These days Millie’s former black and white face is almost pure white because of her age.
But her ears still stick STRAIGHT up. And they get especially wiggly when she has the opportunity for table food.
I don’t like feeding my dogs table food very often. It sometimes makes them sick.
But… they like pup loaf just as much as table food and because I can control the ingredients (no spices for the pups), they don’t get sick from these homemade doggy dinners.
I’m going to give you 13 varieties of pup loaf (dog meatloaf) and dog meatballs in this post. For more dog friendly meatballs go here. Feel free to mix and match ingredients and use your imagination.
And for other dog safe table food recipes, check out these pizza flavored dog treats!
Before we get started though let me answer one question I get regularly.
Can Dogs Eat Meatloaf?
Dogs can eat most meatloaf. They aren’t supposed to eat onions and garlic, but the quantities in most human meatloaf won’t be enough to actually harm them.
However, human meatloaf can often contain spices and sauces that are often too much for a dog’s system.
It’s better to use one of these pup loaf recipes that’s specifically geared toward dogs. However, anytime you change your dog’s food – whether it’s treats or a dinner – you should go slowly and see how your dog reacts.
Homemade Dog Meatloaf Recipes
I’ve put together 13 recipes for you here – a combination of dog meatloaf and dog meatball recipes.
Some are pretty novel, while others have super traditional ingredients. I recommend trying several out that you think your dog will enjoy. And feel free to print this entire post if you’d like!
#1. Basic Pup Loaf Recipe
This recipe is crazy easy. And it’s perfect for substituting and mixing things up!
I’ve got some ground beef to use on this first one. And I think I’ll go for some mixed frozen veggies to keep it simple.
But next time, I may go for ground pork!
- 3 cups of meat
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of chopped or grated vegetables
- 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- Mix everything and roll into a loaf.
- Put it in a roasting pan and bake it for 80 minutes at 175 degrees.
Thanks to Top Dog Tips for this recipe!
#2. Dog Meatloaf with Rice
This is a balanced meatloaf and is suitable for most dogs for their regular meal. It’s easy to make and will freeze well so that you don’t have to make it every day.
- 5lb roll ground beef (may substitute or mix ground chicken also)
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup brown rice – cooked or uncooked
- 2 cups green beans – fresh or frozen
- 4-5 chopped or ground carrots or sweet potatoes – fresh, frozen or canned
- 3-4 cups beef or chicken broth
- 1 large can chopped tomatoes
- 6-8 peeled and cooked potatoes (potato skins aren’t good for dogs).
- May substitute dry instant potato flakes (about 2 cups).
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- ½ cup oats
In the largest bowl you own, mix all together. Wear gloves and include the kids – this is fun and messy! It’s a little easier to mix it all if the vegetables are ground in a food processor first. You can add some cooked or uncooked pasta, chicken pulled from the bones, other vegetables, even some stale crackers if you like. My dogs love just a little cheese too.
Mix until it’s the consistency of regular meatloaf adding more broth or water as necessary. Some batches require more liquid if they have pasta or more rice and such in them. Spread in the largest pan you have. I use my lasagna pan. Bake at 375°F for about 40-50 minutes. It will smell delicious. My dogs sit and stare at the oven when I make it.
Cool and serve or cut into squares and refrigerate or freeze. This is a large batch and freezes well for smaller dogs. Larger dogs get a larger square. I have one large dog, one medium dog and one small dog. All three take about 2 weeks to eat the entire pan.
Thank you to almanac for this recipe.
#3. Lamb Loaf for Dogs
Lamb is a great meat for dogs. Most dogs find it very tasty, but it can be pricey depending on where you live. You can also substitute ground turkey or ground beef in this recipe.
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 1 cup cooked organic oatmeal (We prefer a minimally processed steel-cut whole-grain oat, like Irish oatmeal.)
- 3/4 cup organic flaxseed meal or breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup fresh organic parsley, finely chopped
- 2 large organic eggs
- 2 cups fresh or frozen organic vegetables (Use a variety of vegetables, such as peas, corn, diced cooked potatoes, and grated carrots; do not include onion.)
Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the oven rack in the middle slot. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands.
Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, or use a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and form a loaf in the center.
You can also use a roasting pan, just space the loaf in the middle of it, you can cook potatoes or sweet potatoes in the pan at the same time too. Bake for 1 hour.
Feed according to your dog’s size and calorie needs.
Thank you to The Bark for this recipe.
#4. Liver Loaf for Dogs
This is more of a very meaty cake than a traditional meat loaf, and it should be used in small quantities as a high value reward rather than as dinner, because it’s rich.
But I wanted to include it here, because dogs LOVE this recipe. I mean love, love, love it. If you are trying to train your dog to do a new trick that’s been tough for them to learn, this can be the perfect bribe!
