Shall I Call Them Buddy Burgers?

January 23, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the new grinder I had purchased on ebay.  It’s a 2.6 hp, 2000 watt KitchenStar.  This evening I finally made the time to take it out for its maiden voyage.  WOW!  Can it ever grind stuff up.  I threw together a whole beef brisket, two whole chickens, 8 or 10 carrots, a big clump of broccoli, a fresh beet, some garlic.  I’m going to package some of it in three pound bags which is two dinners for the dogs that are here at the moment.  I’m going to make some of it into 8 ounce “Buddy Burgers”.  They’ll be great for travel.  I fed the dogs before I started, but that didn’t keep the rapt audience from drooling all over the floor.  I think I love this grinder — no problem at all with the chicken bones.  We’ll probably try pork with chicken the next time — and I’ll throw in some fresh beef liver.  Lucky dogs — your person loves you!

Ground Veggies and part of the brisket — more in the foreground

The first batch of Buddy Burgers

I went back to the receipts for the ingredients.  The total cost was just under $20 and I concocted 25-1/2 pounds of dog food.  The burgers are in the freezer to get solid.  Then I’ll cut the waxed paper so each burger is separate with a wax paper slip sheet between, put the patties in a zip lock freezer bag — and we are ready to go.  When I board the dogs (while I’m in Tennessee picking up the new baby), or have a house sitter, the burgers will be so very convenient.


  1. DeAnn says:

    Very cool. That almost looks like a very tasty people meal!

    You will be glad to know that Smooch is back on her chicken wing/back/neck diet. We actually bought a whole chicken plus a package of wings and farm boy Rich, cut it up, keeping the good parts for us and the remainder for Smooch. So, for us, actal dollars spent for almost a weeks work of feedings (for one dog) is ZERO as we would have thrown most of the parts away. Rich is very interested now. Being Mr. Frugal and all. 🙂

  2. sandy says:

    Very cool! I am completely new to feeding raw and this looks like such a time saver. Will it negate some of the “bone chomping” that cleans the teeth or will the small pieces do the trick? You might name them “Lucky Burgers”!

    • myeye says:

      I won’t feed the Buddy Burgers exclusively. My “norm” for a week is four evening meals of ground meat/veggies (a/k/a Buddy Burgers), one meal of organ meat, e.g., liver or green tripe or heart, two bone-in meals, e.g. chicken backs, drumsticks, pork chops, duck necks, country-style ribs. In the morning I feed semi-thawed chicken necks — those are probably the best for keeping the teeth clean.

      The ground burgers are really convenient because they are a pre-weighed size — perfect for house/dog sitters. Tonight I fed the ground mixture from one of the three pound bags that I also packaged last night.

  3. Builder Mama says:

    Those look pretty tasty! Glad the new grinder is working so well.

  4. Taryn says:

    Wow! That’s a whole lot of food for 20 bucks! I am lazy and go with commercial raw. It is definitely a budget-killer! But super-premium kibble supplemented with premium canned is not really much less, so the better nutrition from the raw is worth it.

  5. kaye says:

    and how much was that pretty grinder?

    • myeye says:

      It is $119 in an ebay store. The instructions alone (translated directly from the Chinese) are worth the price of admission.