25 Best Tailgate Appetizers to Feed a Crowd on Game Day


Million Dollar Dip

tailgate appetizers million dollar dip
Hector M. Sanchez

The name says it all for this extraordinary game day dip! It’s made with creamy cheese, mayo, cheddar, green onion, and a combo of crisp bacon and slivered almonds for crunch.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

tailgate appetizers garlic parmesan chicken wings
Will Dickey

The first question when planning any tailgate menu is, “Who’s bringing the wings?” Present fellow hungry fans with these cheesy, garlicky wings, and the answer will always be YOU!

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Rainbow Fruit Breakfast Skewers

tailgate appetizers rainbow fruit skewers
Hector M. Sanchez

Struggling with what to bring to that morning tailgate? Look no further than these cute-as-can-be fruit skewers with yogurt dip! The sprinkled doughnut hole on the end may just be the best part.

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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

tailgate appetizers pepperoni pizza rolls recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Snag a ball of refrigerated pizza dough from the supermarket and watch these rolls come to life in no time flat! They’re an epic pull-apart snack for game day. Be sure to dunk ’em in marinara!

Get Ree’s Pepperoni Pizza Rolls recipe.


Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Ball

tailgate appetizers cranberry pecan cheeseball
Brian Woodcock

Taco Dip

tailgate appetizers taco dip recipe
Hector M. Sanchez

The creamy base of this dip only requires a handful of ingredients, but you can go wild with the toppings! Shredded cheese, jalapeños, black olives, shredded lettuce, tomato—you name it!

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

tailgate appetizers ham and cheese sliders
Will Dickey

On long game days, no snack is too hearty, and these quick and easy ham and cheese sliders are the perfect last-minute appetizer to bring to the tailgate. They’re ready in about 35 minutes!

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

tailgate appetizers jalapeno popper dip
Danielle Daly

Every tailgate food table needs a round up jalapeño poppers. No matter if you make them the traditional way, or opt for this easy, cheesy dip, everyone will be happy!

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Chicken Nachos

tailgate appetizers chicken nachos
Hector M. Sanchez

Exciting game days deserve game day grub, and that’s exactly what these nachos are! Topped with saucy chicken, tons of cheese, and all your favorite fixings, they’re good till the last chip.

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Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

tailgate appetizers buffalo chicken dip
Caitlin Bensel

Sausage Rolls

tailgate appetizers sausage rolls
Hector M. Sanchez

Morning games call for breakfast-style game day snacks, and these savory sausage rolls are bite-sized and so delicious! You can even portion the rolls ahead of time, then pop them in the freezer to bake off just before it’s tailgate time.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

tailgate appetizers air fryer chicken wings recipe
Will Dickey

Let your air fryer do all the hard work for the crispiest chicken wings ever! Once they’re done cooking, you can toss ’em in buffalo sauce or barbecue sauce, or just enjoy them plain with ranch.

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Sausage Dip

tailgate appetizers sausage dip recipe
Will Dickey

Take this dip from stovetop to table right in a cast-iron skillet! It’s made of just three ingredients and ready in 5 minutes—seriously! If you plan to travel with it, though, transfer it to a baking dish before baking for easier transport.

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Thingies

tailgate appetizers bacon wrapped jalapeño thingies recipe
Hector M. Sanchez

Using just three ingredients, Ree Drummond’s favorite poppers couldn’t be easier. All it takes is fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, and bacon, and you’ve got a snack everyone will devour.

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Cheeseburger Sliders

tailgate appetizers cheeseburger sliders
Will Dickey

There’s no patty flipping required for these burger sliders! You simply pile seasoned, cooked ground beef onto the buns with plenty of cheese, pickles, and burger sauce.

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Chicken Taquitos

tailgate appetizers chicken taquitos
Will Dickey

The crowd will cheer when you show up to the tailgate with a tray full of these crispy chicken taquitos! Don’t forget to bring the sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole to serve.

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Dill Dip

tailgate appetizers dill dip
Will Dickey

Dill dip is one of those appetizers that you can easily whip up the night before and simply spoon into a serving bowl when it’s party time. It also travels incredibly well in a cooler!

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Beer Cheese Dip

tailgate appetizers beer cheese dip
Will Dickey

With beer and cheese, what more perfect game day snack could you ask for? You can keep this yummy dip smooth, creamy, and warm in a slow cooker set to low heat.

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Pumpkin Dip

tailgate appetizers pumpkin dip
Danielle Daly

With all the meaty, cheesy dips that are sure to fill the tailgate food table, this sweet, fall-inspired pumpkin dip will be a fan favorite. It tastes just like pumpkin cheesecake! Serve with pretzels and graham crackers.

Get the Pumpkin Dip recipe.


Italian Sandwiches

tailgate appetizers italian sandwich recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Use skewers to help portion off the sandwich so you can cut it into perfectly sized pieces for easy snacking on game day. This sandwich can be made ahead and travels well, too!

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