Vegetarian Griddle Sticks

Vegan friendly sausage and pancakes on a stick!If you have never had the pleasure (and maybe disgrace?) of eating a griddle stick, let me take a minute to explain the concept to you. It's pretty advanced. You have a sausage, wrapped in a pancake, served on a stick. You can dip it in maple syrup.

Okay, so this is probably more of a kid fantasy food than advanced culinary artistry, but whatever. It's awesome.Veggie sausage and pancakesYou can find these pre-made, often called "griddle sticks" or just simply "pancakes and sausage on a stick," in the frozen food section of many grocery stores. What you won't be able to find as easily is a vegetarian friendly version. 

So, I made my own. And it's insanely easy. And insanely delicious.

The whole things is just insane. Kid friendly vegetarian foods
Vegetarian Griddle Sticks, makes ten to twelve.

1 box veggie sausage links (I used Boca)
1 packet pancake mix (I used Hungry Jack, chocolate chip)
1 cup water
10-12 small wooden skewers
oil, for frying (I used a mix of canola and vegetable oil)How to make veggie sausage and pancakes on a stickStep One: In a small mixing bowl stir together the pancake mix and water. You could also use your own favorite pancake recipe, if you don't want to use a mix. 

Step Two: Carefully push the wooden skewers into the center of each sausage link, at least 2/3 through lengthwise. You'll also notice my pancake mix is now in a champagne flute. No, I'm not just a weirdo. This makes it easier to dip/coat the links as you fry them. Try it—makes things so much easier!

Step Three: Heat enough oil for the links to float (2-3 inches) in a large, heavy pot until it's around 350°F. Dip a link, fully coating it in pancake batter. Then fry in the oil for about two minutes. Remove to a bed of paper towels to remove excess oil. Continue until you've cooked all the links.Veggie griddle linksServe warm with a little pure maple syrup. You can serve these along with some fruit and yogurt to make yourself feel a little better about the whole experience. 🙂 Try this sometime soon, even if you don't consider yourself a vegetarian. They are just too good. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Omg thank uuuuu- I used to love pancakes and sausage on a stick as a child and crave it from time to time but I am now (mostly) vegan and I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat them again. But yayyyy for using vegan sausage to make these! And recipe seems so easy and simple! You a genie! I am making these asap and I couldn’t be more excited! Lol! Thank you! 🙂

  • Ok so it’s like a dessert pogo/corn dog? Not sure! would have to taste one to form an opinion!

  • Theses look amazing! We get nothing like that in England 🙂 xx

  • Thank you so much for posting this! These were one of my favorite things to eat before I stopped eating meat… and now I can have them again! Hooray!!

  • Hi girls. Love this blog. You guys are so creative!
    I have some questions about this recipe.
    If i use normal sausage, what kind could i use and should i cook them before to frie ?

  • Never knew them as Griddle Sticks before! Have heard Pigs in a Blanket though, and in some parts of Canada, at least, they’re just called Pogos. (I think Pogo was the brand name, maybe.)

  • I had to laugh because it’s just so american. Although I have to admit – sometimes I wish we had the same sortiment or ready-to-make-food here in Sweden.

  • Bonjour,
    Désolée de ne pas écrire en anglais.
    vos recettes de cuisines sont toujours très belles, et bien photographiées. Cela-dit en tant que française je suis étonnée de voir que cela est presque toujours préparé avec des produits déjà préparés ( sachets de préparations pour gâteaux, crêpes…). Cela pour nous en France et Belgique est très bizarre car ce n’est pas de la cuisine, et ce n’est pas du tout bon pour la santé. Voici juste un point de vue étonné de l’autre côté de l’atlantique.
    J’adore ce blog, les magnifiques idées, photos et le fait qu’il y a plein de messages chaque jour !

  • OH MAN. I loved those things back when I ate meat! Why haven’t I thought of this?! Brilliant.

  • Haha!! That picture of a sausage daintily resting in a champagne flute is just about the funniest thing ever. These looks tasty, though–I’m a brunch-a-holic!

  • eee yum! As a fellow vegetarian I must try these.. you forget the stuff you can eat vege style. Thanks guys!

  • YES YES YES! I loved Griddle Sticks as a kid, but I even love the idea of a vegetarian pancake, sausage deliciousness since I don’t eat much meat. Do you think this would work just as well with homemade pancake mix?


