Expanding your hot dog cart menu – Vegan and Vegetarian OptionsFirouzeh Tahbaz
Are you looking for some creative ways to diversify your hot dog cart menu? In entrepreneurship, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s new and exciting in food trends, while maintaining a menu that fits what your average client is looking to eat. In the last few years, a lot of vegan and vegetarian hot dog options emerged. We think it’s worth considering offering these at your hot dog cart!
Why offer vegetarian hot dogs at your food cart? It gives your hot dog cart customers an extra option that is inclusive who avoid meat for religious or dietary reasons. In 2018, statistics showed that 5% of people identified as vegetarians. While this number seems low, many people have made significant efforts to decrease their meat consumption due to ethical and environmental reasons. A 2020 poll found that 23% of Americans were actively reducing their meat consumption.
What vegetarian hot or sausage would work at your hot dog cart? Luckily, there are so many options for hot dogs these days! This is the fun part, where you can test out what product is tastiest. Some of our personal favourites that replicate the taste and texture of meat are Beyond Sausage and Impossible Sausage. You will be shocked at how close the flavour is to a real sausage! If you’re looking for a hot dog, we like the Field Roast wieners. Another option is checking out your local suppliers for a more artisanal option. This might provide you with a hot dog/sausage with less preservatives while also supporting a fellow local business!
Once you launch your new vegetarian products at your hot dog cart, make sure you advertise it properly across your social media streams and on your menu board. Start with a small amount of product as well, so you can gauge customer interest. You don’t want to waste product unnecessarily.
We think that offering some meat free alternatives at your hot dog stand is an excellent way to diversify your menu and include options that are suitable for a wider audience! With vegan hot dog options, you really can cater to every audience. Let us know in the comments which meat alternative hot dogs and sausages are your favourite!