I have been making this Instant Pot cheddar turkey meatloaf recipe for dinner on repeat! It is one of my absolute favorite recipes, because there’s something about meatloaf with a side of potatoes and green beans that is just so comforting and delicious. This is the best Instant Pot meatloaf dinner recipe, because the entire meal can be made in half an hour, all in one pot!
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This cheddar meatloaf dinner in an Instant Pot is the ultimate easy family dinner recipe. It’s made all my “busy mom wanting to get dinner on the table after a long day of work” dreams come, and it didn’t take me hours and hours to make!
A few weeks ago, when I was in Vermont with Vermont Tourism and Cabot Cheese, I had a chance to visit one of the farm families that own the Cabot Creamery Co-operative and learn more about Cabot. I’ll admit, I knew very little before the trip, and was so blown away by the care and dedication and pride that goes into making Cabot products that I know and have picked up at the grocery store for so long. Cabot is a Co-operative owned by 1,000 farm families throughout New England and New York and 100% of the profits go back to the farmers!
There was such a sense of community and care with the cows – the real stars – no wonder Cabot cheddar cheese and other products taste SO INCREDIBLE!!
I love cooking with cheddar cheese: whether it’s making a quick snack/appetizer like these 5 ingredient carrot cheddar cheese balls, or adding it to make ahead freezer quiches or adding it as a topping on the best Instant Pot healthy baked potato soup.
Cheddar adds a great flavor (I like using Cabot Seriously Sharp), as well makes this turkey meatloaf super juicy-no typically dried out meatloaf here!
Meatloaf is one of those wonderfully nostalgic dishes, and this recipe feels like it takes me back to the basics, but is slightly modernized and is made easy!
Why cook meatloaf in an Instant Pot?
There are so many reasons, but my #1 is because making meatloaf in an Instant Pot, it literally cuts the cook time in half!! Usually meatloaf takes an hour in the oven. And that is if you’re making a meatloaf on the smaller side. If you make meatloaf in an Instant Pot, the cook time is 30 minutes! After a long day at work, I’m all about time savings things so that I can spend more time with my baby (who happens to love the Seriously Sharp Cracker Cuts I mentioned discovering on my trip to Burlington, VT).
Another reason is that it’s literally set it and forget it when you’re cooking in an instant pot. You do not open the lid, so as soon as you’ve sealed the Instant Pot, it cooks everything for you.
What is the best instant pot to use for making meatloaf?
I have a 6 quart Instant Pot. I think that is plenty big for a family of 4. If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot, that would work too, you just don’t want to go any smaller than 6 quarts for this recipe.
Tips for making this cheddar turkey meatloaf dinner in an Instant Pot:
- You want to make sure you use aluminum foil to create “boats” or molds deep enough, 1 to hold the meatloaf, 1 to hold the potatoes and green beans. I do this by laying two pieces of aluminum foil over each other, and then creating the mold ahead of time. You can also put the two pieces of aluminum foil in a loaf pan and use that as mold and then lift it out.
- You want to make sure to let the cheddar-oatmeal-milk mixture sit for 5 minutes before making the meatloaf.
I cannot wait for you to try this easy family dinner Instant Pot recipe, I think you’re going to absolutely love it!
I’d love to know in the comments section – what is your favorite comfort food?
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Sheet Pan Meal Ground Turkey Balsamic Meatloaf
- Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes
- Easy Healthy Asian Ground Turkey Lettuce Wrap Salad
Instant Pot Cheddar Turkey Meatloaf Dinner Recipe
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 cup sharp cheddar shredded (I use Cabot Seriously Sharp)
- ½ cup milk
- 2/3 cup quick cooking oats or breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 pound ground turkey
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 russet potatoes cut into wedges or 8 small yellow potatoes, halved (about 2/3 of a pound, each russet potato is about 1/3 of a pound)
- 1 bag 12 oz. frozen whole green beans
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- In a large bowl stir together egg, cheese, milk, oats, salt and garlic salt, and let stand for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add ground turkey and stir to combine. *
- Make the meatloaf glaze -in a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and brown sugar and set aside.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot and add the trivet.
- Crisscross 2 large sheets of aluminum foil, twice, 1 set of 2 sheets will hold the meatloaf and the other set of 2 sheets will hold the potatoes and the green beans. You want the aluminum foil to be long enough so that you’ll have enough to hold the meatloaf and then also it will act as a sling for lowering and lifting, I’d say each piece about 20 inches. You can use a loaf pan as a ‘mold’ leaving the aluminum foil over the edges.
