Iraqi Burgers For Dogs and People (Uroog)

If you are accustomed to eating all meat burgers, this flavorful, yet simple variation will be exciting!

These are aromatic meat patties; lighter in texture than the all-meat ones, and are not as greasy.  Cooking them in olive oil makes for an even tastier treat for you and your dog.

In Iraq, ‘uroog is very popular, served as sandwiches for breakfast and for the evening meal, which is usually lighter than lunch, the main meal of the day, when the staples rice and stew and other elaborate stuffed dishes like dolma and kubba are eaten. Combining meat with vegetables and grains is a common Middle-Eastern cooking technique. Partly to lighten up the dishes and partly for economic reasons.

We have adapted this recipe to be dog friendly, so it is not authentic.  However, we have kept the flavor profile.  Feel free to add additional spices to your person plate.  Enjoy and embrace the food and cultures of different countries.  Travel without even leaving your kitchen, and let your dog take that culinary travel with you.

Iraqi Burgers


1 pound lean ground organic meat (beef or lamb)

1 organic green pepper chopped very finely

¾ cup organic chopped parsley

4 tablespoons organic chopped cilantro

1/2 tablespoon dried cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon dried turmeric powder

1 organic egg

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup water, room temperature

1 cup organic flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)

Olive Oil for frying

For garnish: chopped parsley and chopped organic cucumbers


In a large bowl, mix meat, parsley, cilantro, cinnamon, turmeric powder and egg.

Dissolve baking powder in water. Add water to the meat mix, and fold well. Add the flour, and knead lightly with one hand for a few minutes until well combined. The final mix will be a little soft but it should hold its shape when formed into patties. Add a small amount of flour if needed. This dough is easier to handle with wet hands.

Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a medium-size frying pan. With wet hands, take a piece of the dough, size of a golf ball. Put it on the palm of one hand, and with the other, form it into an oblong patty, about 3 inches long and ⅓ inch thick. Carefully put the piece in the hot oil the moment you finish shaping it, and repeat until you fill the frying pan comfortably.

Cook patties until golden brown, turning only once to fry on both sides. Drain fried pieces on white paper towels. These patties cook very fast. Frying them will not take more than 15 minutes.

To serve, let cool completely before giving to your dog.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and cucumbers!

Disclaimer: This is meant as a treat and not a regular meal replacement.  Never serve hot food to your dog.  Always consult a vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet.