Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes

Super EASY Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is cooked in just 20 minutes!

Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a complete meal that’s prepped and cooked in minutes in your pressure cooker!

I’ve taken my Classic Meatloaf Recipe and Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and combined the two for an irresistible supper made in a fraction of the time!

Holy Cow! This Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a whole meal made in one pressure cooker! My family loved this one and even my picky eater asked for seconds!pinterestInstant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes combines two classic comfort foods into one super quick and easy meal. Get dinner on the table in a hurry with this easy recipe!

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

You guys, I’m kind of freaking out about how much I’m in love with this recipe! If you haven’t taken the Instant Pot plunge, do it now. This machine is such a time saver in the kitchen. I whipped up this tender meatloaf, fluffy mashed potatoes and even steamed Brussels sprouts in just 20 minutes!

Combine all the ingredients for your meatloaf in one bowl and mix with your hands! This is the BEST meatloaf recipe out there!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Meatloaf

The first thing you’ll want to do is whip up your super flavorful meatloaf.

I used some honey bbq sauce to give this meatloaf some extra zip and sweetness. It’s a game changer for sure. Even my pickiest eater asked for seconds of the meatloaf!!

Here’s a basic list of the ingredients you’ll need to make meatloaf in the instant pot. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card below.

  • Ground Beef – use a lean ground beef to avoid any excess fat
  • Breadcrumbs – Italian seasoned breadcrumbs add extra flavor
  • Eggs – used to help bind the meatloaf
  • Diced Onion – use onion powder if you don’t like the added texture
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • BBQ Sauce – my secret ingredient to making extra flavorful meatloaf!

Once the meatloaf is mixed, shape and place on a large piece of foil.

How To Make Multiple Things In The Instant Pot at the Same Time

The trick with this super easy recipe is to layer everything.

Start by layering your cut up (raw) potatoes and placing them on the bottom of your pressure cooker in an even layer.

I’m using Yukon Gold Potatoes here because you don’t have to peel the thin skins off, making prep time faster!

Layer uncooked potatoes in the bottom of your pressure cooker and top with your uncooked meatloaf. Watch what happens next!

Most pressure cookers will come with a steamer rack that you can lay on top of the potatoes for a steady platform for your meatloaf.

Lay this rack on top of the potatoes, adjusting any potatoes that are sticking up and preventing an even surface.

Layer your meatloaf and veggies on top of the potatoes in your Instant Pot and watch the magic happen!

Tips and Tricks For Pressure Cooker Meatloaf

Create a foil pocket that’s small enough to fit into your instant pot and place your shaped meatloaf inside.

  • You don’t have to use foil, you could also use a small meatloaf pan that fits inside your pressure cooker.
  • Keep in mind that there will be fat and juices that run off of the meatloaf and you want enough room around the meatloaf for it to catch and not run into the potatoes.
  • Carefully remove the meatloaf and drain any fat and juices and then brush the top with the meatloaf glaze and finish in the oven.

What To Serve with Meatloaf?

I tried to add some Brussels Sprouts to the instant pot (pictured above), but because Brussels Sprouts take only a few minutes to cook in the pressure cooker, the texture that resulted from being in there too long was less than desirable.

My kids still ate them though!

I think if you’re going to try and cook some sort of vegetable alongside the meatloaf and mashed potatoes you’ll want a thick cut carrot.

Here are some more of our favorite vegetable side dishes to serve with meatloaf…

Once the meatloaf is cooked, brush on the simple glaze and pop under the broiler for just a minute to let it caramelize.

Easy Meatloaf Glaze Recipe

Once the meatloaf is cooked, you’ll carefully pull it out (lifting the rack out makes this part easy).

Brush on the simple glaze (made of brown sugar, ketchup and a little yellow mustard) and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes till it is nice and bubbly and slightly caramelized.

Mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot!

Finishing Mashed Potatoes In The Instant Pot

Meanwhile, add a few simple ingredients to your perfectly cooked potatoes and mash them right in the instant pot!

  • Taste and season the potatoes how you would like
  • Serve alongside the perfectly cooked meatloaf and enjoy!

You guys, let’s talk about how many dishes we saved in this one meal! So genius!

This Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a complete meal made in 20 minutes in your pressure cooker! So genius!

Customize Your Meatloaf!

Ready to jazz up your classic meatloaf and make it your own? Get creative or try these tasty additions!

