In this review, we will cover the best selling, made in the USA grilled dog treats on the market today! You know that humans aren’t the only ones who love firing up the grill and devouring some good grilled meat right? Dogs love grilled food just as much as humans do! Just like humans, dogs also happen to love having All-American ingredients when it comes to their grilled entrees. In this review, we’ll look at treats such as Top Chews Grilled Steak Recipe Strips to the ever popular Zuke’s Z-Filets. We’ll also be taking a look at Nudges Grillers Dog Treats and Milo’s Kitchen Grilled treats. We will cover all of the most popular grilled dog treats made in the USA today. After all, what’s better than spoiling your pup with treats that are cooked All-American style. Nothing says USA more than good ole grilled flavor!
Table Of Contents
We will cover everything you need to know about these very popular treats, from where in the USA they are manufactured, to where they’re sourced, and to where you can get them for a great price. We’ll cover the list of ingredients beyond the basic meats, such as vitamins and minerals, and what type of value they bring for your dog. In addition, we’ll cover which of the most popular picks here are all natural vs. those that contain preservatives, and how those differences impact the shelf life of a treat. We’ll also touch on which treats come in resealable bags for those dog parents on the go!
We’ve done all of this research on these most popular dog treats to ensure you are able to make the best, most well-informed decisions for your dog’s diet. Made in the USA dog treats grilled to be savory and satisfying, what’s not to love about that? We only suggest the best treats in the USA for your dog, just as it should be!
Made In The USA?
Dog food and pet food in general is not nearly as regulated as human food is. Food products manufactured for humans have to meet standards set by agencies such as the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and the USDA (US Department of Agriculture). Food products manufactured for animals in the US need to meet standards set by the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials). The requirements and standards set by the AAFCO are much lower than those set by human food regulating agencies. Food products made for animals really only need to meet minimal nutritional requirements.
With this in mind, if you can find dog food products that abide by FDA or other agency standards then great! However, this is obviously a tough thing to do. So the next best thing to ensure your canine friend is getting quality ingredients is to feed them products made in the US that abide by AAFCO standards. The standards may not be as high as FDA standards, but it is much better than no standards at all. Now, just because a product is made in the USA doesn’t automatically make it great, but dog food made in other countries may not have to abide by any standards whatsoever or very minimal standards at best, so it is definitely a safer bet to buy American made dog food.
Also, some pet food may be manufactured in the USA but not always sourced from it. This could mean different things depending on the food. For example, say the main ingredient or a number of ingredients are sourced from China and then manufactured in the USA. Even though it is manufactured in the USA you are still getting ingredients from China that you may not be able to trust. On the other hand, say a food is manufactured in the USA and a specific ingredient like a vitamin or mineral is sourced from a country such as Finland or Norway. You can still probably have faith in this product as the reason a specific ingredient may come from another country is because that country has a high quality standard for that ingredient. Of course, if a product is both manufactured and 100% sourced in the USA then that is fantastic!
Fire Up The Grill
We have searched for what we feel are the best USA made grilled dog treat products available. We’ll look at what separates them from the rest of the pack. Each of them are committed to providing a healthy product with healthy ingredients. With all of this information, hopefully you can choose which one is the right value for you.
Milo's Kitchen Grillers Recipe
Milo’s Kitchen offers lots of different kinds of dog treats. Of their offerings, they have three different flavors of grilled dog treats. They have chicken, steak, and burger grillers. Milo’s Kitchen goes above and beyond the regulatory requirements for pet food product standards. All of their treats are made in the USA and meet USDA, FDA, and AAFCO standards! They base their treats quality on the standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Aside from the main ingredient of chicken or beef, Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers Recipe treats also contain Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Soy Protein Concentrate, Sugar, Poultry Fat, Salt, Monoglyceride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Egg Whites, Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Mixed Tocopherols (Used As A Natural Preservative), Natural Smoke Flavor, Guar Gum.
All major ingredients are sourced in the USA. Some minor ingredients are sourced from outside the USA due to limited availability within the USA. No ingredients are sourced from China so no need for worry about that.
