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Grilled Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs

posted by Melissa Huggins July 9, 2018 4 Comments
Two Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs on a plate with two pepperoncinis on the side.

Change up your grilling routine with these Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. They are so easy to make – just steam, marinate & grill them up to perfection!

Two Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs on a black plate. Topped with mustard and ketchup.

 

I know exactly what you guys are thinking because I was thinking it too before I tried Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. I thought it was comical that vegans were eating carrots in a hot dog bun. We totally just put ourselves in the crazy vegan category!

Well, ya know what? I’d rather be called crazy now because these carrot dogs are delicious! No, they definitely will not replace a vegan hot dog, but they are fun and super tasty in their own way.

Now, if you’re heading to a carnivore barbecue and want to make an impression on veganism, I suggest leaving the carrots at home. Instead, I would bring a few packs of Field Roast Frankfurters to get people talking. They are very close to a meat hot dog but much healthier.

 

Alright, on to the Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs!

Eight cut & peeled carrots on a cutting board.

Cut the carrots

To get started, wash and peel 8 large carrots. Now cut them to the size of your hot dog buns. You can leave them a little longer if you want the carrots to stick out a little.

If you’re looking for healthier hot dog buns to go along with your healthy carrot dog, You might like these sprouted whole grain buns by Ezekiel. They have a nice texture and flavor.

I’m still searching for the best gluten-free & vegan hot dog buns. If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to try them.

 

Carrots in a steamer basket.

Steam the carrots

Place about 1 inch of water into a large pot that will fit your steamer basket. Now place your basket on the bottom and cover pot with a lid. Turn the heat to high and bring water to a boil.

Once boiling, turn heat to med-low to maintain a low boil and place carrots in basket. Cover and cook until carrots are tender throughout, about 20-25 minutes.

Keep an eye on the water so it doesn’t fully evaporate and add more hot water if needed. You can also boil the carrots instead of steaming. I prefer steaming because the carrots keep more of their flavor.

White bowl with marinade ingredients for Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs.

Make the marinade

Here’s what you’ll need:
Sunflower oil
Gluten-free tamari
Apple cider vinegar
Pure maple syrup
Liquid smoke
Nutritional yeast
Smoked paprika
Granulated garlic
Granulated onion
Ground coriander

Now, whisk it all together!

 

Carrots in white baking dish. Soaked in marinade.

Marinate the carrots

In a 2-quart baking dish (or similar size), arrange the carrot so they all lay flat on the bottom. Now pour the marinade on top of the carrots.

Turn a few times and then spoon marinade on the top side of carrots. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours, turning once at the halfway mark and spoon mixture on top side of carrots again.

 

Two Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs with four in the background.

 

Grill them up!

Preheat your grill to med-high heat and grill carrots for 2-3 minutes on each side. Grill until the carrots are lightly browned and they have charred grill marks on them.

You can also use a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat. If you don’t have that, you can use a cast-iron skillet or a regular skillet. You won’t have the grill marks, but the carrot dogs will still be delicious!

To put grill marks on the hot dog buns, place them on the grill for 1-2 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning them.

Now the fun part!

Dress up your Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs to suit your personal taste. Have fun with it!

Here are some topping ideas: ketchup, mustard, vegan mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, salsa, hot sauce, chipotle sauce, relish, pickles, diced onion, roasted corn, jalapeños, fresh herbs, vegan sour cream, shredded vegan cheese, sauerkraut, pepperoncini and vegan bacon.

Enjoy! 

 

Overhead photo of two Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs on a black plate. Ketchup and mustard in the background.

 

I’d love to hear from you

If you make these Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

 

Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Change up your grilling routine with these Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. They are so easy to make - just steam, marinate & grill them up to perfection!

Course: Entree
Recipe Type: American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 208 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Ingredients
  • 8 large carrots , peeled & cut to the size of hot dog buns
  • 8 hot dog buns (gluten-free if preferred)
Marinade
Instructions
Marinade
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk all marinade ingredients well. Set aside. 

Carrot Dogs
  1. Place about 1 " of water into a large pot that will fit your steamer basket. Place your basket on the bottom and cover pot with a lid. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat to med-low to maintain a low boil and place carrots in basket. Cover and cook until carrots are tender throughout, about 20-25 minutes. *Keep an eye on the water so it doesn't fully evaporate. Add more hot water if needed. 

  2. In a 2-quart baking dish (or similar), arrange the carrot so they all lay flat on the bottom. Pour the marinade on top of the carrots. Turn a few times and then spoon marinade on the top side of carrots. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours, turning once at the halfway mark and spoon mixture on top side of carrots again. 

  3. Preheat your grill to med-high heat. Grill carrots for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and they have charred grill marks (* You can also use a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat). Place buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes for grill marks (*watch carefully). 

  4. Dress you carrot dogs up and serve immediately! (*see notes for ideas) Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

* Topping ideas: ketchup, mustard, vegan mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, salsa, hot sauce, chipotle sauce, relish, pickles, diced onion, roasted corn, jalapeños, fresh herbs, vegan sour cream, shredded vegan cheese, sauerkraut, pepperoncini and vegan bacon

* Prep time doesn't include marinating time of 2-3 hours. 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving (1 (1 carrot dog))
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 290mg 12%
Potassium 365mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 244.3%
Vitamin C 5.8%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Grilled Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs

 

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4 Comments

John July 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

It’s all about the flavor! Your seasoning are awesome. These are really good grilled, just my preference. Love your recipes, keep them coming.

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Melissa Huggins July 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Hi John, thank you so much! I agree, they are so good grilled! Gives them so much flavor! Have a nice weekend 🙂

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Catherine Parker July 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Has anyone ever made the dogs with parsnips. To me, carrots have a strong flavor. They’re too carroty for me.

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Melissa Huggins July 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Hi Catherine, I haven’t tried them with parsnips, but I say go for it! Ya never know! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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