  • Add a 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese to the mix
  • Chop up 1/2 cup of mushrooms and add to the meat mixture
  • Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef
  • Mix in 1/2 cup finely chopped apples for a sweet surprise

Can I Double This Recipe?

I’ve been asked this question A LOT!

Since this recipe is originally tested in an 8 quart and also approved for a 6 quart, I’m going to say NO. I do not feel there will be enough room in the pot to accommodate the extra ingredients.

Can I Halve This Recipe?

Yes, you can halve this recipe! Here’s what you need to know…

  • Use the scale feature in the recipe card to adjust the quantities needed in the meatloaf and potatoes.
  • You will still need at least 1 cup of chicken broth in the potatoes to allow the instant pot to gain enough pressure.
  • After the potatoes have cooked, strain off about half the liquid and continue with the recipe.
  • The cook time should remain the same.

What Temperature Should Meatloaf Be?

The meatloaf should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F.

Keep in mind that you’ll finish the meatloaf under the broiler, where it will still increase in temperature, but only by about 5 to 10 degrees.

*If your meatloaf is not to at least 155 degrees F. after the initial 20 minutes in the pressure cooker (use an instant read thermometer to check), place the lid back on and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes.

Holy Cow! This Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a whole meal made in one pressure cooker! My family loved this one and even my picky eater asked for seconds!

Watch Video On How To Make Instant Pot Meatloaf with Potatoes

Either way you dress it up, this Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes will seriously rock your world!

Holy Cow! This Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a whole meal made in one pressure cooker! My family loved this one and even my picky eater asked for seconds!
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Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes

Make a whole nutritious dinner in one pot with this quick and easy Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 732 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 lb. ground beef, I used a lean ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey bbq sauce

For the Meatloaf Topping:

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

For the potatoes:

  • 3 lbs. yellow potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start by laying the quartered potatoes in the bottom of your pressure cooker in an even layer. Pour the chicken broth over the top. Lay the rack that comes with your pressure cooker over the top so it lays flat.
  • Combine the ingredients for the meatloaf (minus the topping) in a large bowl until fully combined. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place on a piece of tinfoil. Shape the tinfoil up and around the edges of the meatloaf, creating a pocket for it. Place the meatloaf on top of the rack in the pressure cooker and secure lid.
  • Ensure that the steam release is closed and turn pressure cooker to Manual mode for 20 to 25 minutes*. Once finished cooking, use the quick release method to let the steam escape. Check meatloaf for internal temperature of 155 degrees F.
  • Carefully lift the meatloaf out of the pressure cooker and place on a baking sheet. Mix the ingredients for the topping and brush all over the meatloaf. Place meatloaf under the broiler for just 3 to 4 minutes, until the top is bubbly and caramelized.
  • Meanwhile add the remaining ingredients (half and half, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper) to the instant pot and mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve the meatloaf in slices with the mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
Notes
UPDATE
Some people are finding that 20 minutes is not enough time to fully cook their meatloaf. I use an 8 quart Instant Pot for this recipe and 20 minutes works great. If your meatloaf still hasn't reached 155 degrees F in the pressure cooker, cover and cook an additional 5 minutes at high pressure. Once it's cooked through finish with the topping and broil.

Nutrition

Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 44.8g | Fat: 23.7g | Cholesterol: 185.6mg | Sodium: 1512.3mg | Sugar: 19.6g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 28mg
Keywords: Ground Beef, Instant Pot, Mashed Potatoes, meatloaf
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
652 Responses
  1. Cris

    This looks so good! Unfortunately I don’t have an InstantPot yet. Do you think this would work in a crockpot? Maybe 8 hrs on low??? (and still cooking the meatloaf in foil on top of the potatoes?) I just hate to miss out on this yummy recipe!

  2. Roxanne Moley

    Hi tried to make the recipe, looks so good! I new at Instant Pot, I put my meatloaf on the top part of the rack over the potatoes and I had steam coming from around my whole lid. Should I have put the meatloaf on the bottom part of the rack. I am afraid it would not fit with the potatoes at the bottom! Oh well, it’s in the oven now. I am sure it will taste good anyways! Thanks.

  3. Jordan

    5 stars
    Cooking for my boyfriend can be hard because he usually tells me things are “decent.” So do you like it? Will you eat it again? This recipe got me a “this is delicious” and then a “this is better than my moms!” So thank you for that!

