Eating keto doesn’t mean missing out on grilling out. Low in carbs and high in fat, hot dogs are keto friendly! Although we recommend eating processed meats sparingly, hot dogs and sausages can be a great meal choice if you’re following a flexible keto diet. And don’t forget adding chicken sausage, turkey hot dogs, and tofu dogs to the grill, too.
Here’s some of our favorite, Atkins-approved keto hot dog and sausage recipes for you to enjoy this summer.
- Keep things classic with Keto Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. These puppies have only 3.7g net carbs per serving and are ready in minutes.
- With 6.5g net carbs per serving, these Tofu “Hot Dogs” with Sautéed Onions and Sauerkraut are a great option for vegan and vegetarians.
- No grill? No problem. Enjoy the flavors of a cookout with your cooktop. These Sausages with Baby Kale and Mustard Sauce (9.7g net carbs per serving) and Sautéed Chicken Sausages with Red Bell Peppers (5.6g net carbs per serving) pack a punch of flavor and require only a quick sautee using just one pan. Hello, easy cleanup.
- Make your own sausages with this Mexican Veal Sausages with Green Chili and Tortillas recipe. They have 6.3g net carbs per serving, just the right amount of kick, and can be made on a skillet as well as the grill.
- Enjoy hot dogs in the off-season with this Hot-Dog Soup (7.3g) recipe that calls for keto hot dogs or frankfurters, Sauerkraut, mustard, and seasonings.
What to Avoid
When shopping for keto hot dogs and sausages, pay attention to the nutrition information and ingredients on the package. Look for quality meats without unnecessary added preservatives such as nitrates and MSG or fillers like extra gluten (typically used as a binder), sugars, and other hidden carbs. A single hot dog typically contains 1–4 g of net carbs.
Hot dog toppings are also a sneaky sugar source. Store-bought ketchup and relish can throw off your macros, so stick to just yellow mustard, mayo, or sauerkraut instead. You can also mince some pickles to make your own keto-friendly relish.
Keto Hot Dog Bun Options
Like many packaged goods, most store-bought hot dog buns are full of carbs. You can skip the bun altogether, wrap your dog in lettuce, or make one of these easy keto-friendly bun recipes yourself.