The 10 vegan hot dogs and sausages made for grilling


The beginning of September marks the last days of summer. But before we go all-in on sweater weather and pumpkin spice, it’s time to say goodbye to the season with one last summer barbecue. While classic barbecue dishes are undoubtedly centered around meat, there is a plant-based equivalent (or two, or three…) for just about anything you could want in a grilling session. outdoors that’s good enough to tempt even those barbecue guests who shy away from veggies. . With so many options on the market, you might not know where to start, so we’re here to help. So let’s talk about one that is close to our hearts: hot dogs.

Hailing from Germany, food historians have traced the arrival of the hot dog in the United States to immigrants in the late 1800s. Affordable and convenient to eat on the way home or on a day out city, they were quickly adopted as working-class food, sold by vendors from sidewalk street carts and at baseball games.

Traditionally, hot dogs are made from chicken, pork or beef trimmings. But these days there are several vegan versions on the market – even IKEA makes one, which you can pick up at the food court. We’ve chosen the best of them, and we’ve also added our favorite plant-based sausages, because we’re all about the options.

Are hot dog buns vegan?

What would hot dogs be without bread? Luckily, you can find many types of vegan bread at the grocery store, but there are also several brands that use animal-derived ingredients in their hot dog buns.

In general, milk and butter are the most common non-vegan ingredients you’ll find in store-bought hot dog buns. But, some options, the gluten-free ones in particular, may contain eggs.

It’s also not uncommon to find honey in commercial bread, so be sure to read the ingredient list before buying anything. Some vegan hot dog bun options include Food For Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Hot Dog Buns, Arnold Country Potato Hot Dog Rolls, Stroehmann Dutch Country Burger Hot Dog Rolls, Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Hot Dog Buns and 365 Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns. .

1 Beyond the sausage

When Beyond Meat discontinued its line of Beyond Sausages in December 2017, we were ready. Designed to taste like conventional pork sausage, these meaty links are made from a blend of pea, bean and rice proteins, plus coconut oil to deliver juiciness. Plus, they’re wrapped in a seaweed-derived casing so you get that satisfaction. instantaneous when you bite into one. The Beyond sausage comes in three flavors: Brats, Hot Italian, and Sweet Italian, all of which would be a welcome addition to your grill.


2 Country roast

Field Roast’s artisan vegan meat makers have pulled off the experiment of eating a conventional hot dog, with no pork or questionable ingredients. The brand makes two kinds of hot dogs: the Signature Stadium Dog and the Classic Smoked Frankfurters. The former is made from a blend of pea protein, vital wheat gluten, brown rice protein and bean protein and infused with hardwood smoked sugar, as well as garlic, pepper and paprika for that classic flavor. Meanwhile, the latter is made with vital wheat gluten for that extra meaty taste, and it sizzles beautifully on the grill. Pass the mustard, please!


3 At Jack and Annie’s

We’re thankful we live today, where hot dogs can be made from soy, pea protein, seitan, and even jackfruit. Here in the US, jackfruit has gained some notoriety as a substitute for pulled pork, but the smart folks at Jack & Annies have learned to take the meaty texture of this fruit and turn it into a classic American hot dog. . This gluten-free sausage has a slightly smoky flavor that makes it perfect for any style of dog, from New York to Chicago.


4 Lightlife

For a proven vegan hot dog, look no further than Lightlife’s Jumbo Smart Dogs. Lightlife launched its iconic Smart Dogs in 1993, the year of the original jurassic park and Save Willy. So in terms of plant-based meat, they’ve stood the test of time. These vegan hot dogs are made with soy protein and deliver that classic hot dog flavor that channels childhood barbecues. In addition, Lightlife is a carbon neutral company. Delicious and sustainable? It’s a win-win.


5 Yeah man

This set from New York brand Yeah Dawg includes four of its vegan hot dogs and bratwurst. Its soy-free and gluten-free flours are made from beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots and sunflower seeds, as well as a blend of flours. Meanwhile, its brats contain chickpeas, as well as shiitake and oyster mushrooms which provide an woodsy, umami flavor that channels the flavor of the roast chicken.



With a meaty bite, thanks to textured wheat protein, TMRW’s Garlic & Herb Sausage is 100% ready for the grill. On top of that, it contains kidney beans, yellow split peas, and sunflower seeds, along with garlic and parsley. Serve it with sautéed peppers and onions for a sausage and peppers style barbecue meal.


seven Upton’s natives

Chicago-based brand Upton’s Naturals makes its vegan hot dogs using two of Windy City’s favorite seasonings: mustard and celery seeds. Plus, they’re cured for that authentic hot dog flavor, infused with natural hickory smoke flavor, and they have that “real hot dog” bite, thanks to an algae-based coating. Any topping is good, but these dogs really shine when you serve them Chicago-style – it’s in a poppyseed bun, topped with yellow mustard, relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, spears kosher pickles, sports peppers and a pinch of salted celery.


8 Tofurki

Variety is the spice of life, they say. Old-school vegan brand Tofurky offers three plant-based sausage flavors that will work great at home with any barbecue toppings. Serve their Beer Brats with sauerkraut and mustard, the Kielbasa with sauerkraut and quick-pickled red cabbage, and the Italian with roasted peppers and onions to make everyone on the barbecue very, very happy.


9 MorningStar Farms

MorningStar Farms Veggie Dogs are a real nostalgia fest for many lifelong vegans and vegetarians. Made from wheat gluten, they taste like a classic American hot dog, with a savory flavor and underlying sweetness, thanks to a sprinkle of brown sugar. Serve them with classic BBQ sides like corn on the cob, vegan potato salad, baked beans and collard greens.


ten Eggplant Baseball Stadium Hot Dogs

We know all about veggies, but we’re always looking for a recipe that showcases the truly awesome versatility of veggies. For example, who would have thought they could make hot dogs with carrots or even eggplant? This eggplant hot dog straight out of VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan BBQ Cookbook by recipe developers Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer, uses long, thin Japanese eggplants and seasons them with salt, fennel seeds, oregano, garlic powder, paprika and marjoram for a straightforward veggie-centric that’s rich in flavor without an ounce of meat.

For more vegan barbecue dishes, read:
These 10 Burgers Are BBQ Approved
The Essential Vegan Guide to Grilling
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Memorial Day BBQ

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