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Meat loaf made in Instant Pot on a plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Instant Pot Meatloaf

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot meatloaf, meatloaf, pressure cooker meatloaf
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 407kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 lb ground beef lean
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage removed from casings; see notes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or cooking oil
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 3 slices white bread crust removed; torn into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk whole milk recommended
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chile powder or unsalted chili powder
  • 2/3 cup BBQ sauce use your favorite BQ sauce


  • Set Instant Pot to sauté and give it about 8-10 minutes to preheat. Add the oil and let it heat up.
  • Add the vegetables and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Turn off the Instant Pot and transfer the sauteed vegetables into a bowl.
  • Hydrate the bread pieces with milk and add to the vegetables. Add the meats, eggs, salt, peppers, ancho chile, and 1/3 cup of the BBQ sauce and mix well.
  • Wet your hands and shape the meat into a loaf positioned across a 12"x7" aluminum foil sling brushed with oil. Place on the steamer rack. Pour 1/2 a cup of water into the Instant Pot, then transfer the meat with the rack into the cooker.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set for MANUAL, HIGH pressure for 15 minutes cook time.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove the lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.
  • Using the sling, remove the cooked meatloaf from the cooker to a serving platter. Cover with a foil tent and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes have passed, glaze the meatloaf with the rest of the BBQ sauce, slice and serve with your favorite side dish.


If you don't have Italian sausage on hand but have ground pork, make your own sausage, it's very easy using this simple Sweet Italian Sausage recipe. All you need to do is add a few herbs and spices to the meat and mix.


Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1002mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg