Can A Vegan Hot Dog Compete With Meat Hot Dogs?
For most of us, spring and summer gatherings have a grill at their center.
And that grill is loaded with lots of burgers and hot dogs. If you’re having any doubts about your vegan options at this summer's barbeque rest assured -- Yes! vegan hot dogs have all the flavor you remember; just plant-based and healthier for you. Vegan hot dogs can compete with meat-based hot dogs for anyone looking for a non-meat option.
Unfortunately the selection of vegan gluten-free hot dogs are dwindling and we’ve had to remove a few of our past favorite brands. Our current go to pre-made, plant-based gluten-free is the Yeah Dawg brand (Beyond also makes an Italian sausage in a pinch) and here are a few homemade hotdog options we've tried.
- Carrots - we tried Shane and Simple carrot dog recipe
- Chickpea - we enjoyed this how to make a vegan chickpea hot dog video from Artistic Vegan
The smokey, fire-roasted flavor of a good hot dog is arguably the star of the show, but a good gluten-free bun is always a treat.
Our personal brand of choice for gluten-free/vegan hot dog bun is by Pure Knead. They're light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. We purchase our buns from one of our local health food store Nut-n-Berries, but Pure Knead also has online ordering of gluten-free vegan bread.
Through our gluten-free and vegan adventures, we've had the opportunity to enjoy many types of hot dog alternatives based on carrots, eggplants, chickpea and soy. Ultimately, we realized what makes a hot dog really shine is everything that goes on top.
We enjoy both regional styles like the Chicago dog or simply imaginative ones like topping your hot dog with Jalapeno/pineapple relish or Mike's hot honey sauce for a sweet but fiery kick.
Here are a few of our favorite toppings combinations:
- Chili - Amy's make a great can vegan chili or you can try our simple and fast vegan chili
- Plant-based pepper jack cheese
- Plant-based cheddar cheese
- Chopped onions
- Yellow mustard
- Sweet pickle relish
- Chopped onion
- Tomato wedges
- Pickle spear
- Red peppers
- Poppy seeds
- Onions, sliced
- Cayenne pepper
- Olive oil
- Spicy brown mustard
- Diced avocado
- Diced red onion
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Sliced tomatoes
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