Air Fryer Meatloaf

I freaking LOVE my air fryer. Love it so damn much. Did you get one from Christmas or whatever mid-winter holiday you celebrate? Based on how many photos I’ve been tagged in lately, all people really received was air fryer and instant pots. So many instant pots. Well if you didn’t receive an air fryer this year and you’re still on the fence, just know that I’ll be sharing more air fryer recipes in the future. So far I have –

And now meatloaf. And sure, you can make this in the oven but it will be no where near like the air fryer version. This version makes the bacon extra crispy on the outside while discarding the excess fat from the bacon, without leaving it dry.

PaleOMG Air Fryer Meatloaf

If you’re still not sold on an air fryer, I totally get that. And it’s fair to be hesitant. I’ve shared this list before on other posts, but I’m going to share it again. It’s my air fryer pros and cons list. Let’s start with the cons because I’m much more of a pessimist –

  • Do you absolutely need one? Not really. You can fry or bake things instead.
  • Do they take up a lot of room? Hell yes they do. I have the 6qt size and it’s massive.
  • Do you need to use less fat when it comes to cooking with the air fryer? Yes, a bit less. But I’ve also only fried one thing in my life so I’m probably not the best person to ask. I wasn’t born in a place that thinks deep frying is a way of life. Nor do I love fried food much.

But here’s the reason I love my air fryer –

  • I don’t have to heat up the house with the oven in the summer time.
  • I don’t have to wait for the oven to pre-heat.
  • I don’t have to dirty my oven when cooking chicken wings.
  • My house doesn’t smoke up like it does with the oven sometimes (because the chicken wings made it so damn dirty).
  • I can cook meat and veggies faster than in the oven.
  • I can get brussels sprouts crispier than the oven.

I think the pros outweigh the cons, personally. My main complaint is how big it is. I have a medium-size kitchen and I have to store it on its side in one of our drawers. Which makes it a little hard to get out daily, but that’s my only complaint.

PaleOMG Air Fryer Meatloaf

Other than that, I love it. Breakfast potatoes in it are crispy perfection. Even better than what you can make in an oven. Does it compare to a deep fryer? Doubtful. I’ve never used a deep fryer because who TF has room for that in their kitchen unless they are Paula Dean? I miss Paula Dean. I know she said dumb racist things that she can’t really ever come back from, but I miss her annoyingly loud laugh and outrageously bad-for-you food. Giada just isn’t the same. Don’t get me wrong, Giada has some delicious looking food and great boobs, but her laugh doesn’t burn your ears like Paula’s. That got very off track. Anywho, go try this. You’re going to LOVE it!

PaleOMG Air Fryer Meatloaf


Air Fryer Meatloaf

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1/2 pound thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg*

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 23 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl with clean hands until completely combined. Then whisk together sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with slightly overlapping strips of bacon. Place the meatloaf mixture on top of the bacon then wrap the strips around the meat to completely surround the meatloaf. Then tip the pan over the remove the meatloaf. 
  4. Place the meatloaf in the air fryer. I put mine at a diagonal to fit. Turn oven heat up to 350 degrees F then timer up to 50 minutes.
  5. Once timer hits the 30 minutes mark, press pause, and using a basting brush to brush about 3 tablespoons of the sauce on top of the meatloaf. Lightly cover the meatloaf with a piece of tin roil. (This will keep the bacon from burning in the remaining cooking time.) 
  6. Cook for 16 more minutes, then remove the foil, baste the meatloaf once more in about 3 tablespoons of the sauce then let cook without the foil for the remaining 4 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Just a heads up, it’s definitely a little challenging getting the meatloaf out. Once the wire rack has cooled, you’ll be able to slightly push up and raise the wire rack up from the basket. Or you can always use a couple handy dandy spatulas. This will be the hardest part of your day, calm down.


*To make this meatloaf egg free, I used Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


54 thoughts on “Air Fryer Meatloaf”

  1. It’s like you read my mind! I just got an air fryer and have been looking for recipes to try. I’m so excited to try this one.

  2. Hi Juli! This looks amazing! I am in the “hesitant to buy an air fryer” camp and I had a question that may help me get over myself…How the heck do you clean the thing? Is it a lot of work? You said you store yours on it side…does it leak oil? Why am I so late to the air fryer party?

    I am also hoping/wishing you are going to do a Cabo recap as I am heading there in 2 weeks and already wrote down a few places from your IG stories. You’re the best and I freaking love Jackson!

    1. the wire basket removes from the entire air fryer. it’s not too hard to clean, just annoying. And it tends to leak a little bit so i store it on a towel! and cabo recap went up today!

    2. Hey! I’m going to make this tonight but was wondering if I could successfully sub out the almond flour because my kiddo has a nut allergy. I have cassava, tiger nut, coconut, tapioca all handy. TIA!

  3. I cannot WAIT to try this meatloaf recipe! The air fryer is my go-to kitchen accessory right now and meatloaf is a family fave over here. And bacon, duh.

