Cheeseburger Dog Treat Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Raise your hand if your dog looks longing up at you as you eat a hamburger or cheeseburger. Just as I expected… that’s just about everyone! I’ve come up with a recipe where you can give your dog his very own cheeseburger while you om nom nom on yours, and there’s absolutely no guilt included! This Cheeseburger Dog Treat Recipe has everything your cheeseburger has – ground beef, cheese, and veggies. The best part is the bun is built into this burger!

Cheeseburger Dog Treat Recipe

Makes about 30 large cookies


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef, cooked and minced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Preheat to 350 degrees
  2. In a large frying pan, brown ground beef and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, cheese, cooked beef, carrot, wheat germ, and garlic powder.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs using a whisk or hand-held electric mixer until foamy. Slowly add in broth to egg mixture.
  5. Combine wet and dry mixture together in the large bowl. Stir or kneed until a soft dough forms.
  6. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured flat surface, and using a rolling pin, roll out to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out treats using a round cookie cutter and place treats on a non-stick or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes and turn off the oven.
  8. Leave cookies in the oven (which has been turned off for 8-16 hours. Treats should be hard.

You can use whatever shape you’d like, but I went round so it looked like a hamburger patty. And because these treats include ground beef and cheese, please keep them in the fridge or freezer until you plan on giving them to your dog or you’re going to be keeping them for a while.

Is Garlic Safe for My Dog?

You may have heard that garlic is toxic to dogs. While there is some truth to that statement, the safety of garlic for your dog depends on how much is ingested. An average clove of garlic weighs approximately 3 to 7 grams. To make your dog sick, he would need to eat 15 to 30 grams of garlic for every kilogram of body weight. What does this break down to? It would take a lot of garlic to make an average, healthy adult dog sick.

But this doesn’t mean that the risks should be taken lightly. Some dogs are more sensitive to garlic and garlic toxicity than others. If this is your first time offering garlic to your dog, start very small and watch for signs of trouble. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, contact your veterinarian.

One widely discussed benefit of garlic for dogs is its ability to naturally repel both fleas and ticks. Many outdoor travelers, campers, and hikers offer garlic in their dog’s food or treats before heading out. While this isn’t 100% effective, it can be used as part of a bigger plan to keep your dog free from unwanted pests. It is also said to naturally fight off parasites, viruses, and fungal infections.

Garlic is believed to help fight or prevent many times of cancer. This is because it boosts your dog’s immune system, stimulating higher activity in terms of immune function to help fight off the offending cell growth. Finally, it contains compounds that have been found to prevent the formation of blood clots and detoxify the liver.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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