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Mini Cheeseburger Treat Recipe

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If you’ve followed DogTipper for a while, you’ve read about my love for shopping at thrift stores. On last week’s run, I scored five mini cupcake pans for a total of $2. But what to make in them?


They look like regular-sized cupcake pans in that above shot, don’t they? But side by side with my regular cupcake pans and you can see we’re talking mini here:

I came up with a dog treat recipe that’s quick to make and inexpensive, using ingredients you probably already have on hand.


  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pieces toasted bread, crushed. (You can also substitute other leftover breads, unsalted crackers, cornbreads, etc.)


Before you get started, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cupcake pans (I used a spray but you can also oil the pans.)

The preparation of these mini-burgers literally takes minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients by hand and knead mixture until the bread is worked throughout the mix.

Pinch off one-inch balls of meat, roll into a ball, and drop into the greased cupcake pan, pressing lightly to pack mix into mold.


Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven. Remove miniburgers from the cupcake pans and allow them to cool on paper towels. Cool completely before refrigerating. That’s it! They’re a simple treat that’s sure to fetch a lot of appreciation.

Cooks: Don’t miss our My Dog Says I’m a Great Cook™ cookbook with over 100 dog treat recipes from the publishers, readers and fans of DogTipper! This paperback book is available in our PawZaar gift store!

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Len Currie

Tuesday 20th of April 2010

Hi there, just wanted to drop a note and say that I love the content of the site, I know it's tough to come up with a lot of new ideas and such and keep the information fresh, but you do a great job and the site looks great!

I also think my hounds would LOVE these... come to think of it.. so would I!! ha ha ha.

Be nice to know the cost involved as compared to regular treats, wonder if it could ever come close to comparing.

Keep up the great work.

Len .-= Len Currie´s last blog ..Heading To The Movies? $2.00 off your entry by texting! =-.

Paris and John

Tuesday 20th of April 2010

Len, thanks so much for your comment!! We have such a great time with this site...and we think our dogs enjoy their role in the family business, too :)

Most of the meat treats we make cost about $3 a batch and the non-meat treats like peanut butter are even less expensive! It's a great savings and nice to know just what we're giving our dogs as treats.

And you're right...when I made these treats I was thinking I should have doubled the recipe and made them as baked meatballs for us!!

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