2-in-1 Instant Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes

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How to make Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes at the same time. Easy, one pot, ground beef dinner recipe, served with the best mashed potatoes!

I've mentioned before that my meatloaf recipe with oatmeal is one of my family's favorite meals, especially our oldest son. It's a hearty meal and one that usually leaves us with plenty of leftovers for the next day.

slices of Instant Pot meatloaf on white plate with mashed potatoes in wooden bowl

With that in mind, I decided to tweak my recipe just a bit and make it a pressure cooker meatloaf, using my 8-quart Instant Pot.

Not only that, but I thought it might make it even easier if I cooked the potatoes right in the same pot with the meatloaf. One pot meal for the win (well, besides veggies, of course).

Oh my goodness, how flavorful and moist meatloaf is when you pressure cook it. And the potatoes were infused with so much flavor from the meat cooking right above them in the same pot.

I love how simple this recipe really is. Instant Pot meatloaf and mashed potatoes has been added to our list of favorite dinner time recipes.

Next I want to try my friend Kristy's one-pot Ninja Foodi meatloaf and potatoes.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Instant Pot meatloaf recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Large mixing bowl – This makes it easy to just dump in all the ingredients and start mixing.

Round 7-inch springform pan – Or a similar pan that will fit down into your Instant Pot.

8-Quart Instant Pot and Trivet

Meat thermometer

slicing and serving Instant Pot meatloaf with oatmeal from springform pan with metal spatula flipper

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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT MEATLOAF AND POTATOES

Start by prepping your ingredients, and also be sure to grease the inside of your springform pan (I use a 7-inch springform pan) with cooking spray.

HOW TO MIX AND SHAPE MEATLOAF:

  1. Add the ground beef, eggs, minced onion, ketchupBBQ sauce, and seasoned salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix well using a large fork.
  2. Add the oatmeal in and mix well. You can use the fork or just dig in with your hands, which is sometimes easier.
  3. Once everything’s been mixed together well, transfer the meat mixture to the greased springform pan, forming and shaping the meat into the round pan.
  4. Drizzle the top with ketchup.
steps for how to make Instant Pot meatloaf, including mixing ingredients in mint green mixing bowl and shaping meatloaf in springform pan, then drizzling with ketchup

COOKING MEATLOAF IN THE INSTANT POT:

  1. Add the potatoes and water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot next.
  3. Then place the meatloaf on top of the trivet.
  4. Secure the lid in place and close the valve on your Instant Pot. Select Manual or Pressure Cook, and set to cook for 30 minutes.
cooking meatloaf and potatoes in Instant Pot using trivet and springform pan

When your meatloaf is done (a meat thermometer is definitely something I recommend to make sure the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked), just allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release.

cooked pressure cooker meatloaf in 8-quart Instant Pot

Then once you've carefully removed the meatloaf and trivet from the Instant Pot, you can mash the potatoes right in the pot.

cooked potatoes in 8-quart Instant Pot

Just drain the water off the potatoes, and place the Instant Pot on “Keep Warm.” Add the butter, whipping cream, salt, and pepper to the potatoes, and mash with an immersion blender or hand mixer.

Instant Pot mashed potatoes in 8-quart Instant Pot

And that's it! All you need is a good vegetable to serve with your main course.

SHOULD I COVER MY MEATLOAF WHILE COOKING?

While you can cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil, it's really not necessary. In fact, that might take away from the flavors you'll get by cooking everything in one pot.

HANDY TIP FOR REMOVING THE MEATLOAF FROM THE INSTANT POT

One question that comes up is whether or not you can use aluminum foil in the Instant Pot. While there's no need to cover your meatloaf, you can use foil to create a sort of sling or lifter for your pan.

Just tear off a large piece of foil that will fit all the way around your pan, along with maybe 6 to 8 extra inches. Then fold the foil into a long strip (maybe 3-4 inches wide), and place that strip under the pan, bringing the excess ends of the strip up over each side of the pan to act as lifting handles.

This way it's easy to remove the hot pan from the pressure cooker once your meatloaf is cooked and ready to serve.

cooked pressure cooker meatloaf in springform pan

WHAT IS THE BEST GROUND BEEF FOR MEATLOAF?

We prefer to use 90/10 ground beef when we're mixing up a meatloaf. In fact, we use 90/10 for pretty much everything.

