Vegetarian hot dog
Vegetarian hot dog sausages from Germany
Alternative namesVeggie dog, not dog
TypeHot dog, meat alternative
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientssoy

A vegetarian hot dog is a hot dog produced completely from non-meat products. Unlike traditional home-made meat sausages, the casing is not made of intestine, but of cellulose or other plant-based ingredients.[1] The filling is usually based on some sort of soy protein,[2] wheat gluten, or pea protein. Some may contain egg whites, which would make them unsuitable for a lacto-vegetarian or vegan diet.


The history of the vegetarian hot dog is not clear, but Worthington Foods' Veja-Link meatless wieners claim to have been the world's first vegetarian hot dogs in 1949.[3] Since the 1980s, a number of other manufacturers have entered the vegetarian hot dog market, such as Lightlife Foods, Field Roast Grain Meat Co, and Beyond Meat. Massachusetts-based LightLife first sold its Tofu Pups in 1985.[4] In 2000, the Chicago White Sox's Comiskey Park became the first baseball venue to sell vegetarian hot dogs during games.[5] In 2019, Moving Mountains began selling a vegan hot dog in London.[6] The Nathan's Famous hot dog stands in New York City began selling vegan hot dogs in 2021. The hot dog is made by Meatless Farm.[7]

Carrot hot dogs

A carrot hot dog is a carrot cured to taste like a hot dog, then grilled and placed in a roll to resemble a traditional hot dog. Philadelphia magazine reported photos of carrot hot dogs appeared on Instagram and Pinterest in 2016.[8] The Kennebec Journal reported in 2017 that carrot hot dog recipes were "an emerging trend" in cookbooks.[9] Epicurious said it has been trolled ever since posting a carrot hot dog recipe in 2017.[10]

Some restaurants sell them. In 2019, Harry & Ida's Meat and Supply Co. in New York sold a carrot dog.[11] United States beverage firm Bolthouse Farms in 2020 began producing grill-ready cured carrot hot dogs to sell to retailers.[12]

Actress Tabitha Brown first published a carrot hot dog recipe in 2020.[13] In 2021, pop star Lizzo posted about carrot hot dogs.[14] Vegan food columnist Avery Yale Kamila said in 2021: "For people who love vegetables, carrot hot dogs are a really exciting addition to backyard barbecues."[14]

Vegetarian sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are a common fast food snack across Britain made from a sausage inside a pastry crust. Vegetarian versions or meat-free sausage rolls are now common. The small bakery chain Poundberry began selling vegetarian sausage rolls in 2016 and then a vegan version in 2018. In 2019, large bakery chain Greggs began selling vegan sausage rolls and the BBC reported the vegan rolls "caused an immediate sensation" and sold out fast.[15]

Vegetarian sausages

See also: Sausage § Vegetarian versions

Vegetarian and vegan sausages are commonly eaten in Britain. The United States company Beyond Meat began selling its vegan sausages in the United Kingdom in 2019.[16]

See also


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  2. ^ "Vegetarian Journal May/Jun 2000 Guide to Burgers and Dogs". The Vegetarian Resource Group. 2000. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  3. ^ "Worthington Foods". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
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  5. ^ Greening the Ballpark. (vegetarian hot dogs in baseball parks) (Brief Article), Earth Island Journal, September, 2001
  6. ^ "Can a vegan hot dog compete with the real thing? This company is banking on it". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  7. ^ Fabricant, Florence (2021-04-26). "Coney Island's Original Goes Vegan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  8. ^ "Dear Internet: Stop Trying to Make Carrot Hot Dogs Happen (Please!)". Philadelphia Magazine. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  9. ^ Kamila, Avery Yale (2017-12-06). "Santa seem buff? Could be from hoisting all those vegan cookbooks". Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  10. ^ "What Is It About the Carrot Hot Dog That Hurts You?". Epicurious. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  11. ^ Carlson, Jen (2019-07-11). "This Hot Dog Is A Carrot!". Gothamist. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  12. ^, BY JOHN COX jcox@ (13 October 2020). "Local growers debut carrot hot dogs, pasta, chips". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  13. ^ "Tabitha Brown's Vegan Carrot Hot Dog Is Trending Again—and We're Still Obsessed". Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  14. ^ a b Schipani, Sam (2021-08-10). "How to marinate your carrots and turn them into 'hot dogs'". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
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  16. ^ "Bangers become the latest British favourite to go meat-free". the Guardian. 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2021-11-19.