  • So brilliant. I have never had the pleasure of knowing a non-veggie version either!

  • Whoaaaa …. sweet idea. Are the veggie sausage links true to taste (not sure if you know)? I’m a vegetarian but never really eat veggie meat.

  • There is a waffle restaurant in NY that dips veggie hotdogs in waffle batter and fries it just like that. They serve it with a maple mustard. It was surprisingly good. I’ll have to try this!

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe out… I miss eating the meat version after I switched to a pescetarian diet 🙂

  • Hi Emma 🙂 in Australia we call this “the Dagwood dog!” …… weird Aussies 😉 we don’t have maple syrup we have tomato sauce on it!!

  • Lovely photography as always! Just wondering is this what some people call a corn dog?

  • This comment is going to make me seem like such a boring square! But I never deep fry anything because I don’t know what you do with the oil afterwards? I feel like I’m missing out on a whole world of deliciousness coz I’m worried about the practicalities!

  • You can never get this sort of food in the UK! Might have to try these out though… They look pretty interesting!

  • These look to die for!

  • Oh my! This looks too delicious, I’m getting hungry over here 😉
    I love your blog by the way! It is very inspiring, and I love reading it!


  • Well, now I know what to do with all the leftovers from the sausage log cabin I made on sunday morning…

  • These are so cool! I actually love corn dogs (vegan) but I haven’t had one since I’ve been vegan. This is such a delicious twist.

  • I love reading your posts Emma, they always make me laugh. I’ll have to try these sometime!

  • Yum! I used to love griddle sticks when I was a kid!!

  • ha! these are TOO cute!

  • You know, making pancake batter from scratch is really easy! And you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry. 🙂

  • not so sure about these, i don’t understand the savoury and sweet together

  • Mmm, this reminds me of state fairs back home. Definitely going to try this recipe!

  • It’s odd, but they are both. I really liked the sort of peppery taste of the veggie sausage mixed with the sweet pancake and maple syrup. 🙂


  • Wow, I don’t know what is the matter with me but I’ve never heard of a griddle stick before haha. They sound delicious!

    aka Bailey

  • This looks so naughty but wonderful. I’m a veggie so will def have to try these naughtie niceties!

    Sophie x

  • So crazy! Are these the same things as corn dogs (which Ive only ever seen in Princess Diaries – can you tell im not from the US?!)

  • goodness gracious, what a perfect recipe! so innovative and wonderful.

  • Wow! This is not food, who knows how many preservatives are in your pancake mix & sausages. I really do feel sorry for you Americans sometimes, thinking that this is food. Lolz

  • They look great! haha! What a lovely idea! It’s a good thing they’re vegetarian!

  • Griddle sticks, where have you been ALL MY LIFE!!????
    First time I hear of them (I don’t live in the States) but oh boy do they look delicious..!!! I know what I’ll be making for dinner tonight, that’s for sure! (maybe not the vegetarian version… I love sausages way too much. Total guilty pleasure).

    Veronica @

  • Fabulous! What a great idea! And that serving basket is darn cute!

  • The breakfast version of corndogs? While I think corndogs are gross, I think this sausage and pancake batter version is worth a try.

  • Yummy! That looks so very good- I’m hungry immediatly:-)

    Greetings from Germany (but a post from the Orient):


  • Thats Sooo good and easy! I usually keep pancake batter on hand (in the fridge) stored in my pancake pen (pottery barn). I may have to rethink that strategy so that I can partake in the awesomeness that is griddle sticks.

  • mmm looks so yummy! new favourite breakfast food

    xx Milly

  • Oh, my mouth is watering! I’m adding this to this weekend’s snack list!!!

  • Using a champagne flute to dip is ingenious. Love it. Also, is there really anything better than battered sausage on a stick? Nope!

  • Hey Girls, lovely post, I was wondering if you girls would help me with this, I absolutely love your blog, how did you girls manage to set that menubar like a file? I’m having a hard time putting my blog together, would love to know how do you make that style of it, I’m not trying to copy or anything… thank you xxxx

  • I love your blog and have followed you for years but this is the most unappetizing thing you’ve ever made. You’re promoting fake pre-made sausage? Ew.

  • “Griddle sticks”… what a funny name! We call them pigs in a blanket it the northeast 🙂

  • Wow these look amazing! I’m always looking for vegetarian options. Thank you!!
    BTW, did you mean champagne flute?

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