In search of the perfect recipe for your next football party? Check out this roundup of the best game day recipes for Sunday football, from sliders to dips to full-blown dinners.
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Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter only mean one thing – it’s time for football. And where there’s a crowd of sports fans watching the game, there has to be a table of irresistibly savory game day snacks. Without our favorite finger foods easily within reach, how can we stay energized enough to cheer on our favorite team for 3 hours?
To help you figure out what to make for your next Sunday football watch party, we’ve compiled a list of the 19 best game day recipes. As two lifelong football fans, game day snacks are our specialty! From crowd-pleasing appetizers to full-blown dinners, these football Sunday worthy recipes are guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.
1. Beer Cheese Nachos
Nachos are one of the best snacks for watching football games. They’re salty and cheesy and go great with a beer – especially when they’re smothered in beer cheese and bacon bits! Best of all, you can make this game day snack in just 15 minutes, so if you’ve forgotten to prepare ahead of time, you’re in luck.
2. 4 Layer Mexican Dip
What football fan doesn’t love a good dip? All it takes to make this easy, cheesy dip is cream cheese, canned chili, cheese, and jalapenos. Layer these ingredients and pop it in the oven during the first quarter, and it’ll be gone before halftime. Served with salty tortilla chips, this dip is simply irresistible.
3. Agave Chili Lime Chicken Wings
Switch things up from traditional buffalo wings with these sticky, sweet-n-spicy agave chili lime chicken wings. They’re super easy to make in a big batch and can bake in the oven while you’re busy watching the game (aka, the perfect football Sunday appetizer for feeding a hungry crowd!).
4. Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Buffalo wings, meet taquitos. This mashup of everyone’s favorite game day snack and an extremely dippable fan favorite will have your mouth watering as soon as they come out of the air fryer. Served with buffalo ranch dipping sauce for cool contrast to the spicy chicken filling, this irresistible snack is worth the effort.
5. Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Sriracha Mayo
For fans of the savory yet not-so-spicy, whip up a batch of restaurant style cheeseburger egg rolls with sriracha mayo dipping sauce. These fun finger foods are crunchy and crispy on the outside – and a little gooey on the inside – for a mouthful of delicious textures and flavors in every bite. They’re the best kind of greasy, comfort food appetizer you’d order at the bar while watching the game.
6. 3-Ingredient Beer Battered Onion Rings
Yes, your favorite game day appetizer from the pub is that easy to make at home. These super easy beer battered onion rings taste like the real deal, but only take a few minutes to whip up in your own kitchen. And if you want to make a big batch for all your friends, you can prepare them ahead of time and reheat them in the air fryer. Truly one of the best football Sunday snacks!
7. Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Game day sliders are always a hit, which is why these shredded buffalo chicken sliders on Hawaiian rolls are one of our favorite game day recipes for serving a crowd. They’re gooey, cheesy, and a little bit spicy, and the way the Hawaiian rolls caramelize while they bake makes for an irresistibly sweet and savory bite sized snack. Grab a rotisserie chicken to make things even easier, and you’ll be happy you went with this crowd pleasing pull apart sliders recipe on game day.
8. Skillet Pepperoni Pizza Dip
“Dip” might be a generous name for this skillet full of fluffy dinner rolls and saucy, cheesy, pepperoni pizza ingredients, but boy does this game day snack deliver. A better recipe for smaller crowds, you can make this pizza dip as a fun alternative to boring old pepperoni pizza. Adults love it, kids love it, and it’ll disappear before your eyes! So maybe pull your gaze away from the game for just one second and snag yourself some of this dip before it’s gone.
9. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
If you’re in need of healthy or vegetarian-friendly game day recipes, try these spicy air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites. Cauliflower tends to take on the flavor of whatever you season it with, so we’re not kidding when we say these little fried bites taste just like buffalo chicken. Dip them in ranch or blue cheese dressing (or more hot sauce) and enjoy a plant-based snack while watching the game!