These treats can be broken in to small pieces for smaller dogs or for convenience when hiking or travelling. The shelf life of these treats is about 18 months but for maximum freshness they are best within the first 30 days. Milo’s Kitchen Grillers are soft and chewable! Any type of dog should have no problem plugging away at them. They do have a pretty strong odor, which could be a turn off for some pups or even some owners if they can’t bare the smell.
Milo’s Kitchen offers numerous different size options for purchase. We feel that all of the options are at pretty reasonable price!
Nudges Grillers dog treats are made with real chicken sourced in the USA. They are also manufactured in the USA, which is a double bonus! They don’t have any corn, wheat, or soy so they shouldn’t be creating any stomach pain for those sensitive pups. Nudges Grillers contain no animal byproducts and they don’t have any artificial flavors or preservatives. Nudges dog treats have never been associated with any recalls. You can be assured they take pride in the care they give in making their products. These treats are packed with protein too! Chicken is their number one ingredient. The rest of the ingredients are ground rice, vegetable glycerin, sugar, natural flavors, tapioca starch, salt, distilled vinegar, natural smoke flavor, and paprika coloring.
Along with being easy on the stomach, these treats are nice and soft too. Tiny dogs or dogs with weaker gums will be able to enjoy these just like any other pup would.
These treats can come in a 10 or 18 ounce bag. They are a pretty good price for the size bag you are getting!
Zuke’s Z-Filet grilled dog treats come in three different flavors. They come in chicken, beef, and venison. All three of these flavors are made with real chicken, real beef, and real venison! Zuke’s manufactures all of their treats right here in the USA. For the most part, all of their treats ingredients are sourced in the USA too other than some exceptions. The beef and venison is sometimes sourced from New Zealand for Zuke’s other line of their New Zealand brand treat. They also get many of their vitamins and minerals sourced from Switzerland due to the higher quality standard for vitamins and minerals there. None of Zuke’s ingredients are sourced from China. Zuke’s make their treats with a grain free recipe to go easy on those pups with sensitive stomachs.
We love Zuke's!
Their treats are great for hiking! Zuke’s Z-Filet’s come in large flat pieces that are sturdy yet very tearable. They aren’t messy or gooey making them easy to carry in a pack on the trail with you. However, the treats are still tender enough to where they don’t crumble when you break them and are very delectable for your dog. As your hiking along with your dog at your side, just stop and tear a piece off easy for a quick snack break.
Zuke’s Z-Filets also contain potatoes, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt, phosphoric acid, rosemary, turmeric, sage, sorbic acid (a preservative), citric acid, mixed tocopherols. Ingredients like tumeric are a good source of iron, manganese, vitamin b6, fiber, and potassium for dogs.
Zuke’s Z-Filets can be purchased in 3.25 or 7.5 ounce bags. A bag of these run at a similar to Nudges but is smaller in size by comparison. Still, you can be assured that the extra money being spent is for trusted quality!
Top Chews Grilled Steak Recipe Strips
Top Chews Grilled Steak Recipe Strips are 100% natural dog treats that contain no artificial preservatives. USA-raised beef is the number one ingredient in their treats. Their treats are also 100% manufactured and sourced in the USA! They contain no corn, wheat, or soy to go easy on a dogs stomach like many of the other treats we have looked at in this article.
Aside from beef, the rest of the ingredients in Top Chews Grilled Steak Recipe Strips are ground rice, vegetable glycerin, sugar, natural flavor a, salt, distilled vinegar, natural smoke flavor, paprika coloring, and caramel.
They come in a much larger 2.5 lb bag. These are a little more expensive than the other treats featured here but this is due to the sheer amount of treats you are getting.
Let’s Get Grillin’
We feel that any one of these grilled treat options would be great for your pup! Each bag comes in different sizes and price points. Whatever size or price is best for you is probably what will tip the scale towards one treat or the other. All of these treats are predominantly manufactured and sourced in the USA. There’s no wrong choice to make.