Here at Bully Max, we make some of the highest-rated, best-selling dog foods around. But every now and then, we like to feed our dogs a homemade dinner…and this ground beef dog food recipe is one of our favorites.
The main ingredients include:
Meat. We like lean ground beef, but you can always substitute any other healthy form of meat. Ground chicken or ground pork are also good choices.
Eggs. Eggs are an incredibly nutritious food that dogs don’t often get—but they love it when they do. They’re high in protein and super easy to mix together with other ingredients.
Grains. Brown rice is a great source of gluten-free carbohydrates for dogs, with a little more fiber than white rice. But you can easily substitute oats or quinoa if you prefer.
Veggies. Vegetables are good for your dog, just like they are for you. And the nice thing about this ground beef recipe is that it’s easy to add lots of small veggies—like peas, corn, and green beans—plus any kind of shredded vegetables you have on hand. Carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin pie, and fennel are more great options.
Herbs. Herbs are often overlooked in dog food recipes, but they can be a great addition to your dog’s meal! Consider adding some fresh parsley, thyme, or basil to your dog food for some added nutrition and flavor.
Oil. Consider drizzling a little bit of oil over your dog’s food to add some healthy omega-3 fats. Good choices include olive oil or canola oil. (Note: if you used fatty meat, you may not need to add additional fat from oil.)
Feel free to mix and match ingredients from the categories listed above and really make this recipe your own. But here’s a general list of ingredients you can use as a guideline:
- 3 cups of uncooked brown rice
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 4-6 hard boiled eggs
- 3 carrots
- 2 cups of frozen peas
- ¼ cup minced herbs (parsley, thyme, or basil)
- 3 tablespoons of healthy oil
Step 1: Start cooking the rice first, since this is the most time-consuming step. If you have a rice maker or Instant pot, they can help save time here, but boiling water in a pot works just as well.
Step 2: Hard-boil the eggs, then shock them in cold water.
Step 3: Brown the ground beef in a skillet. If there’s a lot of excess fat, we like to drain it.
Step 4: While the meat is cooking, thinly slice the carrots (and/or other vegetables if you’re using them).
Step 5: Your eggs should be cool by now. Peel off the shells and dice them.
Step 6: Mix everything in a big pot and stir it all together.
And voila! Your homemade ground beef dog food recipe is complete.
Make sure to keep the food refrigerated in between meals. We like to gently warm it in the microwave before feeding.
Time-saving tip: Try making an extra-large batch and then freezing some to store it for longer periods of time. This will cut down on the prep and cooking time.
Of course, the amount of food your dog needs will depend on their weight. For a very rough guideline, consider these suggestions as a starting point:
- 10-20 pound dogs: 1 cup
- 20-40 pound dogs: 2 cups
- 40-60 pound dogs: 3 cups
- 60-80 pound dogs: 4 cups
Nutrition Information (per 1 cup):
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 120 mg
- Fat: 10 g
- Carbohydrates: 25 g
- Protein: 23 g