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Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

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I am sooooo excited to share this Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf with you!! Let me start by saying that I have never been a huge fan of meatloaf. It always seemed like a glorified hamburger that was missing it’s bun. So I decided to get a little crazy and add all of my favorite cheeseburger ingredients to the mixture, and then I decided to prepare it in my handy dandy Instant Pot so it would be moist and perfectly cooked.

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A loaf of Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf on a bed of creamy Mashed Potatoes in a square white bowl.

No dried out meatloaf here folks, just a flavorful Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf that you can make gluten-free if you so choose…and you can even choose the shape of pan to use.

How to make Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf:

I am going to start with the basics to show the size of each component and explain how it all comes together…starting with the bacon.

Raw bacon chunks on a cutting board.

Cut 4 slices of thick-cut bacon into chunks. If you don’t have thick-cut, substitute 6 slices of regular bacon.

Chunks of cheddar cheese on a wooden cutting board.

Next we have big chunks of sharp cheddar cheese….1 cup, or about 5 ounces.

Chopped potatoes chunks on a wood cutting board.

Nice big chunks of Yukon Gold potatoes. Depending on the size of your potatoes, cut them into quarters. If using small potatoes, leave them whole.

Are you ready to start cooking? Start by pressing the Sauté button. Wait for it to get HOT, and add the bacon chunks.

Raw bacon pieces cooking in a pressure cooker.

Cook, stirring occasionally until it starts to crisp up. Add the onions, stir and continue cooking until they are golden and the bacon is cooked.

Bacon pieces cooking in an Instant Pot.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions and bacon from the pot. Place them on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

Add the beef stock to the pot. Scrape the bits off the bottom of the pot, and press the Cancel button to turn off the pressure cooker.

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{That may or may not be the correct image…let’s just go with it}

Place a steaming rack in the bottom of the pot over the beef stock {mine is blue silicone}. Next, place the potatoes on the steamer and place a tall trivet on top of the potatoes.

Potato chunks in a blue silicone steamer basket topped with a metal trivet.

Mix the ground beef, panko crumbs/oats, lightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Ground beef, panko crumbs, egg and barbecue sauce in a glass bowl.

Add the cooked bacon and onions and mix together.

Ground beef, cooked bacon pieces and onions in a large glass bowl.

Add the cheese and carefully mix to combine.

Ground beef, bacon, and cheese chunks in a large glass bowl.

Place the mixture in a prepared ring mold pan, pressing to make sure it is even.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf in a ring pan over potatoes in an Instant Pot.

or in a loaf pan.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf in a loaf pan over potato chunks in an Instant Pot.

Either way, place the pan on top of the tall trivet. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and twist to seal. Make sure the knob is in the Sealing position and set the timer for 20 minutes on Manual using the + and – buttons.

Pressure cooker with 20 minutes on the display.

When the Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release on it’s own {Natural Pressure Release} for 5 minutes if using the ring pan, or 10 minutes if using the loaf pan. {I will explain in a minute}. Turn off the pressure cooker and remove the lid.

Turn on the oven broiler. Let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes, then flip it out onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

A ring shaped Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf on a baking sheet.

Brush with additional barbecue sauce and place under the broiler for 4 to 5 minutes.

A ring shaped Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger covered with barbecue sauce on a baking sheet.

Remove the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. If any fall into the stock, just pull them out. Mash the potatoes and stir in the butter and milk, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Potatoes being mashed in a glass bowl with a masher tool.

Pour the beef stock into a large measuring cup. You need 1 cup total, so add additional beef stock if needed.

Press the Saute button. When it is HOT, add the butter or oil. Once it is melted, add the flour. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and bubbling…..

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Carefully pour in the beef stock, whisking to combine. Cook until the mixture simmers and starts to thicken.

gravy simmering in an Instant Pot.

Slice the Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf and serve with the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy!!

Cheeseburger Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes on a white plate.

As you can see, I made this twice in a row to try out both pans and the panko vs oats. Trust me when I say it was no sacrifice, this meal is amazing!

