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Instant Pot Meatloaf - A Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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Craving for some comfort food? Here’s a turkey meatloaf recipe you just can’t go wrong with. Make it in your Instant Pot!

With just a few minutes of prep time and some delicious ingredients into the mix, here’s an easy instant pot meatloaf recipe that’s perfect when you’re in the mood for some comfort food.

Pair it with some mashed potatoes, and sink into the deliciousness on your plate. 

Drooling already? Here’s what you need to know before you give it a shot! 

Instant Pot Supplies to Use

  • Instant Pot Inner Pot - I like to have an extra inner pot available because of how much cooking I do in my Instant Pot. It comes in really handy when I want to put a lid on the inner pot and refrigerate the leftovers, or mix up ingredients the night before to save time at the end of the day.
  • Silicone Lid for Instant Pot- I'm not sure how I lived without this one. Having a silicone lid for my Instant Pot has made life so much easier. It is perfect for adding ingredients a day or two ahead of time.
  • 101 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners-  If you are new to pressure cooking, this is a great ebook to get you started with basic recipes you will use over and over again.

Can I Actually Overwork the Mixture?

When it comes to mixing the ingredients together for your meatloaf, less is more. If you overmix the meatloaf, it will end up being tougher and denser.

The ideal way to do it is to combine all the ingredients together into the meat, and then mix them all in one go instead of adding them one after the other, continuously mixing. 

More Instant Pot Turkey Recipes You Will Love

Here are a few turkey recipes we love, and just remember, on any of our ground beef recipes below, you can also substitute ground turkey!

Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef in these recipes.

How Can I Make My Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Moist?

If your meatloaf ends up dry and crumbly no matter what you do, there are a lot of different hacks and ideas to make sure that doesn’t happen, and that your meatloaf has the perfect, soft texture. 

First, consider using fatty meat instead of lean meat, since lean meat tends to dry out easily when cooked.

If you’re using lean meat (like we’re doing with this one), add in enough seasonings and wet ingredients like soy sauce, BBQ sauce, worcestershire sauce, ketchup etc.

Another important tip to remember is to use stale breadcrumbs as opposed to fresh breadcrumbs- that’s because the fresh breadcrumbs will soak all the moisture from the meat mixture and cause your meatloaf to become dry. 

What Will Happen if I Don’t Put Breadcrumbs in the Meatloaf?

If you don’t have breadcrumbs, or just don’t want to use them in your meatloaf, you will need to replace it with eggs or oats. Breadcrumbs are typically used as a binding agent for your meatloaf, and without it, the meat might fall apart. 

Why Should I Soak the Breadcrumbs?

Okay, so adding in breadcrumbs is one part of the story, but why do I really need to soak the breadcrumbs in the first place?

Well, that’s because soaking the breadcrumbs in milk for a few minutes helps them retain a lot of moisture, which doesn’t just help bind the meatloaf but also keeps it moist and tender. 

Why Do I Need to Let My Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Rest?

It might be dinnertime and the meatloaf might be smelling just too good for you to resist, but letting it rest is another key step you absolutely need to follow.

Slicing your meatloaf as soon as you get it out of the oven is a common mistake a lot of people tend to make, and doing that actually just releases the delicious juices in the meat straight into the pan. 

Instead, let the meat rest in the pan for 15 minutes before you slice and serve- that way, you’ll be able to enjoy a more flavorful and juicy meatloaf.


Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes recipe is so easy and the mashed potatoes are cooked at the same time as the meatloaf, saving you dishes and time. Try it, it is delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  1. Place cubed potatoes in the Instant Pot, along with 1 cup of water.
  2. Place the trivet on top of potatoes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients, except the ketchup.
  4. Mix the meatloaf ingredients until nicely combined and then form into a loaf. Spread desired amount of ketchup on top of loaf.
  5. Place the meatloaf in a foil boat and set on the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  6. Pressure cook on high for 35 minutes. Do a quick release and carefully remove the meatloaf from the pot.
  7. Top with additional ketchup, if desired.
  8. Add milk, butter and salt/pepper to the potatoes and mash.
  9. Remove from the pot and serve alongside the meatloaf.


Tips and tricks

  • To save time you can use potato puree on the bag.
    Only prepare it according to the instructions.
  • The main ingredients are potato and meat, so choose a good quality product. Then you will be rewarded with the final result.
  • This cake can also be done with beef or chicken. Or instead of potatoes, you can accompany with rice and salad.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 623Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 177mgSodium 775mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 39g

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