Thanksgiving is a time for eating with the family, four legged family members included! So why not include them by making a homemade Thanksgiving recipe for your dog?
My dogs know when the holidays roll around because the kitchen is busier than ever. And you better believe that both Cali and Archie are right under my feet the whole time waiting for food scraps to fall.
This year, I vowed to not have begging dogs at the table while all of the humans are trying to enjoy their dinner, so to keep them busy I decided to make them a dinner of their own!
Not only is it healthier for them, but it also diverts the people at the table from slipping them unknown food scraps where they can eat something they are not supposed to like seeds or turkey bones.
Below are my five favorite Dog Thanksgiving Recipes including dinner, desert, and some treats. In addition, I’ve tasted them all myself, and even I approve!
Dinner Recipe 1: Thanksgiving Scramble
This delicious recipe comes from The Bark, and I love it because it puts any remaining Thanksgiving food scraps to good use! Not to mention all of the vitamins and nutrients packed into the chicken, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.
If you want to make this meal a little less fattening, you can put less gravy or skip it all together! Get the full recipe here!
- 3 lb/1.3 kg skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meat)
- 1 cup (about 6 oz/175 g) oatmeal (cooked)
- 1 lb/450 g sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 tbsp cranberry sauce
- 4 tbsp turkey gravy (optional; to reduce the fat content, omit the gravy or substitute olive oil)
Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Lightly oil a roasting pan.
2. For boneless breast or thigh, cook 30–45 minutes; boned breast or thigh, 45–60 minutes; whole turkey, 1 1/2–2 hours or until the meat juices run clear when pierced with a skewer. Let cool.
3. Remove all the bones and dice the meat into large pieces.
4. If using fresh sweet potatoes, roast with the turkey for about 25–30 minutes or until tender. Let cool, then peel and dice.
5. Meanwhile, cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.
6. Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly. (If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, omit the gravy.)
Dinner Recipe 2: Golden Turkey Apple Meatloaf
This recipe was made by Cooking For Dogs and is sure to be a winner in your house.
Packed with yummy vegetables, chicken, and oats, this meal is filling, nutritious, and delicious.
Check out her video below to see how it’s made! (Just listening to her voice will put you in the cooking mood!)
- ½ cup grated apple
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup grated celery
- ½ cup grated sweet potato
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 1 kilo lean turkey mince
- Sliced apple for garnish
Dinner Recipe 3: Turkey Rice & Greens
This delicious recipe was created by Top Dog Tips and is especially great for dogs with food allergies and sensitive stomachs (like Cali does).
I tasted it myself and I saw it’s human approved!
You can even store this in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days so your pup can enjoy this dinner all week long!
I even freeze this dinner in individual servings so I can give them to Cali when her stomach gets upset.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 lbs ground turkey
- 1 ½ cups dry brown rice
- 2 shredded carrots
- 1 shredded zucchini
- 3 cups chopped spinach
Dessert Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies
This super simple Thanksgiving dessert was created by My Petcipe, and is so easy to make!
Pumpkins are super healthy for your dog, and they love the sweetness of it.
This recipe brings guaranteed zoomies throughout my household, and I always make sure to keep some on hand in the freezer for when the dogs have a good behavior day. See the full video below!
- ½ banana
- ½ can pumpkin puree
- ½ cup oat flour
- ½ cup wheat flour
- ½ cup apple puree
Treat Recipe: Turkey Bacon Pumpkin Dog Treats
If you’re not looking to make an entire Thanksgiving meal for your dog, these easy Thanksgiving treats are a great alternative.
This recipe was created by Chewy, and takes under an hour to make! This is a great way to make your dog feel spoiled without having to slave over a stove.
- ½ sweet potato
- ½ can pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- 1 cups of flour
- 3 turkey bacon treats
- Cooking oil
- Cupcake pan
I hope this article inspired you to make something special for your dog this Thanksgiving.
In addition, Always remember to tell your guests to double check with you if your dog can eat something before they give it to them, especially around the holidays.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes for Dogs? I’m always looking for new things to try, so let me know in the comments!
Looking for more delicious dog treat recipes you can make at home? Get them here!