Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatloaf that is similar to Boston Market Meatloaf but better, healthier, moister and cheaper since you make it in your own home.
Imagine having a moist and juicy meatloaf in under one hour from start to finish! No more dried out meatloaf.
This Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatloaf recipe cooked in an Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker ensures a moist and delicious meatloaf, like no other. Then we will use the Mealthy CrispLid or your broiler and warm the topping.
I’ve never been a fan of meatloaf until my husband decided to cook dinner one night. He asked why I never make meatloaf and I replied that it is not something I particularly like.
Since he likes meatloaf, I decided I better figure out a recipe we would both enjoy.
I remembered hearing about how much people love Boston Market Meatloaf and I set out to find that recipe. I found a copycat version and realized that it was a very simple meatloaf.
We understood the result we both wanted and came up with a simple recipe, based loosely on what we learned.
Most meatloaf recipes are overly flavored, have lots of add-ins, including barbecue sauce, bacon and the like. I didn’t want “stuff.
I wanted a delicious, old fashion and comfort style meatloaf; I wanted it simple. The result was fabulous.
Hubs served it with his famous Creamy Whipped Potatoes and peas and I became fan. The next time we wanted meatloaf for dinner, hubs again cooked dinner and it fell flat. Great.
I asked if he wrote down what he did and he said, ah, eh, well, no. So, the next time he decided to make meatloaf, we recreated that first conversation about meatloaf and we figured it out. Thank goodness!!!
We gave up eating red meat for several years after I had surgery and wasn’t allowed to eat red meat for a while (we’ve slowly reintroduced beef), so this recipe is also delicious using beef instead of turkey!
The meatloaf recipe was converted to a turkey version and we love it just as much. We now make it in the Pressure Cooker in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven.
Turkey is much drier than beef and since we wanted to add a little more fiber to our diet, we decided to use GrapeNuts Nuggets Cereal to help keep in the moisture and add some fiber.
Make sure to dice the onion really well, or else you will have crunchy onions in the meatloaf, which is nasty.
We like to use a can of diced tomatoes, drained and we use an immersion blender to form the sauce. Half of the sauce it is used in the meat mixture and the other half is sweetened for the topping.
Blended diced tomatoes, which are less processed than tomato sauce, tastes to much better than using tomato sauce to make the Meatloaf Sauce.
In a Mixing Bowl and with clean hands, mix together the ingredients.
Then of course, you will want to remove your Pressure Cooker Turkey Meatloaf from the Pressure Cooker and into an oven safe pan.
So, form the meat mixture into a loaf 6-8 inches long. The size of your loaf will depend on the size of your Pressure Cooker.
Unless, you want to make Mashed Potatoes at the same time!!!!!
Can I Cook Potatoes with Meatloaf in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker?
- Yes, you can!
- After adding water, you would then add a Short Legged Trivet, so that the Potatoes are not sitting in the water.
- Then place whole potatoes on top of the Short Legged Trivet.
- With a longer cook time, the potatoes will do best if left whole and will steam to perfection.
You can also make a Healthy Carrot/Potato Mash by adding carrots to the mix. You don’t need to mash them if you don’t want and can eat the veggies, as it.
Here you can see how pretty colors of the Healthy Carrot Potato Mash.
With the remaining pureed diced tomatoes, add in the sugar and whisk together well.
If you want to place the meatloaf on a serving platter, after it comes out of the oven, leave the foil sling in place, as it will make it easier to lift onto the serving platter.
Pour 3/4 of the remaining sauce over the meatloaf and place under the broiler or Mealthy CrispLid for about five minutes or in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Alternatively, leave the meatloaf in the pressure cooker and use your Mealthy CrispLid.
See my Pressure Cooker Whipped/Mashed Potato recipe for mashing instructions and ingredients for perfectly delicious Mashed Potatoes
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner – I totally love this spatula!
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Sonder LA End Grain Teak Cutting Board, Juice Grooves & Compartments
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
- Stainless Steel Basket Rack w/ Holes for Meatloaf
- 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
- Pyrex Oblong Glass Baking Dish
- GrapeNuts Nuggets Cereal
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- 1.5 pounds Ground Turkey
- 3/4 cup Grapenuts Nuggets
- 1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
- 3/4 cup Yellow/Brown Onion finely diced
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes drained, pulverized
- 4 large Russet Potatoes peeled/left whole
- Peel Potatoes and place in a bowl of cool water and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients, except Potatoes, Diced Tomatoes and Sugar.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the diced tomatoes and add half to the meat mixture and mix together and set aside the rest to make the Meatloaf Sauce.
- Form the meatloaf into a tall oval shape and place on Steam Rack.
- Add 2 cups of water into cooking pot and place a Short Legged Trivet into cooking pot. Lay whole Potatoes in a single row on top. Place the Steam Rack on top of the potatoes.
- Lock lid in place and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes. When Beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
- To make Meatloaf Sauce, add 2 Tablespoons of Sugar to the blended tomatoes that were set aside and mix well.
- Remove Meatloaf from Pressure Cooker and place into oven safe dish. Pour 3/4 of Meatloaf on top of Meatloaf and place under the broiler for 5 minutes. (If you have a CrispLid, set temp to 400 degrees and time to 5 minutes, but keep an eye on it.)
- While the Meatloaf is in the oven, mash the potatoes (see my Mashed Potatoes Recipe).
- Spoon the remaining Meatloaf Sauce over individual servings.
- See my Pressure Cooker Whipped/Mashed Potatoes post for mashing/ingredient instructions.
- Do not cut up Potatoes. Because of the longer cook time, the Potatoes need to remain whole, to prevent overcooked and water logged Potatoes.
- For a healthy spin on Mashed Potatoes, peel four large Carrots, break them in half and add them in with the Potatoes. Mash Carrots and Potatoes together.
- If you omit the Potatoes, use a Taller Trivet. First make a Foil Sling by taking 20 inches of foil and folding it in thirds. Lower Steamer Rack into cooking pot, using the Foil Sling.
- Don’t forget to serve with Green Peas!
- Beef can be used in place of turkey.