BBQ Carrot Dogs

BBQ Carrot Dogs

8 Reviews
From:, April 2017

Shock everyone with this recipe for veggie dogs that actually taste like hot dogs. They're an amazing (and healthy!) vegan alternative to traditional meat hot dogs. Serve in whole-wheat hot dog buns and top with all your favorite toppings, such as sauerkraut, relish, ketchup and mustard, for the ultimate barbecue meal.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 8 medium carrots
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8 whole-wheat hot dog buns, toasted if desired
  • Ketchup, mustard, relish and/or sauerkraut for serving


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  1. Peel carrots and trim to fit the length of your hot dog buns. Bring a couple inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add carrots, cover and steam until barely cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk broth, vinegar, soy sauce (or tamari), mustard, garlic powder and paprika in a sealable 1-gallon plastic bag. Add the carrots, seal and place the bag in the refrigerator keeping the carrots in a single layer. Marinate for at least 3 hours or up to 1 day, turning twice.
  3. Preheat grill to high or heat a grill pan over high heat.
  4. Remove the carrots from the marinade. Grill the carrots, turning once or twice, until they're hot and have grill marks, about 5 minutes. Serve on buns with your favorite condiments.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 carrot dog each
  • Per serving: 142 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 5 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 25 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 10,215 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 67 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 317 mg sodium; 316 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (204% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable

Reviews 8

February 24, 2019
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By: Donna
We love these!! We have made them several times. I haven't eaten a meat hot dog in years...its a texture thing. These are a delicious and healthy alternative!!
July 22, 2018
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By: DG87
These were amazing. I went in skeptical and actually ran my first 10 k before making these and was kind of pissed this was the last meal left in my planned meals for the week but as meat hot dog lover, I would easily make these again! I marinated the carrots for about 24 hours and with my eyes closed couldn't really taste a difference in taste just that it was a little drier than a normal hot dog. We made these with the microwave potato chip recipe, which I highly recommend with the carrot dogs.
August 18, 2017
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By: Carol Fran
Marinated the carrots for 24 hours. Overall taste was excellent, except some thought they were a bit too vinegary. Most guests were afraid to taste them. Notes: They tasted much better on a bun and served with mustard. The second day, they were even better when reheated. On the third day, enjoyed leftovers cut in 8ths and reheated with a can of vegetarian baked beans. Would try them again for vegans.
August 14, 2017
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By: The Video Gamester
Tastes like a carrot in a bun...
July 18, 2017
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By: Jen Whetten
I loved these. I served them for a BBQ party we had, and the only person brave enough to try them was a teenage girl. She loved them as well. The texture was a little off, obviously, but the flavor was fantastic. Will definitely do these again! We wish could add a picture because they look so much like the real thing.
June 03, 2017
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By: Jill
Just tried these for the first time, and we were so impressed. They're delicious and easy. As we experiment further, we'll likely steam these a bit longer and marinate them overnight (we only had time to do the minimum 3 hours.) Thanks for the great recipe!
April 26, 2017
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By: Penelope Wall
Ok, I tried these out on my family: two kids and a hot dog loving hubby and I'd say they were a success! I steamed and marinated the carrots the night before, so all I had to do day of was grill up the dogs for a super-fast dinner. My eldest child, who prefers raw veggies to cooked ones, took a few bites and was done. But the toddler gobbled it up and the hubby went back for seconds. Will definitely make them again. Note on the cooking time: I steamed the carrots for a few minutes longer than the recommend time. I wanted them to be soft enough for my kids. It was more like 16-17 minutes.
April 20, 2017
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By: Lisa Valente
I am obsessed with these carrot dogs. They are so packed with flavor and so much tastier than fake meat hot dogs. An awesome veggie option for BBQs and cook outs.
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