40 Best Game Day Recipes

February 8, 2024
Amanda [Writer]
The biggest football game of the year is coming up and I have the perfect game day recipes for you to try. From irresistible wings to delicious drinks, you can find all the recipes you need to make an epic game day menu.

40 Best Game Day Recipes

Are you getting ready for the big game on Sunday? I definitely am! I have been thinking about tasty game day recipes now for weeks. The football food may honestly be my favorite part of the whole day. Shhhh don't tell!

I wanted to share some of my favorite game day recipes that I make every year and a few new ones that I am adding to my menu. Each of these delicious football foods is perfect for feeding a crowd or just serving your family so they can snack and watch the biggest TV event of the year.

I have also included a few of my favorite dessert recipes and drink recipes that you can enjoy during the big game. You still need a complete meal and a nice variety of foods to keep things interesting. So, this year, ditch the junk food and boring bowl of chips. Try one of these game-day recipes instead! Everyone will like the game a whole lot more if they are also enjoying a few of these homemade snacks.

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Best Game Day Foods For Your Football Party

Let's dive right into these game-day food ideas so you can start cooking and then start watching! Fuel your football party with any of these recipes and you are sure to have an epic night.

Up close shot of fried with sauce and a spoon.

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan French Fries

Get ready for a flavor explosion with our perfectly crispy golden Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan French Fries—the ultimate side dish + snack. They're the perfect blend of crunchy goodness and savory garlic + Parmesan flavors that will leave you coming back for more.

Queso dip with toppings and salsa, guacamole, and lime wedges.

Mexican Style Chicken Queso Dip

Indulge in the ultimate snack or appetizer for game day or any occasion with our Mexican Style Chicken Queso Dip. Packed with cheesy goodness, savory shredded chicken, and a kick of spice, it's guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds with every bite.

Pineapple Jalapeño Lime Mocktail with lime wedges, a pineapple slice, and a sprig of rosemary

Pineapple Jalapeno Lime Mocktail

This Pineapple Jalapeño Lime Mocktail recipe is the perfect balance between spicy and sweet for any season. Made with an easy homemade lime simple syrup, freshly-squeezed orange + lime juices, mulled pineapples + jalapeños, and topped with your favorite premium ginger beer, this mocktail is the best addition to any game day celebration!

Closeup of Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

If you love buffalo wings and want a lighter version for game day or any season, you will love my Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings/Bites! Tender florets of cauliflower are coated in a breadcrumb-cornflakes coating before being baked until crispy. The best part is the homemade tangy buffalo/BBQ glaze that caramelizes in the oven before serving with ranch dressing!

Closeup of a Bakery-Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Bakery Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lusciously soft, delightfully chewy, and irresistibly thick Big Bakery-Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies --Generously studded with decadent pockets of chopped, melted chocolate. The ultimate cookie recipe!

Mocktail in glasses with peaches, mint leaves, and bottle of alcohol alternative.

Brown Sugar Peach Julep Mocktail

This Brown Sugar Peach Mint Julep Mocktail is a beautiful twist on a classic bourbon cocktail with all the bold, refreshing flavors minus the alcohol. The perfect drink to enjoy on any given day or during any celebration!

Sliders on a brown wood board with a drink in background.

Easy Blackened Salmon Sliders

These Easy Blackened Salmon Sliders are your go-to for game day, weeknight dinners, or BBQ snacks! Featuring Blackened seasoned salmon baked to perfection on brioche buns, they're a mouthwatering delight for any occasion + an instant hit at any gathering.

Overhead shot of Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos

Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos

This Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos recipe will make you re-imagine nachos in a new way without the dairy! These nachos come topped with three type of beans, onions, kale, corn, jalapeños, and ultimately topped with a blanket of homemade vegan queso. A healthy dairy-free and vegan twist on classic nachos!

Baked chicken wings on a skillet with two forks.

The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Get ready for The Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings--- Because, let's be real, garlic and Parmesan are the dream team of deliciousness.. Perfect as a snack or appetizer, brace yourself for a taste explosion that's seriously hard to resist!

Closeup of a Peachy Ginger Beer Mocktail

Peachy Ginger Beer Mocktail

Bursting with peachy sweetness and a ginger punch, this non-alcoholic concoction is a flavor explosion that'll make your taste buds dance. It's easy, it's tasty, and it's the perfect way to sip into a good time!

Partially-sliced Homemade Garlic Herb Cheese Pizza

Garlic Herb Cheese Pizza

Gather your loved ones for a cozy pizza night with our Homemade Garlic Herb Cheese Pizza! This crowd-pleasing classic boasts a easy-to-make fluffy crust, tangy marinara sauce, and loads of gooey golden stretchy cheese for an irresistibly delicious night in.

