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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze

sliced meatloaf on white plate with mashed potatoes and green beans
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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze

I’ll be honest… I’ve seen a lot of pressure cooker meatloaf recipes online that just didn’t seem appetizing at all. It seems as though most methods prefer to glaze the meatloaf before you cook it, like you would in a traditional meatloaf recipe. But that just doesn’t work for pressure cooking. IMHO. What you usually end up with is a slimy, almost orange sauce that kinda ruins it for me. Even when you put it under a broiler, there’s really no coming back from it.

So I decided to switch things up for this one. It took a few tries to get it right, but I think you’ll be very happy with this method! I know my family was.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Absolutely! We’ve tested this recipe using 4C Gluten Free Crumbs, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results. Our local grocery store carries this brand of bread crumbs, but if yours doesn’t you can order them online here.

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sliced meatloaf on white plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

 

The Process

ground beef in mixing bowl

Add ground beef to large mixing bowl.

 

breadcrumbs and spices in mixing bowl

In a separate bowl – combine dry ingredients.

 

breadcrumbs and spices on top of ground beef

Add dry ingredients to ground beef and mix well with hands or fork.

 

eggs, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce in mixing bowl with whisk

In same bowl used for dry ingredients – whisk together wet ingredients.

 

wet ingredients poured over ground beef

Add wet ingredients to ground beef mixture and mix well to combine.

 

whole uncooked meatloaf on steamer basket in Instant Pot

Form one large circular loaf with the beef mixture and place in a steamer basket. Add 1 cup of water to pot along with a 2-inch trivet. Place basket on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 16 minutes at high pressure.

 

ketchup and brown sugar in mixing bowl

Meanwhile – combine 1/2 cup ketchup and brown sugar with a whisk.

 

whole cooked meatloaf on steamer basket in Instant Pot

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes).

 

whole meatloaf on baking sheet

Transfer meatloaf to a baking sheet…

 

meatloaf covered with ketchup glaze on baking sheet

…and generously glaze with ketchup mixture.

 

whole meatloaf under broiler on baking sheet

Place under high broiler for about 3-5 minutes…

 

whole meatloaf in oven on baking sheet

…or until desired caramelization occurs.

 

And this is the AMAZING result…

sliced meatloaf on wooden cutting board

 

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Pressure Cooker Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze

This meatloaf is perfectly juicy with a glaze that's edible by itself.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 392 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs see notes for gluten-free option
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 eggs

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Add ground beef to large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl – combine dry ingredients. Then add dry ingredients to ground beef and mix well with hands or fork.

  2. In same bowl used for dry ingredients – whisk together wet ingredients. Then add wet ingredients to ground beef mixture and mix well to combine.

  3. Add 1 cup water and steamer basket to pressure cooker. Basket should not touch water. 

  4. Form one large circular loaf with the beef mixture and place in a steamer basket. Add 1 cup of water to pot along with a 2-inch trivet. Place basket on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 16 minutes at high pressure.

  5. Meanwhile – combine 1/2 cup ketchup and brown sugar with a whisk.

  6. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes).

  7. Transfer meatloaf to a baking sheet and generously glaze with ketchup mixture.

  8. Place under high broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until desired caramelization occurs.

Recipe Notes

To make this gluten-free, we use 4C Gluten Free Plain Crumbs. Our local grocery store carries these, but they are also available to order online through Amazon or Walmart.com. Some Worcestershire sauce also contains gluten, so be sure to check your labels. We use Lea & Perrins, which is gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 867mg 36%
Potassium 479mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 12g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 20.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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