10. Loaded Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
If the word “loaded” is in front of something, you know it’s going to be good – and worthy of making for your Sunday football get-togethers. Crisp up your favorite sweet potato waffle fries in the air fryer, then top them with what you’d normally put on nachos (think lots of cheese, beans, and fresh produce) before warming in the oven, and BAM! A delicious, hassle-free game day snack for you and your pals to dig into at kickoff.
11. Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip
If there’s anything that goes better with football than savory snacks, it’s a cold glass of beer! Transform your favorite game day brew into a gooey beer cheese dip to serve alongside these easy soft pretzel bites. This recipe uses store-bought pizza dough for a secret shortcut no one will ever know – it’s just as fluffy and salty as the pretzel bites you’d order at your local pub.
12. Buffalo Chicken Dip
This one speaks for itself. What’s better than buffalo chicken in dip form? This football favorite is the perfect mix of spicy, savory, hot, and cheesy – basically everything you could ever want while watching the game. Serve it with a bowl of Fritos Scoops or tortilla chips and you won’t even have to take your eyes off the TV as you dip and snack to your heart’s content. Bonus: it’s super easy to prepare this dip ahead of time and just pop it in the oven for hands-off cooking.
13. Homemade Pizza Bagels
Pizza bagels aren’t just for kids! This fun sheet pan recipe uses fresh ingredients for an extra delicious (and slightly bigger) alternative to the frozen version. You can customize them with whatever toppings you like, and easily make a large batch to feed a crowd. Plus, pizza bagels can either be a game day snack or dinner, depending on how many you eat!
14. Chicken Parm Sliders
Speaking of game day dinner recipes, we love making these saucy, cheesy chicken parm sliders on football Sundays. They’re decadent enough to count as dinner, and not a snack, but we recommend planning on making about 3 to 4 sliders per person to be safe. It’s easy to throw together a big batch with a few packs of pull-apart dinner rolls, and you can bake them while you watch the game.
15. Chicken Parm Sandwiches
If sliders aren’t your thing, make a whole tray of chicken parm and grab a few packs of sub rolls for build-your-own chicken parm sandwiches. You can prep everything ahead of time, then reheat the chicken in the oven before the game (or during halftime) so it’s hot and fresh for dinner.
16. Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
You really can’t go wrong with a hot and cheesy dip on game day! Try this easy restaurant style spinach and artichoke dip for a crowd-pleasing appetizer you can make in 30 minutes or less. It’s the best for dipping pita chips, tortilla chips, crostini, fresh bread, and anything else you can think of. Plus, this game day dip is vegetarian, so you can be sure you’ll have something available for everyone to snack on.
17. Vegetarian Black Bean Southwest Sliders
Serve these vegetarian southwest sliders for a meatless option on game day and your guests might just think they’re eating mini cheeseburgers. Using frozen black bean burger patties and cheese, it’s surprisingly easy to make a plant based “ground beef” style filling for Hawaiian rolls. These game day sliders are so savory, decadent, and flavorful that you’d never know they’re made with only 4 ingredients.
18. Thin Crust BBQ Chicken Pizza
There’s no better combination than pizza and beer, and we all know beer and football go hand-in-hand. So if you have a little extra time on your hands and really want to indulge on game day, this homemade thin crust pizza loaded with barbecue chicken really hits the spot. Make it for dinner and relish in the results of your labor while relaxing in front of the TV.
19. BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Sliders aren’t just appetizers – they make the best game day dinners, too! Especially these barbecue style bacon cheddar Hawaiian roll sliders. Made with homemade BBQ slider patties, extra sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and Sweet Baby Ray’s, these scrumptious sliders are just mini versions of a cookout classic. Cook them inside on a cast iron grill pan so you don’t miss a second of the game, and serve them on a big platter for an easy grab n go dinner everyone will love.
We hope this list helps you find your new favorite game day recipe! Leave a comment below to tell us your go-to game day food. Happy snacking!