Looking for Game Day Snacks to Buy? Make Some of Our Recipes Instead

Spicy Cheese (Foot)Ball
Photo: Matthew Clark

Instead of heading to the grocery store in search of fun game day snacks to buy, gear up for the gridiron games with our best football game snacks. With pretzel bites, jalapeño poppers, chicken wings, and pizza cups, these football appetizers will score with your fellow fans. And don't worry; our best game-day snacks aren't all savory—we have sporty brownies and cookie dough pops to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
Rachel Marek and Emily Hemmingsen

Keep your hands free for cheering (or holding a cold drink) with this creative appetizer recipe for your game-day party. One BH&G home cook who has tried the homemade pretzel bites raves, "These are a great treat for get-togethers—everything is self-contained and no dip required!" They look like simple pretzel pieces, but everyone will be delighted to discover a melty jalapeño-spiked cheese filling inside.

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Spicy Cheese (Foot)Ball

Spicy Cheese (Foot)Ball
Matthew Clark

Nothing tops a flavor-packed, bacon-covered cheese ball while watching sports. But this cheese ball recipe is the clear winner as a football-themed appetizer idea thanks to its distinctive shape. Just add a side of crackers and crudités, and you're sure to score—especially with the keto diet crowd. (Each serving has just 3 grams of carbs.)

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Football Cookie Dough Pops

bunch of football cookie dough pops
Hannah Bigot

We love football-shaped foods, and this sweet football-themed appetizer idea (OK, more like a dessert idea) just might be our favorite! Whip up a batch of cookie dough or save time with store-bought and create sports-inspired cookie pops. Dip them in dark chocolate and add the stitching with piped white chocolate to make these winning desserts-on-a-stick.

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Twisted Buffalo Wings

Twisted buffalo wings
Andy Lyons

It would hardly be game day without a sticky pile of chicken wings and cool blue cheese dipping sauce. These zesty Buffalo chicken wings get their spicy orange exterior from a double dose of hot sauce. Just don't forget the napkins with this football game appetizer!

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Classic Soft Pretzels

Classic Soft Pretzels
Blaine Moats

These soft, doughy pretzels are great if you're expecting company and want to impress with one of our top 10 football appetizers. We recommend using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to get the dough just right. For the ultimate party-ready finger food experience, pair with bowls of queso, grainy mustard, ranch dressing, and marinara for dunking.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer ($65, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Taco Burger Sliders

Taco Burger Sliders
Jacob Fox

Why choose between a zesty taco recipe and an all-American burger when you can have both wrapped into one bold football game snack slider? Taco seasoning adds extra flavor to the ground beef, and salsa stands in for traditional ketchup. Serve between slider buns or folded inside street-taco-size corn tortillas.

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Pepperoni Pizza Cups

Pepperoni Pizza Cups
Andy Lyons

Instead of ordering pizza, serve these poppable pizza cups. They're one of our best football game snacks because, unlike a delivery pie, you're not stuck with just one topping combo—you can customize each muffin tin "slice" to fit guests' preferences. Try traditional pepperoni or pile on mushrooms, green bell peppers, and Italian sausage for those classic supreme pizza flavors.

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Pickle Poppers

Pickle Poppers
Hannah Bigot

These ham-wrapped pickle poppers will score big points with friends and family who come to watch the Super Bowl. They're a cinch to make: Mix cheese, jalapeños, and spices and spread the mixture on a sliced pickle. To complete the easy game-day snacks, wrap each pickle with ham and secure with a toothpick.

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Pumpkin Football Cakes

Pumpkin Football Cakes
Dana Gallagher

The pigskin has nothing on these canned pumpkin-based game-day snacks. You'll score big at your next tailgate or viewing party with pumpkin whoopie pies with buttercream frosting. To achieve the football shape, use an egg-shaped muffin tin.

Buy It: Wilton Egg Muffin Pan Mold ($22, Amazon)

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Air-Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
Caitlin Bensel

Serve these just-spicy-enough jalapeño poppers to get the party started with a bang. Each football appetizer contains a spoonful of chicken and a dollop of cream cheese to help tame the spicy pepper and hot sauce. Bonus: Each batch crisps up in the air fryer in just 10 minutes, so you can quickly refresh your spread during halftime.

