Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes is an easy and delicious dinner that is ready in less than one hour. This is one of the best comfort foods cooked at the same time in the pressure cooker.

Using the pressure cooker to make this dish is truly rewarding. You end up with a hearty and full meal in no time. You can also try chicken and dumplings, Mongolian beef or beef and broccoli.

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Easy Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes is our favorite recipe to make when we want a full and quick dinner. This meal is pretty easy to make, and the best part is that you cook the potatoes and the beef together in the pressure cooker. They end up cooked perfectly together and taste even better. The potatoes are creamy while the beef is juicy and tender.

You can even through in some Brussell sprouts, broccoli or mushrooms to it. The loaf is then glazed with a delicious bbq sauce which makes it just perfect. It gives the right balance of sweet and savory to it.

The meal takes only 30 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. Once done, you can broil it for a few minutes to get the sticky and thick caramelization on it.

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Before Cooking

How to make Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes?

This is one of the easiest comfort food to make with the help of the pressure cooker.

  • Start by washing and cleaning the potatoes. Once cleaned, cut them into fairly large pieces to accommodate for the cooking time for the meat.
  • Using an Instant Pot liner, place the potatoes on the bottom.
  • Then, pour in chicken or beef stock, and sprinkle the mixture with some salt, pepper and garlic seasoning.
  • You can also use water if short on broth. However, using the stock as liquid will gives this meal much more flavor as compared to when cooking with water.
  • Next, shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place it on top of the liner in the IP.
  • Then wait for 30 minutes for the perfectly cooked meal.

We like to broil the meat for a few minutes once it is removed from the pressure cooker. This gives it a nice caramelization on top and the glaze is thick and sticky, just perfect to enjoy for dinner. To do so, simply place it in the oven, and broil for 3-5 minutes.

Should I cover the meatloaf with foil when placed in the Instant Pot?

We are usually cooking with aluminum foil the loaf because sometimes we go for a bigger sized loaf. However, there is an alternative way to this, which we have used many times, and it works just as fine.

You can use a mini loaf pan, that fits just right perfectly in the pot. Also, if you are using an 8 quart IP, you can even use two mini loaf pans and position them side by side when placed on the trivet. This way you could cook the meat and the potatoes in each pan if preferred.

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It is very easy to shape it. Simply, put your meat mixture onto a tray and assemble it into a loaf shape yourself by hands. This will give it a homemade look to it and is how we usually do it.

Also, as stated above, you could use the mini loaf pans. In this case, just place the mixture into it, and you will end up with a uniform and nice-looking shaped loaf.

Also, there are a few ways to customize the meatloaf, which might add some extra flavor to it:

  • Add a 1/3 cup of shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese to the mix.
  • Chop up 1/2 cup of mushrooms and add to the meat mixture.
  • Similarly, you could substitute the ground beef with ground chicken or turkey.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 40 mins



  • 1 pound  ground beef  (80 to 85 lean)
  • 1 pound  ground pork 
  • 1  onion  (finely minced and divided)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried parsley 
  • 1/4 cup  bread crumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground paprika 
  • 1 cup  whole milk 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2  large eggs 
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon  kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1 cup  mozzarella cheese  (cubed)

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 lbs  Yukon potatoes  (peeled and quartered)
  • 2 cup  chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoons  butter  (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup  heavy cream 
  •  salt and pepper  ( to taste)

Meatloaf Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup  bbq sauce 
  • 1/4 cup  honey 
  • 1/2 cup  ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon  tomato paste 
  • 3 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons  sweet chili sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  yellow mustard 


  1. In a large bowl combine all the Meatloaf ingredients together, adding the ground pork, beef, and cheese at the end. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Then, shape into an oval that will fit into the instant pot. Make a boat out of foil and place the meatloaf inside, it should hug it nicely, but do NOT cover it with foil.
  3. Clean, peel and dice the potatoes and add them to the bottom of a 6qt Instant Pot.
  4. Add the broth, salt, pepper, and butter. Place a long-legged trivet on top.
  5. Add the aluminum boat with the meatloaf on top. Do NOT cover the meatloaf with foil.
  6. Lock the lid and make sure you pint the valve to Sealed.
  7. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes. Followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release. After that release manually the rest of the pressure.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. Gently remove the Meatloaf from the pressure cooker and place on a baking sheet, still in the foil boat. Push it down so it doesn't cover the sides of the meatloaf.
  10. Next, in a medium bowl mix, all the Glaze ingredients and add pour half on the meatloaf. Brush it to cover the top and sides.
  11. Bake it for 10-15 minutes. Brush with the remaining glaze and remove from the oven.
  12. In the meantime, with the Instant Pot on Saute, mash the potatoes, add the cream and stir to combine. Turn off and stir in the sour cream. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  13. Slice the meatloaf and serve over mashed potatoes with more glaze if desired. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
Calories: 720 Carbohydrates: 45 Protein: 40 Fat: 44 Saturated Fat: 17 Cholesterol: 188 Sodium: 967 Potassium: 1433 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 17 Vitamin A: 770 Vitamin C: 27.1 Calcium: 309 Iron: 8.4
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This is such an informative post. Meatloaf is a favorite in my home. I have to invest in a Instant Pot. 


Hannah Swancott

That looks incredible and sounds realistic to make too!


