Homemade Burgers for Dogs

by Amanda Maddox
Dogs like burgers, too.

Dogs like burgers, too.

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Hamburgers, made from chicken or beef, are safe for dogs when made with pup-friendly ingredients. Since dogs have lived with humans so long, they often do best on a diet similar to ours, according to veterinarian Ron Hines. So, just frying up a hamburger doesn’t provide him with adequate nutrients found in vegetables and grains.

Step 1

Crumble the meat in a large pot. Cook it on medium heat, continuously stirring until brown.

Step 2

Add 1/2 cup of canola oil and 2 chopped garlic cloves to the meat. Allow it to cook for approximately 5 minutes until well blended.

Step 3

Add 4 quarts of water to the mixture. Bring it to a boil.

Step 4

Pour one can of kidney beans and one can of diced potatoes in the pot. There is no need to drain the vegetables.

Step 5

Add 24 ounces of quick-cook oats to the mixture. Stir it with a large wooden spoon until it is thick like peanut butter. Allow it to cool.

Step 6

Scoop out about 1/2 cup of the mixture and pat out a hamburger. Set it on wax paper and allow it to completely set for approximately an hour.

Items You Will Need

  • 2 lbs. ground chicken or beef
  • Large pot
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 qts. water
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can diced potatoes
  • 24 oz. quick oats
  • Wax paper


  • For added flavor, add 1/2 cup of peanut butter or molasses before patting out the burgers. This recipe should make about 15 to 20 burgers. Store leftover burgers covered in the refrigerator.


  • Contact your vet before making any major changes in your dog's diet.

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