When most people think of hot dogs, they tend to think of frankfurters, all-beef dogs, or the burgers and dogs common at cookouts. Hot dogs are such an institution that even people who don’t eat meat have found a way to join in the fun and have hot dogs too.
Vegetarians and vegans have a surprising number of options when it comes to buying vegetarian hot dogs, affectionately known as veggie dogs, from the store. As this list will show, just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hot dog now and then.
Each brand varies in price, size, taste, and texture, so if you are looking for a good veggie dog that suits your tastes it is worth experimenting a bit. This list will at least give you an idea of where to get started.
Morningstar is known for its green packaging and is available at most larger grocery stores. Morningstar makes both corn dogs and veggie dogs, so vegetarian (but not vegan) hot dog lovers are sure to get their fix for both. Even if you aren’t vegetarian, you may want to try Morningstar’s veggie hot dog because there are only 50 calories per serving.
Yves Veggie Cuisine
I typically find Yves in large stores such as Wal-Mart. Yves meatless hot dog is vegan, meaning that there is no dairy or egg in the product. Like Morningstar Farms, each hot dog only has 50 calories per serving and comes in a pack of six. Unlike Morningstar Farms, Yves adds a hickory smoked flavor to their dogs to give them a traditional, grilled flavor. The texture is also very realistic.
Light Life Smart Dogs
Designed for people who are cautious about their weight or worry about where some hot dog meat comes from, Light Life Smart Dogs are yet another meatless alternative to regular hot dogs. Smart Dogs come in packages of 16 and have 7 whole grams of protein per 42 gram hot dog. These Smart Dogs may not be large, but they sure do pack a punch when it comes to nutrition.
This brand names comes from combining tofu and turkey, which gives you a pretty good idea of what they sell. Tofurky can be found at most large groceries like Publix, though Trader Joe’s definitely offers a better deal. Tofurky makes their hot dogs out of organic tofu and they add plenty of seasoning, which is a recipe for deliciousness. You can get Tofurky hot dogs in regular size, jumbo size, as breakfast sausage, or as a number of other seasoned sausages.
When it comes to hot dogs, there is no reason that vegetarians should be left out of a cookout. These are just a few of the brands that make veggie dogs out there, but there are plenty more. You’ll have to taste around to see what your taste buds prefer, and don’t forget to come back and let us know what you think!