These gluten-free vegan hot dogs are perfect for summer barbecues with their smoky flavor and healthy ingredients. Read on for this tasty recipe and try it yourself!
Vegan hot dogs have been around for a while. In stores, you can find soy-based hot dogs or more gourmet varieties by Field Roast. While these are easy and convenient, they aren’t always healthy or gluten-free. So homemade is the way to go to enjoy a classic favorite, veganized.
Carrots’ texture and shape make them perfect for creating vegan hot dogs. They absorb marinade quite well and grill up perfectly! Plus, you’ll get the health benefits of carrots like beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
I love serving these alongside some crispy french fries and a delicious dipping sauce like vegan ranch. I serve my vegan hot dogs with a drizzle of Just Mayo, ketchup, organic relish, and chopped red onion.
Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs
Adapted from Clean Eating Veggie Girl
6 carrots, peeled and ends trimmed
1/2 cup low sodium tamari
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tablespoons organic rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons safflower oil
Gluten-free buns (I used Schar brand)
Optional toppings: Relish, ketchup, vegan mayo, and chopped red onion
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add carrots and boil for 6-8 minutes, or until just fork tender. They should still be firm once done and only slightly softened. Drain and rinse with cool water.
2. In a large bowl, mix together tamari, water, rice vinegar, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, ginger, pepper, and onion powder.
3. Add carrots to a ziplock bag or a Tupperware. Add marinate and make sure carrots are fully covered. Marinate for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible.
4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with safflower oil. Add carrots to the pan, reserving the marinade. Next, add about 1/4 cup of the marinade. Grill for about 4 minutes on each side, until grill marks appear.
5. Serve each carrot in a gluten-free hot dog bun and add desired toppings. Enjoy!