Vegan Grilled Carrot Dogs

Vegan Grilled Carrot Dogs by Alison's AllspiceHot dogs were one of my favorite foods to eat during the summer as a kid.  My mom would always have them in the house by keeping a stock of frozen dogs.  I didn’t even bother to heat them up!!  Boy life is different now.  Good different.  Vegan grilled carrot dogs different.  Seriously, these carrot dogs take me back to my childhood.  I can gobble up a whole plate of them!

Vegan Grilled Carrot Dogs by Alison's AllspiceVegan Grilled Carrot Dogs by Alison's AllspiceVegan Grilled Carrot Dogs by Alison's AllspiceVegan Grilled Carrot Dogs by Alison's AllspiceAre you planning on doing some grilling for Memorial Day weekend??  I sure am, and I know that these carrot dogs will be on the menu.  In my house, we have a tradition.  We grill out every Sunday night.  Just.  Because.  It’s so fun to sit out on the patio, sip on a cold beverage, and smell the charcoal in the air.  I am working on a new grilled sandwich for you guys!!  Coming soon, but for now, you’ll have to enjoy these carrot dogs!

Variations to the Vegan Grilled Carrot Dogs recipe:

  1. DOUBLE IT!!  Seriously, that’s how much you will enjoy this recipe.
  2. If you don’t have a grill, try baking them in the oven like this recipe.
  3. Go wild with toppings.  Try this veggie chili for chili cheese dogs, load it up with pickles, or try guacamole.  What are your favorite hot dog toppings??

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These grilled carrot dogs will be the most popular veggie main dish at your next cookout. They prep in advance for easy hosting and more time for fun!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 dogs, or 2 servings
  • 4 medium carrots, scrubbed, not peeled
  • 4 whole wheat hot dog buns
  • Ketchup and mustard, for serving
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBS reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ tsp each: paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • ¼ tsp each: mustard powder, corriander
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  1. Pick carrots that are about 1 inch in diameter, and have as little taper as possible. The more uniform in size and shape, the better the carrots will cook.
  2. Place carrots in a steamer basket over water and bring to a boil. Steam covered for 12-15 minutes, based on the size of your carrots.
  3. Test carrots texture with a fork. The carrots should be soft enough to pierce, but not soft like a cooked carrot. They will need some texture to hold up on the grill, and not be a mushy dog. If they have too much texture, you will have crunchy dog. Add more or less cooking time based on your desired texture.
  4. Meanwhile mix together the marinade ingredients.
  5. Place steamed carrots in the marinade and toss to coat. Let rest for 4-8 hours.
  6. Preheat a grill to medium high heat and cook carrots until they get grill marks all around, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve in buns with ketchup and mustard.

Recipe adapted from Vegan Sandra. I shared this recipe at Meat Free MondayFull Plate Thursday, Weekend Potluck, Plant Based Potluck,  and Fiesta Fridays.

These vegan grilled carrot dogs will be the most popular veggie main dish at your next cookout. They prep in advance for easy hosting and more time for fun!


12 responses to “Vegan Grilled Carrot Dogs

  1. Alison –
    We made these tonight (yes, it is Sunday) and you totally knocked this out this out of the park. The only change I made was instead of steaming them over boiling water, I microwaved the carrots in a bowl with a damp paper towel. I kept checking them at 30 second intervals until they were cooked through but not mushy. But the steaming and the marinade made all the difference. Definitely going into the rotation at our house.

    • I’m so glad you liked them, thanks for posting back Susan! Using the microwave is a great idea to steam the carrots without heating up the kitchen, I might have to try that!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Really good idea, I’ve never heard of such a thing! I’ll definitely give these a try.

  4. I love carrots and what a good way to enjoy them. This is such a fantastic idea for a sandwich. Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party.

  5. What an original idea! I love the spices you’ve used:)

  6. One of the best things about cooking out on Sunday night (which we do, too) is the minimal amount of dishes that need to be done Monday morning!

    I have tried to make carrot “hot dogs” before but they didn’t turn out so good. That recipe didn’t call for steaming them first, and I think that might be what was missing (the taste was good, but the texture was all weird). I’ll mark this one for summer cook out testing.

    • I hope the recipe works out for you! Using carrots that are about the same size helps too, otherwise larger carrots will be hard while small carrots get too soft. Let us know how it goes!

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