    Question: I loved the mashed potatoes and want to make a double batch for Thanksgiving. Do I need to double the chicken broth or do I leave that at the current measurement?

  4. Jennifer

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Husband and son couldn’t get enough. This is definitely on my “make again” list. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

  5. Christine Wojciechowski

    5 stars
    Delicious! Did 25 minutes manual and a 10 minute natural release, then put under broiler. I only did 1 lb of potatos so I cut those ingredients down by 3rds. Only did 1 lb hamburger so cut those in half. I did add some sweet chili sauce to the meatloaf mixture. But I did make the full of the sauce. Did 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard with 1 of the yellow mustard (because I ran out) and did add maybe 1/2 tsp white vinegar. 1st time doing 2 in one and I’ll definitely do it again. I have the 6 quart by the way. Thank you for this recipe. Like I said above, DELICIOUS!

      1. Carmen

        Love, love, love this recipe. Made it several times last year. I have been craving meatloaf since the weather has gotten cooler, so I pulled up your recipe! My mouth is watering already. Will never make meatloaf in the oven again.

    1. Shawn

      You can definitely cook this without the potatoes. If using a 6 quart pot, use just 1 cup of water. If using 8 quart, use 1 1/2 cups.

  6. Ariel Dengrove

    This turned out amazing for me!! I have the 8 qt and cooked for 25 minutes and then let sit for 10 before venting. Broiler for 4 minutes and this meatloaf was on point!! Will be bookmarking this recipe forsure!

  7. Rosemarie Fasel

    4 stars
    My family loved this so much. I had to cook it 35 minutes to get the meat done, though. I think it was due to my instant pot.

  8. Kd

    5 stars
    This is literally the BEST meatloaf and mashed potatoes recipe I have ever found. The potatoes are delicious and the meatloaf is juicy, tastes amazing and holds together well. I will never make this any other way now.

  9. Sandi

    I have used this recipe several times without the potatoes. I was never a fan of meatloaf but my husband is. We both love this recipe.

  10. CM

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! Other than obviously doubling the recipe, what adjustments would you suggest for a four pound loaf?

    1. Shawn

      You’ll probably need to increase the cook time. I have an 8 quart IP and getting 2 lbs in there is pretty tight… I am not sure if 4 lbs would fit very well, but it might be worth a try?

  11. Annie

    The first time it turned out great! This time was an epic fail…hope it reaches the temp in the oven. Sadly, I tried 5 more min and now it’s in the oven at 350f. And the potatoes didn’t come out either. Grease from the meatloaf found it’s way in and they are mushy.

  12. Anne

    The first time it turned out great! This time was an epic fail…hope it reaches the temp in the oven. Sadly, I tried 5 more min and now it’s in the oven at 350f. And the potatoes didn’t come out either. Grease from the meatloaf found it’s way in and they are mushy.

  13. Jennifer D Daley

    5 stars
    Oh My Gosh!!!
    Can I just say this deserves 5more stars on top of those 5!!
    My family LOVES LOVES THIS MEAL and my husband and his father never liked meatloaf, they always refused to eat it since childhood.But when I made this recipe they smelled it cooking and were surprised it was Meatloaf!
    There first bites were so awesome to watch I wish we had a camera,it was so funny!!
    Thank you for such a GREAT RECIPE!!

    God Bless and Stay Safe!

  14. Bia Fontoura

    I LOVE this recipe so much! Was wondering if I can prep and freeze before cooking? Or how should I go about freezing (just meatloaf, not potatoes). Trying to meal prep a few favorites before baby 3 arrives! Thanks!!

  15. Nina

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times and each time it’s turned out great! It’s my 15 year old’s favorite meal. Thank you for this easy and wonderful recipe.

  16. Jessica

    So good! I used a few handfuls of oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs and cooked for 20 min. Squeezed on a little more bbq sauce + ketchup for the top and after broiling for a few minutes, it temped perfect. My husband, who does not care for meatloaf, complimented it a few times and our 3 littles finished every bite on their plates. Thanks for the winner!