Hi Hannah, thanks for visiting, and appreciate your kind feedback. This is a nice dish to try, and will surely make for a great family dinner!


Alli Smith

This is such a classic dish and I didn't realize it could be made in the instant pot. It looks delicious and sure does save a lot of time.



I do love a good meatloaf and mashed potatoes dinner. A lot of recipes call for an hour plus in the oven. Thank goodness for instant pots. I look forward to making this!



This is why I love my instant pot. What used to take hours to make now takes a fraction of the time! I can't wait to make this. My family loves meatloaf.



That looks amazing! We don't have an instant pot, but my wife is in love with our crockpot and air fryer, which she's really making use of lately. We've talked about Instant Pots before and it looks like this could open up some new doors and make life loads easier too. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you, Andrew, for visiting. Yes, this is one delicious meal to make, and using the pressure cooker you can really enjoy it in a shorter period of time. It is easy to make and quite flavorful. Let us know if you have any questions, glad you stopped by!


Amber Myers

I'll try this in my instant pot for sure. I haven't used it in so long and this looks delicious. I just love meat loaf!


Terri Steffes

Our Instant Pot hasn't been off the shelf for awhile. Here is a perfect recipe to try and to get some comfort food in.



That looks absolutely amazing! I have instant pot and I'm always trying to find easy delicious recipes. I cannot wait to try this.


Kita Bryant

This looks good for those who love meatloaf. It's one of those dishes that I never liked but maybe I need to try it again in my adulthood.


Celebrate Woman Today

So easy and quick. For those who love potatoes, it will be their a go-to meal to serve!


Yes, it is a nice and easy dish to make, and one of the best for feeding a family!


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Your meatloaf looks absolutely delicious. Served with the potatoes, it's probably like the #1 comfort food meal in American cooking. This looks great!


Thank you, Jenn, yes this is one comforting meal. It is super delicious and easy to make, it will definitely make for a nice family dinner.


Sarah Bailey

It is amazing the different things you can do with an instant pot! This sounds like a really good meal with such a mix of ingredients, I am going to have to give it a try.


Melissa Chapman

classic meat and potatoes cooked in a new and convenient way. That meatloaf looks so great with the sauce anyone will love it done this way.



Got to love Instant Pot recipes for a quick dinner. We are fans of meatloaf so I'll be trying this one soon.


Hi, yes this is one of our favorite pressure cooker dinners. It is quick, easy and super delicious. Hope, you will enjoy it as much as we do!



This meatloaf looks so darn delicious!! I really would love to make some and enjoy them with some hot potatoes and maybe corn!


Liz Mays

This looks really good. The pressure cooker really did the trick. I should try making meatloaf this way.



I can't believe you can cook ther meat and potatoes at the same time! That's amazing! This looks delicious!


Cyn Gagen

Meatloaf is one of my favorites and that one looks amazing. I can't wait to try it.



I need to use my Instant Pot more - it looks delicious


Claudia Krusch

I love Instant recipes! They are so easy and awesome on busy days!



I love a flavorful and hearty all seasoned meatloaf served with delicious potato's. I usually cook mine in the crockpot overnight.


Hello There! yes this is one of the best meals we have made in the pressure cooker. It is really flavorful and aromatic. we like cooking it in various ways, and have listed here the IP method, but we also have the crockpot version of it on the blog. both are great!)



Yep... another reason for me to get an Instant Pot. Since I stopped eating meat, I stopped cooking meat. I'm thinking this would be a great way to cook my family a meal (with meat), easily.



I haven't mastered the foil sling for making my meatloaf. I dropped it into the water so it ended up a little soggy.



This recipe sounds and looks amazing!!! I need to try this ASAP!!!


Ruth I

I am thrilled to how very simple this recipe is. Looks like this is going to be next on my list. I would love to try it.


Chubskulit Rose

It's been a while since I made meatloaf and your recipe is different than mine so I will try yours today. Thanks for the inspiration.



My husband loves meatloaf! I’m going to have to try this out for him. 


Ruth I

This is a pretty lovely recipe to consider. I'd love to try this with friends and family. My mouth is starting to water already.



I love meatloaf, but I 've never tried preparing it using an Instant Pot. I just always bake it. That looks delish!



I have yet to invest in an instant pot. I know many people who use them frequently and love them, but I am still attached to my trusty slow cooker!



This meat loaf and mashed potatoes looks delicious, great meal with less effort. I am looking for good meat loaf recipe, I will give it a try.



I just got an Instant Pot. Will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks!


Krystel | Travel on a Budget

I don't even have an instant pot but this recipe makes me want one so bad! I love a good meatloaf



Does the grease from meatloaf get into the potatoes at all?


not at all



Just made this last night and the flavors are great! Followed recipe exactly except for adding garlic salt to the potatoes. The potatoes were too mushy so next time I will cut down on the broth used. Flavors of both potatoes and meatloaf were wonderful.


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Is it really necessary to put milk and cheese into this recipe? For someone who may be lactose intolerant or worse, I am just curious if the recipe would be okay without those dairy ingredients. I make meatloaf and use most of the same ingredients you are showing with the exception of the dairy products and every time it comes out great. Of course I am always looking for new ways to be creative in the kitchen. I recently purchased an Instant Pot for my wife and I to use and it is fun, but I am looking into different recipes for it.


It is not necessary and you can skip those two ingredients if you are lactose intolerant.


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