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How Do You Cook Plain Ground Turkey for Dogs?

Jack Russell Terrier sitting on a table with food in a rustic kitchen setting

Actually, you do not need a recipe when you cook the ground turkey. It cooks up nice and easily in a frying pan, just like ground beef. All you have to do is break it apart so the pieces do not get too big.

Since it needs to be served plain, you can serve it once the meat is well-cooked. Just mix it in with your dog’s regular dog food and that should make their dinner time more exciting.

Check out our post “Can I feed my dog cooked ground turkey?” to learn if your dog can eat cooked ground turkey.

How Do You Make Turkey Dog Food?

The first thing you need to know is that you have to be careful when you change your dog’s diet. Their stomachs are quite sensitive when it comes to sudden dog food changes.

If you are not careful, you will have a lot of vomit or diarrhea to clean up until your pet’s stomach makes the adjustment. The best thing to do is to start with a small amount of your turkey dog food and mix it with their regular food.

Each day or every couple of days, increase the amount of the turkey dog food and decrease the amount of the regular dog food until your pet is eating mostly your new turkey option.

Here is one recipe for turkey dog food-

Turkey Dog Food 1

Raw ground turkey in a red, black and white bowl.

Turkey Dog Food 1

Raw ground turkey in a red, black and white bowl.


  • Apple – any kind that is available to you.
  • Hard-boiled egg – an excellent source of protein.
  • Grated carrots – full of vitamin A.
  • Idaho® Russet potatoes – a great source of vitamins B6 and C, plus potassium.
  • Coconut oil – a healthy fat
  • Grated zucchini –
  • Ground turkey – buy the leanest ground turkey.


  1. Brown the turkey meat in coconut oil. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Next, let the Idaho® potatoes simmer in a bit of water to soften. This will take about 8 – 10 minutes.
  3. Then add the apple, grated carrot, and grated zucchini. Let it cook for a few minutes.
  4. Dice hard-boiled egg and add to the pot, add cooked turkey meat back to the pot, then stir to combine.
  5. Cool slightly before feed to your pup.


Thank you to Pooks Pantry for this great recipe.

You are free to use your own recipe or find more online. There are plenty to choose from once you start your search. Just make sure that any vegetables and other ingredients you use are safe for your pet.

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What Can I Put in Ground Turkey For My Dog?

Herbs, spices, oils, and tomatoes on a cutting board

First off, you should know what you should NOT put in your pet’s new turkey dog food. You want to make sure that the turkey is cooked plain and that there are no additives. This includes salt, sugar, pepper, and other spices. While those taste good to you, they can harm your dog.

Do a little research to make sure you do not buy vegetables and fruit that are harmful to your pet. Onions and garlic are two food items that everyone talks about. There may be more vegetables that may not sit well with your pet’s health.

Along with the turkey, some people put carrots, zucchini, potatoes, rolled oats, flaxseeds, and non-fat yogurt. You may find other ingredients in other recipes. Also, anything that is good for your pet and he or she likes the flavor, can go in your turkey dog food (within reason of course).

Meat should be 50 to 75% of the dog food and then 15 to 18% should be fat and 25% should be carbs. You can play with the numbers and adjust them to get to 100% in any combination.

Just remember to cook all these items plain. No sauces, spices, herbs, and so on.

Another recipe

Turkey Dog Food 2

Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, on a white plate on a light teal background with utensils to one side

Turkey Dog Food 2

Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, on a white plate on a light teal background with utensils to one side


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ (16 ounce) package of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination


    Put the water, rice, and rosemary in a large Dutch oven. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes until the ground turkey has been broken up and distributed evenly throughout the dish. Cook the frozen vegetables for an additional five minutes after they’ve been added. Cool after removing from heat. Before serving, keep it in the fridge.


Thank you to Truly Hand Picked for this great recipe.

Some Final Words

Cooked ground turkey in a white bowl on a wooden table

Making dog food is not as hard or as complicated as you may think. It is an easy process as long as you have the right ingredients. Plus, it is best to keep the ingredients to a smaller size making them easier to chew for your pet.
The good thing about making your own dog food is that you know what is in it and you stay in control of the ingredients.

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