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!
Table of contents
- Instant Pot Supplies to Use
- Can I Actually Overwork the Mixture?
- More Instant Pot Turkey Recipes You Will Love
- How Can I Make My Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Moist?
- What Will Happen if I Don’t Put Breadcrumbs in the Meatloaf?
- Why Should I Soak the Breadcrumbs?
- Why Do I Need to Let My Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Rest?
- More of Our Favorite Instant Pot Recipes
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!
- Easy Swedish Meatballs with Noodles
- Instant Pot Chili Recipe- Best Award Winning Chili Recipe
- Instant Pot Meatloaf - A Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe with Bone-In Turkey Breast
- Instant Pot Turkey Dinner- Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
- Instant Pot Turkey Gravy — Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Recipe
- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef in these recipes.
- Hawaiian Beef Stew Instant Pot Recipe
- Instant Pot Meatballs and Meatball Sliders Recipe
- Instant Pot Taco Pasta — A New Take on Taco Tuesday
- Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe in Instant Pot
- Copycat McDonald's Big Macs - Instant Pot Hamburgers Recipe
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.
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