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Best Ninja Foodi Meatloaf

Ninja Foodi meatloaf is the bomb! Juicy in the center with a crispy barbecue sauce on the outside. All cooked in this pressure cooker and air fryer machine. 

ninja foodi meatloaf recipeDid you just get this nifty device and looking for more Ninja Foodi recipes? Well, we have a Ninja Foodi meatloaf recipe for you that is amazing! It may become your go to from this day forward. (affiliate links present)

Here are a few resources to start with:

Now let’s get to cooking!

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Here’s what I used to make our Ninja Foodi meatloaf recipe:

  1. Ground beef
    1. you could use half ground sausage and half ground beef or turkey, your choice
  2. Air fryer basket (one included)
    1. or use this air fryer grill pan
  3. Bread crumbs
    1. we used Italian style
  4. French onion soup mix
  5. A bit of Ranch dressing mix
  6. Dehydrated onions
    1. I prefer these because regular onions will add moisture
  7. Garlic powder
  8. Egg
  9. Barbecue sauce – this one is the BEST


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You are going to use both Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer functions for this recipe.

  • First you pressure cook your meatloaf so the meat gets done
    • Keep in mind the timing below cooks the meat so there is no pink left. If you like yours less done adjust timing accordingly.
  • Then you’ll drain the water inside your pot, return the basket with your meatloaf inside and pour barbecue sauce on top.
  • Cose your air fryer lid. That is the one that is attached.
  • In 8-12 minutes the outside of your meatloaf will become wonderfully crusty like we like it here. 
    • This is subjective so if you like it really crispy you’ll set closer to 12 minutes, or less if you just want a tad.

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Why is this the best way to make meatloaf?

  • This quick meatloaf recipe requires no preheating of the oven at all.
    • Perfect when it’s hot outside and you don’t want to heat up your house.
  • It is healthier because the fat drains away from the meat in the pressure cooking process. 
    • There are holes at the bottom of the air fryer basket used.
  • You can adjust how crunchy the outside gets easily.
    • The air crisp lid can be lifted up and checked often so it doesn’t burn. Adding more time is as easy and pushing a button.

Are you ready to try it now??!!

Seriously, it is the only way we make meatloaf anymore. Forget the loaf pan in the oven, this is a game changer!!



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What is the best side dish for meatloaf?

I would say our two favorite pressure cooker recipes to serve with this is either white rice, or mashed potatoes. By way of vegetables I usually throw one of these in:

  1. Pressure cooker broccoli only takes 1 minute.
  2. Air fryer cauliflower with a bit of parmesan cheese on top is really good.
  3. Ninja Foodi vegetables mixed are low fat

Looking for more easy Ninja Foodi recipes?

cheesy ninja foodi spaghetti

If you have leftovers, store in airtight containers in the fridge. When reheating follow these tips:

How do you moisten meatloaf

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  2. Spray nonstick cooking spray onto the bottom of a baking dish.
  3. Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce, bbq sauce, or gravy in the bottom
  4. Lay slices of your dried up meatloaf inside
  5. Pour another thin layer of your sauce on top
  6. Bake for approx 10 minutes or until it’s as hot as you desire

Need other ways to make meatloaf?

  1. Our meatloaf muffin recipe is always a hit with the kids
  2. This crockpot meatloaf recipe is easy
  3. Smoked meatloaf recipe stuffed with bacon and cheese is amazing

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Ninja Foodi Meatloaf

Ninja Foodi meatloaf is the bomb! Juicy in the center with a crispy barbecue sauce on the outside. All cooked in this pressure cooker and air fryer machine. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, meatloaf, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 446kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Mix together all ingredients (except the bbq sauce) in a bowl until all powder is incorporated well into the meat.
  • Form into a round or oval pattie with the same thickness all the way around so it cooks evenly. Add 1.5 c water into the inner pot of your Foodi.
  • Place meat into air fryer basket and lower that into your inner pot.
  • Close pressure cooker lid (one that isn't attached) and then turn Foodi on. 
  • Press pressure button, high, for 25 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release steam for 5-10 minutes. Then release rest of steam.
  • Remove lid, pour water out of your inner pot, and pour barbecue sauce on top of your meatloaf patty. Sprinkle green onions on top if desired now.
  • Close air crisp lid (one that is attached). Press air crisp button, 390 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Then remove meatloaf, slice and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1008mg44%
Potassium 466mg13%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 19th of August 2023

Wish I had tried this method instead of using the directions in the Foodi for Beginners cookbook! There was LOTS of grease in the pan and it wasn't crusty like I like. I have my own recipe and got tired of cleaning my oven after making it -- grease splashes! My recipe calls for 2 lbs. ground beef chuck + 1/2 lb. ground pork. Can't wait to make it again with your method -- just make 2 loaves and cook them separately! Takes so little time! Just keep one warm in the oven while making the other !! THANKS !!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 19th of August 2023

glad I could help


Friday 10th of February 2023

I am making a smaller amount because it's just me and my husband. I have these 2 small loaf pans. Should I use those and place them in the big pot? Or should I use the pan with the holes in it so the grease drains away?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 11th of February 2023

If they are in loaf pans the grease wouldn't drain away anyway so either would be fine


Thursday 19th of May 2022

I didn't see a recipe card at the bottom.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 21st of May 2022

It is there, you can click jump to recipe button at the top too and get there

Betty Edwards

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

I am making this recipe tonight and have a problem/ question?! How in the world did you drain the water off before baking it in the next step? It’s way to hot and if I try to lift out the meat at this point, it will fall into a million pieces!!! I don’t know what else to do but attempt to air dry it at this point but leave the liquid in the bottom because there’s no way I can get it out without destroying the meat or burning myself trying to lift the rack out with the meat on it! I’m so confused!!


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

@Betty Edwards, I ordered a sling of sorts, its a silicone heat resistant handles sling Got it from Amazon. Not expensive. Hope this is helps

Becky Estes

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

@Betty Edwards, If you go to WalMart or Target or even Home Depot or Lowes, they sell an item called pot holders or oven mitts, specifically used for handling hot items. These work wonderfully not only for removing items from your oven but also for removing the pot from your Ninja. Remove the inner basket using the oven mitts and set aside. Again, using your oven mitts, grab the sides of the big pot and pour out the liquid. Place the big pot back in the Ninja (keep your mitts on) and place the inner basket inside the big pot. Oven mitts work great!!!

Bill Stahl

Friday 11th of November 2022

@Betty Edwards, if you use the air fryer basket to keep the meat out of the water, lift out, set aside, pour out water, then put basket with meatloaf back in cooker and brown!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 9th of April 2022

It won't hurt to leave the liquid in the bottom at all.


Saturday 19th of February 2022

I make this delicious recipe all the time and it's truly wonderful. I am having company tonight and making a 3 lb meatloaf, I am curious as to how long I should pressure cook it for. Please lmk your thoughts. Thank you


Sunday 3rd of April 2022

@TJ, I need an answer to this too, making a 3lb meatloaf with this recipe tonight

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