How to make homemade meatballs for dogs
Hey there! I’m so happy to share this recipe for meatballs for dogs with you. These doggy meatballs are made with lean ground chicken, rolled oats and grated carrot for a nutritious addition to your dogs food, or a tasty snack.
Your pups will go bonkers for this delicious treat, and you can feel good about feeding it to them because it is made with real food, and contains no preservatives or additives.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Chicken meatballs for dogs
Doggy meatballs are even easier to make than regular meatballs. I used ground chicken for this version, because it is lean protein and easily available.
This homemade version is healthier for your pup than those store-bought varieties.
Dog meatball recipe
Making these chicken meatballs for dogs is simple and takes very little time, especially if you have another set of hands to help roll them.
Below, I will show you exactly what is in this recipe and how to make substitutions and variations. The recipe yielded 31 small meatballs, using this small cookie scoop.
If you use a larger scoop, you will end up with a few less meatballs than the recipe.
- Ground chicken – a great source of lean protein
- Rolled oats – great for pups with digestive issues, they are a source of fiber
- Egg – protein + a binder for the meatballs
- Dried parsley – parsley also aids digestion, freshens breath and add flavor
- Carrots – the same reason they are good for you applies to your dog
- Yogurt – good source of protein, probiotics and calcium, which are all beneficial to your dog’s immune system
How to make them
First gather your equipment – a medium mixing bowl, a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and a small cookie scoop.
Next, gather your ingredients and add everything into the mixing bowl. Use clean hands to mix it all up until the mixture looks uniform.
Using a small scoop, portion out the meatball mixture. Use wet hands to roll them and place on lined baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
- If your dog has a sensitivity to chicken; you can use ground turkey (try this ground turkey dog food recipe), ground beef, ground lamb or ground pork.
- To substitute rolled oats: Rice flour, which is simply ground rice, would be a great option. You could also use almond flour in place of oats.
- To substitute grated carrots: Try chopped green beans, peas or grated sweet potato.
- To substitute egg: a scoop of pure pumpkin purée or applesauce would be great.
YES! As long as there isn’t anything in them that is unsafe for your dog. They LOVE meatballs.
Please keep in mind that these are for your dog, not for a human palate. Your dog does not need seasonings like salt, other spices or added herbs. To your dog, these are delicious just as they are.
Absolutely. See the list above for suggestions. You could also use any game meat that you might have access to, like venison.
Yes. These will keep in the freezer, if properly stored, for up to 3 months.
Properly stored, in an airtight container, they’ll keep in the fridge for about 5 days.
Dog treat recipes
Here are a few of my dog treat recipes that your pup might like:
- Christmas dog treat recipe
- Potato and cheese dog treats
- Soft pumpkin dog treats
- Banana pumpkin dog treats
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Homemade meatballs for dogs
Quick and easy recipe for meatballs for dogs using ground chicken.
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp. low fat PLAIN (unflavored) yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated carrots, optional, but recommended
- Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / Gas mark 4
- Gather your ingredients and add everything to a medium mixing bowl.
- Use clean hands to mix it all up until the mixture looks uniform.
- Using a small cookie scoop, portion the meatballs until the mixture is all used. Wet your hands with water and roll the meatballs, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 25 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through baking time.
- Remove from oven and let cool before feeding to your dog.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
*See post for notes about substitutions and variations.
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Serving Size:2 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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Thank you. I have been looking for simple recipes for my little picky eater.
Thank you so much, Shelba! I hope your picky eater approves 🙂
I did not see the notes with the ingredient substitutions. Can you please send them to me? Thank you!
Sure. It is right under the how to make them instructions, though…
My pup loves them! Question, how many is recommended for a 50 lb dog?
Hi Melissa, Thank you! I’m so glad your pup loves them! I would ask your vet about portions, they would be able to guide you best for your dog. xx