  4. Can’t wait to try this! I’m obsessed with my airfryer, I think I put everything in it! Just tried cooking plantains in it and that was life changing.

  5. I got an air fryer for Christmas! This exact one. I made your brussel sprouts for my first time using it and I’m sold! Do you think your garlic instant pot meatloaf would work in the air fryer too? Should I use foil?

    1. i’m sure it would!! and yes, if you make that recipe i would use foil because the meatloaf is double the size of this one so it will most likely need a little extra help

    1. you could try! the bacon will not get nearly as crispy, but it would still taste good! i just don’t know cooking time for this exact recipe

  6. I purchased the same model you use and I loved your Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe! My only problem/concern with this air fryer is some of the food picks up a “plasticky” taste and smell. Have you noticed this with your air fryer? If so, does it eventually go away?

  7. AAAAAMAZING! I made broccoli in my air fryer and decided I was returning it, because it cooks way better in my convection oven. I decided (yes after making 1 thing) that the air fryer wasn’t for me. Well this recipe (and your raving in this post) made me rethink that decision. And the fact that I keep avoiding going to Best Buy to actually return it. Anyway, I am SO glad I decided to kee my air fryer to make this! It’s sooooo yummy!!! Both kids loved it too!

  8. Juli this meatloaf was freaking amazing! The flavor was excellent. This recipe even for me, who does not have an airfryer yet, and forgot the egg :O was perfect! I just set it in a 9×13 Pyrex dish on parchment paper Baked it at 400* for an hour and 15 minutes. Oh and I doubled the recipe. OMG! One of my favorites of all your recipes. Stupid Amazing! Thanks

  9. This was my first air fryer meal ever and HOLY CRAP…’s amazing. Mine didn’t look as pretty as yours but we inhaled it despite the lack of beauty ????. I have a special meatloaf recipe that is the only one I have ever loved and this one rivals it and maybe surpasses because of the ease to prepare. My air fryer will become my go-to appliance as soon as I amass more recipes. Keep ’em coming!!!!!!!!

    1. Like Sherry, this was my first air fryer meal ever and it is AMAZING! I substituted the almond flour with coconut flour (that’s all I had in my pantry), and I didn’t have a 9×5 loaf pan. I did have a smaller bread pan and was able to divide the recipe exactly to make two small loaves. The loaves were small enough and I was able to fry both of them at the same time. My husband couldn’t stop eating it! WINNER WINNER! I am looking forward to more air fryer recipes!!!

  10. My meatloaf did not turn out as beautiful as your meatloaf. The bacon burnt within the first 30 minutes (could have been the brand I used), but the meatloaf was delicious nonetheless. I know for next time to put the foil on within about 15/20 minutes. Thanks for a delicious meatloaf

  11. I LOVED this recipe. It’s probably the best thing I have ever cooked in my air fryer. Question. Do you have a trick to keeping the foil on? Mine kept blowing up to the top of my air fryer. I tried tooth picks etc. and the foil wouldn’t stay on. My bacon was a little crispy but it was still super amazing. My husband took one bite and said it was the best meat loaf he’s ever had.

  12. I love my air fryer. Hardly turn on my oven since I got mine, Thank you so much for the recipes. Will try thr meatloaf tonight.

  13. Thank you for having a bunch of air fryer recipes! Just got my air fryer this week–so far have only made steak in it (perfect!)–and I’m looking forward to trying your creations (I’ve been a fan of your recipes for years). This meatloaf looks yummy, and today plantains (from your most recent email) have made my shopping list. Oh my gosh, I can hardly wait for weekend batch cooking to begin!

  14. Tiffany Berrios

    Hi Juli, thanks for the recipe! I have a teenage boy and a hungry hubby. I’m worried 1 lb of meat won’t be enough. If I increase the meat, do you think it will affect the cooking time?

  15. My husband is allergic to nuts, anything you’d recommend to replace the almond flour? I have stayed away from meatloaf because all of the grain free recipes I’ve seen use almond flour. Help! Thanks ?

  16. Speaking of boobs, you don’t see the insanity of calling yourself “paleo” and having breast implants? Such a fool, yet you are foul too. Sad.

  17. Thanks for the recipe! I don’t have an air fryer, but can bake it. What temp/time do you recommend?

    Thank you!

  18. Made this last night with a couple of substitutions – used Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce because I didn’t have any ketchup and real celery for the celery salt. I threw the onion, pepper and celery in the food processor to rough chop. The veggies stayed a tad crunchy and added great texture. The air fryer technique is spot on. Husband says put it permanent rotation. Outstanding! Thank you.

  19. How gross would it be to use only ground turkey….because it’s all I have. 🙂

    PS – I dig you. You’re hilarious and real and I love that.

  20. This is the best! As a shift worker I love iI can prep with spicy cauliflower for 4 days with left overs 👊

  21. This meatloaf turned out amazing! Love my air fryer as well! It’s been a huge blessing to not run the oven this summer.

  22. Who knew you could air fry meatloaf?! I thought I hated meatloaf but decided to give this a try and WOW it’s SO good!

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