page title icon 15 Classic Game Day Appetizers

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

Pepperoni Pizza Twirls recipe

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.

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Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles recipe

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.

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Boneless Wings With Ranch

Boneless Wings With Ranch recipe


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.

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Mini Cheese Dogs

Mini cheese dogs recipe

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!

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Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe

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!

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Sheet Pan Vegan Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Sheet Pan Vegan Buffalo Chicken Nacho recipe

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!

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Air Fryer French Fries

Website: Nourish Plate

Air Fryer French Fries

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!

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Cream Cheese Chorizo Stuffed Mini Peppers

Cream Cheese Chorizo Stuffed Mini Peppers recipe

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.

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Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms 

Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms recipe

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!

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Ranch Mashed Potato Cups

Ranch Mashed Potato Cups recipe

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.

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings recipe

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.

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Wonton Taco Cups

Wonton Taco Cups recipe

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.

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Classic Evergreen Guacamole

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.

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Cream Cheese Wontons 

Cream Cheese Wontons recipe

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.

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Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Broccoli Cheddar Bites recipe

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.

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