Can Dogs Eat Turkey Burgers?

Being carnivores, dogs will salivate at the mere sight of meat.

As a dog owner, you would know those sympathetic eyes your pet will give until you cave in and feed it some.

It isn’t easy to hold onto that piece of turkey burger when your dog is drooling. 

So, can dogs eat turkey burger?


Small pieces of turkey burger from time to time won’t cause any harm to your dog.

Ensure your dog doesn’t have any medical issues when they eat turkey or burger, and if you are unsure, you should consult your vet first.

We’ve compiled important information on the benefits and risks of turkey burger.

You will also find a list of dog-friendly deli meat alternatives to add to your canine friend’s diet. 

Can dogs eat turkey burgers

Health benefits of turkey burger on dogs

Turkey burger is processed meat derived from a turkey’s thigh or breast.

The manufacturers add salt, water, sugar, and various spices to the turkey thigh to cure it and make it burger.

Turkey burgers are usually ready-to-eat and pre-sliced.

You can feed it to your dog either cold or heated.

Some of the health benefits your dog gains from consuming turkey burger include:

  • It is a high source of protein. The protein found in turkey burger has essential amino acids which contribute to your dog’s muscle development, tissue repair, a healthier and shinier coat, and improved skin.
  • turkey burger contains riboflavin which is essential for your dog’s digestion. Riboflavin breaks down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and turns them into energy. Without riboflavin, your dog could not digest these. It also produces red blood cells and plays a significant role in repairing and growing your dog’s DNA.
  • It contains phosphorous, which is vital for healthy kidney functioning in your dog. Phosphorous also aids in your dog’s motor function through muscle contractions and helps maintain their teeth. 
  • turkey burger is full of vitamins B6 and B12. Vitamin B6 generates glucose, aids in the functioning of the nervous system, and regulates your dog’s hormones. Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in the health of your dog’s nervous system and brain function and aid in the growth of blood cells.
  • It has a low-fat content. turkey burger contains low fat than other processed meats. Low fat is beneficial if your dog is overweight and its diet restricts fats.

Health concerns of serving turkey burger to your dog

Heart disease

Turkey burger contains a lot of salt (sodium) used during the curing process.

Excess salt intake in your dog will lead to the development of heart disease.

Salt will also cause increased blood pressure, dehydration, kidney disease, and electrolyte imbalance in your dog.

If your dog is older, pay keen attention as these conditions can manifest without you being aware of them. 


Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas.

The fats in the turkey burger will cause pancreatitis if you overfeed it to your dog.

Pancreatitis will cause nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe dehydration, and decreased appetite.

If it goes untreated, it leads to the death of your dog.

Allergic reactions

According to the food energetic charts, turkey burger is classified as a ‘warm food.’

In Chinese medicine, ‘warm foods’ will boost your dog’s energy, improve circulation and fend off cold.

If your dog suffers from candida or yeast problems, turkey burger can inflame an already overheated body and cause more complications.

Tips to consider when feeding your dog turkey burger

  • If your dog is diabetic, avoid buying turkey burger glazed with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar.
  • Turkey has excellent nutritional value to your dog’s diet. However, start small and increase the portions gradually after you monitor your dog’s reaction to it.
  • Pick the turkey burger with the lowest fat content and the least additives and preservatives.
  • Remove all the fat from the turkey before feeding it to your dog.
  • Moderation is key. Don’t feed your furry friend too much turkey burger–a whole packet is a bad idea. A large amount of this food can lead to stomach upsets.

Alternatives to turkey burger

There are several healthier types of meat you can offer your dog than just turkey burger, which is an excellent source of protein.

They include:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lean ground beef
  • Raw turkey
  • Lamb
  • Chuck steak

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I mix other foods with turkey burger to feed my dog?

Yes, you can mix other foods with the turkey burger.

You can mix chicken, veggies, and whole grains with turkey burger to give your dog a balanced diet.

Boil eggs and throw them in the mix because they have the same nutrients as turkey burger. 

Can I give my pregnant dog turkey burger?

Yes, you can give your pregnant dog turkey burger.

Your pregnant dog will need more protein during the gestational period, and turkey burger can be a good supplement source.

Ensure the turkey burger you feed your pregnant dog doesn’t have high salt or sugar levels and give it in moderation.

When is the best time to feed my dog turkey burger?

The best time to feed your dog turkey burger will be morning, noon, and evening.

As your dog takes its meal, you can throw a piece of turkey burger into the bowl as a treat.

Don’t add the turkey burger to their meals daily.

Can I feed my dog turkey bones?

No, you cannot feed your dog turkey bones.
Turkey bones are brittle and break into small, sharp pieces when your dog chews them.
These pieces will stab your dog in the mouth, stomach, or even the intestines causing severe pain and an emergency.


You can feed turkey burger to your dog, but moderation should be the keyword as it is processed meat.

Don’t make it a regular part of your dog’s diet due to the sodium and fats.

If your dog is salivating over the turkey burger you are having with your sandwich, throw him a little piece and make his day.

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