- 1lb (450g) lamb or ox liver
- 1lb (450g) self raising flour
- 3 eggs
- Milk or water
- Crack the eggs into a measuring jug
- Add an equal volume of milk or water to the measuring jug and whisk
- Blend the liver in a food processor
- Add the egg mixture and flour. Blend to a sponge mixture consistency
- Empty contents into a greased baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees (or 350F) for 35 – 45 minutes
- Allow to cool then divide into 12 pieces and freeze
Thanks to hearingdogs.org.uk for this recipe
#5. Doggy Turkey Meatloaf
This recipe uses healthy and inexpensive ingredients and if you make it you’ll know that your dog is getting real food and not the preservatives that are in much of the commercial dog food on the market.
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup diced tomatoes with liquid (no sodium)
- 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced green beans (fresh or frozen and thawed)
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, optional Quinoa
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl thoroughly combine all ingredients. Spread mixture into a 5 x 7-inch loaf pan.
- Bake 45 minutes.
- Slice and chop the into bite size pieces before serving.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
Thank you to skinnyms.com for this recipe!
#6. Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf for Dogs
This is one of the quirkier pup loaf recipes that I’m including in this collections. I’ts very nutritious AND it’s great if you like to make seasonal food for your dogs!
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, divided
- dash of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 mini loaf pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (reserving 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree).
- Divide the mixture in 3 equal parts and transfer to the greased mini loaf pans. Use an offset spatula to smooth the tops. Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree to spread a thin layer over the top of each loaf.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let the meatloaves cool until they are warm (rather than hot) to the touch before serving to your pup.
Makes 3 mini loaves.
To bake this in a single (regular) loaf pan, bake for 1 hour (or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees).
While this recipe is titled “Dog-Friendly,” it is also fit for human consumption. If you are planning to have some, I recommend dividing the meatloaf mixture and adding salt, pepper, a dash of soy sauce, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce to your portion.
Thank you to putonyourcakepants.com for this recipe!
#7. Dog Meatloaf with Oatmeal
I love using oatmeal in human meatloaf and it works just as well in pup loaf recipes! Oatmeal binds the meat together and is soothing to dogs that have sensitive tummies.
- 1 lbs. lean ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (you can use gluten free oats if you want)
- 1 ½ cups grated mixed vegetables (use your dog’s favorite veggies – I used broccoli, carrots and apple)
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Hand-mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined thoroughly. Press evenly into a loaf pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Refrigerate or freeze in slices for easy serving.
Thank you to petguide.com for this recipe.
#8. Meatloaf cake for dogs
When I first came across the idea of a meatloaf cake for dogs, I must admit, I giggled.
If you celebrate your dog’s birthday, then this is the perfect special occasion pup loaf for your four legged friend.
- 1 cup (75 grams) diced broccoli
- 1/4 cup (40 rams) diced carrot
- 9.2 oz (260 grams) skinless/boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
- 9.2 oz (260 grams) lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup (86 grams) cooked white rice
- 3/4 cup (82 grams) quick-cooking oats
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tbsp (20 grams) safflower oil, or flaxseed oil
- 1 tbsp (14 grams) toasted sesame oil
Mashed Potato “Frosting”
- 2 large (580 grams after peel) starchy potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 3 tbsp (42 grams) unsalted butter
To make the
- TO MAKE THE MEATLOAF CAKE: Preheat the oven on 350 F/175 C. In a food-processor, pulse and run broccoli, carrot, shallot and garlic until finely minced, then set aside in another bowl. Add the skinless/boneless chicken thighs to the food-processor, and pulse/run until it’s evenly and smoothly ground and sticky (you may have to scrape the sides and bottom a couple times). Now add the ground beef and cooked white rice, then run the processor again for about 1 min until the mixture is paste-like and sticky again. This step strengthens the bondage between protein and water, reducing the amount of moisture the “cake” will lose during baking. Now add the quick-cooking oat and the large egg, and run for another min for the same effect. Then add the safflower oil (or flaxseed oil) and toasted sesame oil, and run for another min. Now add the minced vegetables back to the food-processor, and pulse until evenly combined.
- Line a 5 1/2″ (18 cm) round cake-pan with parchment, then transfer the mixture inside, pressing it down gently and smooth the top. Bake in the oven for 45 ~ 50 min an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean (or until the internal temperature reaches 160 F/71 C). Remove from the pan and set aside on a cooling rack for 30 min, or until cool enough to handle.