Our reasons are that it's leaner, there's less fat, and there will be less grease around your meatloaf.

Don't worry about flavor… You'll still get really good flavor from a leaner ground beef. And you'll also be eating a bit healthier, as well.

Note: You can use ground turkey for this recipe in place of ground beef. However, it will change the look, texture, and flavor of your finished meatloaf.

bite of meatloaf on fork on white plate with blue linen under plate

CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE OLD-FASHIONED OATS FOR QUICK OATS?

Yes, you can. I've used both old-fashioned oats and quick oats for this meatloaf.

I've even used gluten-free quick oats more recently, so if you want a gluten-free meatloaf, this is the way to go (although you should also check ingredient labels on your other ingredients just to be safe).

ketchup-topped meatloaf on white plate with fork and mashed potatoes in wooden bowl behind plate

WHAT GOES GOOD WITH MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES?

You can serve meatloaf with sides like Instant Pot green beans, corn on the cob, honey glazed carrots, or a good broccoli cauliflower salad.

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Yield: 6

2-in-1 Instant Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes

2-in-1 Instant Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes

How to make Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes at the same time. Easy, one pot, ground beef dinner recipe, served with the best mashed potatoes!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grease the inside of your springform pan (I use a 7-inch springform pan) with cooking spray.
  2. Add the ground beef, eggs, minced onion, ketchup, bbq sauce, and seasoned salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix well using a large fork.
  3. Add the oatmeal in and mix well. You can use the fork or just dig in with your hands, which is sometimes easier.
  4. Once everything’s been mixed together well, transfer the meat mixture to the greased springform pan, forming and shaping the meat into the round pan.
  5. Drizzle the top with ketchup.
  6. Add the potatoes and water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  7. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot next.
  8. Then place the meatloaf on top of the trivet.
  9. Secure the lid in place and close the valve on your Instant Pot. Select Manual or Pressure Cook, and set to cook for 30 minutes.
  10. When your meatloaf is done (a meat thermometer is definitely something I recommend to make sure the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked), just allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release.
  11. Then once you've carefully removed the meatloaf and trivet from the Instant Pot, you can mash the potatoes right in the pot. Just drain the water off the potatoes, and place the Instant Pot on “Keep Warm.”
  12. Add the butter, whipping cream, salt, and pepper to the potatoes, and mash with an immersion blender or hand mixer.
  13. And that's it! All you need is a good vegetable to serve with your main course.

Notes

*I've used both old-fashioned oats and quick oats for this meatloaf. I've even used gluten-free quick oats more recently, so if you want a gluten-free meatloaf, this is the way to go (although you should also check ingredient labels on your other ingredients, especially seasonings, just to be safe).

**You can use whole milk if you don't have heavy whipping cream.

WHAT IS THE BEST GROUND BEEF FOR MEATLOAF?

We prefer to use 90/10 ground beef when we're mixing up a meatloaf. In fact, we use 90/10 for pretty much everything. Our reasons are that it's leaner, there's less fat, and there will be less grease around your meatloaf.

Don't worry about flavor… You'll still get really good flavor from a leaner ground beef. And you'll also be eating a bit healthier, as well.

Note: You can use ground turkey for this recipe in place of ground beef. However, it will change the look, texture, and flavor of your finished meatloaf.

SHOULD I COVER MY MEATLOAF WHILE COOKING?

While you can cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil, it's really not necessary. In fact, that might take away from the flavors you'll get by cooking everything in one pot.

HANDY TIP FOR REMOVING THE MEATLOAF FROM THE INSTANT POT

One question that comes up is whether or not you can use aluminum foil in the Instant Pot. While there's no need to cover your meatloaf, you can use foil to create a sort of sling or lifter for your pan.

Just tear off a large piece of foil that will fit all the way around your pan, along with maybe 6 to 8 extra inches. Then fold the foil into a long strip (maybe 3-4 inches wide), and place that strip under the pan, bringing the excess strip up over each side of the pan to act as lifting handles.

This way it's easy to remove the hot pan from the pressure cooker once your meatloaf is cooked and ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 765Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 1490mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 44g

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4 thoughts on “2-in-1 Instant Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes”

  1. Thank you for the great detail, and walking readers through the steps! I’m new to the Instant Pot and found this very helpful. This will be on the menu for this weekend. Diane

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