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Air Fryer Meatloaf

This Air Fryer Meatloaf is a quicker version of a classic comfort food! It's ultra juicy, so flavorful, and slathered in a sweet and tangy three-ingredient sauce!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, comfort food, ground beef
Servings: 5 slices
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth
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Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef I used 80/20
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

Instructions

Meatloaf

  • Grease a 2 quart air fryer safe non-stick square baking pan (6.5L x 6.5W x 2.75H inch) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat then add in onion, garlic, and a touch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Move mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in breadcrumbs, parmesan, buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce, ground beef, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Use your hands to mix the mixture until combined.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan and preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Air fry for 25-30 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked (160ºF internal temperature).
  • Let sit for 15 minutes (I removed the whole basket from the air fryer and let it sit, because it was too hot to remove the baking pan from the basket).
  • Carefully drain excess grease (there’s quite a bit) then turn out onto a cutting board.
  • Top with desired amount of sauce (directions listed below), slice, then serve with the remaining sauce as dipping sauce.
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Sauce

  • Whisk brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard in a medium sized bowl.
  • Warm in the microwave before topping the meatloaf.
  • Serve the rest alongside the meatloaf!
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Notes

The top does get REALLY brown, but it doesn't taste burnt! It has a rich, caramelized flavor and slight crispness, which adds amazing texture. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3mg