This homemade dog meatball recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey and veggies from your holiday table. Of course, you can make it using ground turkey any time of year. Turkey is a healthy lean protein source for dogs, though turkey bones are not safe for them to eat. That’s why this recipe avoids the potential dangers of splintering bones and is much safer than simply handing your dog scraps from the pan.
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Not only is the turkey good for your dog, but the fresh veggies in these meatballs add fiber and vitamins your dog might not be getting from his same-old kibble meal.
Homemade Turkey Meatballs for Dogs
Yield 24 pieces
Serve these hearty little meatballs to your dog as a special treat. You can also add to a meal; just cut back on the kibble a little to adjust for added calories. These meatballs last for about five days in the fridge or freeze beautifully.
- 1 lb of leftover turkey, with bones and skin removed
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup mixed veggies (we used carrot, peas, and green beans)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400º
Pop leftover turkey into the bowl of your food processor and pulse a couple time to break up the meat.
Add the rolled oats and pulse until well-combined and no large pieces appear.
Add the egg and yogurt and pulse until the mixture just starts holding together.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
Add your veggies and parsley and mix with your hands until incorporated.
Roll into 1” balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes or until just becoming golden around the edges.
Too much sodium isn't good for your dog. Removing the turkey skin helps remove the salt and seasonings from baking.
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Our resident doggy taste tester, Bea, approves of this meaty treat!