- Shape a narrow meatloaf in the center of 2 pieces of the aluminum foil and put it into the Instant Pot, pressing it so that it only takes up half of the Instant pot, make sure to leave edges of aluminum foil for lifting over the top of the meatloaf. Brush half the glaze on
- Put potatoes and green beans into the remaining 2 pieces of aluminum foil and carefully lower it into the other side of the Instant Pot.
- Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Manual setting and set the cooking time for 25 minutes at high pressure. Perform a quick release by moving the Pressure release to Venting.
- After the pressure has released, remove the lid and carefully remove the meatloaf – I like to pour out any liquid that has formed at the bottom of the meatloaf.
- Brush the remaining glaze on the meatloaf, slice and serve meatloaf with side of green beans and potatoes. **
- Alternatively you could make this in the oven. Preheat oven to 350.
- Make two aluminum foil packets as described above and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour.
- Make sure the meatloaf has reached an internal temperature of 165.
Chicken Strips with a side of roasted sweetcorn. Reminds me of home back in Kansas. Ugh, now I am craving this.
Homemade mac and cheese. Definitely not out of a box…..YUCK
Wendy Burrow says
I was going to say homemade sour cherry pie, but I don’t know if desserts count. So then definitely homemade stuffing (with turkey-is the turkey even important?!?) Now I’m getting hungry. ; )
Mary K says
Looking forward to trying your meatloaf recipe. Pot roast is my absolute favorite comfort food. Roast, mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli. Yum!
My favorite comfort food………..tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese.
Amy C. says
My favorite comfort food is soup…and I make a lot of it during the cooler months.
Rachel Z says
My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes.
Gumbo is my favorite comfort food.
Rebecca S. says
My favorite comfort foods are my mom’s mac and cheese and my dad’s fried rice.
Cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham for me!
That’s such a comforting meal!
Oh yum – both of those sound amazing!
This looks amazing my comfort meal is Shepard’s pie ?
Oh I love a good Shepard’s pie!!
My confort food is soup! A Chilean soup call cazuela! It’s typical in my country
I looked up that kind of soup and it sounds amazing!
Pam M says
Any Mac and Cheese
Yum, any mac and cheese is good in my book!
Chicken pot pie is my favorite comfort food!
Oh yum, love a good chicken pot pie
Amy S says
This looks delicious! My favorite comfort food is homemade mac and cheese!
Thank you so much – and yum, love a good chicken pot pie
Judy Iverson says
This looks great! My favorite comfort food is open-faced turkey sandwiches. Question for you if you don’t mind. We travel full-time, so I have the 3Q Instant Pot to save space and it’s fine for 2. Anyway, if I just use it for the meatloaf and don’t add potatoes and green beans, would it work with the same cook time? Thanks!
Hi Judy, thank you for your comment – your favorite comfort food sounds amazing!
As for your question, YES, if you would make the meatloaf and not add the potatoes and green beans, the cook time would be the same.
Judy Iverson says
My favorite comfort food is homemade macaroni & cheese. Many times I’ll cook it up when I have a bunch of little cheese ends in the fridge, creating a combination that tantalizes the taste buds! I normally serve it with a nice crusty sourdough boule, homemade of course!
Yum, love the different combinations of cheese for mac and cheese, and wow, serving it with homemade sourdough sounds amazing!
Kim Henrichs says
That looks amaze! My fave comfort food is chicken and noodles…
Chicken and noodles are super comforting – yum!
Mary W says
My favorite comfort food is home made from scratch pudding. Tapioca pudding, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding – I love ’em all! I use a slow cooker to make pearl tapioca using Bob’s Red Mill. I might try some thinly sliced Cabot Cheese on it next time. Bet it tastes good.
oh yum, I love homemade pudding! And I think you’d love Cabor cheese, their cheddars are so delicious!
I see so many people on line are posting Instant Pot recipes. I need to look into getting one soon.
Instant pots are pretty amazing. But if you don’t have one, I give the oven directions for this delicious recipe too!
Gosh, this looks like a good recipe! I love a good pot roast too.
Thank you so much!
Recipe looks delicious. Not a fan of ground turkey, so I would use ground beef. My favorite comfort food is a big pot of chili. It is like a warm hug on a cool day and reminds me of when my mom made it when I was growing up.
Ground beef would definitely be good in this recipe too!
Susan P. says
This sounds like a recipe I could use ground lamb or ground veal instead of ground turkey. My favorite comfort food is Scalloped Potatoes, though mine are really Potatoes Au Gratin. I’m a fan of Cabot Cheese, too!
You could definitely use ground lamb, veal or beef in place of turkey 🙂 Isn’t Cabot cheese the best? Thanks for commenting.