Buy It: Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer ($90, Target)

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Spicy Italian Meatballs

Spicy Italian Meatballs
Kritsada Panichgul

This football snack idea is a tasty reminder that meatballs aren't just for piling atop a bed of pasta. We bet there won't be leftovers when you offer fans these juicy slow cooker appetizers on their own as a snack. Serve them with toothpicks or pile them into slider buns for mini-meatball sandwiches.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker ($50, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Zesty Popcorn Mix

Zesty Popcorn Mix
Karla Conrad

Feed a crowd (or a few super-hungry fans) with this crunchy football snack idea. Each batch of the popcorn recipe yields a whopping 13 cups! Pretzels, nuts, corn chips, and popcorn get finger-licking flavor from a blend of Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and garlic.

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Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt-Chive Dipping Sauce

Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Chive Dipping Sauce
Jason Donnelly

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, fritters are what appetizer dreams are made of. Give the pillowy bites harvest flavor with mashed sweet potatoes—once fried, they almost look like little footballs! To serve these, one of our best football snacks, pile the warm fritters next to a bowl of cool homemade yogurt-chive dipping sauce for dunking.

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Asiago-Artichoke Dip

Asiago-Artichoke Dip
Karla Conrad

Go hot or cold with this game-day appetizer: It's delicious, made up to a day ahead, and chilled overnight or served bubbly, warm, and straight from the oven. This twist on traditional spinach-artichoke dip gets its savory flavor from roasted peppers and green onions. Pair the melty appetizer with a big dipper like baguette slices or toasted pita wedges.

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Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip

Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard
James Carriere

Potatoes aren't the only thing you can "chip!" Not only do the bold flavors of salami chips and mustard dip make perfect teammates, but they're a snap to prepare too. Simply bake thin slices of salami in the oven until browned, prep the dip, and devour this big-game appetizer recipe.

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Fudgy Football Brownies

Fudgy Football Brownies
Andy Lyons

Treat your football fans to a sweet dessert guaranteed to score big points on your football snack table. Creamy vanilla frosting creates the distinctive laced look. (In a hurry? Feel free to use boxed brownie mix or even boxed cake mix to speed up the process.)

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Cheddar-Bacon Loaf

Cheddar & Bacon Loaf
Jason Donnelly

Guests will go wild for this amped-up baguette. Get a head start on this top-rated football snack idea with a loaf of frozen bread dough. Thaw it out, then stuff it with bacon, cheddar cheese, and a touch of mustard. Like a combo of a stromboli and BLT, the ooey-gooey slices will disappear faster than a picked-off ball.

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Roasted Corn and Crab Dip

Roasted Corn and Crab Dip
Jason Donnelly

Creamy crab dip gets a delicious update when made with sweet corn, onions, and spicy cheese. Try it on broken tostada shells, crackers, crudités, or slices of your favorite bakery or homemade bread. The flavorful football snack idea teams up well with all of the above!

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Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Cheddar-Beer Weenies
Karla Conrad

This slow cooker superstar features several favorite game-day foods in one low-fuss, lusciously creamy package. Bacon, cheese, and beer flavor this football game snack fave. A little hot pepper sauce and chili powder turn up the heat.

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Bonanza Bean Dip

Bonanza Bean Dip
Colleen Duffley

Like a deconstructed seven-layer-dip, this big-game appetizer recipe makes for an MVP pairing with tortilla chips. Lime-and-jalapeño guacamole lends a kick to layers of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes, and onions. Hosting some olive-averse fans? Simply offer olives in a separate bowl on the side so each fan can call an audible.

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Burger-Potato Bites

Burger-Potato Bites
Jay Wilde

Add some fun to your game-day snack menu with these fast-food-inspired mini cheeseburgers. Instead of buns, we call for serving them on or between waffle-cut fries. Top with your favorite cheese and a cherry tomato slice to round out the bite-size burger recipe.

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Blaine Moats

Crumbled bacon and blue cheese add a hearty component to this classic football appetizer. (Actually, this is a classic anytime appetizer!) Have plenty of crackers and chips on hand; your guests won't be able to stop with just one scoop—and we can't blame 'em.

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Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Quesadilla
Scott Little

Give your sports party a little Southwestern flair with this mash-up mini-meal. It features everything you love about grilled cheese sandwiches, barbecue chicken, and Mexican food in a handheld wedge. Tender shredded chicken, zesty barbecue sauce, chili peppers, green onion, and lots of cheese fill these grilled flour tortillas. Pair with sour cream and salsa to cure game-day snack attacks.

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Make-Ahead Classic Hot Wings

Classic Hot Wings
Andy Lyons

Hot wings are a classic game-day snack, but if you're hosting a game-day party, you don't want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. So turn to these hot wings that taste just like the ones you'd order at the sports bar (maybe better!). You can make the recipe up to a week in advance and keep them in the fridge until party time, then all that's left to do is heat and serve.

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