PART OF Game Day

Top 100 Game Day Recipes

We've got the best recipes to please any fan — from entertaining in the comfort of your home to transporting delicious cargo to a tailgate, the prep is easy and the flavors are worth it!

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Basketball

“A sweet take on a classic cheeseball, this cheesecake version is flavored with orange and tastes just like a creamsicle!”

-Jonathan Melendez

Jalapeno Poppers

“This recipe is amazing. We’ve been making these for years at every family event, and you can always count on them being a sure hit. You can’t mess them up as long as you don’t burn them!”


Mini Pizzas

“These were so easy to make and super tasty! I can't wait to try again with different toppings!”

-Jonathan Melendez

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

“Where has this magnificent treat been hiding all my life? This is perfect for two reasons: it tastes like a crunchy peanut butter cup, and I can make these totally vegan by substituting special dark chocolate and melting this in with the corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. This is over-the-top great.”

-Andi Longmeadow Farm

Linda's Taco Scoop Appetizers

"I have been making these for as long as I can remember. This version has all the textures and flavors of mini hard tacos!"

-Luke Warm

Ranch Salad

“We really enjoyed this. It's a very versatile recipe. You can add and subtract ingredients to suit your taste. I added shredded cheddar, real bacon bits and black olives.”


Beer Jell-O Shots

“These were so good! I'm glad I found a jello shot recipe that isn't made of hard liquor. I like jello shots too much, and these have a much slower kick!”


Mini Pigs-In-A-Blanket

“I really enjoyed how easy and delicious these were! I made them exactly as stated, except I used just a bit more parmesan cheese. I think the parmesan cheese gives it a nice touch that you normally don't see. They came out so good, and my boys ate them all up!


Yummy Baked Potato Skins

“This recipe is A-plus and two thumbs up! The skins came out absolutely perfect - better than a restaurant. I think they are so good because of the seasoned oil you brush on before baking, so don't skip that step. We doubled the recipe and served with store-bought ranch dressing. I highly recommend this recipe!”


Grandma's Sloppy Joes

"This is not just amazing, a keeper, great… it's the bomb! I had the day off and started cooking early. I usually serve supper at 6:00, but I guess it smelled good, because I stuffed myself and was asleep by 3:30!”

-David G.

Oven Crisp Chicken Wings

"This is a great recipe! You can shake some extra seasonings on the wings once they are coated, or add to the bag. I have used regular flour, garbanzo bean flour, and almond flour - all with great results.”

-Lisa V.

Best-Ever Bloody Mary

“Top it off with a lovage straw. The most perfect Bloody Mary yet!”

-Mark G.

Bacon Nachos

“Even though I call myself a nacho lover, I'd never tried a bacon version until these! Now I'm addicted, the crispy bits of bacon just pushed this over the edge. It was awesome! I couldn't stop picking at it before my partner got home for dinner.”


Macaroni Salad

“This simple macaroni salad was the perfect side to serve with some grilled burgers. Everyone enjoyed it. In place of the green onion, I used chopped red onion!”

-Christine S.

Cheesy Fries

“A nice change from plain ole french fries. The garlic powder adds a very nice flavor. I used the Extra Crispy Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries and they worked perfectly.”


Touchdown Truffles

“I thoroughly enjoyed making and eating these truffles. They’re super fun and such a simple recipe. I also enjoyed that they were not too sweet!”


Tailgating Beer-Tini

"A surprisingly refreshing and tasty drink. The pink lemonade adds a nice twist!"


Melt-in-Your-Mouth Barbecue Ribs

"This method is awesome! The sauce doesn't burn or char, and I don't have to watch them so closely. Fabulous ribs, and clean up is so easy!"


Freakin' Good Guacamole

"Yum! I use this exact recipe, but add some finely chopped red onion to it as well. Everyone always wants the recipe, and the best part is that it's so darn easy.”


Basketball Queso

"What's better than homemade queso? How about homemade queso made to look like a basketball. Celebrate March Madness the right way....with chips!"

-Jonathan Melendez

BLT Pizza Puffs

Somewhere between a puff pastry tart and a personal pizza you'll find these cheesy, puffy bites of bacon-y magic.

Chicken & Biscuit Kabobs

“The honey butter makes it. My kids love these and are as excited to eat the zucchini as the chicken nuggets and biscuits!”


Reuben Rolls

“A great recipe that worked well for me. After wrapping, I brushed some olive oil onto each roll and baked them for 12 minutes at 400F. Absolutely a keeper!”