Overhead shot of a plate of Chipotle Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos

Chipotle Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos

Get ready to devour the most amazing Chipotle Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos! Loaded with a tasty homemade chipotle sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, poblano peppers, tomatoes, black beans, quinoa, and a hint of jalapeños – these tacos are a flavor explosion, ideal for spicing up your Taco Tuesday or any casual night! Definitely a great game day recipe

Closeup of a glass of Cranberry Lemon Spritzer with Lemonade Ice Cubes

Cranberry Lemon Spritzer with Lemonade Ice Cubes

This Cranberry Lemon Spritzer with Lemonade Ice Cubes has a tart finish from the cranberry and lemon flavors and just the right amount of sweetness and fizz. This mocktail is sure to be the next big thing during the warmer months and during any occasion. 

Up close shot of lemon pepper buffalo chicken wings on a white plate with dipping sauce and lemons.

Crispy Lemon Pepper Buffalo Chicken Wings

Make extra-crispy, slightly tangy, just-spicy-enough Crispy Lemon Pepper Buffalo Chicken Wings with an easy sauce mixture that has a delicious sweet-spicy flavor, seasoned to perfection with a lemon pepper blend, and a nicely juicy center. The perfect appetizer or main meat that can be served with your favorite sides or dipping sauce---whether during dinner or brunch or lunch.

Pizza sliced in multiple slices.

BBQ Meatball Pizza (Vegetarian!)

Get ready to dig into our mouthwatering Vegetarian BBQ Meatball Pizza! It's a hit with both meat lovers + vegetarians alike, featuring fool-proof dough that puffs up in all right places and crisps up beautifully. Perfect for bringing everyone together around the table.

Platter of barbeque Cauliflower Wings with small bowls of dips

BBQ Cauliflower Wings (Gluten-Free)

Make extra-crispy, just-spicy-enough BBQ Cauliflower Wings [Gluten-Free] with a homemade barbecue sauce that has a delicious Srirahca-honey flavor and a crisp gluten-free crumb coating. The perfect vegetarian and gluten free appetizer.

Cookies stacked with more cookies in the background, milk, and cookie butter.

Deliciously soft, chewy, gooey in the center, and crispy, these Bakery-Style Biscoff Cookie Butter Cookies are generously studded with decadent pockets of chopped, cookie chunks. The ultimate 'cookie within a cookie' recipe!

Nashville-Style Hot Cauliflower Sandwich on two small, stacked plates

Vegan Nashville Hot "Chicken" Sandwich

A fiery, flavorful, and entirely plant-based twist on the iconic Southern classic! This Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is bursting with spicy goodness and mouthwatering textures made from cauliflower! Its just as good (if not better) than the real thing!

Chicken wings in a brown wood serving bowl with two forks, thyme sprigs, and peppers on a brown wood table.

Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

If you haven't indulged in traditional Jamaican jerk, then you're truly missing out and this Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Made with an easy garnish sauce mixture that helps to cool down the spices in the jerk flavor, these wings are seasoned to perfection and boast of a nicely juicy center.

Stack of grilled cheese with a fork, apple, and hot honey in background.

Southern-Style Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich has it all: Southern-Style Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich is smoky, salty, savory, and filled with gooey melted cheese. If you're ready to take your lunch to the next level, this is the recipe for you.

Wings on a white plate with dipping sauce, cajun seasoning, and fork.

Crispy Cajun Chicken Wings

Crispy Cajun Chicken Wings---Packed with bold and spicy goodness. These dry-rubbed wings are the ultimate appetizer + handheld snack, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings with their perfect combination of flavor and crunch.

Loaded fries in a sheet pan with a spatula, avocado, and a side of ketchup on a wood table.

Loaded Sheet Pan Dairy-Free Nachos

This Loaded Sheet Pan Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese Fries recipe will make you re-imagine nacho fries in a new way without the dairy! This one pan meal comes loaded with flavor and customizable ingredients for the whole family to enjoy!

Sliced Vodka Pizza on a wooden board topped with basil leaves

Homemade Vodka Pizza

The Best Homemade Vodka Pizza starts with a fluffy, crispy homemade crust, topped with roasted bell peppers, melted cheesy mozzarella, and the star of the show...Vodka sauce.

Overhead shot of a baking sheet of Meatless Ranch Kettle Chip Nachos

Meatless Buffalo Ranch Kettle Chip Nachos

This Meatless Buffalo Ranch Kettle Chip Nachos recipe will make you re-imagine nachos in a new way! These nachos are spicy and flavorful, served under a blanket of cheese and yummy, healthy roasted veggie toppings. A healthy vegetarian twist on classic nachos!

Closeup of heart-shaped Gluten-Free Hot Honey Bacon Pizza

Gluten Free Hot Honey Bacon Pizza

This loaded and flavorful Gluten-Free Hot Honey Bacon Pizza starts with a homemade GF crust, topped with a hot honey-infused pizza sauce, two cheeses and candied bacon. Just delicious!

