My husband was really reluctant when I mentioned that I had planned carrot hot dogs for one of the meal for that week.  He isn’t much of a carrot fan, but I decided that I really wanted to give it a try anyway. What was the verdict? He really liked them! We both felt that you can’t really tell that it’s really carrots and not hot dogs unless you are eating a really large chunk. Just be sure that your carrots aren’t like 2 inches thick like a few of ours were and you’ll be just fine! We even joked about how we need to have a 4th of July party this next summer and make all of our non-vegan friends our carrot-dogs and some bean burgers!

Carrot hot dog

I found the recipe over on and made minimal changes.

Carrot "hot-dogs"
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Serves: 2
  • 4 carrots
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • a couple squirts of liquid smoke (I used mesquite flavored)
  • pepper to taste
  • whole wheat hot dog buns
  1. Cut your carrots so they are the length of your hot dog buns and if they are too thick (bigger than 1½"),you need to split them in half as well.
  2. Place a large pot on the stove and heat to a boil. Add your carrots and heat for about 10 minutes or until you can just get your fork into them. Don't over cook them though because you want them to have a slight firmness to be like regular hot-dogs.
  3. Strain the carrots and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
  4. mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and place in a zip-lock baggy along with your cooked carrots. Let them marinate for 3-4 hours (or up to 2 days).
  5. Once the marinating time is up, place your carrots either in a heated oven or in your toaster oven that has been heated to 350. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until they are fully heated. You could probably also heat them on a grill if you desired that look/flavor.
  6. Add your toppings and they're ready to eat!

I sauteed some onions and had ketchup and mustard on top of our carrot hot-dogs.

What are your favorite toppings for hot dogs and burgers?



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