Monday, 25 September 2017
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{RECIPE} "Lamburger" Meatball Dog Treats with Rosemary

Homemade meatball dog treats in a bowl on a table with napkins

Did somebody say lamb??? Cue the doggy drool! These bite-sized mini-meatballs are a snap to make and can easily be frozen to defrost for individual tasty treats at anytime. Yum!  Lamb is commonly available here in New Zealand, and my dogs are wild about it; however, you can easily substitute another lean ground meat to make these meatballs, if you (or your dog) prefer. 

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Mini "Lamburger" Meatball Dog Treats with Rosemary 


 🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 150g lean minced meat (we used lamb)
1 egg
2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
1 tsp dried parsley (optional)
sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1/2 cup rolled oats
Wheatgerm or rice/oat flour (optional) to adjust consistency for shaping (see tips below)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine mince, egg, flax, and herbs in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats. If using an optional add-in for consistency, knead it into the mixture to combine to the desired  consistency for shaping (see tips below). 

Roll into small bite sized mini meatballs and place in a lightly greased baking dish.   Bake for approximately 20 minutes until cooked through.  Cool before serving or storage (refrigerate or freeze). Pampered pooches might enjoy their treats warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Lamb is common here in New Zealand, and my dogs are wild about it! You can easily substitute another lean ground meat to make these meatballs, if you (or your dog) prefer.
  • Not sure about the seasonings? You can omit or use less if you prefer.  Curious about dog-friendly herbs and other options? Check out this little slideshow at Modern Dog for other dog-friendly herb ideas.  
  • Treats can be made smaller for little dogs or broken up for serving. Batch quantity and cooking times will vary depending on your meatball size. 
  • When working with meatballs, especially making them miniature, I find adding adding some wheatgerm or flour to the mix helps to make the meaty mix easier to handle and shape.  This is, of course, completely optional.  How much depends on the wetness of the mix (varies with base ingredients) and the texture/absorbency of what I add for the adjustment.  

Step-by-step making meatball dog treats

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.


Homemade meatball dog treats in a bowl on a table with napkins


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