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27 Vegan Hot Dog Recipes To Keep Summer Going

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Missing summer already? These vegan hot dog recipes can help!

By Lora O’Brien

Ok, I admit it: I may be in denial. I mean, how can fall be here already? It seems like just yesterday, I dusted my summer clothes. It feels like I got to wear floaty dresses for….what, a week?

So screw it, people. I am negating fall. No to autumn! Fight the seasons! And it’s forever summer as long as you have two things: ice cream, and hot dogs.

Whilst the former may feel a bit chilly on the palate in the next coming months, hot dogs are always a welcome treat. And by hot dogs, I don’t mean chicken beaks and pig anuses on a bun, oh no – I’m talking about vegan hot dogs.

These can be made yourself, or store bought, but no matter how you like them, I’ve got vegan hot dog recipes for everyone.

And thank heavens for that! Cruelty aspect aside, actual ‘meat’ hot dogs are super unhealthy! It’s reported that 50% of Americans are afraid to know exactly what lurks inside their hot dog and the truth really is scary. Ground down into that hot dog mush is a concoction of ingredients so toxic that the World Health Organization now classifies hot dogs and other processed meats as carcinogenic, placing them in the same category as cigarettes. You may think you’re eating ‘meat,’ but what you’re actually eating is a combination of glass, metal and bone. It takes a liquid smoke bath, a salt-water treatment and copious other flavourings to trick consumers into thinking they’re eating actual food. Gross, right?

But vegan hot dogs are SO easy to make, thanks to the abundance seitan, tofu or carrot sausage recipes out there. Not a fan of the kitchen? You can just buy vegan hot dogs instead. Two of our favourite brands are Beyond Meat and Lightlife. And if you thought that hot dogs start and end with onions and ketchup, think again!

Here, I’ve found 27 highly creative vegan hot dog recipes that will have you excited to chow down on these veggie-furters, and that will keep your summer going just that little bit longer.

The first 12 recipes involve making your own hot dogs, whilst the remaining 15 contain ready-made vegan hot dogs, but offer a bunch of creative toppings. Remember: you can always make your own vegan frankfurters, as given in the first dozen recipes, and use those instead of store bought.

27 Vegan Hot Dog Recipes To Keep Summer Going

1. Homemade Vegan Chorizo Hot Dogs

I challenge any carnivore to try these vegan chorizo hot dogs and NOT love them – they’re incredible! Made with a base of kidney beans, they’re secretly healthy, too. All you need to do to make these bad boys is throw all the ingredients into a blender or food processor, blitz them and mould them into hot dog shapes before cooking them in a frying pan.

Get the recipe here.

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2. Homemade Vegan Bánh Mì Rolls

Considering a Bánh mì is the Vietnamese word for a baguette, it’s pretty perfect for housing vegan hot dog recipes, right? Ditch sausages altogether and stuff them with this fried tofu, satay sauce and fresh herbs. It’s an interesting twist on this popular fast food, and this recipe is super delish!

Get the recipe here.

3. Homemade Carrot Hot Dogs With Japanese Yam Buns

This is a veg-filled take on the classic hot dog dish. It’s not only vegan, but is gluten and grain-free, too. Instead of starchy buns, the carrot hot dogs are stuffed inside baked Japanese yams and topped with mustard and dill relish. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

4. Homemade Gourmet Vegan Hot Dogs

Forget them being a popular fast food – hot dogs are going gourmet! Wheat gluten gives this veggie hot dog its meat-like texture, while the vegan ‘frankfurter’ is made from a mix of carrots, potato, onion and pinto beans. Topped with caramelized onions, a red beet and sauerkraut salad, cashew-almond cheese, greens and vega parmesan, these are #instaworthy!

Get the recipe here.

5. Homemade Grilled Carrot Hot Dogs

Carrots as hot dogs? Okay, hear me out. Once boiled, marinated and grilled, carrots are SO juicy and chewy, they make the perfect meat sub. Plus, once they’re seasoned, you won’t even know that your vegan ‘dog is actually a veggie!

