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30 Best Colleges for Tailgating Slideshow

30 Best Colleges for Tailgating Slideshow

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At the heart of any college football game, there is the tailgate. With backyard burgers, loud music and TVs, and fans of all ages, nothing brings together a college town quite like a tailgating experience. But what are the best schools for tailgating? We decided to seek them out for the fifth year in a row.

Because we want to spread the love, for 2017 we increased our ranking of the best colleges for tailgating from 25 to 30. With that new, higher number, we’ve added nine new schools to our ranking thanks to a combination of your survey feedback and our own research. Football giants like Notre Dame and Ohio State University have made the list, and newcomers like the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, and the University of Oregon also get to shine after The Daily Meal readers raved about their pre-game festivities.

Did your alma mater make the list? Click through to find out!

30 Best Colleges for Tailgating 2017

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At the heart of any college football game, there is the tailgate. Football giants like Notre Dame and Ohio State University have made the list, and newcomers like the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, and the University of Oregon also get to shine after The Daily Meal readers raved about their pre-game festivities.

Did your alma mater make the list? Click through to find out!

#30 University of South Carolina

Gamecock fans literally take the party to the streets. With a stadium located off campus, game days can get rowdy. Fans chow down on bacon-wrapped hot dogs and wash them down with apple pie moonshine. But the coolest part of the University of South Carolina’s tailgate scene has to be the "Cockabooses.” They are repurposed South Carolina-themed cabooses on an abandoned railroad track that are fully loaded with all the things on your tailgate wishlist.

#29 McDaniel College

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McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, may be small in size but it’s one that shouldn’t be missed. Parking spots fill up fast at this drive-in tailgate where Green Terror fans can drive up to the ridge that overlooks the field. This means that you can tailgate while you are watching the game, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

#28 University of Notre Dame

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Tailgates at Notre Dame start the night before the big games with a pep rally and a midnight marching band drummer’s circle to get you extra pumped. After a brief respite from Friday’s festivities, on Saturday, Fighting Irish fans are anything but punchy. There’s a meet and greet with the players two hours before the game and multiple tailgates across campus with family, friends, and tailgating classics like burgers, hot dogs, and sausages. Of course, there’s also plenty of beer. What Irish party would be complete without that?

#27 Clemson University

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Nestled in the upstate of South Carolina, Clemson University is a picturesque setting for an on-campus tailgate. Luckily, Tigers fans are more than willing to take in the sights and the activities of a good tailgate. Fried chicken — be it KFC, Bojangles, Chick-fil-A, or homemade — is a must for this Southern school. With a vibe that’s been likened to a family reunion, Clemson tailgates are filled with tents, games, music, and the kind of fellowship that only Southern hospitality can bring.

#26 University of Washington

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One of the key things that makes the University of Washington’s tailgate so unique is the ability to party on land and water. There are two huge parking lots with plenty of space for cooking, but the stadium is right next to Lake Washington, so the real way to party is to swap your tailgate for a “sailgate.” Tailgating on a yacht? Yes, please! Embrace the water with a seafood-inspired menu with plenty of fried fish and salmon. Just don’t forget to layer up and warm up with shots of Fireball.

#25 University of Tennessee

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University of Tennessee students have such a strong allegiance to the school and its tailgating traditions that even parents of former students return long after their kids have graduated. Neyland Stadium is right on the Tennessee River, so since the creation of the Vol Navy in 1962, Volunteer fans have been able to party on the water. The floating tailgaters make the most of their water-based location by making their own waterslides off the edges of the boats. The Tennessee fans don’t skimp on food, either: While feasting on elaborate Southern spreads, they sip on a classic Knoxville Ice Pick cocktail, which is made of vodka, iced tea, and lemon juice.

#24 Auburn University

Getting a spot for an Auburn tailgate can be a difficult task, so you need to be sure to reserve it early. Once there, you’ll find friendly Tigers fans with locally catered tailgates highlighting regional dishes and classic grilled foods. Come dressed in your finest blue and orange garments, bring a cooler with your favorite beer, and stroll around. You’ll always be invited in to another tailgate and can make fast friends.

#23 Oklahoma State University

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At Oklahoma State University tailgates, you’ll find a sea of orange-clad Cowboy alumni and current students reuniting and coming together to sing “The Waving Song” (many, many times). The food spread is fit for true cowboys, with plenty of melt-in-your mouth barbecue, slow-cooked brisket, and plenty of smoked meats.

#22 Iowa State University

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Iowa State University tailgates have whatever you may want at them. If you’re looking for family-friendly activities, the school will often have inflatables and fun areas for smaller children. If you’re looking to party, then you’ve also definitely found your school. Cyclones fans flood the tailgating area and aren’t afraid to drink plenty of beer and wine.

#21 Purdue University

The band leads the way to Slayter Center to get Boilermaker fans amped up for the game, while the lot overflows with spirited fans. The mindset at Purdue is all about the tailgate party. Don your black and gold for some good old casual fun; no need to dress up here. Or, if you are feeling really spirited, join the Purdue "Breakfast Club." Surrounding bars open their doors to students around the campus early in the morning for a costume party (yes, people take this seriously and get super dressed up) that lasts all day.

