We have hundreds of recipes published here on Top Dog Tips for dog owners looking to start cooking for their pets. However, with so many options to choose from, many are often lost and confused where to begin. Having myself recorded and published 100+ homemade dog food recipes, I decided to pick 15 of my own recipes that I and my dogs consider our favorites.
Below you can check every one of those recipes with their photos, ingredients and cooking instructions. I’ve made these much more concise so it’s easier to follow, but if you feel you need more details and directions, follow the link to read the full recipe, watch my video and find more pictures of my cooking process.
Your suggestions: If you have any favorite homemade recipes of your own that your pups love, I’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below, and I may even record and feature it in the future here on Top Dog Tips.
1. Recipe with Ground Beef and Vegetables
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup dry milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 cups dog-friendly vegetables – finely chopped (I used carrots and green beans)
First, cook the ground beef. I fry mine, so I add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan to prevent sticking. You’ll also need to boil or steam the vegetables. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry milk and flour and stir until they are well mixed. In a small mixing bowl beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce and broth.
Slowly add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the cooked ground beef and vegetables, and then mix until it forms a moist dough. Spread the dough mixture onto a very well greased cookie sheet. It should be about 1/2-inch thick. Bake this best homemade dry dog food recipe at 200° for about 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into bite-size pieces.
Place the dog food back into the oven and bake for another hour. Shut the oven off and allow the dog food to stay in the closed oven until it is completely cool. This may take an hour or more. Remove the pan from the oven and break the dog food into pieces using the score marks you made with the pizza cutter.
2. Chicken and Rice Mini Muffin Dog Treats
- 1 cup dry rice (any type – I used white rice, but I usually use wild rice)
- 1 cup diced or shredded chicken
- 3 tbsp. rice flour
- 2 tbsp. dried parsley (you can substitute for 1 tbsp. fresh parsley)
- 1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook the chicken (I boil it). Cook rice according to the directions on the box. It takes about 20-30 minutes to cook the chicken, and I cook the rice at the same time.
After cooking chicken and rice, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Using a spoon, press the mixture into the cups of a well-greased mini muffin trays. Pack them down tightly with the spoon so they’ll stick together when baked.
Back them in the 350° oven for about 25 minutes. Chicken will begin to turn brown as they cook. You’ll know when they are done because they chicken will get crispy.
3. Egg and Rice Recipe
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 cup cooked vegetables (I used peas and green beans)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 tbsp. brewer’s yeast
Cook the vegetables and rice before you put the ingredients together. Preheat your oven to 350°. Once you’ve cooked the rice and vegetables until tender, mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Place small rounded tablespoonfuls on a well greased cookie sheet.
Bake in the 350° oven for 12-15 minutes. They be firm and begin to turn brown on the top when they’re done. Once they’re cool, you can feed them directly to your dog.
4. Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs
- 1 medium to large sweet potato
- 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. turmeric
Preheat your oven to 425°. Wash the sweet potato and cut it into long, skinny fry shaped pieces. In a large resealable bag, add the sweet potato slices, melted coconut oil and spices. Give the bag a good shake until the fries are evenly coated with oil and spices.
Place the fries on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake them on one side for about 15 minutes, and then flip the fries over for even baking. Bake them for another 15 minutes on the other side.
5. Hypoallergenic Homemade Dog Food
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups vegetables
- 1 pound of boneless chicken breast
Because this is a slow cooker recipe, you simply add the ingredients, set the slow cooker and then go about your daily routine. You’ll need to layer the ingredients in the same order that they are listed above.
Pour the rice into the bottom of the crock pot, add the water, veggies and then place the chicken on top. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about 8 hours. After 4 or 5 hours you’ll notice that chicken becomes extremely tender. Once the food cools, you can serve it to your pet.