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Best tasting veggie dogs

lauren75 Jun 20, 2012 06:47 AM

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

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    gourmanda Aug 22, 2012 07:22 AM

    Any that I've tried, including Field Roast, have such an "off" flavor, almost medicinal. Pile on whatever toppings you want, but I still don't care for them. Veggie Patch "burgers", OTOH, I do enjoy.

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      anwhatifido Aug 22, 2012 11:19 PM

      Completely agree with you about the "off" flavor that most seem to have... you know oddly, though, just the simple Smart Dogs are some of the better ones I have had. I don't feel like they have much of that "off flavor".

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        marissaj Sep 2, 2012 04:16 PM

        definately get tivall hotdogs! they are the best i have tried.

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      Mercury702 Aug 15, 2012 10:21 AM

      I like Worthington Leanies.

      1. westsidegal Aug 13, 2012 02:39 PM

        have not tried the field roast ones.
        have tried all the others mentioned.
        none of those taste good imho

        1. Jetgirly Jun 23, 2012 09:17 PM

          It's not a hot dog but it fits on a bun... Tofurkey Italian Sausage. I often make a "sausage" and potato soup with it, and would definitely eat it on a bun too. I think it's got more calories than two regular hot dogs, though!

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            KA2CSH Jul 23, 2012 11:55 AM

            Jetgirly, I have to agree with you about Tofurky Italian Sausage. After having first tried the LightLife dogs, both regular, flavored & Jumbo, the Tofurky Sausages have them beat on both texture and taste. The other 2 Tofurky sausage flavors, Beer Brats & Kielbasa, are good, too. I like to make a Chili Cheese dog with onions using 1 of the 3 Tofurky sausages. I make the chili from 2 15 oz cans of chili beans, a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, and a packet of chili spice from Whole foods, and top the Tofurky sausage in a bun with the chili, chopped green bulb onions with the cheddar sauce from ChicagoVeganFoods.com. BTW, I keep 100% kosher, too.

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              soytoy Aug 14, 2012 09:39 PM

              I like the Tofurky Italian Sausages too, but I haven't tried any of the other recommendations listed in this thread.

          2. Josh Jun 22, 2012 09:34 AM

            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.

            1. jes7o Jun 21, 2012 04:57 PM

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

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                mrsdebdav Jun 21, 2012 01:42 PM

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

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                  antimony Jun 20, 2012 08:02 AM

                  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
                    Peaches to Poutine Jun 20, 2012 12:20 PM

                    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.

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                      westsidegal Aug 29, 2012 11:06 PM

                      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.

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                      amy_wong Jun 20, 2012 07:37 AM

                      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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                        Mercury702 Aug 15, 2012 10:21 AM

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

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                          mrsdebdav Aug 26, 2012 07:07 PM

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

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