Recipe Notes: 

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  • I used this silicone vegetable steamer, with this tall trivet/ steaming rack, inside this Instant Pot.
  • I used this Fat Daddio Loaf Pan, and this Ring Mold Pan. Both were sprayed with cooking spray. {Pam}
  • I finally purchased an official Potato Masher.
  • The loaf pan is thicker than the ring mold pan, which is why it needs the extra five minutes to release the pressure.
  • If you use a different pan, make sure there is clearance around the sides, or in the center for the steam to move around!!
  • Technically, the potatoes are over cooked…or extra soft. They are still delicious and make this a one pot meal, which is awesome. I did not try this recipe without adding the potatoes, but I am guessing the Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf would cook for the same amount of time.
  • If you prefer a different type of cheese, go for it.
  • I used Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce, but any sauce will work.
  • Since the pot and the beef stock are already hot, your pressure cooker should come up to pressure pretty quickly. I have included the 10 minutes to release the pressure in the cooking time, give or take based on your pan.

Oats vs Panko Crumbs:

Oats are gluten-free, panko crumbs are not…so there’s that. {unless you buy gf panko crumbs} I prefer the panko crumbs, but it comes down to what you are used to. The oats are “heartier”, but you can tell that they are there…you can even see them in the photo. The panko crumbs disappear, you don’t notice them at all. I’m sure regular breadcrumbs would work as well, just in case you needed more choices to  make. 😉

Additional Instant Pot beef recipes:

Enjoy!!

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Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

You will not believe how easy this Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf meal is to make, and it even includes mashed potatoes and gravy!
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, recipe, beef, cheese, easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound 97% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup panko crumbs or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese chunks
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce, plus more for topping

Mashed Potatoes

  • cooked potatoes (from above)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

Gravy

  • 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons flour or arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup heated beef stock (from above)
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start by pressing the Saute button. Wait for it to get HOT, and add the bacon chunks.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until it starts to crisp up. Add the onions, stir and continue cooking until they are golden and the bacon is cooked.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions and bacon from the pot. Place them on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  • Add the beef stock to the pot. Scrape the bits off the bottom of the pot, and press the Cancel button to turn off the pressure cooker.
  • Place a steaming rack in the bottom of the pot over the beef stock {mine is blue silicone}. Next, place the potatoes on the steamer and place a tall trivet on top of the potatoes.
  • Mix the ground beef, panko crumbs/oats, lightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add the cooked bacon and onions and mix together. Add the cheese and carefully mix to combine.
  • Place the mixture in a prepared 6-inch ring pan or loaf pan, pressing to make sure it is even.
  • Place the pan on top of the tall trivet. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and twist to seal. Make sure the knob is in the Sealing position and set the timer for 20 minutes on Manual using the + and – buttons.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release on it’s own {Natural Pressure Release} for 5 minutes if using the ring pan, or 10 minutes if using the loaf pan. {I will explain in a minute}. Turn off the pressure cooker and remove the lid.
  • Turn on the oven broiler. Let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes, then flip it out onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with additional barbecue sauce and place under the broiler for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. If any fall into the stock, just pull them out. Mash the potatoes and stir in the butter and milk, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • Pour the beef stock into a large measuring cup. You need 1 cup total, so add additional beef stock if needed.
  • Press the Saute button. When it is HOT, add the butter or oil. Once it is melted, add the flour. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and bubbling.
  • Carefully pour in the beef stock, whisking to combine. Cook until the mixture simmers and starts to thicken.
  • Slice the Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf and serve with the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy!!

Notes

  • The loaf pan is thicker than the ring mold pan, which is why it needs the extra five minutes to release the pressure.
  • If you use a different pan, make sure there is clearance around the sides, or in the center for the steam to move around!!
  • Technically, the potatoes are over cooked…or extra soft. They are still delicious and make this a one pot meal, which is awesome. I did not try this recipe without adding the potatoes, but I am guessing the Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf would cook for the same amount of time.
  • If you prefer a different type of cheese, go for it.
  • I used Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce, but any sauce will work.
  • Since the pot and the beef stock are already hot, your pressure cooker should come up to pressure pretty quickly. I have included the 10 minutes to release the pressure in the cooking time, give or take based on your pan.

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3 Comments

  1. This instant pot recipe sounds fabulous. I love my insta pot and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays Archives Link party.

  2. GREAT recipe! I feed a crowd (11 of us) so I ended up tripling the beef and doing the potatoes on the stove top. I happened to have a silicone ring mold that just fit my 8 qt Pot. I didn’t know about cook times for that much bulk, so I added some time and went for 35 minutes and the 10 minute natural release. It was perfect. Thanks so much! It was a perfect no-oven meal!

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