It’s a scientific fact that sports watching can not occur without an array of delicious snacks and appetizers within reach. And the biggest game day of them all deserves the best appetizers of them all. That is why I’ve carefully curated this selection of classic game-day appetizers that are sure to please everyone, no matter which team they are rooting for.
While we can be watching the big game from the stands this year, we can always re-create the memories with the same crunchy, cheesy, savory snacks we know and love. From air fried pickles to cream cheese-stuffed mini peppers, there are flavors and textures to meet everyones craving. Go food!
Pepperoni Pizza Twirls
Website: Dizzy Busy & Hungry
Put a new spin on pizza bites with these fun pinwheel-like pizza dough discs featuring pepperoni, mozzarella, and spinach. They have a deliciously classic flavor that every sports-lover needs on game day.
Air Fryer Fried Pickles
Website: All Ways Delicious
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, tangy, salty—these air fryer fried pickles are everything you want in a snack and game-day is nothing without ’em. And the best part is, you don’t have to mess up your kitchen deep frying them! Serve with ranch or any other creamy dipping sauce.
Boneless Wings With Ranch
This classic recipe for boneless wings is super simple and flavorful. If you don’t like it too spicy, just replace the Buffalo wing sauce with something milder like BBQ. Serve them with homemade ranch dressing with buttermilk, and you’ll be all set to cheer on your favorite team.
Mini Cheese Dogs
Website: Swirls of Flavor
Stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in crescent roll dough and rolled in everything seasoning, we’ve taken the traditional pigs in blanket appetizer recipe to a new level. Bet you can’t eat just one cheese hot dog!
Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce
Website: Maple + Mango
This homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe is absolutely delicious, full of flavor and easy to make with a few simple real food ingredients. Game-day is nothing without a great dip. Just pass the tortilla chips please!
Sheet Pan Vegan Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Website: Strength & Sunshine
These buffalo nachos are FULLY loaded with all the goods. Starting with gluten-free yellow corn tortilla chips, the vegan buffalo chicken, vegan cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped celery, chopped green onion, vegan sour cream, and a fancy finishing drizzle of MORE buffalo sauce. These sheet pan nachos will feed an entire family of sports fans. Plus, it’ gluten-free, allergy-free, & 100% meatless!
Air Fryer French Fries
Website: Nourish Plate
These crispy and flavorful Air Fryer French Fries are easy and quick to make. They are low in calories and are made using very little oil. Pretend you are in the stadium with these healthier fresh-out-of-the-frier fries!
Cream Cheese Chorizo Stuffed Mini Peppers
Website: Wholesome Made Easy
These irresistible low carb cream cheese chorizo-stuffed mini peppers will make a bright and cheerful addition to your game day appetizer menu. They are a delicious low calorie option in a sea of chips and dip.
Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Website: Julie Blanner
These bacon and cream cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an easy crowd pleasing appetizer made with just a few simple ingredients. This stuffed mushroom recipe is perfect for parties and perfectly “popable.” I’ll bet you can’t stop at just one!
Ranch Mashed Potato Cups
Website: Erica’s Recipes
Mashed potatoes do have to be solely reserved for holidays like Thanksgiving. Ranch mashed potato cups have creamy ranch mashed potatoes and bacon in crescent cups for a fun and tasty party food.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Website: Bite Sized Kitchen
These easy beer battered onion rings are a classic game-day appetizer. The beer batter helps to create a SUPER crispy and light exterior while adding another layer of flavor. Serve your onion rings with this tasty roasted red pepper aioli dipping sauce and of course, a cold beer.
Wonton Taco Cups
Website: Drugstore Divas
Wonton taco cups are well on their way to becoming a must-have appetizer for any gathering. I mean, what could be better than the taste of a taco in a bite-size crunchy wonton wrapper? Just make sure you leave one for me.
Classic Evergreen Guacamole
Website: Cassidy’s Craveable Creations
This is the best ever guacamole recipe and a staple at any sports-related gathering. It’s simple to make, only uses a handful of fresh ingredients, and doesn’t turn brown thanks to a secret step.
Cream Cheese Wontons
Website: Confetti & Bliss
These delicious wontons are perfect for mid-day snacking and game day food! My family looks forward to eating these special appetizers with Asian meals. Serve them with homemade sweet and sour sauce.
Broccoli Cheddar Bites
Website: Cheese Curd in Paradise
My Broccoli Cheddar Bites are crispy, cheesy, and gooey. Classic combination of broccoli and cheese, breaded, and fried crisp. Perfect for game day or a get together with friends.