July is National Hot Dog Month and to top it off, today (July 23) is National Hot Dog Day! You may think that eating meatless means you can’t participate. Not so! Check out these vegan hot dog alternatives and some tasty toppings for those veggie-based dogs.
When you think “vegan hot dog” you probably picture overly processed fake meat that tastes nothing like a traditional hot dog. Conventional hot dogs are full of bad-for-you ingredients, and some of those super processed veggie dogs aren’t much better for you. While of course those options are out there, there are also vegan hot dog options out there that are healthier and either a lot less processed or made completely from whole food ingredients.
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Vegan Hot Dog Alternatives
1. The Carrot Dog
A carrot dog might sound kind of boring, but it’s a surprisingly delicious replacement for a meat-based dog. Fatfree Vegan has a great recipe for making a simple carrot dog. She says to serve loaded up with your favorite toppings, and I’ve got a list of vegan hot dog toppings (beyond boring ketchup and mustard) on the next page.
2. Mini Beer-Battered Veggie Corn Dog
Check out the video recipe above for Jerry James Stone’s awesome beer-battered veggie corn dogs, or you can click here to view it on YouTube. He uses an egg to make the batter stick to the dogs, but you can replace it with a flax egg. Here’s how:
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 1/4 cup water.
- Let that soak for about 10 minutes, until it forms a gel.
- Use just like he uses the egg in the recipe!
3. Field Roast Franks
I mentioned above that there are some faux meat options that are less processed than the ones you might be familiar with, and Field Roast is one of the brands I trust when I’m looking to indulge in some fake meat. Just like meat-based dogs, these fake meats are sometimes foods, but if you’re looking for a vegan hot dog without a lot of prep work, I definitely recommend these! You can check out their ingredients by clicking here (pdf alert!).
Side note: Field Roast also makes my favorite vegan sausage: Apple and Smoked Sage. They have not compensated me at all for this review – I just wanted to share my favorite brand of vegan dogs and sausages, since Field Roast isn’t as well known as some of the more processed brands out there.
>>So, you’ve got your dogs ready to rock. How about some toppings? Check out 10 vegan hot dog toppings on the next page!
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10 Vegan Hot Dog Toppings
Many common hot dog toppings are already vegan, and it’s fun to mix up what you load onto your dog to make it extra special. Here are some of my favorite toppings:
1. Slaw – My Awesome Asian Slaw tastes super fresh piled on a vegan dog.
2. Chopped onion – Fresh onion adds a nice crunch to dogs. You can use sweet Vidalias, green onions, red onions – each variety adds a slightly different flavor.
3. Homemade relish – Store-bought relish is often sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. No, thank you! Instead, try making your own from-scratch relish. Y-U-M!
4. Avocado – Is there any savory dish that isn’t better with avocado sliced on top? Pile it on instead of cheese!
5. Veggie Chili – Top that dog with some smoky black bean chili for a super decadent meal.
6. Caramelized Onions or Shallots – Raw onions are delicious, but if you have the time to caramelize your onions with a little olive oil in the pan, you won’t be sorry. Cooking onions or shallots slowly on a low heat brings out a smoky sweetness that’s delicious on a veggie dog. Serious Eats has a helpful slideshow on how to caramelize onions. Just choose a vegan fat like olive oil, and you’re good to go!
7. Roasted Veggies – Roasted peppers, onions, summer squash, carrots, or corn kernels are all delicious on top of a veggie dog.
8. Go Chicago style! – A Chicago-style dog is typically topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, a touch of sweet relish, chopped raw onion, sliced dill pickles, sliced sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt. Y-U-M!
9. Cucumber – Top your dog with chopped cucumber. Or! If you want to get really creative, slice that cuke in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and use the cucumber as your bun.
10. Sauteed Shrooms – Sautee up some mushrooms in olive oil and pile ‘em on.
Image Credit: photo by Becky Striepe