Best Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe

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Meatloaf is considered the most comfort-food in the USA and is part of several dinner menus. It is the combination of spices with meat, shaped like a loaf that can be either smoked or baked.

The hassle-free cooking of meatloaf is with your wonderful air fryer. There can be countless recipes to cook it with the air fryer but we have come up with a simple and easy recipe so that you can please your family or guests in lesser time with comfort.

Best Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe (With Veggie’s Moist)

Meatloaf can be either cooked with an oven or air fryer. Preferring the air fryer for cooking your favorite meatloaf is a good idea based on a few reasons.

For example, the cooking time involved in cooking the meatloaf with an air fryer is almost the half than cooking in an oven. Similarly, the basket or tray of the air fryer lets the fat to be dripped down. That makes the cooking healthy as your meatloaf will not be cooked in the fat. Furthermore, while cooking with an air fryer, you get a more yummy meatloaf with crispy edges.

Adding the vegetable to the meatloaf blesses it with a little more moisture, which helps to provide you a juicier inside.

How to cook the best air fryer meatloaf

The followed ingredients are ideal to cook as much as 2 pounds of ground beef, which can serve around 8 people sufficiently when cooked. If you need to cook less or more, you can increase or decrease the ratio of ingredients accordingly.


  • ¼ cup broth (Beef)
  • ½ cup onions (Chopped)
  • ½ cup mushrooms (Chopped)
  • ½ cup carrots (Shredded)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (Preferably Dijon-style)
  • 1 tablespoon sauce (your favorite, my choice is Worcestershire)
  • 2 eggs (Soft beaten)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoon tomato ketchup

Additionally, you will need the following ingredients for glazing purposes.

  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of tomato ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon-style)

Once you have completed the checklist of ingredients, you are all set to proceed with the cooking. Let’s scroll down.


The first thing we need to do is to coat the bread crumbs with the beef broth. Adding the beef broth in a bowl along with the bread crumbs can help it. Stir the ingredients together and make sure that the bread crumbs are well soaked with the broth.

At the next point, we are going to need a food processor to chop the veggies we have. Put the onions, mushrooms, garlic cloves, and carrots in the food processor and let it chop them finely. Once done, convert the chopped content into another bowl.

It’s time to use your hands for combining everything in a larger bowl. Put the bread crumbs, and slightly beaten eggs in the bowl. Add mustard and ketchup to it. Mixing them at this point will be a good idea for an enhanced flavor.

Further, add the kosher salt and salt to the mixture and also put the ground beef to it. Use to hand to mix and combine the content. Take a few minutes for the job so that everything is evenly mixed.

Convert the content into a loaf form using your hands.

Switch on your air fryer and let it preheat at a temperature of 390°F. Once the air fryer is preheated to the required temperature, place the meatloaf in the basket and let it cook for about 40 minutes. Spraying the air fryer basket or tray with the cooking oil is a must. You should be habitual of it.

You have enough time to do other necessary jobs while the delicious meatloaf is being cooked in the air fryer. But before turning to something else, you should prepare the glaze by mixing the additional ingredients. Stir them together until the ketchup, mustard and sugar are well mixed.

Open the air fryer when there are five minutes left from the cooking time. Pour the glaze all over the loaf and let the cooking time be completed.

Do not serve the yummy meatloaf right after cooking. Let it rest for about ten minutes so that it can be stable for better serving.

The thing to remember is that you are supposed to keep checking the meatloaf from time to time while cooking. If you feel that the meatloaf is being overcooked or getting too brown, you can reduce the cooking time. It is because different air fryers have different temperatures set up because of which the cooking time may fluctuate.


As the meatloaf is the main course dish, there are several side dishes you can serve with it. If you are ready to do some more baking, you can make your favorite dinner rolls to serve with the yummy meatloaf main course.

Cornbread or garlic bread can also do well with the dish. Similarly, there is no comparison of mashed potatoes with anything when it comes to side dishes. Other ideas can be cauliflower tots or creamed spinach, etc.

In the desserts, strawberry shortcakes, bread pudding, or other fruit pies can be used as a side serving.

 Health Benefits

There are several health benefits attached to a homemade meatloaf. This is a powerhouse of protein and contains several healthy minerals which help human memory and muscles development. It also serves the human body to avoid diseases like Dementia, and Anemia. This nutrients enriched meal supports the human bones development better than anything else.

 Possible Health Risks

There are high saturated fats present in the ground beef that is supposed to be not good for vulnerable hearts and the other diets of red meat may be bad for diabetes, etc. You can lower the risk by eating according to the nutrition chart or by choosing lean meat.

Final Thoughts

Gracing your dinner table with yummy meatloaf containing a perfect ratio of meat and spicy seasoning is not a big deal. Decorate your delicious air fryer-cooked meatloaf with zesty toppings and get ready to receive gratifying appreciation from your guests.