Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air Fryer Meatloaf is tender and juicy, with a sweet and savory glaze. It’s a classic recipe that cooks in half the time.

meatloaf on a white platter with glaze

Looking for a classic comfort food dinner that’s ready in about half an hour? This Air Fryer Meatloaf fits the bill! Add some Garlic Cheese Biscuits and Oven Roasted Broccoli for a simple meal that’s on the table in less than 40 minutes.

Why We Love it

  • Air Fryer Meatloaf cooks in half the time of classic meatloaf.
  • Comes out tender and moist on the inside, with a caramelize glaze and outer crust.
  • Cooking in the air fryer frees up your oven for side dishes!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Meatloaf

  • Ground beef – a leaner 85/15 is my choice, but you can use a leaner ground beef, or combine it with pork or ground turkey.
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • Onion – Finely diced or even grated.
  • Italian seasoning
  • Egg – lightly whisked.
  • Milk
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • For the glaze – ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire

How to Cook Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

Preheat the air fryer. Preheating is a must for this recipe so the meatloaf will cook evenly.

Combine the meatloaf ingredients. Mix together ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, Italian seasoning, egg, Worcestershire, and milk, just until incorporated.

bowl of meatloaf mixture, plus ingredients

Form the loaf. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and press the ground beef mixture in to form a loaf. Lift the foil from the loaf pan and fold the foil up around the meatloaf to form a “boat” and place into the air fryer basket.

meatloaf in a loaf pan
meatloaf wrapped in foil in air fryer basket

Air Fry. Cook the meatloaf for about 10 minutes, then cover the loaf with more foil and continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Spread on the glaze and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees F.

air fryer meatloaf with foil wrapper
air fryer meatloaf with glaze

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Careful not to overmix. I recommend using your hands instead of a spoon.
  • Always preheat your air fryer. Air fryers can vary by model, so preheating is a must.
  • Customize: add ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the ground beef mixture, or feel free to use plain or panko breadcrumbs instead of seasoned or add any kind of beef seasoning you like.
  • Watch the internal temp. Keep an instant read meat thermometer on hand and check the meatloaf early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Let it rest. Give it at least 10 minutes to rest before slicing into 1-inch pieces.
  • Storage: Place leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days I the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.
  • Freezing: Wrap the loaf tightly in foil and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for 4-6 months. Thaw before reheating.
Can you freeze uncooked meatloaf?

Yes, you can freeze meatloaf raw. Make and form the loaf, then wrap it tightly with foil. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months. To cook, thaw completely in the fridge overnight, then cook as directed.

slices of meatloaf on a plate

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Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air Fryer Meatloaf is tender and juicy, with a sweet and savory glaze. It's a classic comfort food dinner recipe that cooks in half the time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 269kcal

Ingredients
  

Meatloaf

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 egg room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Glaze

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the airfryer to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, seasoned bread crumbs, onion and Italian seasoning until well combined.
  • Add the egg, Worcestershire sauce and milk and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and press the ground beef mixture in to make a loaf.
  • Remove the foil from the loaf pan and fold the foil up around the meatloaf to form a “boat”.
  • Cook the meatloaf in the airfryer for ten minutes.
  • Cover the loaf with more aluminum foil and cook for an additional five minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix the glaze by whisking together the ketchup, light brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Spread over the meatloaf and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

  • Always preheat your air fryer. Air fryers can vary by model, so preheating is a must.
  • Let it rest. Give it at least 10 minutes to rest before slicing into 1-inch pieces.
  • Storage: Place leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days I the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.
  • Freezing: Wrap the loaf tightly in foil and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for 4-6 months. Thaw before reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 17gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 416mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 3mg
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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