Easy 3-Ingredient Nacho Dip

“Ive been making this for years. I pour a bottle of taco sauce in between the cream cheese and chili to give it an extra kick!”


Extreme Chocolate Brownies

“Amazing brownies! Easy enough for my toddler to help and feel like he did most of the baking, yet delicious results! I baked mine for about 40 minutes at 160C and they came out perfectly gooey, just as I was hoping.”


Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion

“I went for it this weekend for a birthday party I threw. We had steaks, a blue cheese salad and I served this bloomin' onion. It was incredible and a total hit!”

-Liza at

Baked Bacon-Wrapped Brown Sugar Smokies

"Always the first appetizer to go, and what's nice is that they can be made early before a party, and kept warm in a Crock Pot on low.”


Beefy Basketball Empanadas

“These basketball shaped empanadas are filled with a seasoned beef and potato mixture, and served with chimichurri for dipping.”

-Jonathon Melendez

Decorated Football Poke Cupcakes

"This was a great way to color cupcakes to reflect your favorite team's colors! My friends loved it, and all asked how I did it.”


Cheesy Shell Taco Bites

"I've been making these on a keto diet as taco shells. I fill mine with shrimp browned with garlic and cumin, and flavored with a squeeze of lime right before I fill the shells. If I were to make these every night no one would complain!"

-Janet D.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

"These were delicious! I tweaked the recipe just a little by adding cream cheese and sharp cheddar. Awesome!”

-Tonya T.


“This dip was amazing! I served it at a party and everyone begged for the recipe. I increased the amount of tomatoes, bacon and green onions to have lots on top for great presentation.”


Baked Green Olives in Spicy Cheese Pastry

“This is the closest recipe I have seen to the olive cheese puffs my father would make at Christmas time. My children ask for them all the time now!”


Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

“I have to confess that I made these twice this week! Yes, they are that good and easy. My children loved them, and my husband and I were racing each other to get to the last one.”


Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins

“These crispy potato skins are packed with the classic shepherd’s pie filling, and get their kick from sharp cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.”

-Arlyn Osborne

Goalpost Cookies

“Touchdown! Score big at your next tailgating party with these adorable sugar cookies, which are coated in colorful, football-themed sprinkles and frosting.”

-Arlyn Osborne

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

"I made a double batch to take to a friend's house a couple weeks back. They went fast, and now I've been begged to make them every weekend! They were so tasty, and just the right size to snack on through the day.”


Bacon Cheeseburger Dip Bombs

These convenient game day buns are exploding with cheesy, meaty burger flavor. Fun for the whole family!

Cocktail Meatballs

"This was my first time making meatballs, but I loved them! I toned down the chili sauce for myself, but my partner had plenty! The slow cooking really brings out the flavors and makes a lovely, sticky sauce!"


Jello Shots

“I made orange and grape for a Clemson tailgate, and they were a huge hit! I am on the list from now on to make the jello shots.”

-Kathy M.

Frank's Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip

“This is my signature item for parties! I always throw everything in the crockpot on low for a few hours, stirring occasionally. It stays warm when it’s out for everyone. You truly can’t mess this recipe up!”

-Keatyn W.

Chocolate Pretzel Ring Candies

"These were so much fun to make! They are super simple, and my kids had a great time helping me out with these. We couldn't find the ring shape so went with the classic pretzel twist, and I still loved how they came out!"


Fruity Sangria Jello Shots

These orange wedge Jello shots have the flavors and textures of summery Spanish sangria, and are guaranteed to surprise and delight your friends.

Pizza Dip

“Ah, pizza dip! I love this stuff. I’ve been having it at family gatherings since I was a child. It’s easy, fun and delicious.”


Loaded Baked Potato Wontons

These are like loaded baked potatoes in wonton form but then finished off like nachos.

Sweet Ham & Swiss Sliders

"You have to try these! Super quick and easy to put together with incredible taste. A new favorite!”

-Lucky Clover

Beer & BBQ Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

"This recipe is such a nice departure from the usual slow-cooker recipes for country-style ribs. It was a delicious dish served with rice and a refreshing fruit salad. Everyone enjoyed it!”

-Chef ElizaDuck

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

“These are excellent! So simple, yet so good! My family really enjoyed them. The meat comes out very tender, and it's an easy but satisfying meal.”


The Perfect Burger

“This was the first time I attempted to prepare my own patties. I will never buy the frozen stuff again. This is too easy to make, and adds a whole new definition of burger. This was the best burger I have ever had!"

-stinsniper ..

