The 4 Best Vegan Hot Dogs Are Ready for Grilling Season

There’s no person on the Sporked staff who’s better suited to lead a vegan hot dog taste test than me. I grew up on them. My parents are pescatarians and we’ve been sucking down vegan hot dogs since before fake meat got good. I’ve seen the evolution from tofu tube to convincing hot dog substitute, and now I’m ready to share my knowledge with you.

Mikayla Barnes, key set production assistant for Good Mythical Morning, is a vegan hot dog fan and joined us to try to find the most meaty, delicious, hot dog-y vegan hot dog on the market. And to be clear, this list only includes vegan hot dogs. If you’re looking for a vegan sausage, look no further!

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Best Overall

Field Roast Signature Stadium Plant-Based Dogs

Field Roast Signature Stadium Plant-Based Dogs are real hot dogs minus the meat. I don’t think a meat eater would know that these are plant-based if they were handed one in a warm bun slathered with mustard at a baseball game. Mikayla described them as “100% hot dog” in terms of flavor. If I had to change something, I would add a little more snap to the casing. Other than that, these are perfection. Moving forward, these will always be my first choice of vegan meat logs (which includes sausages).

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Best Splurge

Sweet Earth Jumbo Vegan Hot Dogs

While the flavor is not quite as good as Field Roast’s, Sweet Earth Jumbo Vegan Hot Dogs reign supreme when it comes to texture. They have the most snap and the meatiest chew. Unfortunately, they only come with four in a pack, so I guess I would define these as more of a dinner party hot dog than a family BBQ hot dog. I know that might sound crazy, but these are nice enough to serve at a dinner party! If you’re willing to dish out the dough, add these to your cart.

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Best Jumbo Dog

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Dog

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Dogs are a great meatless hot dog option for a group of non-meat eaters. They certainly won’t fool anyone into thinking they’re made of real meat, but I don’t think that matters. Plus, some vegans and vegetarians prefer less meat-y seeming fake meat because the real thing grosses them out. These have a wonderful savory flavor and are hearty enough to stand up to toppings. I’d serve these up with tons of vegetarian chili, cheese, and some finely diced onions.

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Best Nostalgic

MorningStar Farms Meatless Hot Dogs

MorningStar Farms Meatless Hot Dogs are the original hot vegan hot dogs. Well, at least they are in my mind. I grew up on these and never had any complaints. Sure, there are plant-based hot dogs on the market that are much more convincing meat substitutes, but that’s not what these are about. They are affordable, the package has plenty of dogs, and they taste good! The authentic hot dog taste is faint, which makes them a great canvas for flavorful toppings like sauerkraut and mustard. In fact, load up the toppings! Turn these into Chicago-style dogs or Sonoran hot dogs and no one will mind that the dogs themselves aren’t best in show.

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • As someone who grew up vegetarian (and is now veg), Loma Linda “Big Franks” *in a can* will
    Forever be my favorite. Going to a BBQ? Just grab my can of hotdogs! Need a comforting meal? Can of hot dogs, can of baked beans!

    • We tried these and the texture was a little off for me. How do you normally cook them? I might need to give them another try as a non-pork eater myself!

      • Oh my gosh… my family used to get these ALL the time when I was younger! The church I grew up in had a food co-op where we would order these, and used to also find them at Kroger’s but I haven’t seen them in years. I have recently returned to being vegetarian as I crave it over meat most of the time. These with vegetarian baked beans was always incredible! I feel that Loma Linda had some of the most innovative meat substitutes, yet not all of them have that “meaty” taste most companies go for these days. My mom would cook them in a skillet on the stove most times, or cut them up and put them into some Bush’s vegetarian bake beans! I must confess that as a kid, I’d sneak in the pantry and open a can and eat them like that or sometimes make a sandwich spread out of them and enjoy like that as well!

  • How come the regular hot dog ranking isn’t on this site? I thought Rhett and Link did an episode on that a few years back.

  • As a hot dog connoisseur in a previous life before going vegan I can confirm that the stadium dogs are the best i have tried.