BBQ-able Vegan Lentil Hot Dogs

Serves: 4-6
Cooks in: 60 minutes
Difficulty: 5/10
Can be gluten free

Merchant Gourmet gave me the challenge of creating a sausage suitable to be cooked on a bbq using their lentils.


1 tbs Olive Oil

1/2 an Onion, Chopped Small

2 Clove of Garlic, Minced

2 Portobello Mushrooms, Chopped Small

100g Walnuts

1 Pouch Merchant Gourmet Puy Lentils

100g Cooked Sweet Potato

1 tbs Chipotle Paste

1/4 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp Dried Oregano

2 tbs Tomato Purée

1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar

5 tbs Heaped Plain Flour

25g Dried Breadcrumbs

1/4 tsp Cracked Black Pepper

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Optional Garnishes

Hot Dog Rolls



1/2 an Onion, finely chopped

1/2 a Green Pepper, finely chopped

Crispy Onions


First up sauté the onion, garlic & mushrooms over a medium heat in a little olive oil until golden, be sure to make sure all the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms. Once sautéed, transfer the mix from the pan to a bowl.

Add the walnuts to your food processor & blitz them to a crumb. Next add the lentils & sweet potato to the food processor, pulse 2-3 times to lightly break up the potato & lentils.

Add the walnuts, potato & lentils to the bowl with the mushrooms, onion & garlic, followed by all the remaining sausage ingredients then mix well with a spatula. The sausage mix should be relatively dry but if your mixture feels too wet, add a little more flour or breadcrumbs.

Lightly flour your hands then form the mixture into around 8-10 sausages.

The sausages are now ready to be cooked on your bbq, or alternatively in a non stick frying pan or oven.

For bbq cooking, I recommend cooking the sausage over hot coals rather than a naked flame, make sure your grill is clean and greased well with a little oil. Grill the sausages for 7-8 minutes turning them carefully every now and then.

Alternatively for cooking them in a pan, pre heat your non stick frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the sausages for 8-10 minutes, turning them over every now and then.

I serve my hot dogs topped with all my favourite trimmings such as, finely chopped onion & pepper, crispy onion, mustard and ketchup.

The sausages can be pre made and stored in your fridge for up to 2-3 days before cooking.