Reese's Cup Brownies

"These are so good, and great at parties. Usually brownies plus kids means little brownie bits on the floor, but I had no brownie bits on the floor with these."

-Gena S

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

“What awesome cookies! I am a total pretzel freak, so when I see these cookies, I knew I just had to give them a go. I love the sweet and salty combo.”


Ultimate Nachos

“Amazing! It’s the sausage that really makes this special. Its easy, different and delicious!”


Peanut Butter Cups In-A-Blanket

A flavor medley of rocky road, s’mores and Reese’s combined into a cupped puff pastry. This dessert is easy to eat, and perfect for a tailgate.

Butterscotch Blondies

“I just recently made these and they came out so well! Very moist and springy. I added butterscotch chips into the batter, which made them even better!”


Italian Subs

“So good, and so easy. We added marinara sauce between the layers of meat, and added pepperoncinis to my husband’s sandwich. I'm sure we'll be having these on a regular basis!”


Death-by-Caramel Bars

"Yum! I've made this twice now. The second time I used Milky Way bars instead of Snickers. How can you argue with a dessert that has candy bars in it?!”


German Beer Cooler

“Wonderful! This is so very refreshing, and a great way to remove that bite from a strong beer. I have tried this with both dark and light beer and I feel the results are both great!”

-Papa D 1946-2012

Super Bowl Cheese Football

"What a fantastic cheeseball recipe! It was so much fun to make, and looked and tasted so great! The onion and bell pepper go great with the cream cheese and cheese. The pecans add a lovely crunch and nutty flavor.”


Skip & Go Naked

“This was amazing. I have tried a version of this with a mix of lemon concentrate, lime concentrate and served on the rocks. This is so much better, and fabulous on a hot summer day!”


Cheesy Bread

“This is a great recipe. I was looking for a recipe that matched Black Angus’ garlic bread and this is pretty darn close! It’s a great compliment to any meal.”


Marra's Fried Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini

“These were absolutely wonderful! My kids called them cheesy rice balls. I served them with some marinara sauce, a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan and chopped parsley."


Pimiento Cheese Spread

“A lovely, quick spread to whip up. I actually just made it in a food processor by blending up the pimientos first into a paste. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and blitzed until smooth.”

-Izy Hossack

Jager Bomb Jello Shot

"This recipe is the bomb. The longer they sit, the better they are. I recommend making them two days ahead of time for ultimate flavor."


BBQ Brats & Beer

“I enjoyed the flavor that the spices gave the brats after they simmered. This is the first time I barbecued my brats after cooking them, and it will not be the last! I served the sauce along side the brats after taking out the cloves and peppercorns.”

-Charlotte J

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

“This is a great recipe! My cheese sauce was so ooey-gooey and yummy! I did use one cup of monterey jack and the rest cheddar.”


Beer-Can Chicken

“Beer can chicken has been a family favorite for years, and this version did not disappoint. I cooked it on the traeger with apple wood.”

-zaar junkie

Buffalo Chicken-Filled Tortilla Cups

"These are so fun, spicy and cute! They came out great. A perfect snack for watching the big game!"


Kentucky Beer Cheese

“Absolutely delicious. We followed the recipe, but added some camembert and cream cheese. We used a porter beer, and it all turned out amazing.”


No-Bake Reese's Squares

"Well, these were really fantastic. Easy to make, and easy to eat. I would serve these in small squares with coffee."


Pecan Rollo Bites

“My five-year old daughter and I just made these for the first time tonight. It was so easy and she was able to do it all by herself, except for the oven work! They came out picture perfect.”

-mom of girls

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

“Oh my goodness, best pizza ever! The combination of flavors were really incredible. I used goat cheese instead of cream cheese, and sprinkled it with a bit of chopped parsley after cooking.”


Heloise's Cake Mix Cookies

“Simple, easy and versatile. This recipe suits everyone from pros to beginners like me.”

-Ammie S.

Divine Meatball Sandwiches

"A messy treat! We used turkey meatballs and a fresh baked french loaf. A nice meatball sandwich that appeals to adults and kids alike."


Applebee's Artichoke & Spinach Dip

"I have been looking for a recipe that doesn’t use mayo for the longest time. I was excited to find this copycat. I pulled it out of the oven and it looked gorgeous, and not to mention it tasted awesome!”


Swedish Meatballs

“I added a sprinkle of nutmeg and dilll to the sauce. This was my first time making Swedish meatballs, and everyone raved over them! I served it with homemade noodles and broccoli.”