#20 University of Arkansas

Razorback fans know to set up a tailgate in style. After all, the campus caters to organized tailgaters by offering fans a chance to reserve a spot in the Victory Village lot. Fans can rent everything from a simple space to a huge tent that includes four tables and 20 chairs. All you have to do is show up. They even offer a catering service so your game day meals can be supplied as well if you don't want to cook yourself. Sounds easy and elegant to us!

#19 Baylor University

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Baylor University’s new stadium has transformed this Texan tailgate into a stunning sailgate on the Brazos River. However, if boating isn’t your thing, you can still make the most of this Southern tailgate: Rent an RV and get grilling. Classic Texas-style burgers and hot dogs are everywhere at Baylor’s pre-game parties.

#18 Florida State University

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Florida State University and the University of Florida have such a rivalry that the main event at FSU’s tailgate is roasting an alligator. FSU fans always host a gator roast to celebrate their team, but if that isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other tents of fans and alumni cooking up ribs and other barbecue classics, all washed down with plenty of beer.

#17 University of Texas at Austin

On University of Texas game days, the whole city becomes a fan zone. Take your pick from all the great food and music available in the Texas capital prior to the game, and choose between a rowdy country-and-western bar on Sixth Street, a local beer garden like Scholz Garten, or one of the city's many excellent barbecue joints or Tex-Mex restaurants. Of course, there’s a classic tailgate on campus itself with semi-professional superfans, coolers that are longer than your body stacked with brewskis, and plenty of "Texas, Fight!" calls.

#16 Ohio State University

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For Buckeye fans, tailgating is an all-day event that takes over the Ohio capital of Columbus. Before the big game at Ohio Stadium, the OSU marching band holds a “Skull session” in the basketball arena to get fans pumped. From there, a sea of scarlet and grey takes over Columbus with every bar playing the game. And of course, no Ohio tailgate would be complete without the state’s signature candy: the buckeye.

#15 Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University’s tailgates are so legendary their fans are called the “12th man.” Things start long before kickoff with the “Midnight Yell” on Kyle Field. Texas A&M has many tailgating traditions, such as the giant maroon tailgating buses arrayed around campus and the Corps of Cadets March-In, which always happens just over an hour before the game starts.

#14 University of Nebraska

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After bar hopping all morning, Cornhusker fans flood to the tailgating area of campus to be greeted by the football players two-and-a-half hours before the game and the marching band 60 minutes before kickoff. While tailgating in Lincoln, these Midwesterners dine on tailgating classics like bratwurst and wings as well as local favorites like Valentino’s Pizza and burgers from Runza.

#13 University of Oregon

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Up to 5,000 fans can celebrate at the largest indoor tailgate in the country at The Moshofksy Center at the University of Oregon. Inside, plenty of beer, wine, food, and music flows as Duck cheerleaders get the fans pumped for the big game. And game day in Eugene is loud. Because of the unusual acoustics of the stadium, game day gets rowdy fast.

#12 University of Southern California

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Hours before kickoff, USC fans flood the spacious Trousdale area to set up for a raucous day. Here you’ll find ballpark-style, family-friendly food trucks serving classics like nachos, grilled sliders, and hot dogs. Fans always follow the band as it plays around campus before kicking the flagpole at the edge of campus for good luck.

#11 South Carolina State University

South Carolina State tailgates involve high-quality food and warm, welcoming Bulldog fans who will let you join them for a day of food and fun. Elaborate spreads are enjoyed in a warm, welcoming environment, which is wonderfully family-friendly.

#10 University of Florida

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The Gators partying kicks off at “The Swamp” and keeps going all. night. long. A Gator tailgate is a huge affair with fans wearing extravagant orange and blue tailgate garb. The tastiest fried Southern food is enjoyed by the whole town, as well as the out-of-towners who’ve come in just for the game.

#9 Michigan State University

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The Michigan State fight song "MSU Shadows" rings from Beaumont Tower, rousing all Spartan fans for a day of serious tailgating. The spacious lots are filled with tents and grills that are cooking Cheddar peppers, barbecued briskets, and classic burgers.

#8 University of Missouri

University of Missouri tailgate is a boozy, rowdy party. Head to “the jungle” located at the top of the field, where the crowd is young and boisterous, the food and drinks flow freely, and there’s lots of space for cooking, too. If you’re after a more family-friendly vibe, head to the Mizzou Experience at the Hearnes Fieldhouse where there is plenty of catered food, in case you don’t want to bother with hosting your own tailgate.

#7 University of Alabama

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The Roll Tide tailgates at Tucaloosa are a busy affair. Game day celebrations typically begin early at “The Quads,” located near the stadium. This area will be packed with grills cooking up classics like hamburgers and hot dogs. The signature Yellowhammer Slammer cocktail served at Gallette’s is an essential feature. This lethal drink is made of vodka, rum, amaretto, orange juice, and pineapple juice, and is served in a 20-ounce cup. Make sure you don’t miss the Elephant Stomp pep rally. The Million Dollar Band, which plays before and during the game, always meets an hour before the game on the stairs of the Gorgas Library and then marches to the president’s mansion to perform before the game begins. After the game, fans looking to continue the party head to Dreamland Bar-B-Que, where the festivities run late into the night.

