Popping a casserole in the oven is a tried-and-true time saver for families. The ease of preparation makes cooking a breeze, and the big portion guarantees plenty of leftovers. And with a few simple ingredients, you can make a special baked casserole for your four-legged family members, too.
This hearty hamburger casserole calls for just a handful of ingredients, and it's super easy to prepare. Simply brown the beef, then layer all the ingredients into your dish. Bake, and serve!
Remember, pet parents looking to incorporate new foods in their dog’s diet should consult with their veterinarian beforehand.
Hearty Hamburger Baked Casserole for Dogs
No more than 10 percent of your dog's daily calories
807 total calories
5 oz ground beef, crumbled and browned in a pan (should be 85% lean and 15% fat)
2 cups white bread or bread crumbs
¼ cup canned tomato sauce (with no seasonings or added salt)
¼ of a cucumber, with peel
1 tbsp mozzarella cheese
1Brown the ground beef.
2Layer a casserole dish in the following order: first bread or bread crumbs, ground beef, tomato sauce, mozzarrella cheese and cucumber.
3Bake the casserole (it should not be thicker than two to three inches) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the ground beef is fully cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
How to Serve to Dogs
Calories from treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet's total calorie intake. In other words, if your dog only needs 400 calories a day, no more than 40 calories should come from treats or anything else they consume aside from meals. Feeding more than that can lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially for dogs undergoing active weight loss. If your pet has health issues (including food allergies or sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.
Once you've determined a safe amount to give your pet, slice up and serve the casserole in your dog's favorite food dish.
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