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Puy Lentil Hot Dogs

Puy Lentil Hot Dogs

Did you know that you can make hot dog sausages using lentils? Perfect on the BBQ too! Recipe is so convenient and full of plant power! Good for you and good for the planet!

Recipe by Gaz Oakley


  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Puy Lentils



  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/2 an Onion, Chopped Small
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms, Chopped Small
  • 100g Walnuts
  • 1 x 250g pouch of Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked 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
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • 1/2 an Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 a Green Pepper, Finely Chopped
  • Crispy Onions


  1. First up, sauté the onion, garlic & mushrooms over a medium heat in a little olive oil until golden, make sure all the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms. Once sautéed, transfer the mix from the pan to a bowl.
  2. Add the walnuts to your food processor & blitz them to a crumb. Next add the Merchant Gourmet Puy Lentils & sweet potato to the food processor, pulse 2-3 times to lightly break up the potato & lentils.
  3. Add the walnuts, sweet potato & lentils to the bowl with the mushrooms, onion & garlic, followed by all the remaining sausage ingredients. 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.
  4. Lightly flour your hands then form the mixture into around 8-10 sausages.
  5. The sausages are now ready to be cooked on your BBQ, or alternatively in a non-stick frying pan or oven.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I serve my hot dogs topped with all my favourite trimmings such as finely chopped onion & pepper, crispy onion, mustard and ketchup.
  9. The sausages can be pre-made and stored in your fridge for up to 2-3 days before cooking.

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