Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs |
  • Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs
Posted on July 7, 2016

Hi Friends! Sorry about my rather inconsistent posting schedule lately. It’s been a busy couple of weeks with freelance projects, travel and Holiday shenanigans. Also, I’m trying to be a little bit more relaxed about work commitments and not push myself to the next level of crazy. Because if I get any crazier, well, I don’t really want to think about what would happen then. Let’s just say it probably wouldn’t go over too well with my family and friends.

So…let’s discuss hot dogs. Are you a fan? I am not. To be honest, they kind of freak me out. And as I was writing this post, I started looking up hot dog ingredients and then I got even more freaked out. Yikes.

So no hot dogs for me this Summer. Instead, I’ll be consuming these Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs on the regular.

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs |

This is one of those recipes that evolved on the fly while I was making it. I had grilled up some Portobello mushrooms to make vegetarian “hamburgers”. But then I spotted a package of hot dog buns and it occurred to me that I could just slice up the mushroom caps into strips to make plant-based “hot dogs” instead. Broccolini, with it long, slender shape, seemed like a good fit. And of course, avocado is always a good idea.

I made an herb yogurt sauce with all the herbs that I had in my refrigerator at that particular moment. But you could certainly use whatever condiments you like. I imagine a traditional spicy mustard would work nicely here.

These Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs come together very quickly. Which makes them the perfect recipe to share as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series. Check out the links below for more dishes that you can make in 30 minutes or less. And don’t let yourself get too crazy this Summer!



Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs

Yield: Makes 6

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs


  • For the Herb Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Veggie Dogs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 8 ounces broccolini, trimmed
  • 6 top-sliced hot dog buns
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped


  1. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. Meanwhile, make the yogurt sauce. In your food processor with the blade attachment, process all the ingredients together until the herbs are finely chopped and the sauce is bright green. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Brush this dressing onto both sides of the Portobello mushrooms and the brocollini. Then add the vegetables to your grill. Cook the brocollini until it’s crisp-tender and has started to blacken in a few places, about 3 minutes total. Cook the mushrooms for about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from the grill. Once the mushrooms are cool enough to handle, slice them into strips.
  4. To serve, spread some of the yogurt sauce onto the hot dog buns. Add a few slices of mushroom and some of the brocollini. Top with chopped avocado and extra fresh herbs, if desired. Enjoy immediately.


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  • I do love hot dogs, but really only eat them a few times a year. And I don’t want to know what’s in them! 🙂 These veggies dogs sound delicious, Liz! I love the portobello mushroom in here…one of my favorite veggies! This would definitely be perfect to enjoy during the summer, and it’s a meal you can feel good about, too!


    • Ha ha. Yeah, better not to hit up the google machine then. 🙂

  • I am not the biggest hot dog fan either, Liz… I mean, I will eat them if it is my only choice, but I won’t love it. Now THESE dogs, OMGeee, yaaahhhsss!! I will happily scarf these beauties down in record time!! LOVE IT! Cheers, girlfriend, and keep on not getting crazy with the work load. Summers were made for taking it easy.. and eating lots of veggie dogs. 😉


    • Yes, Summer is all about being loosey goosey with the schedule. I’m trying really hard to relax!

  • This is my JAM! Come summertime I’m usually stuck with a sad packaged veggie dog (blegh) or left to munch on salad while everyone else grills out. You are solvin my problems here lady! xo


    • That’s what I’m here for! 🙂

  • That herb yogurt sauce sounds like the perfect compliment to these savory veggie burgers 🙂


    • Thanks, Medha! Let me know if you try them out!

  • These are pretty much genius, Liz, I’ve never seen anything like them! I haven’t had a hot dog in a LONG time because I kind of feel the same way as you about them (unless I’ve had a few beers…ha ha!) These look so much better!


    • Oh totally. After a few beers I have no more rules about hot dogs. Bahahahaha!

  • So creative Liz! And totally love the yogurt sauce!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • I love the sound of these veggie dogs, Liz! I feel the same way you do so I am all for stuffing mine with portobellos, broccolini and always avocados!! The herb yogurt sauce is the perfect addition! I can’t wait to try this!


    • Thanks, Kelly! I know you’ll love them!

  • These kind of hotdogs are DEFINITELY welcome to me. I used to eat hotdogs and corndogs almost weekly, growing up. In fact, I loved them. I even had a weird obsession with the way the water smelled after my mom boiled her hotdogs. Weirdo. 😉 As I learned more about what goes INTO them, I let them go. I haven’t had one in well over ten years. Maybe even 15. Giving these a go, for sure. Hope your 4th was super relaxing – sounds like you need it! I’m all about the free-form, organic work-life. I have a hard time balancing it, but I try really hard. XO!!


    • You are so sweet and funny, friend. I heart you. I have this weird hot dog obsession too where I think the ends look like sphincters. Lol. So gross. Let me know if you try these out!

  • I try not to eat hot dogs, either, Liz! But I could totally go for one of these veggie dogs! And the avocado is a necessity!


    • Thanks, Kristine. Avocado is always necessary, right? 🙂

  • Veggie dogs are sounding a MILLION times better to me right now than hot dogs! I loooove the porobello switcharoo here! Plus all that green on top just automatically WINS!


    • Greens always win! Thanks, Sarah!

  • Nope, I’ve never been a fan of hot dogs. They scare me. I considered trying those carrot dogs before, but this is so much better because I love portobello mushrooms and broccolini. Plus that herb sauce sounds amazing!


    • Oh carrot dogs is kind of intriguing though. I haven’t done that before!

  • Hot dogs ARE kind of gross when you think about it – so I just don’t for those few times a year that we roast them over the fire! Better not to know! This looks like such a great option though instead of having a hot dog! And I love that herb yogurt sauce, it sounds absolutely amazing!


    • Yeah, sometimes it’s better not to Google things. Lol!

  • Love these and definitely passing on to my vegetarian daughter to enjoy 🙂


    • Awesome! Thanks, Jennifer!

  • this sounds fantastic! i am so with you on the hotdog thing – definitely do not ever search that on google!!


    • Ha! Yeah it’s sometimes best not to know. 🙂

  • Hooray for Summer freelance projects and other shenanigans! Omgeee…. I grew up on hotdogs and beans and weenies!! No telling what I consumed.. so happy to have moved beyond that because, like you… they kinda freak me out! So I’m thrilled about these portobello mushroom veggie dogs! Genius, Liz! While I’ve had portobellos on a burger, I never thought to turn them into a dog…! And broccoli is so good right now.. (btw – I’m actively looking at grills now… it’s a slooow process 😀 ) Thank you for this, Liz! xo


    • Your grill purchase (when it finally happens!) is going to be the most well thought out grill purchase ever! 🙂

  • How fun are these veggie hot dogs! I don’t like to think about what’s in hot dogs either. Yea no. I used to eat them all the time when I was younger but now…no. I could totally go for one of these babies. Yum!


    • So many things have gotten ruined as I’ve gotten older. Ha ha!

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