These beef meatballs for dogs are an easy recipe and a delicious treat to get those tails wagging. They can be part of a tasty dinner for your dog too.
Dogs love homemade meatballs and our dogs enjoy these beef zucchini meatballs. As well as a tasty treat or served with vegetables or kibble for dinner, they make a great way to sneak in a pill too.
CAN DOGS EAT MEATBALLS?
Homemade meatballs for dogs are a great healthy dog treat. Making your own is better than giving a dog a meatball from your own dinner as you know exactly what the ingredients are.
Meatballs for us will often have onions and garlic in them which are not suitable for dogs.
These homemade meatballs for dogs are made with a few simple ingredients.
- Ground Beef - lean beef is a great source of protein
- Zucchini - the zucchini keeps the meatballs moist and is a great low calorie, low carb vegetable for your dog.
- Cooked brown rice - we used brown rice rather than white for the fiber and vitamin content. This can be omitted and swapped with a low carb flour to make this recipe grain free and low carb.
- Cheddar cheese - Cheddar cheese has a small amount of lactose and is a safe cheese for dogs. If you dog is lactose intolerant, omit and add nutritional yeast.
- Egg - A great source of protein and amino acids, this is also used to help bind the meatballs.
- Turmeric - A great anti-inflammatory spice that is safe for dogs.
Always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.
HOW TO MAKE BEEF MEATBALLS FOR DOGS
We love making meatballs for our dogs as it's an easy recipe and a fun way of adding different ingredients in one mouthful.
- Add all the ingredients in one large bowl.
- Mix well so they are all well balanced with a bit of every ingredient in a bite.
- Use a cookie scoop or your hands to make walnut sized meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking tray and bake.
STORAGE AND FREEZING
These homemade beef meatballs for dogs will last up to 5 days if stored in the refrigerator. Keep them in an air tight container.
Once cooked and completely cooled, they can be frozen. We pop a few in a zip lock bag for future snacks and dinners. They will last up to 3 months in the freezer and should be defrosted in the refrigerator. Reheat them to serve.
The size of the meatball will vary the cooking time. You could make these into smaller meatballs for a training treat.
The zucchini could be swapped with grated carrot.
For a grain free meatball omit the cooked brown rice and replace with ground flaxseed or almond or coconut flour.
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Beef Zucchini Meatballs for Dogs
- 1 lb ground lean beef
- 1 cup zucchini grated
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup cooked brown rice
- ½ cup Cheddar cheese grated
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Using either a cookie scooper or damp hands form the mixture into meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before your dogs can enjoy them.