Are Hot Dogs Vegan?
No cookout is complete without hot dogs, and vegans won’t feel left out of this summertime favorite with these vegan hot dog brands!
Even those who are not vegan might want to substitute vegan hot dogs in their diet. Processed meat, including hot dogs, is known to be carcinogenic. And although the plant-based hot dogs on this list are in some ways processed, they do not require the same processing agents as real meat and are not known to be carcinogenic.
Note: Nathan’s Famous vegan hot dogs are available but not sold at retailers at this time. You either have to live in the New York or New Jersey area or pay a lot of money to have them shipped to you, so they are not included on this list. However, the brand hopes to soon have these meatless hot dogs sold in stores.
If you are interested in any of the listed brands, check the “buy online” section to find out where you can purchase the brand online. I’ll also list some popular stores that usually carry the brand as well as link product locators so that you can find the closest store to you!
Ingredients are subject to change, so be sure to read the most updated label information before purchasing any of the products on this list.
Vegan Hot Dog Brands
Field Roast has two different vegan hot dog options to choose from: Signature Stadium Dogs and Classic Smoked Frankfurters. The stadium dogs will be more similar to classic hot dogs that you top with ketchup, mustard, and relish, whereas the frankfurters will be more heavily seasoned and more similar to a sausage that you top with onions and peppers.
Field Roast products are very popular, and you can find their hot dog varieties in most grocery stores and health food stores! Some stores include Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts, and more! Use Field Roast’s store locator to find a store near you!
Lightlife Smart Dogs are also a very popular brand of plant-based hot dog, and they come in two sizes: regular and jumbo. These hot dogs are usually pretty inexpensive, so check these out if you are on a budget!
You can find Lightlife Smart Dogs in many grocery stores and health food stores including Walmart, Target, Publix, Kroger, Sprouts, Safeway, and more! On the Lightlife website, click “buy now” to find the closest store to you!
Upton’s Naturals Updog
Buy Online: Instacart
Upton’s Naturals Updog is a vegan hot dog with an “algae based coating and unique curing process” that sets it apart from other meatless hot dogs! It is also Kosher certified!
You can find Upton’s Naturals Updog products primarily at health food stores such as Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, and other local health food stores. Use Upton’s Naturals store locator to find a store near you.
Morning Star Farms Veggie Dogs
Buy Online: Instacart
Another popular choice is Morning Star Farms Veggie Dogs! These hot dogs will pass as the real thing, and can be found at many common grocery stores, like Target, Walmart, Publix, Kroger, Safeway, Wegmans, and more! Click on “Where to Buy” on this link to find stores near you!
Sweet Earth Jumbo Vegan Hot Dogs
Sweet Earth Foods makes a wide variety of vegan meat products, and they recently released their Jumbo Vegan Hot Dogs! These might be a little harder to find than other brands because they are relatively new, but check to see if there is a retailer near you by clicking “Where to Buy” on this page.