Wacky Vegan Hot Dog

Let me explain.  I think by now you may have guessed that I rather love burgers – with a difference – and non-meat ones are the best.  I love experimenting with different combinations.  I was in one of those moods today – a defiant mood – for making a devilishly, undeniably mouthwatering burger – irresistible was the result.  The combination married so well, that these will be top of my list for repeating.  Whatever got into me today was quite inspiring, what went into me today were these delicious and nutritious ingredients.

Another bonus is they are so easy to make.  And my young daughter, who is a fussy eater, adored these – “More mummy, please”.  That put a smile on my face.  Oh, by the way, I somewhat cheated with hers, I shaped them into sausage burgers, which made the idea even more appealing to her – good thinking, great eating.


  • 1¼ cups of rice – boiled, drained and set aside
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup of roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 slice of brown bread without crusts
  • 1½ tbsps flaxseed oil
  • 2 tbsps hydrated soya mince, or other veggie mince substitute of your choice (I use Linda McCartney)
  • 2 tbsp of flat leaf parsley
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (your preferred make)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp flour
  • a little extra flour and 2 tbsp golden bread crumbs mixed for coating

Makes 4-6 sausages/burgers (depending on size preference)


Place the slice of bread and the nuts in a food processor, and process for a minute.  Then add the onion and parsley, and process for a further minute or so, taking care to move the mixture with a spatula to the centre of the processor if needed.

Now add the remaining ingredients, except for the rice and the golden bread crumbs (they are for coating).  Process for 2 minutes or so, and finally add the rice and process for another minute – at this point you should have a nice thick mixture.

Next, with clean hands sprinkle your flour and golden bread crumbs onto a large plate, and with the palms of your hands make a ball. Flatten to your preferred size, place on plate and coat with the mixture, turning around so that all the burger gets to be coated.

Refrigerate for an hour, then fry the burgers and serve them on a hot toasted bun with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, sliced onions and some yummy vegan mayo.

Finally, bite this and enjoy the fabulous taste – full flavour and rather addictive, I think !!! Yum, yum, yum . . .

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  1. Andrea Pellegrini

    I have been waiting for years for such a tasty take-away!
    No other “ready” freezer product comes any where near the perfect texture and more-ish taste of this burger-cum- sausage (my patty skills are not up to scratch!).

  2. This certainly proved a winner with our family, and the good news is that you can make a whole bunch of them, vary the shapes into burgers and sausages (whatever takes your fancy) and freeze them ! Yes, they freeze pretty well I discovered. I must admit, I did thaw them for a couple of hours in the fridge before frying them in olive oil, and they were perfect !

  3. So…one can also roll this recipe into lots of ‘balls’ – as finger food, right?

  4. Hi Pam, you know what? Good thinking! Let me know how it goes. If they taste great huge, then why not small too? – great idea !

  5. I must admit a pleasure as much if not more than a normal hot dog…as meatless but still a hot dog!!! such a taste ….i froze some up too…a brilliant recipe…

  6. Thanks, it’s a different but satisfying as a hot dog – and kids as well as adults love it too – it’s just one of those fun treats !

  7. Wow I am definitely going to try this. I am always on the hunt for easy recipes without the additives. Thank you!!!

  8. Thanks for your comment Samantha. This is a real fun and tasty hot dog. Enjoy it and let me know how you go !

  9. Hi,
    THis is intriguing. I’m going to try this but first i need a mixer.
    Thank you.

  10. Thanks for your comment. Even a basic food processor will be just fine for this dish – look forward to your feedback. Miriam

  11. I’ve made this several times now and all I can say is “WOW!” We were all amazed, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing this recipe.

  12. looks nice, I’m still trying to muster the ingredients for that curry that I just absolutely must have. For hotdogs these look scrummy. I often squish two different vege products (sausage and potatoe finger things) into a roll and smoother with tasty things like mustard, onion and chilli sauce. At BBQ’s I really think it’s way better than the meat sausage on white bread everyone else is eating. I’m considering a revolution at the next sausage sizzle fund raiser for the kid’s soccer team. I’ll need help but will post any success.

