air Fryer for this Meatloaf Recipe

  • Dinner on the table faster.
  • Crispy outside and moist and delicious inside.
  • No heating up the house to cook dinner.
  • Clean-up is a breeze.

What Meatloaf Ingredients do you need?

  • Ground turkey, ground Beef, or chicken
  • Egg
  • Panko bread crumbs – regular or seasoned 
  • Onion 
  • Garlic 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt 
  • Ground black pepper 
  • Mushrooms – baby bella or white
  • Ketchup 
  • Liquid smoke – this adds flavor, but can be left out
  • Brown sugar 
  • White vinegar 
  • garlic powder
Meatloaf Ingredients
Ingredients for meatloaf

How to make Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer at 400° for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Form into 2 small loaves, or if you have mini loaf pans, spray with cooking spray and divide the meatloaf between 2 pans.
  4. Cover the pans with tinfoil and air fry at 400° cook time is 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°.  
  5. While the meatloaf is cooking, combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and simmer for 2 minutes.  
  6. Remove the tinfoil and spread some sauce over the meatloaf. You can save the remaining sauce to serve with the meatloaf. Place in the air fryer for another 2 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite side dishes.

Chef Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t overmix.  This will help the meatloaf stay moist and not get dried out. 
  • The mushrooms add flavor and help the meatloaf stay moist.
  • Use a thermometer to check the meatloaf.  Turkey should reach 165° in the center.
  • You can saute the onions, garlic and mushrooms for a few minutes before adding to the meatloaf.  I prefer my onions to be well cooked and sometimes they don’t cook well enough in a meatloaf.
Meatloaf in air fryer on table

What side dish to eat with Meatloaf

Frequent Asked Questions:

What meat do I need for this recipe?

This recipe calls for ground turkey but you can use ground beef, ground pork, or even chicken.

How Long to Cook Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

You cook meatloaf in the air fryer for 30 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.

How to Reheat meatloaf in the air fryer

Place air fryer on 400 and place slices of the meatloaf directly in the air fryer basket. Cook on air fry for 3-4 minutes.

How long does Meatloaf last in the fridge?

Meatloaf should be stored in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator

Can I freeze Meatloaf?

Yes, you can freeze cooked meatloaf for 3-4 months. Place in a freezer bag or air-tight container.

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Air Fryer Meatloaf
Air Fryer Meatloaf plated

Moist and Delicious Air Fryer Meatloaf

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf is better than the classic meatloaf recipe and is done in a fraction of the time. Moist and delicious with a smoky glaze that takes your dinner from boring to extraordinary.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, finely chopped

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer at 400° for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients and form into 2 small loaves, or if you have mini loaf pans, spray with cooking spray and divide the meatloaf between 2 pans.
  3. Cover the pans with tinfoil and air fry at 400° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.  
  4. While the meat is cooking, combine the glaze ingredients and simmer for 2 minutes.  
  5. Remove the tinfoil and spread some sauce over the meatloaf. You can save the remaining sauce to serve with the meatloaf. Place in the air fryer for another 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favorite side dishes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 565mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

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