Air Fryer Meatloaf is tender and juicy, with a sweet and savory glaze. It’s a classic recipe that cooks in half the time.
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.
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.
Onion – Finely diced or even grated.
Egg – lightly whisked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.