Get the recipe here.

6. Homemade Gluten-Free Hot Dogs

Since this recipe doesn’t include seitan, it makes these vegan hot dogs gluten-free. Loaded with plant-based ingredients such as lentils, carrots, onion and spinach, they’re infused with an assortment of spices and are SO flavoursome. This recipe can also be used to make vegan burgers or meatballs, too!

Get the recipe here.

7. Homemade Red Lentil ‘Pigs in a Blanket’

This classic canape would normally be a hot dog, a.k.a. ‘piggy’, wrapped in a golden, flaky puff pastry. Sure, you could do that with a vegan hot dog brand. But why not make your own red lentil ‘piggies’ instead?

Get the recipe here.

8. Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs

Of all the vegan hot dog recipes, those that are homemade with seitan as a base take the classic ballpark snack to the next level. Topped with ketchup, pickles and fried onions, they’re traditional yet delicious. But if you’re looking to switch things up you could add guacamole, salsa or even vegan chilli.

Get the recipe here.

9. Homemade Tofu Sausage Dogs

Sometimes you just really want junk food, and my go-to when I feel like that is either a vegan hot dog or burger. I never feel guilty about eating so-called ‘junk food’ when I make it myself, though, and these hot dog sausages are comprised of fofu and are loaded with chopped onions, crunchy sweetcorn, mustard and vegan mayo – but they’d also taste great with some chopped gherkins, too.

Get the recipe here.

10. Homemade Sweet Potato Cabbage Hot Dogs

Looking to add some of your 5-a-day to your hot dog? These babies are made with a sweet potato and cabbage mix as their base. Combined with spices, they’re loaded both with taste and texture. These make a great lunch for weekdays, or even a snack. Make them lighter by ditching the starchy buns and having them bunless or on top a bed of salad.

Get the recipe here.

11. Homemade Vegan Gutbusters

So many carnivores can’t ditch sausages, yet sausages are literally made with the leftover junk meat from slaughterhouses and their flavour is almost always inserted back into the meat artificially afterwards – so it makes sense to ditch them for meat-free versions!

These bean-based vegan gutbuster Italian ‘sausages’ are bursting with flavour from the garlic, sweet paprika, oregano, pepper flakes and parsley. Even your carnie friends will devour these!

Get the recipe here.

12. Homemade Smoky BBQ Carrot Hot Dogs

Topped with a creamy chickpea mix, lettuce and a pickle salad these homemade vegan hot dogs are a fun and fresh take on the popular dish.

Get the recipe here.

13. Hot Dog with Apple Mustard Compote & Vanilla Pickled Onion

Who said vegan hot dogs can’t be gourmet?! I’m kicking these recipes off with this insanely delicious and flavoursome dish. The veggie dogs are topped with a tart apple and mustard compote and garnished with sweet and juicy vanilla onions. Try it, it works! I use Lightlife Meatless Veggie Dogs, which are perfect for this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

14. The Vegan Totcho Dog

This recipe is gold dust for those carb lovers among us! Veggie weiners are topped with mini tater tots, delicious vegan cheese and green onions. They’re so damn tasty, the whole family will approve of these. Lightlife or MorningStar Farms Veggie Dogs will work perfectly if you’re not making your own vegan hot dogs.

Get the recipe here.

15. Vegan Corn Dogs

A popular treat at the fair, these corn dogs are a guilty pleasure to many. Corn dogs are sausages on a stick that are coated in a layer of cornmeal batter and then deep-fried. Want to make them a little healthier? You can bake these in the oven instead of frying. Beyond Meat can be used if you’re looking for a heartier sausage, otherwise, Lightlife will do the job.

Get the recipe here.

16. Coney Island Hot Dogs

This hot dog recipe is based on textured vegan protein chili to recreate the Coney Island classic. Try a Beyond Meat Brat sausage to really make this dish a hearty one. Chilli, cheese and vegan dogs – what’s not to love here?!

