49+ Favorite Game Day Recipes

January 28, 2015
It's almost time for the big game! Whether you're working on your food picks for the Super Bowl, March Madness, World Series, or a just a regular old Saturday, you're sure to find some game day grub you'll love in this collection of 49+ Favorite Game Day Recipes. While it may be difficult to choose which ones to make for the day of the game, it sure won't be difficult to gobble them up!

Meaty Morsels
Everyone loves to load up on some hearty fare while watching the big game, and these meaty morsels sure fit the bill for that. 

Delicious and easy -- what a fabulous combination!  These meaty little bites are always, always, ALWAYS a huge party hit. (And just cut them larger for a wonderful breakfast or brunch treat, too.)

Who doesn't love a cheeseburger? Well, whip up a platter of them super quick with this easy Cheeseburger Sliders recipe. Then serve them up as an almost effortless game day snack (or dinner main dish, too!).

Enjoy the classic flavors of a Big Mac in adorable little slider form! -- Complete with signature Big Mac special sauce.

With these tasty Glazed Pigs In a Blanket, everyone's favorite little piggies are baked in a buttery sweet-and-savory brown sugar glaze, which adds absolutely amazing flavor to this classic savory treat. They're simply perfect for game day, tailgating, and as any party's fare!

These little bites are loaded with creamy bacon filling sandwiched between two layers of flaky crescent roll crust. -- And they are delicious indeed.

With just three simple ingredients, you can have a platter of these quick and easy salami & cream cheese bites ready in mere minutes. And they're so tasty, they'll be gobbled up almost as fast as you made them!

Make everybody's party-favorite sausage balls extra tender and extra delicious by adding in a touch of cream cheese! Serve up a platter of these beauties for game day, and watch them disappear.

Spice up those classic sausage balls with Pepper Jack and pickled jalapeno! Jalapeno Pepper Jack Sausage Balls bring the heat to everyone's favorite little game day nibble.

Take those piggies up a notch with the works! Loaded with mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and onion, Pigs In a Blanket With the Works are also loaded with fabulous flavor.

Loaded with a creamy, cheesy ground beef taco filling that's oh so tasty, Cheesy Taco Tortilla Roll-Ups deliver up great flavor, offer make-ahead convenience, and are easy to make, too.  What more could you ask for in a tasty little bite?

Enjoy all the classic flavors of a Reuben sandwich in fun pigs in a blanket form! Loaded with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and that classic Reuben sauce, these are one tasty little snacking treat.

This crabby version of tortilla roll-ups sure is tasty. And as an added bonus, they're pretty much a breeze to make, too.

Loaded with melty cheese and chopped pepperoni baked inside sweet mini bell peppers, Pepperoni Pepper Poppers are simply popping with flavor. And as a bonus to their great flavor? -- They take only 6 simple ingredients to make.

Tasty bite-sized Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza Puffs are the perfect little pizza snack.  Whip them up for game day, after school, or as a super fun lunchbox treat, too.

Just like classic Buffalo wings, but baked not fried! Serve them up with delicious homemade blue cheese dressing for dipping, of course.

Two game-day favorites collide in these Buffalo Pigs In a Blanket! Pigs in a blanket are slathered and baked in Buffalo sauce to create one super tasty Buffalo-twist on everyone's favorite little pigs.

Bourbon.  Chili sauce.  Little sausages.  What more is there to say??  Well, other than you'll love  these little cocktail pups, that is.

Attention, bacon lovers!  These Sweet-&-Spicy Bacon Crackers are little bites of bacon deliciousness, perfect for enjoying as a party nibble or fun snack with your favorite cold drink. -- Which hey, makes them just perfect for game day.

Enjoy the classic flavors of Chicken Parmesan in fun party-sandwich form! Loaded with crispy chicken tenders, marinara sauce, and lots of melty cheese, Chicken Parmesan Sliders are also loaded with fabulous flavor. As an added bonus, they're super easy to make, too.

Close-Up of a Chicken Parmesan Slider Image

Savory Little Bites
I for one don't need a party or game day to enjoy savory "little bite" finger foods.  No, I sometimes make a meal of them!  But trust me -- if you are  having a party, these delicious savory little bites will keep your guests coming back for more and more.

How about serving everyone's favorite dip as a bar?  There's certainly no chance of a double-dipping foul!  Spread a creamy spinach & artichoke dip mixture on a crescent roll crust, bake it up, cut with a pizza cutter -- and everyone can grab a square (or four!).

Spinach Balls are always a crowd-pleasing party favorite.  With a tasty combination of spinach and stuffing mix, who can resist?

With fresh tomatoes and basil slathered with melty cheese, layered on a crescent roll crust, Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares are a perfectly tasty little savory treat.

These little bites are easy to make, full of flavor, and always a hit! Creamy spinach filling with the fabulous flavor of bacon and Ranch is tucked inside tortillas to create pretty-and-tasty bites.

The deliciousness of everybody's favorite dip is baked between flaky layers of crescent rolls to create these easy to serve, easy to eat little bites.

Colorful ... beautiful ... absolutely delicious ... and always the hit of the party.  Served up with crackers, this Marinated Cheese may just be the most perfect party food around.

I love pickles, and these savory little Dill Pickle Bites are addictively delicious.  I could eat a whole plate full myself, for sure!

Made with dill or okra pickles, these easy Ham & Pickle Bites are another family favorite.  Both are great, but we like the okra ones best.