  13. Faye my dear that is very sweet of you to say so, thanks, I shall place your wonderful comment on my testimonial page ! Continue to enjoy it for as long as you wish, it turns out great ‘time after time’ – you are WELCOME ! Cheers to you.

  14. Michelle Hi – you will enjoy the curry as and when you chose to make it. With the hot dog it’s super, Faye (another foodie who has commented today) has tried them on more than one occasion and loves them, so do many of my friends and my daughter and husband love them too, so don’t hesitate, make em and enjoy them. I agree about what you say about BBQ’s and that sounds fine too. If you make my Wacky Sausage for the kids, I think you might be onto something since it’s a child friendly dish (and my daughter has be known to be fussy, so this might be a good bet) – good luck either way. Best to you Michelle.

  15. If it taste anything like it looks , I can’t wait to have it!! MMMMMmmm!

  16. Alison Hi there, it does indeed taste as good as it looks, make sure you buy some yummy favourite bread to go with it (I used an onion baguette) and enjoy (others have enjoyed this thoroughly – it’s your turn now !). Best to you !

  17. What is soya mince? And is the flat leaf parsley dried or fresh? I am anxious to make these. They sound wonderful!

  18. Hi Ginger, thanks for your comment. Soya mince is readily available from most health food stores, sometimes known as textured vegetable protein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textured_vegetable_protein). Flat leaf parsley is fresh, and should be easy to find from your greengrocer. Best of luck, Miriam.

  19. I can only shake my head regarding other people’s food choices. Honestly, the majority of people just don’t have a clue. The only thing we can do is to live healthily ourselves and spread the word… all the while hoping that our stories and testimonies will inspire others to change their lives.

  20. Dear Rosalie, your choice of words to describe your feelings is admirable and hopefully many people are coming round to seeing that eating without meat is actually possible and delicious. I do my best to create meatless dishes, vegan in fact and the health benefits alone are awesome and could be life-extending. I hear you and understand your sentiments. Best to you !

  21. this looks great, and am definitely going to be trying! sometimes a hot dog or burger just calls one’s name, and then nothing else will do….i have no doubt this will be fab as mini balls or teeny wienies for snacks or appetisers…looking forward to making this!

  22. Toni Hi and welcome to my site. Thanks for your comment. I do hope you try these and enjoy them, they really are quite delicious, just as you say they can be made into snacks etc – shape as you wish as it were ! Enjoy and cheers to you ! (feel free to post up any recipes on your website too if you wish, just send me a short note first, that is if you wish to add a recipe link to it).

  23. What a great woman you are, Miriam! Love you…

  24. I love ‘falafel’ burgers, so will give this a try too. It looks delicious.

  25. How long should I fry the pattys? Can I bake them instead and if so how long should they spend in the oven? I do falafels now and then and I feel like I give them too little heat… Maybe its oven problem? 😛

  26. Hi Artur and thanks for your comment – you could bake them in the oven I suppose – in which case grease an oven tin and place in a hot oven for around 30 minutes – I have never made or tried them in this way, but hey, no harm trying – make sure they are a little crusty on the outside, you may wish to turn them around after 15 minutes to acquire a good colour and texture. Good luck and enjoy – cheers to you !.

  27. Hi Hassan – I hope you manage to sample my recipes and enjoy them ! Cheers !.

  28. Did you know that the country of France has just banned vegan/vegetarian meals from all public places!!! And all because Paul McCartney encourages people to go meatless one day each week!!!!

  29. Dearest Deena – I am so very, very sorry to hear this, how very sad, how very uncivilized, how very short-sighted, how very inconvenient. I am so sorry to hear of this news, really I am. I do hope that you can at least incorporate some of my recipes in your household, where you are at liberty to cook what you wish. My very best to you !.

