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Air Fryer Meatloaf

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World's Best Air Fryer Meatloaf

Crafting a meatloaf in an air fryer is not only efficient but also provides a deliciously crispy exterior with a tender, juicy interior. This guide will help you prepare a perfect 1-pound air fryer meatloaf, full of flavor and cooked to perfection.


Ingredients

For a 1 lb air fryer meatloaf, you will need:

  • 1 pound ground beef (85% lean)

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon mustard (optional)


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Equipment

  • Air Fryer

  • Mixing bowl

  • Loaf pan (that fits in your air fryer)



Preparation


Mixing Ingredients

  • In a large mixing bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk until absorbed. This helps keep the meatloaf moist during cooking.

  • Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dried parsley, salt, and pepper to the soaked breadcrumbs. Mix gently with your hands until well combined, being careful not to overmix as this can make the meatloaf tough.



Forming the Meatloaf


Shaping

  • Shape the mixture into a loaf that will fit into your air fryer's loaf pan. If you don’t have a loaf pan small enough to fit in your air fryer, you can form the meatloaf directly in the air fryer basket lined with parchment paper.



Cooking


Air Frying

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3-5 minutes.

  • Place the loaf pan in the air fryer and cook for about 30-35 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by mixing ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard.


Glazing

  • After the meatloaf has cooked for about 25 minutes, spread the glaze over the top and continue cooking for the remaining 5-10 minutes, or until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).



Serving Suggestions


Presentation

  • Let the meatloaf rest for a few minutes after cooking. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the meatloaf, making it moist and easier to slice.

  • Serve with sides like mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a simple salad for a complete meal.



Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Meatloaf

  • Avoid Overmixing: Overmixing the meat can lead to a dense and tough meatloaf. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.

  • Checking Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meatloaf has reached the safe internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).

  • Rest Before Slicing: Allowing the meatloaf to rest before slicing ensures it won’t crumble and fall apart, keeping all the delicious juices inside.


By following these steps, you'll have a deliciously moist and flavorful meatloaf cooked efficiently in your air fryer, perfect for a hearty family meal.

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