Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes is one of our (many?!) go-to comfort meals. I’ve tried several different recipes, but the one I like the best is this one from Aside from being amazingly yummy, it’s great because you cook the meatloaf and mashed potatoes at the same time in your Instant Pot!

Oh, and in case you were wondering about why the photo for this article is sort of a weird looking piece of meatloaf: I like mine covered in juice and sauce! Yeah!

As with most of the recipes I use, this one is really easy, which is always good. It’s not something you can necessarily whip up in ten minutes, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Kitchen Gadgets

You don’t need much for this recipe, other than your trusty Instant Pot and a potato masher (I use one like this). Take out your aggression on those poor spuds! Well, you also need measuring spoons and cups. Oh, and some mixing bowls, unless you want to make a huge mess on your counter.

Let’s add some wine to the list. Yes, wine. A nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot would do. Okay, so wine’s not a gadget, but it certainly is a kitchen necessity, at least for me!

Instant Pot Meatloaf Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

For the Topping:

  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup

For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 3 lbs. Yellow Potatoes (I used little red ones, so there!), washed and quartered
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Half and Half (I used almond milk)
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream or Butter (I used butter, as I didn’t have any sour cream)
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper


I followed the directions for this Instant Pot Meatloaf pretty much as given in the recipe. The only real exception was that I prefer to put the meatloaf in a pushpan rather than just in foil on top of the potatoes on a trivet.

Unfortunately, the pushpan that I use for meatloaf is an 8” version by PushPan that’s no longer available. It’s nice because it has a silicone gasket around the bottom, so none of the juice/grease from the meatloaf leaks out into the potatoes. Some folks like that, and that’s okay!

So, if you don’t want to use foil, an option is the 7” x 3” Fat Daddio Cheesecake Pan. The downside is that the bottom doesn’t actually seal, so you still might have some leakage, if that matters to you. The upside is that this pan is used for a LOT of recipes, particularly cheesecakes, so it’s sort of a no-brainer to get one!

If you do use a pan, keep in mind that the rim will come right up to the top of the pot when you set the pan on top of the potatoes. That’s not a problem — it’ll still seal and work fine. Just DON’T mash down on the pan to settle it down if you’re using the Fat Daddio, or you’ll just separate the bottom from the rim of the pan. Just take the pan out and crunch down the potatoes a little with a fork or whatever.

And if all that’s too much to worry about, just use the aluminum foil! LOL

Finally, while I don’t usually do this for my Instant Pot Meatloaf, you can kick things up a notch and add some bacon to the top. You add the bacon to the top of the meatloaf before you stick it in the Instant Pot. When you take it out, add the glaze over the bacon, then broil that sucker for some extra tasty goodness!

Meatloaf with Bacon Topping


  1. Tami Piumarta

    This looks delicious! I’m going to put it on my list for dinner this week.

    • Yeah, IP Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes is great, and easy to make! The only thing I’d recommend you consider is how many potatoes you want to use. I get 8 servings of meatloaf (circular push pan, meatloaf cut into eighths), and even with pretty generous portions of mashed potatoes, we had LOTS left. I think I’ll probably cut the amount of spuds in half for next time, as we wound up throwing some of the mashed potatoes away ‘cause they went bad.

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