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Jun 20, 2012 06:47 AM

Best tasting veggie dogs

Hosting a BBQ and have some vegetarians coming...what is the best tasting brand of veggie dogs out there?

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  1. I love Quorn's hotdogs. The texture is not as good as the soy-based hotdogs but Quorn wins out on taste. Be warned though that Quorn products contain eggs, so they're not vegan.

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    1. re: amy_wong

      I've never seen their hotdogs. They only seem to carry the chicken products around me.

      1. re: Mercury702

        Quorn's products are vegetarian, so their "chicken" products are, in fact, not chicken.

    2. If you can find them, Field Roast's are fantastic. (My local Whole Foods carries them, but they're a fairly new arrival.) The hot dogs, not the larger flavored sausages -- the sausages are a little crumbly and I wouldn't expect them to hold up on a grill.

      If not those, Smart Dogs are my personal favorite of the various soy-based ones, but there isn't that much difference between the brands I've tried. All of the soy ones are bland and a bit rubbery -- they're much better if they hit the actual BBQ, so if you can keep a space and a set of utensils veggie, they'll likely appreciate it. (Or do the veggie dogs first and then switch to meat.)

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      1. re: antimony

        Seconding Field Roast's. I have had their apple & sage ones (which were many favorite) and their spicy Mexican chipotle ones. The frankfurters are kickass, too. I found the sausages held up on a grill.

        1. re: Peaches to Poutine

          I always find their frankfurters very dry...much prefer SmartDogs!

        2. re: antimony

          i found them.
          they are more OK than the competition.
          fantastic? not to my palate
          ok to take to a barbeque when everyone else will be eating hot dogs? definitely yes!
          would i buy this to have in my refrigerator at home? no.

        3. All the Smart Life sausages (with possible exception of Smart Pups -haven't tried these) are excellent on the BBQ.

          1. +1 on Smart Dogs by Light LIfe. They are a little rubbery, but the taste isn't as awful as others I've had....

            1. Second the Field Roast recommendation. They are very good. Another good one is Yves Good Dog.

              Many vegetarians don't really love fake meat, though, so really even a nice selection of grilled vegetables that can be put in a roll and dressed with toppings is also a good option.