-Carolynn Ds

White Chicken Chili

“This was so good. I couldn’t believe the taste! I didn’t use any chips, sour cream or cheese. The taste was fabulous by itself, and I wanted to savor it!”

-Miss Diggy

Hershey's Chocolate Monkey Bread

"This was insanely good! I've wanted to make monkey bread for so long, but just never got around to it, but I'm glad I held out for this one. I loved the melted chocolate inside each dough ball. This was completely worth the time and effort.”


French Dip Roast Beef

“The meat was nice and tender, and didn't come out too salty. It's going into regular rotation at my house. This would be great on game day, so I won't need to hover in the kitchen.”

-Seattle Lori

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

"This is the only way I'll make wings from now on! And because they're not deep fried in oil, I can feel less guilty about eating so many!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Pizza Fondue

"We decided to have a fondue night, so I made a half recipe. I served this with cheese filled tortellini, toasted garlic bread and Italian bread. It was excellent, and my son just loved it.”

-mums the word

Jalapeño Popper Corn Nuggets

Jalapeño poppers and corn fritters come together to make a spicy, poppable, cheesy snack.

BLT Shells

The ultimate hand-held snack. The salty bacon gives the perfect crunch, and these are welcome at any tailgate!

The Best Chili

“I tried this recipe to make for something different. It was a home run for my family. Truly delicious, and the blend of different flavors was delicious.”


Jambalaya Pot Pies

"This comforting Louisiana favorite is transformed into a flavorful appetizer, packed with shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken in a rich Cajun sauce."

-Arlyn Osborne

Toasted Ravioli

“These are so good! We had them with a salad, and I am stuffed. I served them with roasted garlic marinara on the side for dipping, or in my husbands case, poured over top!”

-Terri F.

Porcupine Meatballs

"These were yummy. I added some breadcrumbs to the mixture for a firmer texture, and they turned out beautiful!"


Horseradish Shrimp

“Whoa, the kick from the horseradish was a hit with my crowd that likes things hot! Another great way with shrimp.”


Chicken Quesadillas

“These were so simple to make, and really full of flavor! Butter was the perfect trick to getting that great crispy tortilla!”


Bacon Biscuit Puffs

“Wow, these are good! I pulled my biscuits apart into three equal pieces and flattened them with my palm. Worked great! Can’t wait to make them again.”


Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

“So delicious and easy to make! This dish had subtle flavors that go really well together. We doubled the recipe and it worked out great.”


Slow-Cooker BBQ Hot Dogs

“Yummy! These are so simple and delicious. I only cooked them for four hours because I couldn’t wait to eat them with the aroma filling the house!”


Kickin' Queso

“This is a yummy cheese queso that has a little bit of kick to it! You can always use the Queso Blanco without the jalapenos for a milder spiciness.”

-BeckyD in Tennessee

Creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus

“I’ve tried many different hummus recipes before, but this one is the absolute best! We love love love garlic. The hummus had so much flavor, and was so light and creamy! I served it with wedges of toasted flatbread.”

-Vino p.o. prn

Dad's Best Brisket

"This was the best brisket in the world! Buy a big brisket because you're gonna want leftovers, I promise! Great, sweet barbecue sandwiches the next day."

-Scott Keith

Mango Salsa

"This is really, really good! I didn't use the sugar, but added a little bit of fresh ground black pepper. I served it on some chicken that I had marinated. Very fresh and summery tasting. I ate the left overs plain!”


Rachael Ray's Mimosa

"Excellent. I brought all the ingredients to a brunch today, and acted as ‘bartender.’ I used extra-dry champagne, normal ole orange juice and a homemade grapefruit liqueur I had lying around. They looked beautiful, tasted great and it was a brilliant way to use the liqueur!"


Buffalo Chicken Dip

“I loved this dip! I used Greek yogurt cream cheese and Greek yogurt ranch to cut some of the calories, without losing flavor!”

-Jonathan Melendez

Cheesy Potato Salad

"This is a very good potato salad, and I didn't use any sugar in it. In my opinion the sugar would detract from the salad. It's really tasty with the cheese and bacon and was a hit with the grilled cheese burgers tonight!”


Deviled Eggs

“These are fantastic! The only problem is they go down so easy, that you can't stop eating them! They are most flavorful when eaten at room temperature.”


Party Ryes

“I’d recognize this recipe anywhere! My mom used to make them when I was a kid. They were a special treat and a favorite of my father’s. Now I can make them for mom, and bring her a bit of nostalgia as a side dish.”