Dill pickle fans, these tasty roll-ups are for you! With their classic pickle dip filling of cream cheese, chopped dill pickles, and diced ham, Pickle Dip Roll-Ups pack great pickle flavor in every bite.

Filled with a combination of sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and spices, Baked Jalapeno Poppers pack a wonderfully delicious spicy punch without the fat (or mess) of frying.

Tender roasted baby potatoes are topped with bacon-laced guacamole to create these festively creamy bites. They're such a fun and unique game day snack! 

Baked Dips

Who doesn't love a great warm baked dip?  I personally am a huge fan of baked dips. There's just something about the combination of a warm creamy dip with the crunch of a crisp dipper.

This one's one of our all-time favorite dips.  You'd never guess that this creamy deliciousness starts with canned Mexican style corn. -- And oh, what a tasty dip that canned corn makes!

Loaded with creamy cheesy-ness and all the flavor of traditional pizza pie, Baked Pizza Dip is perfectly pure pizza deliciousness in a fun dippable form.

Want that pizza dip with "the works?" Then load it up for one very tasty baked dip!

This one's an all-time party food favorite, for sure.  Cheesy, warm, creamy, and loaded with the fabulous flavor of crab, what's not to love?  Bake up a batch of this party classic for your next game day get together and watch it disappear.

And yet another of our all-time favorite dips.  Loads of chopped onion gets baked up with loads and loads of creamy cheese.  The flavor result is out of this world, my friends!  This is one of those dishes that the recipe is always  asked for.

This creamy baked artichoke dip gets a kick from green chilies and pickled jalapeno.  And what a truly delicious kick it is!

A fan of Buffalo wings?  Then give this super delicious, super easy Buffalo Chicken Dip a try!  It's got all the flaming-Buffalo deliciousness of the classic wings, mixed with the creamy cheesy goodness of a hot baked dip.

38. Cheesy Hot Broccoli Dip
Three cheeses combine to bring wonderful cheesiness to this hot broccoli dip.  Think broccoli casserole ... but cheesier ... and better ... in a creamy hot dip form.

Chilled Dips & Spreads
Whether you serve 'em up with chips, pretzels, fruit, veggies, crackers, or other dippers, great dips are always  the hit of  the party. And these chilled dips and spreads are absolutely sure to please.

This easy little BLT Dip is loaded with great bacon flavor. It's perfect for dipping those good ol' potato chips!

Liven up everyone's favorite Ranch dip with some tasty bacon and cheddar! Bacon-Cheddar Ranch Dip delivers up fabulous flavor that's just perfect for game day dipping.

A Southern institution!  This classic creamy cheese spread is perfect on crackers or in classic pimento cheese sandwiches for game day.  And with this recipe, it's super easy to make your own tasty pimento cheese at home.

A simple & easy little dip loaded with shrimp in every bite.  It's a party and game day favorite, for sure!

Want a little kick in your Ranch dip? -- Give Jalapeno-Ranch Dip a try!  Easily control the heat level of this tasty little dip by adjusting the way you prepare the jalapenos, making it from super mild, to medium, to full-on jalapeno-heat.

Boursin spread is packed full of flavor from dried herbs and black pepper.  And it's so easy to make your own Boursin at home to enjoy on game day!

Love store-bought bacon horseradish dip? Give this homemade version a try!  It's a very tasty riff on the store-bought favorite.

Give guacamole a new twist by turning it into a creamy dip ... with bacon.  It's sooooo good.

Fluffy Hawaiian Fruit Dip is loaded with the fabulous flavors of pineapple and maraschino cherries. And with only 4 ingredients, it's also super quick and easy to make!

A riff on the classic strawberry pretzel salad, this Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip delivers up that same beloved sweet-and-salty flavor combination ~ all in a fun dip-able form.  Believe me, this tasty dip is love at first bite!

Bowls of salty snacks are a must with a nice cold beer.  And they taste great without that beer, too!  You and your game day guests will grab handful after handful of these tasty little nibbles, I'm sure.

Turn ordinary Saltine crackers into something extraordinary by turning them into Fire Crackers! These super easy seasoned Saltines are no bake, simple to make, and quite possibly the tastiest little party crackers around.

Mini pretzel twists seasoned with a mixture of Old Bay, Ranch seasoning, and cayenne pepper. -- They're addictively delicious!

Pile of Addictively Delicious Cajun Pretzels Seasoned with Old Bay Image

Chock full of sweet-and-spicy barbecue flavor, no one can east just one handful of these fabulously tasty nuts. -- Including me.

A different snack mix combination, made with French fried onions, potato sticks, and peanuts ... oh my! Bake them up with delicious packaged or homemade taco seasoning and you have a tasty taco snacking treat.

Glazed with a mix of brown sugar, honey, and kosher salt, it's a great little nibble for game day munching, lunch box packing, and plain old everyday snacking.

We sure hope you've found at least a few game day recipes to put on your menu.  Enjoy them!  And ...

Happy Game Day, everyone!

49+ Favorite Game Day Recipes (that everyone will love!) ~ Whether you're working on your food picks for the Super Bowl, March Madness, World Series, or a just a regular old Saturday, you're sure to find some game day grub you'll love in this collection of 49+ game day favorites!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


  1. I don't need a football game to eat any of these lol They all look great!

  2. What a great collection of Game Day goodies, I would love to be at this party! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This is a delicious looking round up, my mouth is watering. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  4. All of a sudden, I feel like a sports fan ;) ;)

  5. We aren't sports fans, but I love all the foods associated with super bowl!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing!

    1. Thank you. Sometimes I think my husband enjoys the food more than the game.


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