Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs |

Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs

This post was originally published here July 7, 2016. I’ve since adjusted the recipe slightly. And I’ve updated the photographs and text to reflect those changes. I hope you try out these loaded veggie dogs!

How about a veggie dog that actually contains vegetables?

Is this a novel ideal? Probably not. But for some reason, I don’t see too many of them out there. So here is my offering to the internet: Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs. It’s Summer in a bun!

Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs |

There have certainly been a lot of improvements to the taste and texture of commercially available meat substitutes over the years. I do eat them on occasion. And I can’t deny that they are very convenient. But sometimes I want to see real, whole vegetables in my sandwich. And that’s when these Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs come in very handy. And while they aren’t as simple as unwrapping a pre-packaged veggie dog and tossing it on the grill, they are still very easy. And more than worthy of the extra few minutes of prep work.

I love this trio of vegetables, because they strike a nice balance of flavors, textures and colors. The Portobello mushrooms have a hearty, meaty bite to them. While the red pepper and broccolini maintain some of their characteristic crunch. But you can certainly use the recipe below as more of a guide and swap in some of your other favorite vegetables. Zucchini or yellow squash (cut into batons) would work well. And asparagus, too. Just keep the size and shape of your buns in mind when making your choices and you can’t go wrong!

Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs |

I’m not a huge condiment person, but this herb yogurt sauce is the perfect creamy addition to these veggie dogs. I added almost every herb at my disposal (chives, basil and cilantro), so it tastes super fresh. Dill or parsley would also be a nice touch. I think anything goes at this point. It’s late Summer and all our gardens are exploding. So just toss everything in!

I’m all about using my grill as much as possible this month. And I hope you are, too! If you give my Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs a try, please let me know. I’d love to hear about it!



Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs

Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs

At a Glance:
Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


For the Herb Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 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:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 medium Portobello mushrooms, stems removed and caps wiped clean
  • 1 red pepper, quartered and cored
  • 8 ounces broccolini, ends trimmed
  • 6-8 top-sliced hot dog buns
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients for the herb yogurt sauce to the bowl of your food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until the garlic and herbs are finely chopped. Transfer the sauce to a clean container and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it. 
  2. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Then brush this dressing onto all sides of the prepared vegetables.
  4. Add all the vegetables to your grill. Cook the broccolini and red pepper for approximately 2-3 minutes per side. They should be crisp-tender and starting to blacken in a few places. Cook the mushrooms for approximately 5-6 minutes per side. They should be more tender. 
  5. As the vegetables cook, remove them from the grill and set aside. When finished, slice the red pepper and mushrooms into strips.
  6. To serve, spread some of the herb yogurt sauce onto the hot dog buns. Fill each hot dog bun with a mix of the grilled vegetables. Top with additional herbs, if desired. Enjoy immediately. 

36 comments on “Grilled Mushroom, Pepper and Broccolini Veggie Dogs”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. So creative Liz! And totally love the yogurt sauce!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. 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! 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. I love broccoli. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. I made these tonight – they were so fantastic! The herby yogurt sauce was amazing and the grilled veggies in a bun was such a fun spin on a veggie dog! 

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