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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: 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.

        2. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Jetgirly

                  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.

                  1. re: KA2CSH

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

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: gourmanda

                        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".

                        1. re: anwhatifido

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