Homemade Burgers for Dogs

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.


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


  • 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.

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