Summer might be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time for a barbeque, and nothing says barbeque better than a big, juicy hot dog! The hot dog is a long-standing American pastime. This year, baseball fans alone will eat over 19 million hot dogs. Funny as it might sound, there’s nothing more American than the meatless hot dog. While the original hot dog was originated in Frankfurt, German, the veggie dog was pioneered in the United States all the way back in 1949. It’s been a long time since  Worthington Foods’ Veja-Link meatless wieners became the world’s first meatless hot dog. Today, many of us have a favorite brand of veggie dog we like to throw on the grill, but for those of us who want to make the most of the sunny weather, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite frank recipes to send summer off in style!

And unlike the meat variety, these dogs are free of the questionable ingredients typically found in hot dogs.


While you decided which dog is the best fit for your bun, take a look at How to Make a Delicious and Healthy Vegan New York-Style Hot Dog. And of course, don’t forget the condiments: Ketchup, Relish, and of course Mustard, (The most popular topping among adults!)

1. Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs

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These Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs are easy to make and have a juicy, chewy texture. The spices give them that classic hot dog flavor, making this perfect for any gathering.

2. Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs

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Carrots may look like a hot dog, but can they taste like one? These Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs answer with a resounding “yes!” The carrots add a sweet and tangy flavor, perfect for those of us that want the dog to be just as flavorful as the toppings. Speaking of toppings, the red cabbage on top is what gives these dogs the extra zing they need to put a smile on your face.

3. Bánh Mì Chay Dog

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If you’re a fan of the Banh Mi sandwich, you’ll adore this Banh Mi Chay Dog. Topped with pickled carrot and daikon, spicy mayo and cilantro, this Vietnamese-style hot dog proves to be a delicious East-West culinary fusion!


4. Pretzel Wrapped ‘Cheese’ Dogs 

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We all know how stressful it can be when you need to cook your veggie dogs on the same grill as the meat. So how do you avoid cross-contamination? Why with the Pretzel Wrapped ‘Cheese’ Dogs of course! Thes dogs are the perfect comfort food, are wrapped in tasty homemade dough, sprinkled with cheese inside and out, and made in the oven if the grill is busy!

5. Carrot Dogs

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If you’re interested in a veggie dog that tastes like the real thing, look no further than these gluten-free Carrot Dogs. With it’s spicy, smoky flavor this carrot-based whole foods option is perfect for anyone looking for a bite of nostalgia. perfect for adults and kids alike.

6. Meat-Free Haute Dogs 

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These Meat-Free Haute Dogs are made from tofu, wheat, and oat flour. These dogs come with a special blend of savory spices to make them taste just like the American originals.

7. Carrot Dogs 

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I hope by now you’re convinced the carrot makes a good hot dog. These Carrot Dogs are an excellent low-calorie option for healthy, tasty eating.


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

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If you’re a fan of that sweet-and-sour taste, look no further than this Hot Dog With Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion! This is a creative spin on the hot dog that uses a tangy apple mustard to blow the mind of anyone who thought they knew how dogs were supposed to taste.

9. California-Style Veggie Dogs 

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The motherload. These California-Style Veggie Dogs are absolutely decked! piled high with avocado, basil crema, carrot, roasted corn, lettuce, cucumber, jalapeño and vegan bacon, you’re going to need to open wide! (and probably need a napkin.)

10. Carrot Hot Dogs

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Another carrot dog? Absolutely! These budget-friendly Carrot Hot Dogs are made in the classic style and are made by boiling carrots then marinating them in a savory sauce. After that, toss it on the fryer and get it nice and crispy.

Of course, hot dogs aren’t the only thing to throw on the grill! Check out 10 Epic Veggie Burgers to Throw on the Grill Now by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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