Hot dogs are a well-loved barbecue food. When you decide to adopt a vegan lifestyle, you don’t have to stop eating this classic summer treat. There are so many vegan hot dog and sausage recipes that taste just as good, if not better than non-vegan hot dogs. Plus, they are healthier, more sustainable, and free of animal cruelty! You can make a delicious vegan hot dog from seitan, tofu, and even carrots! If you’re looking for the perfect meat-free hot dog to enjoy this summer, check out these 10 vegan hot dog and sausage recipes!

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1. Hot Dog With Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion

Hot Dog With Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion

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The stars of the show are these toppings. These are creative, zingy, tangy, and all the other descriptive words that you’d want on your hot dog. They’re beyond easy to make and bring that hot dog from casual to gourmet the minute you slab this stuff on them. Got some extra veggie dogs lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Get creative with the condiments! These Hot Dog With Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion by Trine Rask are fantastic!

2. California-Style Veggie Dogs

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It seems like every region of the country has its preferred ways of dressing up their hot dogs. These California-Style Veggie Dogs by Zsu Dever come dressed with avocado, basil crema, carrot, roasted corn, lettuce, cucumber, jalapeño, and vegan bacon. With all these fresh and savory add-ons, your veggie dog will be boring no more!

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3. Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage

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Looking for a new vegan sausage recipe? These vegan Italian sausages are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. Put them on a hero with sautéed peppers and onions or cut them up to use in other recipes! You can also shape them into links or patties! Using black-eyed peas instead of pintos removes the “beany” taste and provides a neutral background for the spices to shine through. The same recipe can be used with different spice mixes to make vegan breakfast sausages, chorizo sausages, or apple sage sausages. This Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage recipe by Rhea Parsons will please vegans and omnivores alike!

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4. Carrot Hot Dogs With Japanese Yam Buns

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Veg-centric take on the classic hot dog that’s vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free! Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs With Japanese Yam Buns by Lauren Kirchmaier are surprisingly delicious and super healthy!

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5. Carrot Hot Dogs

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When it comes to recreating your favorite childhood meals, it’s all about the seasoning and these Carrot Hot Dogs by Casey Muir Taylor got it right. They’re made by boiling carrots until soft and then marinating them in a savory sauce. After that, you just fry them to make them a little crispy and … ta-dah! You have yourself a whole foods-based and budget-friendly meal that’s a childhood favorite.

6. Smoky Sausages

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You’ll really start loving anything (vegan) that contains liquid smoke, and these Smoky Sausages by Celine Steen are no exception.

7. Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs

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Hot dog season is in full swing and it’s a bummer sometimes as a vegan to miss out on the traditional backyard party/picnic offerings – but of course, we know that there’s a vegan version for just about everything out there! These Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs by Annie Oliverio are super easy to make, are juicy, and have that kind of eerily familiar mouthfeel.

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8. Meat-Free Haute Dogs

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Casual comfort food at its best — the iconic hot dog has been transformed into a healthy sausage link of deliciousness using plant-based ingredients: the Meat-Free Haute Dogs by VEGANIZE IT! These meat-free dogs are made from tofu, wheat protein, and oat flour seasoned with a blend of savory spices to make them taste just like the American classic. Serve with mustard, ketchup, and plenty of relish.

9. Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs

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We understand that some might have doubts about this, but trust us — these Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs by Melina Kutelas actually taste like the real thing. The flavor of the carrots has just the right mixture of sweetness and tanginess to it. The added flavor bonus of shredded red cabbage and spicy arugula makes it even better and a little bit more special. Drizzle it with ketchup and mustard and dig in.

10. Pretzel Wrapped ‘Cheese’ Dogs

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These Pretzel Wrapped ‘Cheese’ Dogs by Gabrielle St. Claire will bring you right back to your childhood summers. They are wrapped in a perfectly textured homemade dough, sprinkled with cheese inside and out, and then served with a zesty spicy mustard.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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