Over the weekend I tried a new recipe – Beef, Pumpkin, Quinoa Burgers from The Honest Kitchen…


Between easy and quick recipes I understand, and two eager and willing recipients of my culinary masterpieces – I’ve gained confidence cooking for them these past few months. Not to mention, how much better I feel knowing exactly what’s going into their tummies.


It’s THK’s complete guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup – and I love it!

Included in this book are 45 new recipes. My goal is to try each one at least once.

Burgers with ingredients straight out of your kitchen. Super easy to make with very little effort involved…



  • 2 cups uncooked instant quinoa
  • 1/2 cup canned 100% cooked pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 free-range egg


Quinoa – that one food you walk up and down the store aisle multiple times searching for. Probably because you’re not quite sure what it is, where it is, and you don’t want to ask anyone because you’re unsure how to pronounce it #mytruth

I’m grateful to have learned (and now share) that because of Quinoa, this treat is –

quick and easy to make and is a great choice if your pup has sensitivities to gluten and common grains. Quinoa is technically a seed, not a true grain, and it’s not used in most pet foods because it’s more expensive than other grains. Source: The Honest Kitchen – Dog Obsessed

*I was never able to find the “instant” quinoa – so I purchased organic and cooked it first. The Boys didn’t seem to mind.  I drained it and allowed it to cool a bit. #deviatingdoodlemom


  • Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa and pumpkin.
  • Add the beef, parsley, and egg. Stir until well blended.
  • Use your hands or 2 tablespoons to shape the mixture into the balls sized appropriately for your dog. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and gently flatten them into “burgers.” Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden on the outside but still soft in the middle. Cool before serving.

These treats can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week…


At some point I’d like to make ALL of their treats myself. I’ve been paying more attention lately to the amount of sugar in the commercial treats on the shelves. #notgood

Not to mention the Boys are always so appreciative…



They make me feel so special when I’m in the kitchen creating tasty goodness for them…


New Monday, New Week, New Goals ❤️


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  • Cheryl
    January 30, 2017

    Love the video, thank you for posting. I love how patient and well behaved the boys are, kudos to your training!
    Can the burgers be frozen? While we have our grand doodle fairly often, it is too long between visits to just keep these in the frig.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2017

      Hi Cheryl – I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze them. I may even do that next time, because I believe I will double the batch and then freeze half. Give it a try.

  • Mary Nielsen
    January 30, 2017

    This sounds like a great recipe! I have to try it out!

    Please do tell me if there are any benefits of using parsley in dog diet? 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2017

      You should Mary – I’m sure it would be a hit in your house too!

      Parsley can be tremendously helpful in combating episodes of gas. People have been known to add small amounts of fresh parsley directly in their dogs food. And it has been known to aid in freshening their breath.

      • Mary Nielsen
        February 1, 2017

        Burgers were amazing… My pooch loved them and her breath is fantastic so I believe you are right! 🙂

        Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Cathy! 🙂

  • Emma
    January 30, 2017

    They sound pretty darn tasty! All stuff we love to eat!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2017

      Then grab your apron Emma, and whip up a batch for your sisters….

  • Denise
    February 1, 2017

    Thank you for posting this! Just this last weekend Shasta began not eating well and I am trying everything to get him to eat! He is still drinking well and will eat with STRONG encouragement. These sound like the possible ticket to success!

  • Pet Lover
    July 14, 2017

    This sounds like a great recipe. I know very few people cook for their pets as it required time. But I am the one who prefers to cook as many as dishes I can on Sunday night. I also love the video. Especially I am impressed that your dogs are very well behaved and have patience.

    My dogs do not let me cook when I am alone in the home. I must adore your training skills. You should also make a video about training to help the new dog parents like me.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 20, 2017

      Hi Pet Lover! The Boys have always been in the kitchen with me, they love to sit around as I tinker about making treats for them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Sara @ BestPetReviews
    September 24, 2018

    This looks good! I’m even tempted to try it! Haha! Your doggies are beautiful! I was curious about the parsley as well and I just read the comments. So cool to learn what food can do for us!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Hey Sara – I too love to find out all those super foods that our fur-babies can benefit from. Thanks for stopping by.

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