- TO MAKE THE POTATO “FROSTING”: While the cake is baking, make the “frosting”. In a large pot, add enough cold water until it covers the diced potatoes, then bring to a gentle boil, and cook until a pairing knife can be easily inserted into the potatoes, approx 10~15 min. Drain the potatoes and return to the hot pot for 10 min so excess moisture can evaporate. Transfer to a cleaned food-processor along with unsalted butter, then pulse/run until the potatoes are smoothly pureed.The food-processor will make the mashed potato a bit sticky and gummy, which is exactly the kind of support we want for the cake as a frosting. And guess what, dogs don’t care about gumminess.
- TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: With a long serrated knife, cut the meatloaf-cake horizontally into 3 layers. Smear a thin layer of potato-frosting in between each meatloaf-layers, then stack them up. Then cover the exterior surface evenly with the rest of the potato-frosting. It can be as rustic or as refined as you like. If you want a smooth surface like this one, you can lightly oil the surface of a butter knife, then gently drag it across the surface to smooth it (apply more oil to the knife as needed). Decorate the cake with chive flowers like I did, or with doggy biscuits and whatever your dog loves. Then don’t torture your dogs any further. Let them have at it immediately.
Thank you to ladyandpups.com for this recipe
If you like the idea of making “dessert” for your dog, you can also try the 3 ingredient dog ice cream here.
#9. Dog Meatloaf Cupcakes
If you’re the kind of person that likes to have doggy parties or if you just like individually portioned meals for your pups, this version of meatloaves for dogs may be just up your alley.
- 1.5 lbs Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
- ½ cup oats
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup shredded zucchini
- Mix ingredients in large bowl. Roll into large balls and place in a regular sized cupcake tin. Bake at 350F for 15-25 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let cook completely.
- Mashed Potato Frosting: 1 box of Instant mashed potatoes, make according to the directions with half the amount of milk. Top with Bacon bits.
Thank you to michellespartyplanit.com for this recipe!
#10. Magic Meatloaf for Dogs
This pup loaf recipe is particularly well suited to dogs that have allergies or food sensitivities. It can turn digestive problems around really quickly for many dogs.
- 5 pounds hamburger meat (85% lean–can use sausage-like meat of any kind that is unspiced, so allergic dogs can have lamb, turkey etc.) You can also use a 3:2 muscle meat to organ meat recipe, but the livers, etc. must be ground.
- 1 lg. box of Total cereal (any complete dry boxed cereral).
- 1 lg. box oatmeal (rolled quick oats are fine, otherwise cook first).
- 1 jar of wheat germ
- 1 cup veg oil
- 1 cup of unsulfured molasses
- 12 eggs
- 2 boxes/8 pkts. envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- Garlic powder or pinch of garlic salt.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Beat eggs, add in molasses & oil, & stir into dry.
- Knead the raw meat into the mixture to distribute it evenly. (Wash hands, etc. after handling raw meat, etc.)
- Press into cake pans. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
- Can freeze extra & thaw as needed.
This is a classic of vet clinics & breeders, for increasing appetite & putting on weight.
This meatloaf should be refrigerated, but can be rewarmed or
even carried in a cooler for a show/camping, etc. weekend.
Thank you to danesonline.com for this recipe.
#11. Magic Meatball Recipe for Dogs
A variation of the magic meatloaf recipe for dogs – to make make meatballs instead of meatloaf, roll the same mixture into balls and cut the cooking time down to about 20 minutes.
#12. Georgie Meatloaf
This is not only a great recipe, but this guy is incredibly interesting to watch.
#13. Homemade Dog Meatballs with Cheese
My dogs love cheese, so this is a particularly attractive recipe for them. It’s also really easy to make and very healthy!
- 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 95/5)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup chopped or shredded carrots
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients. Everything should stick together very nicely. Now form your meatballs. As I said, you can do these any size you want depending on the size of your dog. I like to make mine about 1 inch sized balls.
Place your meatballs on your cookie sheet. I used non-stick aluminum foil, but you can also just spray your cookie sheet as well. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Again, the time depends on the size of your meatballs. If you made smaller ones, do a bit less time, if they are larger, cook a bit longer. And that’s it! A very easy, diy dog treat, that your dogs are going to love!
The Bottom Line on Pup Loaf Recipes
When making meatloaf for your dogs you will want to avoid onions and garlic, because in large quantities these can be poisonous for your dogs.
Most dog meatloaf recipes contain good-for-dog veggies and grains and this helps to make them more complete so that you can serve them as dog food.
If you are going to feed any of these recipes to your dog as a large part of their regular diet please be sure to check with their vet to make sure the recipe is suitable for your specific breed.
I love cooking for my dogs and I hope you do too! Enjoy these recipes! And if you want to use commercial food for your dogs check out my post on how to find the best deal on dog food, dog beds and other dog supplies.
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