  17. Don

    5 stars
    This was the best thing we have cooked so far in our instant pot. Everything came out perfectly. It was the first time I have ever cooked a meatloaf and we will use this again. Thank you

    1. Jeff weet

      I didn’t do the potatoes, so maybe that’s why I had the issue, but I out this in for 20 minutes, it clearly wasn’t done, so I put it back in for another 5 minutes, still raw in the middle. It’s now in the oven at 350. It looks really good, but the timing messed up our dinner

      1. Shawn

        Hey Jeff! Surprisingly, if you do not add all the ingredients into the IP, you actually have to cook it LONGER! It all has to do with the amount of pressure that builds up (hence, pressure cooking) inside. Next time try adding 10 more minutes if you’re skipping the potatoes. 😉

        1. Melody

          I have an 8qt pot and mine wasn’t done after 25 minutes. I DID put the potatoes in with mine. Mine is now in a 350 degree oven.

          1. Shawn

            I’m sorry your didn’t cook all the way through in the instant pot Melody. Do you remember what the temperature of the meatloaf was when you took it out?

        2. Terri Ayotte

          I found even 25 minutes wasn’t nearly enough time -raw in the middle now it’s in the oven for another 1/2 hour 🙁

  18. Lorelei Milcoff

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. OMG….I tried not to change a thing, but didn’t use all the potatoes required because I didn’t have enough. When I added the sour cream I realized that adding the half and half wasn’t going to work, so just did it with the sour cream. Still delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  19. Alena

    I’ve made this a couple of times, with no issues! Me and my husband love it. The only thing I do differently is I did brown sugar and the leftover honey bbq sauce and a tiny bit of ketchup for the glaze (my husband hates ketchup). Turned out super good!

  20. James Meade

    These directions don’t make any sense. Shows ingredient list for meatloaf and later says to add s&p, and garlic to the mashed potatoes. But it says combine all meatloaf ingredients together. (S&p, and garlic) but doesn’t say anything about putting them in the potatoes later… ??

    1. Leigh

      5 stars
      James Meade, just read all the way through the whole recipe. It gives list of ingredients for both meatloaf and potatoes but you don’t use all ingredients in the potatoes till after they’re cooked. Read in past the ingredients list n u will see how to put it all together. It’s really really good…. only trouble I had was no steam on quick release but it was done.

    2. Deb

      It says, after it has cooked it all.

      Step#5 says
      Meanwhile add the remaining ingredients (half and half, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper) to the instant pot and mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.

    3. Carri

      Step 5 answers your question verbatim. Once the potato’s are cooked, you add the rest of the ingredients in (step 5) and mash. Serve along side Meatloaf.

  21. Leigh

    I followed your recipe exactly. This is first time to use my IP. Set in Manual for 25 min. Both meatloaf n potatoes cane out great BUT I think recipe called for quick release n no steam came out. But it was all cooked! What am I not understanding? When the cook time worked down to 0 min is when I tried QR.

    1. Shawn

      Could be that the seal wasn’t on just right and the steam escaped out the sides before it was done? I’m glad it worked out well for you though!

  22. Cathy

    4 stars
    25 minutes worked great. The potatoes were delicious. I made gravy on the side. The carrots were super cooked but yummy!!
    Thank you!!

  23. Rebecca

    5 stars
    To be honest I am not a fan of meatloaf. My father and brother definitely love meatloaf though. I decided to try your recipe and method instead of my mother’s to give her a break. Discovered tonight that I like meatloaf…your meatloaf, not my mother’s….lol. will be making it again. Turner out perfect

  24. Mary Lou

    I am excited to make this tonight for dinner. I have an appt mid afternoon and I would like to prepare everything before I go. I am just wondering what you think. I wouldn’t cook it until I get home.

  25. Linda

    3 stars
    I used 1 lb Bison meat. I was struggling with the alum foil, found a small enough rectangular glass casserole to fit on the rack in the IP. Everything came out done. BUT the meatloaf ended up with so much moisture which I poured back into the potatoes. I did brown the top of the meatloaf for a bit in the oven, but I was not that concerned about appearance. Next time I will cover the meat with a bit of foil to keep out the moisture.

    1. Shawn

      Hi Linda, I’m sorry you struggled with the foil. I use the foil because it gives room for the moisture to collect, then I drain that before finishing it under the broiler. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe though!

  26. Jules

    5 stars
    I cooked mine for 25 minutes and it was done! I used shredded zucchini instead of bread crumbs and ground flaxseed as well to help bind it. Thank you!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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