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Summer is all about hot dogs—whether you’re grilling by the pool or downing a mustard-slathered hot dog at a ballgame (or, at least, right now, watching your kids toss around a baseball in the backyard). And just because you may have given up meat for health, environmental, or humane reasons, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy that satisfying, sausage-y taste. More and more plant-based companies are developing vegan hot dogs to satisfy all different cravings. Like animal-based hot dogs, though, plant-based ones are highly processed foods high in sodium, points out nutritionist DJ Blatner, R.D.N., author of The Superfood Swap. “But they also have fewer calories, less saturated fat, and about the same amount of protein as a traditional hot dog,” she adds. Here are some of the best vegan hot dog brands to taste test this summer:

1

Lightlife Smart Dogs Plant-Based Hot Dogs

Lightlife
target.com

$4.19

Made with both soy protein and pea protein isolates, these classic hot dogs are just 50 calories each, with 7g of protein. Consider them go-to hot dogs to keep in your fridge for a quick and easy lunch.

2

Field Roast Frankfurters

UNFI
veganessentials.com

$7.29

These plump and hearty frankfurters (made with wheat gluten rather than soy) are almost twice the size of the typical skinny vegan dogs. But at 190 calories they also pack an impressive 20g of protein. Their flavor comes from a mix of spices including paprika, caraway, garlic, ground mustard, and liquid smoke.

3

Be Leaf Hot Dogs

Vegan Essentials
veganessentials.com

$9.99

Be Leaf makes every food you can imagine in a vegan version, from fish to steak to fried eggs. Their plant-based hot dogs, made from non-GMO soybean and wheat proteins, grill up nicely at about 45 calories each. 

4

Viana Smoked Veggie Frankfurters

Viana
veganessentials.com

$6.19

For a real smoky sausage flavor, look for these vegan hot dogs, made in Germany but sold online in the U.S. Bonus: The main ingredient is whole tofu, rather than the soy isolates used in most vegan dogs.

5

Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage Plant-Based Sausage

Beyond Meat
walmart.com

$7.88

If you want a big, juicy bite of sausage on your hot dog bun, the company that disrupted the entire vegan industry also offers plant-based sausages, made from the same meaty pea proteins and coconut oil that give their Beyond Burgers that “can’t believe it’s not beef” flavor. You’re still getting 12g of fat (including 5g saturated fat) in each 190-calorie sausage, so think of these as a special treat. 

6

Upton’s Naturals Updog Vegan Hot Dogs

UNFI
veganessentials.com

$5.49

Upton’s has been making a big splash in vegan circles with its jackfruit products, but they also make a Chicago-style hot dog. These seitan franks pack 20g of protein into 170 calories, and have a special algae-based coating that gives them a satisfying snap. 

7

Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs

UNFI
veganessentials.com

$8.59

It’s not just the kids who will be popping these mini hot dogs wrapped in cornbread in their mouths—enjoying these vegan treats may be the closest you’ll get to attending a state fair this summer. 

8

Tofurky Beer Brats Original Sausage

Tofurky
amazon.com

$10.47

Tofurky is one of the original plant-based-meat companies—vegans have been enjoying their cruelty-free Thanksgiving roasts for years. These tasty beer brats are made from tofu and wheat gluten, and are a hearty 260 calories with 21g protein. Top with sauerkraut and down with a mug of beer for a traditional treat.

9

Morningstar Farms Classic Frozen Veggie Dogs

Morningstar Farms
target.com

$3.89

These dogs are not for strict vegans—they contain milk and egg products—but if you’re looking for an inexpensive, meat-free dog that’s available in a wide range of supermarkets, put this one on your list. 

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