Recipe Friday – Doggie Burgers

These “burgers” sounded so good and smelled good, I was tempted to keep them and eat them for myself!  Your dog is sure to love these tail banging treats!


  • 1/2 cup pearl barley (If your dog is allergic to gluten/wheat, substitute 1-cup white or brown rice.)
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth (if your dog is allergic to poultry, you can use beef broth, or vegetable broth)
  • 2 slices lean bacon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs (if your dog has a gluten/wheat allergy, you can use gluten free bread crumbs, or buy a loaf of gluten free bread, dry it out and make your own bread crumbs.  I leave the loaf out overnight, until it is dry, then put it in a ziploc bag, and use a rolling pin over the slices in the bag and it makes decent bread crumbs).
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (or any cheese you have on hand will do, those were the cheeses I used when I made this recipe).


1. Over high heat, bring barley and the broth of your choice to a boil. (If you are using rice, cook the rice using the broth of your choice).

2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until barley is tender (about 20 minutes.) Drain excess liquid and let cool in a medium bowl. (of course, if you are using rice, you can omit this step, but do put the rice in a bowl to cool).

3. While the barley (or rice) is cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat in a large nonstick pan until bacon is crisp (usually about 4 minutes). Keep bacon fat for cooking the burgers.

4. Finely chop bacon and add to the cooled barley (or rice).

5. Mix in egg, bread crumbs and cheese.  After mixture is evenly combined, divide into 4 patties. (If you have a smaller dog and want to make smaller patties, that is fine.  Or if you just want bite size burgers for any size dog, that will work as well).

6. Reheat the bacon fat and cook the burgers for 4 minutes per side on medium heat. (Less time for smaller bite-sized burgers).

7. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator in an air tight container.  Keep for no more than a week.


About furbabiesfurever

Just a furmom taking care of "less" adoptables-a dog and cat that are black, always adopting and not shopping. Love many activities,my oscar fish, animals, shopping, friends, family, life, my husband and of course my fur babies.

Posted on July 27, 2012, in Recipes, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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