  30. HI I’m new to ALL of this. My husband has a very rare disease that prevents him from removing cholesterol from his cells causing a neuropathy. We chose to remove all foods containing cholesterol and meat or milk protein. We are having a hard time with the soya or tofu recipes. This looks really good and easy! We camp all summer and and desperate to find some things to have on the barbq. Any suggestions for recipes or products to buy are greatly appreciated:)

  31. Terri-Lyn Hi there and welcome to my site. 1st question is where are you from ? Are you in summer at present or are you thinking of the summer coming ? I have quite a few recipes that will be coming out in my book in some months from now that are apt for b’ques, that said, there are a number of recipes that can be b’que’d. Make sure your husband has no eggs, dairy or meat, and I hope to help you as best I can – what is the problem with tofu for you both ? There are endless ways to cook it that taste divine, there are also ways that are not so delicious, so I would like to have a rough idea of what you had in mind and what you and your husband don’t like. It is important to incorporate interesting salads and fruit in your diets in order to keep the body’s immune system working at it’s optimum. Go to my FB page if you are on FB on my page called ‘Vegan Rejuvenation’ at browse it Terri-Lyn. This hot dog may break down on your b’que, but don’t loose hope there are other recipes that can be made for it. i will be posting up closer to our summer, as right now we are in winter. Do try my burgers and see how it goes too. Best to you for now and keep well.

  32. Hi. I am about to try this amazing recipe. Just one question – amounts of rice and soya mince are in dry state or boiled state? Thanks a lot.

  33. Lukas Hi there and welcome here. As I state in the recipe ingredient’s list – with the rice it’s cooked and drained (so boil and drain it first), the ground veggie mince I used from frozen as it’s a crumbly type – so use the same or similar if you can. Hope this helps ! Cheers to you.

  34. I’m always on the look out for good vegetarian foods. I do buy them now & again, but I prefer homemade, this recipe, made with readily available ingredients, is one I’m going to make, soon. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Hi there Nadine and welcome here. I agree with you about homemade, really nothing beats it ! I hope you make and enjoy this fun recipe and look forward to your future comments on my blog ! Best wishes your way in the meantime !

  36. This looks so delicious! We will try this sometime later this week. Thank you.

  37. Hi there Janet and thanks for dropping by with your comment. I do hope you enjoy this hot dog and let me know how it goes. Cheers !

  38. Hi Miriam, I am so thrilled to have found your blog – it’s truly delightful and I find the recipes very straight forward and always delicious – thank you.

    I am one of those ‘purist’ vegans (you have recently used this term and I really like it!) I do not eat fake meats and live in a fairly remote part of the world where it is difficult to access these products anyway. Once in a while I can find non-GMO tofu, which I use to make vegan cheesecake, but I’m not interested in soya mince, tvp or seitan etc… And so I’m wondering, if you have a recipe for a vegan hot dog made with more ‘purist’ ingredients? Could lentils be substituted for the soya mince above? Many thanks 🙂

  39. This looks really great. I have not attempted too many receipes but I am anxious to try this. I think I could be vegan if I had someone cook for me!

  40. Jean Hi there and welcome here. I would love to have your feedback on this as and when. Do try out some other recipes at some point. The soups are very easy to make and can be served up with hot garlic bread. Best Wishes your way !

  41. Hi there Sian and thanks for your comment. I am going to suggest chopped nuts such as pecan nuts for this (do roast them slightly 1st). Enjoy !

  42. Is there a non-soy substitute for the soya mince?

  43. Jan Hi there – there is Quorn, but it’s not vegan. As far as mince is concerned it is best to google what you will find in your country/region – am not sure if you would find a seitan based ‘meat’ it has no soya in it. Hope this helps a little.

  44. adaptt.org brought me here, damn this looks heavenly I’m trying it asap.

  45. Hi Nate and welcome here. Do bear in mind it will taste nothing like a meat dog, but it’s fun all the same and with the addition of your favourite relishes, it’s great, but will let you decide ! There are many new recipes since this recipe was made, so please browse (my burger king would be to your liking). 🙂

  46. Love this recipe, I want my mom and my girlfriend to cook this in December when I turn 16 🙂 also the morocoon pizza looks awesome

  47. Hope you get to taste and enjoy it Daniel !

  48. Hi Miriam, I just made these over the weekend and they are
    delicious!!!! But I had a problem with them in that they were too wet and didn’t stick together well, do you think perhaps I processed them too much in the food processor?

  49. It’s possible Thea that they were a little over processed. This Hot Dog can also be shaped into little balls and gently fried.

  50. Thanks Miriam, I’ll try less processing next time. They are absolutely delicious!!


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