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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes

This pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes recipe shows you how to cook 2 different dishes in your Instant Pot at the same time! Pairing your favorite Ninja Foodi meatloaf recipe with russets or Yukon diced = dinner’s never been easier.

Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes recipe

Have you used these Instant Pot stackable pans yet??!! They’re great when making this pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes combo meal. Cooked together, but separately, they’re perfect for those who don’t like their foods to touch (my husband) or you want two different dishes cooked at the same time. Kitchen Deluxe sponsored this post to add to our Instant Pot recipes roundup. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Meatloaf and Potatoes

You can use your Ninja Foodi to make this too. For that machine it is a bit easier though. You can use our recipe linked above and just put a cup of water with air fryer baked potatoes on the bottom as another option. It can pressure cook and/or air fry in the same pot.

Of course you have to start with the ingredients and get them prepared. I have this quick meatloaf recipe you can follow for that portion, or I have an egg free meatloaf recipe below too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes

You can use any brand of pot you might have at home. The Crockpot Express works just as well as any other brand. Either way you can’t go wrong….in my house even my kids love good ol’ fashioned meatloaf for dinner! This is what ours looks like below….. Then we get to the potatoes, here are my tips when preparing Instant Pot potatoes for this duo

  1. Choose potatoes with lighter/thinner skins – if you’re leaving the skins on that is
    1. It will allow the skins to soften quicker so they get done at the same time as your meatloaf
  2. Dice your potatoes up small
    1. If the pieces are cut too large they won’t cook all the way through
    2. Almost as small as your diced bell peppers is a good size
    3. For a baby new potato (which I used) I cut each one into about 15-20 pcs.
  3. Make sure each piece is coated with the olive oil and seasoning you’ll add so they’re all tasty when done

Tip for getting your meatloaf to be cooked through is to make a patty and press down so it’s as thin as possible. Use the entire inside of the pan to fill it with your meat so it’s the same thickness all the way across and fills inside of the top pan. Here are both stackable pans once I’ve loaded them up and ready to stack and secure them together.

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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Whether you have a 6 or 8 qt. Instant Pot it doesn’t matter, these pressure cooker stackable pans will fit inside either one. The water you add essentially steams the ingredients inside each pot but keeps them separate which is nice because in this case I wouldn’t want the run off fat from the meat to submerge my potatoes.

This isn’t the only thing you can make with these stackable pans. As you see at the bottom of this photo there is a piece for your Instant Pot steamer insert pans that easily secures the two pans together once the top is put on so they remain together and don’t allow water into either one.

  • Instant Pot fish and vegetables
  • Meatloaf and vegetables
  • Vegetables and rice
  • Diced potatoes and vegetables
  • Oatmeal and hard boiled eggs

How long does it take to cook meatloaf in an Instant Pot?

If you just wanted to make this you could wrap in foil and set on a trivet. You would want to pressure cook on high for 25-30 minutes for 1.5 – 2 pounds of ground beef mixture. Then allow for a natural release for 10 minutes, lift out, unwrap and serve warm.

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How can you make your Instant Pot mealoaf crispy?

If you love a bit of crusty texture on the outside of your meatloaf like we do there’s a simple way to do that too!

  • Remove meatloaf from stackable pan once it’s been cooked
  • Set oven to broil
  • Put meatloaf on baking sheet (can put potatoes on too if you want to brown them)
  • Pour 1/2-3/4 c. barbecue sauce on top of meatloaf – optional
  • Broil for 3-4 minutes or until it is as brown as you’d like
  • Enjoy!!

How can you fix potatoes in Instant Pot that aren’t tender?

Solution if potatoes aren’t as soft as you’d like them

  • Remember to dice smaller next time you make this Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes recipe
  • Put potatoes on a plate (similar to the one below)
  • Microwave for 1 minute to soften
    • Check, if you want them softer microwave again in 1 min. increments

Once soft enough you can add them to your baking sheet with your meatloaf if you’d like them a bit crisper.

easy instant pot meatloaf

There you have it!! Two meals cooked at the same time in your Instant Pot has never been easier right….the possibilities are endless with these Instant Pot stackable pans!

Pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes ingredients

  1. Instant Pot steamer insert pans
  2. Ground beef – in case you forgot to thaw your meat here’s how to defrost Instant Pot frozen ground beef first
  3. Bell pepper
  4. Onion
  5. French onion soup mix packet
  6. Small potatoes

Let us know which two items you cook after you try these dishes. Here’s the printable and a video showing you how to use stackable pans and the recipe we made.

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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes

This pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes recipe shows you how to cook 2 different dishes in your Instant Pot at the same time! Dinner’s never been easier.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword egg free, instant pot, meatloaf, potatoes, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 371kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 stackable pans or use foil without pans



  • Pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes with stackable pans – Mix together your ground beef, diced bell peppers, onions and packet of dry french onion soup mix well. Form into a large meatloaf patty.
  • Wash and dice your small potatoes into small pieces (if they aren’t small they won’t cook all the way through). Toss together with olive oil and dry ranch dressing mix.
  • Pour potatoes into bottom of Instant Pot stackable pans, put top pot on and place meatloaf patty in that one (make as thin as possible to fill the entire pan so it cooks through). Put the lid on and secure outside piece so it locks into place.
  • Pour 2 c. of water into your pressure cooker and lower your stackable pans into your pot. Close your lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow to naturally release, remove pans.
  • Remove meatloaf and potatoes and serve or if you want to crisp up the top of the meatloaf (or both) set your oven to broil and put items on a baking sheet.
  • I like to pour 1/2 – 3/4 c. of barbecue sauce on top of the meatloaf and broil for about 4 minutes or until top is a bit crisp. Serve.
  • Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes – Make meatloaf as you wish or as directed. Shape into a loaf shape and place it on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around. Create a sling using a second piece of aluminum foil folded into a long strip. Place the sling under the aluminum foil-wrapped meatloaf to make it easier to lift in and out.
  • Place the halved baby potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over the potatoes, and add the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the meatloaf on top of the potatoes.
  • Close and lock the lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure cooking time for 25 minutes with a 10 minute natural release when done. Lift out and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 360mg16%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 20.3mg25%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
pressure cooker meatloaf and potatoes
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Sunday 14th of February 2021

We really enjoy Lipton Onion Soup Mix as a pantry staple. Works great for tinfoil/hobo dinners, homemade hamburgers, meatballs, and even hamburger stroganoff!

My question - does 1 pound of meat and ten small potatoes provide a full meal for 4? Or do you guys have to add other things when serving? We have 6 and I feel we would have to double or do 2.5 times for this recipe.


Monday 13th of July 2020

Can I double your meatloaf recipe? How would I adjust cooking time?

Thank you!

Renee Goerger

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

I love all the add-ins you've packed into this meatloaf. I'm excited to make this recipe and get my Instant Pot out of the cupboard.

Jennifer Farley

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Using these mixes is such a great way to quickly add tons of flavor! I love it!!!

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