Get the recipe here.

17. Baked Vegan Hot Dogs

When it comes to hot dogs the possibilities are endless. This recipe bakes Yves hot dogs in the oven until they’re crispy and delish. Fill a casserole dish with vegan hot dogs, top with veggie chili, onions and dairy-free cheese and then bake. These freeze well so if you make too many you can freeze them and enjoy them throughout the week.

Get the recipe here.

18. Vegan Hot Dog Taquitos with Chipotle Mayo

These vegan taquitos with chipotle mayo are a fun twist on the traditional hot dog recipe. Hot dog buns are ditched in favour of corn tortillas and are then stuffed with onions, vegan cheese, salsa and spicy chipotle mayo. The crunchy tortilla is a game changer!

Get the recipe here.

19. Vegan Chilli Cheese Dogs

A lightly toasted pretzel bun, vegetable loaded chili, vegan hot dog and homemade queso brilliantly come together to make this plant-based hot dog. And the secret to making the queso so cheesy? Cashews and nooch! The cashews make the sauce super creamy while the nutritional yeast gives it that cheesiness.

Get the recipe here.

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20. Mexican Street Corn Hot Dogs

Mexican food gets an American twist with this recipe! Hot dog buns are filled with vegan aioli, mustard sauce and topped with a vegan sausage. Garnish with Mexican street corn and crunchy jalapeno and onions. This is a 10/10 combo!

Get the recipe here.

21. Vegan Chili Dogs

This much loved American diner dish is super popular among and for good reason; it’s the ultimate comfort food. It’s hearty and delicious thanks to the three-bean chili, vegan cheese, pickles and mustard. Use a vegan hot dog such as Lightlife.

Get the recipe here.

22. Taco Style Veggie Dogs

I love tacos so much, I’m thrilled I can bring a Mexican flare to my hot dog thanks to this taco style recipe. These Lightlife veggie sausages are topped with chunks of avocado, sliced jalapeños, fresh salsa and a creamy cashew queso.

Get the recipe here.

23. Italian Stallion Gourmet Hot Dog

So, this recipe may not have strong Italian roots, but it’s still delicious! Mushrooms are sautéed and then topped with marinara sauce and melted vegan mozzarella. It’s super simple yet incredibly satiating. Try using Yves vegan dogs for this one.

Get the recipe here.

24. Nacho Vegan Hot Dog

Can’t decide between nachos or a hot dog? Why not merge the two with this nacho hot dog recipe. Everything about this recipe is a real winner: gooey cheesy sauce, spicy jalapenos, fresh cilantro and crushed tortilla chips. Amen to that!

Get the recipe here.

25. Vegan Kimchi Hot Dog

Considering meat hot dogs are terrible for your gut health, turn your beloved hot dog into this gut-friendly recipe instead. The vegan hot dogs are topped with kimchi, giving them a gut-boosting crunch! Lightlife or MorningStar vegan sausages will work.

Get the recipe here.

26. California Dog

Wondering what goes into a California dog? Think creamy avocado-basil cream, shredded carrot, roasted corn, crisp lettuce, cucumber, jalapenos and vegan tofu bacon pieces. Anyone else salivating?

Get the recipe here.

27. Avocado Veggie Dogs

Forget avocado on toast, it’s all about avocado on a (vegan) hot dog! Who said hot dogs need to be unhealthy? Lightlife Smart Dogs go so well with the creamy mashed guac and sprouts. Kick things up a notch by garnishing with some homemade pickled onions, mmm!

Get the recipe here.

Lora O'Brien

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Marly
    Sep 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    What a great list of recipes! Thanks for including mine in this mix!

    • Reply
      Chere
      Sep 25, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Our pleasure! Keep up the good work! xx

  • Reply
    Willow Moon
    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    These all look so good! Thanks for sharing my recipe!

    • Reply
      Chere
      Oct 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Our pleasure! 🙂

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