Juicy, delicious, and surprisingly easy, these paleo meatloaf sliders are a fun way to switch up a classic meal. They’re safe for Whole30 and keto, and can be made in either the oven or an air fryer, too!
A classic dinner.
Growing up, my mom never made meatloaf. I heard my friends rave about how awful a meal it was, and my childhood self was thankful that my mom never had it on the menu.
Then one night after getting married I learned that my new grandfather-in-law was making meatloaf for dinner. I was nervous. Of course I had never had meatloaf, so I couldn’t say for sure whether or not I liked it.
I loved it.
Now my children all know and love meatloaf. It’s become a dear friend in our kitchen!
Mini things for the win.
When I saw saw this recipe for Meatloaf Sliders in my friend Karen’s new cookbook, Paleo Cooking with your Air Fryer, I knew I had to try it! And Karen was gracious enough to let me share it with y’all!
It’s pretty much everything that makes meatloaf a hit in my family, but in personal mini-size! And I don’t know about your kids (if you have any), but mini anything is always a win over here!
Paleo Cooking with your Air Fryer
Needless to say, the Meatloaf Sliders were a huge hit, and I can’t wait to try more of Karen’s recipes!
Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer has 80 mouthwatering, paleo-friendly recipes all made in an air fryer! Everything from appetizers, meat dishes, and vegetarian dishes to desserts and staples. They’re not made with any fancy ingredients, either. Just real unprocessed foods that are available at pretty much anywhere. She even includes recipes for some of the basic staples in the book.
- Healthy Korean Chicken Wings
- Not Your Gramma’s Fried Chicken
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Beef Negimaki
- Calamari on Fire
- Huevos Rancheros
- Healthy Chicken Fried Steak
- Lobster Mac & Cheese
- Sour Cream & Onion Kale Chips
- Vegetable Tempura, and more!
And there’s even a chocolate cake!
In her recipes, Karen uses the Philips XL Air Fryer. If you have a different kind, you may have to adjust the temperature and time as close as you can to the settings in the recipes. If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry. You can still enjoy these Paleo recipes!
But I don’t have an air fryer?
While I’m sure my husband would just love for me to go out and buy an air fryer so I could try everything in Karen’s new book, I’m not going to. Haha. It doesn’t say so in the book, these recipes are totally adaptable for the oven – regular or convection.
I happen to have a convection setting on my oven, and that’s what I used. In order to get the right texture (like you would in an air fryer) you’ll want to place the food on a wired rack so there’s air flow all around the food. Just put a cookie sheet at the bottom of the oven to catch any oils or food particles that drop from the food. I put my oven at the same temperature as the recipe required, but cooked the Meatloaf Sliders for 5 extra minutes.
These meatloaf sliders are delicious wrapped in lettuce with mustard, homemade mayo, and a pickle slice (that’s how I ate them), dipped in ketchup (that’s how my kids liked them), or on your favorite paleo bread or biscuits (Karen has some gorgeous biscuits on page 164 of the cookbook). Or you can just eat them plain Jane! They’re basically yummy any way you serve them.
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Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and sugar.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup ketchup (something like PaleoChef, make sure it’s refined-sugar free)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or try this Noble Made paleo BBQ sauce instead)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Form into patties that are about 2 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick. Make sure they are all about the same size, so they cook properly at the same time.
Place the patties on a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes so the flour to absorbs the wet ingredients and the patties to become firm.
For the air fryer:
Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.
Place as many patties you can fit in the fryer basket and close. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
Check the patties half way through cooking time. When the timer goes off, take them out to a serving platter and cover until all the patties are cooked.
For the oven:
Preheat the oven to 360°F, using the convection setting, if you have it.
Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet and put the meatloaf patties on the wire rack.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until desired doneness (you don’t want them to be pink inside!).
You’ll also love these other twists on classic dishes!
- Broccoli Chimichurri Sauce
- Sour Cream & Sriracha Deviled Eggs
- Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot
- Spicy Curdito Coleslaw
- Stuffed Italian Meatballs in the Instant Pot
- Homemade Cider & Elderberry Cranberry Sauce
- Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes
- Easy, Cheesy Shepherds Pie