Vegan Loaded BBQ Dogs

Three loaded vegan hot dogs on a steel plate

This vegan dog is loaded up with basically all of my favorite cookout sides, and a lil’ extra! Trust me when I say this comes together quickly and deliciously, especially since I’m partnering with Upton’s Naturals and using their new Updogs!

Three loaded vegan hot dogs on a steel plate

If you haven’t heard of Upton’s Naturals before, they started out as a seitan company based in Chicago (where they still are located with a café and factory!). Since they were founded, they have added a slew of new vegan products, like shelf-stable pasta meals, vegan bacon, jackfruit, banana blossoms and now… UPDOGS! Nicole and Dan, the (vegan) cofounders, are amazing people that I’ve followed for quite some time, so I’m STOKED on this partnership, to say the least.

Ingredients in small ramekins on a cutting board

Now, Updogs launched last year, and are made to be similar to kosher, all-beef franks. This means, a snappy skin (thanks algae!), and satiating, savory filling. And they definitely deliver! I’m fairly certain that this is now my favorite store-bought, vegan hot dog (that’s not sausage-style), and it happens to be soy-free. I prepared these on the grill, and they held up really well, plus I made sure to include a pic of what they look like right out of the packaging, prior to cooking.

Image collage of vegan updogs on a plate and on the grill

So, given the product, it’s great for simply enjoying in a bun with a couple of your fave toppings, or in my case, becoming a beautiful canvas for unconventional toppings. A local Vegas vegan hotdog vendor, Phyto’s, has a Cowboy hotdog that vaguely resembles this (that I love), but I took some liberties here.

Beans, slaw, hot dogs, and other toppings on a cutting board

Substitutions & Tips:

  • Updogs by Upton’s Naturals – you can find these in Whole Foods Market nationwide, The Fresh Market, Wegmans, many great vegan markets, and in select Walmarts and Targets. (Pretty accessible, yeah?)
  • Buns – I used a standard “white” hotdog bun here since there’s a lot going on, but a wheat or pretzel bun would still be tasty.
  • Vegan BBQ sauce – not all BBQ sauce is vegan, so watch out for honey and/or Worcestershire sauce.
  • Baked beans – you can find vegan baked beans almost anywhere, which is what I did here, but I also have a recipe for some BBQ beans if you would rather make those at home (and save the rest for later).
  • Red cabbage – I used this for the slaw because I had it on hand, and it’s pretty (lol), but green cabbage will also work.
  • Vegan ranch – I used store-bought for this, but vegan ranch is SUPER easy to make at home, and I have a few ranch recipes here on VYA.
  • Crispy onions – you can use the kind you’d put on green bean casserole or the red onion crisps from Asian markets.
  • Yellow mustard – I list this as optional, but the acidity and bright flavor tie this all together so well, in my opinion!
Loaded vegan dog on a cutting board

Even though I’ve given you a recipe below that is DELECTABLE, it still it quite flexible and forgiving, if you have some strong preferences. You can leave off the mustard and top with extra ranch or BBQ sauce, or just ranch, or all three! I’ve tried a few different sauce selections with this, and none were losers. Now, let me know if you try this out because I’m hooked on these dogs! Next up with them? For sure corndogs. Just need to get my fryer out. LOL

Three loaded vegan hot dogs on a steel plate

Vegan Loaded BBQ Dogs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This vegan dog is loaded up with basically all of my favorite cookout sides, and a lil’ extra! Trust me when I say this comes together quickly and deliciously, especially since I’m partnering with Upton’s Naturals and using their new Updogs!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (56 g) shredded red cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegan ranch, plus more for garnish
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 package (4-count) Upton's Naturals Updogs
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegan BBQ sauce, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup (130 g) vegetarian baked beans
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) crunchy fried onions
  • 2 tablespoons (3 g) diced green onion
  • Yellow mustard for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to roughly 375F (about medium heat). In a small bowl, combine cabbage, ranch, salt and pepper, and toss until evenly coated. Then store in the fridge until ready to assemble dogs.
  2. Once grill is hot, brush updogs with bbq sauce, then place them on the grate. Grill for 3-4 minutes on one side, or until grill marks are prominent, then flip, brush with more bbq sauce, and grill for another 3-4 minutes, until heated through.
  3. While the dogs are grilling, reheat the baked beans via stove top or microwave until hot, then set aside. Once Updogs are done being grilled, give them a light brushing of remaining bbq sauce.
  4. To assemble, place one Updog in one bun, then top with roughly 2 tablespoons baked beans, fried onions, and diced green onion. As mentioned in the post, you can choose to top with a little ranch, bbq sauce, and/or mustard. Or any variation of the three! All are delicious. (I'm sure a lil' Louisiana hot sauce wouldn't hurt either)

Notes

  • Buns – I used a standard “white” hotdog bun here since there’s a lot going on, but a wheat or pretzel bun would still be tasty.
  • Vegan BBQ sauce – not all BBQ sauce is vegan, so watch out for honey and/or Worcestershire sauce.
  • Baked beans – you can find vegan baked beans almost anywhere, which is what I did here, but I also have a recipe for some BBQ beans on the site.
  • Red cabbage – I used this for the slaw because I had it on hand, and it’s pretty (lol), but green cabbage will also work.
  • Vegan ranch – I used store-bought for this, but vegan ranch is SUPER easy to make at home, and I have a few ranch recipes here on VYA.
  • Crispy onions – you can use the kind you’d put on green bean casserole or the red onion crisps from Asian markets.
  • Yellow mustard – I list this as optional, but the acidity and bright flavor tie this all together so well, in my opinion!

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Three loaded vegan hot dogs on a steel plate, and a hand holding one of them

If you’re looking for sides to go with your Updogs, try my oil-free macaroni salad, dill-roasted green beans, or sriracha potato salad! Yummmm.

Three loaded vegan hot dogs on a steel plate and wood table

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