Broken Chocolate Stuffed Butter Pecan Cookie on parchment paper

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Big Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect sweet indulge right after dinner or as a pick-me-up in the mornings with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. The best kid-approved, adult-loving cookies you’ll ever try—–made with rich chocolate flavor and a bold flavor of brown butter. 

Quesadilla chopped on a baking sheet with toppings, chipotle, and two forks.

Chipotle Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla

This Chipotle Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla [Dairy-Free] recipe is a great addition to your taco Tuesday or any weeknight that comes filled with bold, delicious flavors in one easy method. The epitome of a fun, flavorful sheet pan meal for the family!

Up close shot of salsa and chips with lime, tomatoes, and garnish.

Spicy Restaurant Style Salsa

Get ready to spice up your taste buds with this flavorful Spicy Restaurant Style Salsa. Packed with zesty ingredients, it's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite tortilla chips or Mexican dishes.

Salad in a long white plate with a spoon on a black wood table with tortilla chips and sliced avocados.

Easy Loaded Corn Salad

This Easy Loaded Corn Salad is bursting with fresh flavors and is a must-have for any game-day gathering. Whether you're serving it as a side dish or main course, this quick salad recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. This easy corn salad is topped with a luscious creamy garlic dairy-free dressing that perfectly complements the fresh ingredients, elevating the flavors to a whole new level!

Baked tacos on a white plate with lime wedges, chipotle sauce, avocado, red napkin, and herbs.

Baked Vegan Black Bean Tacos

These are the best fully loaded Baked Vegan Black Bean Tacos you'll ever have! Made with a delicious homemade dairy-free chipotle sauce, well seasoned sautéed black beans, red onions, and dairy-free mozzarella cheese shreds. 

Stack of Extra Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Searching for the Best Fudgy Vegan Brownies recipe out there? Well, you are in the right place. This easy vegan brownie recipe is as quick and easy as using a box and even better than traditional brownies (Seriously!). Our plant-based version has the soft, fudgy, chocolatey center we all love with a delicious crackly chewy crust that is to die for. These beauties are sure to melt in your mouth! 

Up close shot of chicken stacked in a white bowl on a white wood table with oranges and herbs.

Sticky Orange Popcorn Chicken

This Sticky Orange Chicken Popcorn Chicken recipe is a deliciously healthier option for the entire family. Made with an extra crunchy outside from the cornflake-breadcrumb coating and a juicy, tender inside from the perfectly cooked chicken, this popcorn chicken is just the thing you need! Just know that your taste buds will thank you for this bold citrus flavor. 

Overhead shot of Baked Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Baked Buffalo Chicken Tacos (Dairy Free)

These are the best fully loaded Baked Buffalo Chicken Tacos [Dairy-Free] you'll ever have! Made with a delicious homemade dairy-free jalapeño ranch dressing, buffalo chicken tenders chopped to perfection, herb fried black beans, Pico de Gallo, and dairy-free mozzarella cheese shreds.

Overhead shot of a plate of Jerk Salmon Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

Jerk Salmon Tacos + Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

These Jerk Salmon Tacos + Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce are the absolute perfect tacos! Packed with bold, spicy, + savory Jamaican flavors–this recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is finger-licking goodness on a plate. Perfectly charred tortillas loaded with chopped red cabbage, roasted tomatoes, jalapeños, pineapple chunks, onions, and topped with a freshly made avocado cilantro lime sauce or green goddess sauce. 

Sweet and Spicy Herb Crackers

Indulge in the perfect balance of flavors with these Sweet + Spicy Herb Crackers, offering a tantalizing combination of sweetness and heat. Infused with aromatic herbs, they promise a delightful crunch in every bite.

Baked nachos on a baking sheet.

Chipotle Game Day Chickpea Nachos

Imagine the best vegetarian nachos ever and you have these Chipotle Game Day Chickpea Nachos! The homemade buffalo chickpeas are spicy + flavorful. Served under a blanket of gooey cheesy goodness + fresh flavorful toppings.

Sliced Veggie Pizza with one slice pulled out

The Ultimate Veggie Pizza Recipe

This ultimate veggie pizza is an over-the-top delicious recipe for your next pizza night at home that fits perfectly for your weeknight needs!

Up close shot of tacos with dipping sauce and lime.

Meatless Birria Tacos with Jackfruit

Treat your taste buds to the delicious flavors of classic Birria Tacos with a meatless twist. A mouthwatering fusion of tender jackfruit seasoned just right with gooey, crispy cheese nestled within a spicy, crispy tortilla.

Up close shot of chicken wings on fries on a black platter.

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Indulge in crispy perfection with our Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings—a delightful blend of sweet and savory flavors that's sure to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy these finger-licking wings for a delicious appetizer or main course!

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