Chicago-style or simple and classic—that is the question!
Hot dogs are for firing up the grill and dining al fresco. A trip to the ballpark is incomplete without the ritual of balancing a bun in one hand and a soft drink in the other while trying to locate your seat. If you are dining with a fork and knife, the chances are high your links are added to a bowl of pasta. They may even be the highlight atop a one-pot wonder. Regardless, whether you’re looking for something protein-packed or Italian-flavored, you will find it on our list of the 11 best vegan hot dog brands.
Field Roast’s signature hardwood smoked Stadium Dog is your go-to for that classic BBQ flavor. For a heartier option, opt for the Classic Smoked Frankfurters, which are packed with a staggering 20g of protein and 0mg of cholesterol per serving.
The hickory-smoked goodness that is Upton’s Naturals Updog can be enjoyed steamed, grilled, or even microwaved. Pop open a 4-pack of links and serve them Chicago-style on a poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, and a pickle spear. Better yet, visit Liberation Kitchen, their brick-and-mortar vegan restaurant in Chicago, Illinois.
You can find Lightlife’s soy protein-based Smart Dogs in major retailers nationwide, where they come in both the original and jumbo sizes. With less than 100 calories per serving and 0g of saturated fat, these are perfect for enjoying seconds and thirds.
Tofurky has some of the most flavorful brats and sausage links on the market! The links come in packages of four and feature an impressive 22-25g of protein! Enjoy a Beer Brat between a bun with lettuce and tomato, or grill the Kielbasa for a sauerkraut-topped dog. Looking for something a little different? Grill the Italian links for 5-7 minutes, then chop up these yummy bites and toss them into your favorite pasta.
Take a stroll down the meat aisle at your local Target, Walmart, or Sprouts. Then choose between Beyond’s Original Brat, Hot Italian, or Sweet Italian sausage links. No matter which you select, there is peace in knowing they are all non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, and come loaded with 16g of protein per serving.
The great news is that BeLeaf’s non-GMO, soy protein-based vegan hot dogs come fully cooked—just reheat them. The better news is that they will last up to 18 months in your freezer, so you can enjoy them long after the summer grilling season has ended. Visit their website to find them at a retailer near you or to find out how to get them shipped to your front door.
Yves Veggie Cuisine
Yves specializes in ballpark-style hot dogs where crowd-pleasing flavor is second only to the succulent, juicy texture. They come in four unique flavors—including the Tofu Dog and Veggie dog—contain as little as 0.5g of fat, and are always cholesterol-free. You can find all four flavors on the shelves of your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.
MorningStar’s Veggie Dogs boast 92% less fat than their chicken and pork counterparts. They are cholesterol-free and achieve a smoky flavor without ever having kissed the grill. Pop them in the microwave or boil them on the stovetop.
How does a brand become a staple in kitchens around the country? They do it with meaty, plant-based substitutes like Bratwurst Sausage Links! At 13g of protein per serving, these links are ideal for those looking for a higher meat-to-bun ratio! They’re slightly sweet, have a meat-like mouthfeel, and are best when minimally charred.
The Very Good Butchers
The Very Good Dog is a hot dog alternative and comes equipped with casing and all. It’s our go-to comfort lunch, topped with onions, relish, and mustard and paired with a homemade potato salad.
Future Farm’s sausage uses a combination of soy and chickpeas to mimic the chewiness of pork. You will find five gluten-free and non-GMO links per package. These make the ideal addition to your salad or quinoa power bowl. They can also stand alone on the end of a skewer the next time you enjoy a crackling bonfire.