Temperatures are climbing, which means it’s backyard barbecue season. If you’re a vegetarian (or you’re hosting a party vegans will attend), there are some fine alternatives for your organic hot dog stand. You just need to buy the right sausage substitutes at your local organic or natural food store.

Hood River, Oregon-based Turtle Island Foods specializes in “meatless meats” made from certified organic soybeans. For the grill, choose from Tofurky Franks and spicier Chipotle Franks (named Best New Vegetarian Product at Expo West 2006 by Veg News Magazine). The company also produces ready-to-grill vegan sausages: beer brats, kielbasa and Italian sausage. Click here to find a store in your area that carries them. You may also order products online by clicking here.

Rochester, New York-based SoyBoy manufactures gluten-free NotDogs and Vegetarian Franks. Both “dogs” are made with organic tofu and special spices. They’re available at organic and natural food stores.