Tinka’s Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls Recipe

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make your hedgehog happy, look no further than these meatballs! They’re simple to make and your hedgehog will love them.

When I was a little girl, I always wanted a pet hedgehog. And when I finally got one, I named her Tinka. Tinka loved meatballs more than anything else in the world, and she would do anything to get her hands on them.

One day, I was making her meatballs and Tinka started begging for one. I told her no, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer. She started nudging my foot and running about in the kitchen until she finally got what she wanted. She was so happy with her meatball that she rolled around on the floor like a happy little hedgehog before tucking in. So I’m delighted to share with you Tinka’s Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls recipe.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into them
  • They’re delicious and easy to make
  • You can easily make a batch and use them when you need them
  • Your hedgehog will love playing football and eating them!
Tinka’s Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls Recipe

Ingredients and their benefits to your hedgehog

Beef mince

Beef mince is a great way to get some extra protein in your hedgie’s diet and it woudn’t be a meatball without some meat!

SF50 Powder

SF-50 is a multivitamin and mineral supplement, boosted with added calcium, that is designed to maintain top condition in hedgehogs. SF-50 supplements your pet’s diet to provide comprehensive nutrition in high amounts of calcium, Vitamins A, B, D, E as well as iron and copper. You can buy this in your local pet store or online at Amazon or Viovet:

Fluker's Calcium Reptile Supplement with added Vitamin D3 - 4oz.

Safflower or canola oil

Canola oil and safflower oil are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which can help control your hedgehog’s dry skin. These oils are also high in Vitamin E.

Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Canola Oil, 48 Fl Oz

Dry cat food

Dry cat food is usually your main hedgie’s diet and contains a good balance of nutrients that your hedgehog needs.

Brown Rice

Brown rice contains more fiber which means your hedgehogs will have to eat less to feel full (Ideal if your hedgie is a bit of glutton!). Rice is a very digestible carbohydrate that provides an excellent source of energy for your hedgehog and mixes well with the other ingredients in the recipe.

Full recipe and instructions on the recipe card below.

How to make this Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls recipe

I was so happy when I made this recipe for Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls. I knew my hedgehog, Tinka, would love them. The recipe is simple to follow and includes all of the ingredients hedgehogs need to stay healthy.

I started by browning the beef mince in a pan and then drained off the excess fat. I’m very careful about how much fat is in little Tinka’s diet as she is a greedy hog.

At the same time, I steamed the rice and allowed it to cool a bit before mashing it together with the beef mince with a fork. I added the crushed cat food and SF-50 powder then slowly added in the canola oil until it formed a meatball dough.

If your mixture is dry, add a little more oil. If your mixture is too wet, add some more crushed cat food to soak up the moisture.

Once it’s a nice dough and not too sticky I rolled the mixture into little balls and pressed them into a silicone mold. These are great fun. You can use your ice cube tray, but I like to use this silicone mold for making cake pops as they then turn out like little meatballs!

I froze them overnight in the mold, and once they were frozen removed them from the mold. I popped them in a plastic bag in the freezer and labeled the bag so that my husband didn’t accidentally cook them for our tea! Not that they would have tasted that bad!

I defrosted one cube in the fridge before feeding it to my hedgehog and she loved it! She ate every last bite. I’m so happy that I can give her a quick, easy, and healthy treat.

I think if you are looking for an easy way to make your hedgehog happy, this recipe is definitely worth trying! It’s simple and easy to make and the best of all, your hedgie will love them! Let me know what your hedgie thinks.

Did You Make This? I want to see! Be sure to upload an image below & tag @recipetsblog on social media!


This recipe is meant to be a special treat for your hedgehog and should not take the place of their regular food. Treats should not account for more than 10% of your hedgehog’s daily calories. To adjust the treat quantity and size, simply change the amounts in the recipe in proportion to suit your size of your hog. Before adding new foods to your hogs diet, contact your veterinarian for advice.

Tinka's Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls Recipe - PIN

Recipets presents:

Tinka’s Happy Hedgehog Meat Balls

Chef Tinka
Looking for an easy way to make your hedgehog happy? Look no further than these meatballs! They're simple to make and your hedgie will love them.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Treats
Pet Hedgehog
Method Chilled, Cooked
Servings 12 meatballs


2 Small saucepan
Wooden spoon
Silicone Cakepop Mold
Fork or Potato Masher
Rice Steamer optional


  • 250 g Beef Mince lean
  • 1 tsp SF-50 Powder
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil or Safflower Oil
  • 100 g Dry Cat Food high-quality
  • 50 b Brown Rice


  • Cook the rice in a steamer or small saucepan.
    50 b Brown Rice
  • Brown the mince thoroughly in a saucepan and drain off the excess fat.
    250 g Beef Mince
  • Mash together mince and rice.
  • Add in the SF-50 Powder and Dry Cat food and combine.
    1 tsp SF-50 Powder
    100 g Dry Cat Food
  • Slowly add the Canola Oil ( or Safflower Oil) to form a meatball dough.
    2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • Roll into small balls and put into silicone mold.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • Once frozen, remove from mold and put into freezer bag and label.
  • Defrost thoroughly in refridgerator before feeding to your hedgehog.
  • Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @recipetsblog on Instagram!


Chef Tinka’s Tips
If you want to be fancy, make the recipe above but save the rice, then roll the meatballs into the rice as the last step to make them look like fluffy hedgehogs!

Add Your Notes


Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 14mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword hedgehog, meatballs, simple
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Chef Sarah

Chef Sarah

I am a Pet Nutritionist and Chef who loves creating healthy home made recipes for my pets. I have over 25 years experience with many different animals and have worked in zoos, wildlife centres, rehabilitation centres and as a consultant to the pet industry.

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