Chicago-Style Carrot Dogs


Whether you're vegan, vegetarian or none of the above, these plant-based "dogs" are magically delicious--period. This recipe makes these vegan hot dogs Chicago-style, but feel free to doctor them up any way you like. Break with convention and add shredded cabbage, sprouts and cilantro, for example.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
8 carrot dogs


Carrot Dogs

  • 8 medium carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds total)

  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

  • cup cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Buns & Toppings

  • 8 whole-wheat hot dog buns

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

  • 8 dill pickle spears

  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup minced white onion

  • 8 teaspoons chopped sport peppers or pepperoncini

  • 8 teaspoons sweet relish

  • 8 teaspoons yellow mustard

  • 8 pinches Celery salt


  1. To prepare carrots: Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add carrots, cover and steam until barely tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

  2. Combine broth, vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, garlic powder and paprika in a sealable 1-gallon plastic bag. Add the carrots and refrigerate, keeping the carrots in a single layer, for at least 8 hours or up to 1 day, turning at least twice.

  3. Preheat grill to high or heat a grill pan over high heat.

  4. Remove the carrots from the marinade (discard the marinade). Grill the carrots, turning once or twice, until they're hot and have grill marks on all sides, about 5 minutes total.

  5. To prepare buns & serve: Grill buns until lightly toasted on all sides, about 1 minute. Brush the tops of the buns with butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Serve the carrots in the buns, topped with pickles, tomatoes, onion, peppers, relish, mustard and celery salt, if using.


To make ahead: Marinate carrots (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
4g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 carrot dog
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 10626IU 213%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 35mcg 9%
Sodium 719mg 31%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 460mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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