Ground beef, carrots, and celery, that sounds like the start to maybe a meatloaf? Or some dirty rice? Not this time, this is the start to Rocky’s cheeseburger. Rocky gets to eat all kinds of stuff and sometimes I like to take it to that next step and make his meals a little more special. We had burgers the other night and I figured Rocky would like to have a cheeseburger too.
- 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
- 7 baby carrots
- 1/4 stalk of celery
- 1 TBSP of shredded cheddar
- Sprinkle of garlic powder*
In a medium sized mixing bowl add the ground beef. Finely chop the celery and carrots* and add those to the ground beef. Add in the cheese and the garlic powder and combine. Shape into three patties. One patty becomes part of one meal.* Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top when serving.
* Dogs cannot digest big pieces of vegetables easily so they either need to be very finely chopped or mushed a little bit.
*Sprinkle is all that is needed, too much can be overpowering and not healthy.
*Obviously this will vary with the size of your dog. My dog is 60lbs and one patty can serve as part of the meal. If your dog is bigger more might be needed, if your dog is little you will have to scale down and make smaller burgers.
I serve these patties raw because 90% of the meat Rocky eats is raw. If you are not comfortable or have never fed raw before, you can cook these patties. Preheat an oven to 350 and place on a cookie sheet, bake until done. Allow to cool before serving. These burgers also freeze well, wrap each patty in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Thaw fully before serving.
Please note, that you will want to break the patty up a bit before serving, feeding an intact patty could lead to gulping.
You can add in different veggies if you like, this is what I had on hand that I know Rocky enjoys. Some vegetables and fruits are not dog friendly, please do research for a list of foods to avoid.
Have fun guys and give your doggies something special every so often!