Easy Vegan Baked Hot Dogs

If you love a good chili cheese dog, you’ll really love these easy vegan Baked Hot Dogs recipe. That’s because it’s a meat-free hot dog, in a bun, and loaded with chili, chopped green onions, and lots of vegan cheese on top. It’s a perfect meatless Monday recipe!

A vegan baked hot dog is held on a spatula over the rest of the casserole dish.

I once asked my niece after her birthday if she was excited to now be five years old and heading for kindergarten. Her response? “Oh, you just go to kindergarten, grow old, and die.” Wise words from one so young. Hopefully, we can fill up that time “growing old” with some interesting days. Sure, we all define “interesting” differently, but for me, good food definitely has to be a part of it. Although hot dogs probably won’t show up on the menu at your local four-star restaurant, they can be a part of a foodie’s diet, especially when we’re talking about these Vegan Baked Hot Dogs.

You may be putting the pieces together and starting to realize the reason behind my hankering for vegan hot dog buns last week. Someone even wrote on my Facebook page asking why I needed vegan hot dog buns when the thing that goes inside is usually meat-based. It kind of goes against the whole vegan grain of things.

It’s true.

A spoon dishes out vegetarian chili over vegan hot dogs in a casserole dish.

The thing is, I stumbled on some vegan hot dogs recently. I’ve always been kind of clumsy that way. It’s why my sisters used to call me Twinkle Toes when I was a kid. Between you and me, sometimes I wonder if they don’t call me that behind my back today.

But I digress.

How to Make Vegan Baked Hot Dogs

I love easy vegan recipes like this one. I think you will too!

It’s pretty easy to make these vegan baked hot dogs. Here are the ingredients:

  • dairy-free hot dog buns
  • vegan mayo (I use Just Mayo)
  • vegan hot dogs (I buy these at Sprouts or Natural Grocers)
  • vegan chili (use my homemade recipe or store-bought, such as Amy’s Vegetarian Chili – which is also vegan)
  • vegan cheddar shreds
  • sliced green onions

See? I told you this was easy! You’ll want a 9×13 casserole dish, and it can be quite a squeeze to get them all in together. I found it best to place 6 of them horizontally in the baking dish and two end-to-end vertically. Like this photo shows.

Looking down on a baking dish full of vegan baked hot dogs ready to go into the oven.

Spread a little vegan mayo in each bun and then place a vegan hotdog in each bun. Then arrange them in the casserole dish.

Cover each vegan hot dog with the vegetarian chili, chopped onions, and top with vegan cheddar shreds. I like to cover the dish with foil for the first part of the baking, to encourage the vegan cheddar shreds to melt.

Then carefully remove the foil (using tongs helps), turn up the heat in the oven, and bake for a few more minutes. This helps the buns get nice and toasty.

Vegan baked hot dogs in the casserole dish fresh from the oven.

What to Serve with Baked Hot Dogs

There are plenty of things you can serve with vegan baked hot dogs, like, of course, potato chips. However, if you’re hoping for something heartier (and healthier), you could make a batch of air fryer french fries. Or how about some baked sweet potato tater tots?

Looking for something different? Try these Vegan Hot Dogs with four other toppings.

Vegan Hot Dog Favorites

Yes, these vegan baked hot dogs are amazing! That’s why you’ll want to try even more vegan hot dog favorites:

A spatula digs into a casserole dish with vegan baked hot dogs.

Simple, delicious, comfort food — definitely part of what I hope to be many more interesting days to come.

A vegan baked hot dog is held on a spatula over the rest of the casserole dish.

Vegan Baked Hot Dogs

This is basically a casserole dish of vegan baked hot dogs topped with vegetarian chili, onions, and vegan cheese. Make the entire batch and freeze half with this freezer-friendly recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 378kcal


  • 8 hot dog buns dairy-free
  • 8 vegan hot dogs
  • ½ cup  vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 cups vegan chili
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
  • 3 to 4 green onions , chopped
  • Other ingredients as desired , such as mustard or relish


  • Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
  • Spread about a tablespoon of vegan mayo across the insides of each of the hot dog buns. Place a vegan hot dog in each prepared bun and place in a 9×13 baking pan. You should be able to get 6 arranged horizontally and two end-to-end vertically.
  • Spoon the chili on top of each hot dog, distributing it equally. Sprinkle the vegan cheddar shreds over the top, followed by the chopped onions.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Use tongs to remove the foil and turn the heat up to 400°F/200°C and bake for another 15 minutes, until the edges of the buns are toasted and the cheese has melted.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  • Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. This can be frozen. Simply allow the hot dogs to cool before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, cook in the microwave for about a minute, until heated through. Transfer to a toaster oven and cook for a minute or two, until the buns are toasty.

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I used Amy’s Vegetarian Chili for this recipe. I can find this in health food stores and in the health food section of my local grocery store.
Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4.2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 Responses to Easy Vegan Baked Hot Dogs

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyluminousvegans Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, these look so very good! I never would have dreamed of baking hotdogs in the oven which is surprising because at the moment I’ve been sticking everything in the oven now that fall is here. This is a really great idea!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks! I agree – fall is a perfect time for baking!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyellyn Reply

    Field Roast vegan frankfurters. Out of this world!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ooh, these are going on my “try soon” list!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKim Reply

    Even though it seems I’m always working on some new recipe, with two growing boys and never enough time, vegan hot dogs (and sausages) are a mainstay at my house! Thank you for transforming hotdogs into this gorgeous,comforting, loveliness!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKiran @ KiranTarun.com Reply

    Vegan hotdogs?! Sounds like something we would love, since the regular hotdogs are made with ingredients we don’t consume.

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKristen Kelley Reply

    I NEVER would have thought of this. How simple yet creative! I have an Italian hot dog recipe, as well as an Indian hot dog recipe that you’ve inspired me to photograph and write up now. Can’t wait to try these doggies!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJanae @ Bring-Joy Reply

    I love the wisdom of children!

    My kids would eat vegan hot dogs all day long if I let them. We usually eat them straight up, but I love the idea of baking them. Super cool (& I’m sure tasty).

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      From the mouths of babes! What I love about this recipe too is that you can bake up several at a time and then keep them in the fridge, like a casserole. Heat them up for lunch and *boom* you have instant vegan chili cheese dogs! Ahh, life is so good!

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