#6 University of Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin is located in downtown Madison, which means there’s not much space for partying. However, the lack of space is made up for by the numerous pubs and bars that open their doors to Badger fans. On Breese Terrace, more than 30 residences will be blasting music and grilling some of your favorite tailgating foods such as burgers, brats, and grilled shrimp prior to kick off. For a more drink-focused party, head over to Jordan’s Big Ten Pub, which turns its parking lot into a beer garden on game days. Lucky’s has a similar beer-centric set-up, and is also famous for its burgers and brats.

#5 University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan’s tailgates start as soon as the parking lot opens at 7 a.m. Fans watch the spectacular drumline step show, which really gets everyone psyched up before the game. The tailgating area is a spacious lot where Wolverine fans have plenty of space to cook and party. Many fans hang out at the local Quickie Burger, which is conveniently located on the way to the stadium and serves breakfast all day — the perfect boost to help keep you going for the whole game.

#4 University of Georgia, Athens

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At 7 a.m. on game day you’ll find Bulldog fans at the University of Georgia setting up. They’ll start grilling straight away, and will carry on serving up chicken and cheeseburger sliders, and lots of spinach and artichoke dip, right until kickoff. If you want to focus on drinking, fans can head to any of the surrounding game-day-friendly bars around the college town.

#3 University of Mississippi

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For one of the most amazing tailgate experiences, you have to visit The Grove at Ole Miss. This tailgate party is taken incredibly seriously: Tented, Rebel Nation-loving fans in red, white, and blue garb fill the space, and many of them hang chandeliers and don bow ties and pearls. This tailgate party is just part of the buildup to the Walk of Champions, where players walk to the stadium through The Grove full of fans. The Ole Miss fans are incredibly proud and celebratory at every game, and here, the post-game parties never seem to end.

#2 Penn State University

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On game day, close to 100,000 fans swarm Nittanyville, the tent city students set up before kickoff. The crowds are crazy, the school spirit is strong, and food abounds everywhere. Besides the classic tailgate fare, Penn State “stickies” (sticky buns laced with caramelized sugar) from the Ye Olde College Diner are a game day classic.

#1 Louisiana State University

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Louisiana State University tailgates really channel that amazing Baton Rouge spirit. The tailgates are always filled with the most spectacular Creole food, from boiled crawfish to steaming gumbo to alligators. It’s not only the food that is extravagant. The tailgate setups are amazingly elaborate — it often feels like people’s homes have been moved into the parking lot. This level of comfort and the quantities of amazing food perhaps explain why the party doesn’t stop at any point throughout the day or night. Before the game, the fans get riled up by the LSU band as it marches down the hill to the stadium, making sure everybody is ready for the game.


37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)

37 Tailgating Recipes Perfect for Football Season

The best season of the year is finally here — football season! Even if you don't have a team to cheer for, there's one thing all humans can agree on: Tailgate food is an absolute touchdown in the grub world. Whether you're a fan of the NFL, college ball or just drinking and eating in parking lots, these recipes loaded with finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of buffalo chicken will have you rooting for game day.

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

A classic combo, chicken and waffles can be equally enjoyed in a stadium parking lot by skewering it on a stick. Make it spicy by using a Korean fried chicken recipe. (via The Hopeless Housewife)

Turkey and Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Prep these guys before the game: Use crescent roll dough to wrap turkey and spicy pepper jack cheese into a no-fuss bite. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

Potato Tacos

Here’s a recipe for a morning tailgate. When the game is early, whip up some breakfast potatoes on the grill, then taco them in a tortilla with fresh avocado. (via Serenity in the Storm)

Sweet Potato Chips and Blue Cheese

What could get better than this? Sweet potatoes, smokey and crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese all together. Tailgate perfection. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Puff Pastry Pizza Tarts

Tailgate food gets a classy touch with this mini pizza recipe! Use puff pastry for a flaky crust and fill the dough with sauce and toppings for a two-bite pizza. (via Full Fork Ahead)

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

If there’s one food that’s a staple of football season, it’s buffalo chicken. Stuff it inside sweet pancake batter in muffin-size for a perfectly balanced bite. (via Betty Crocker)

Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

The tailgate smorgasbord is robust, so you don’t want to get full on just one dish. Cut this chili dog recipe into bite sized pieces so you can eat your dog and keep going with the rest of the fare, too. (via She Knows)

Southern Cheese Fries

These fries are so good you’ll want to sneak them into the game with you. Crinkle fries are topped with the South’s finest — pulled pork, BBQ sauce and a homemade pimento cheese sauce. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Told ya buffalo chicken was a tailgate staple, it’s even found its way into these healthy broccoli and cheddar white rice puffs. Be sure to serve them with the delicious avocado dipping sauce. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This one is an instant crowd pleaser. Just make a pie or two of the spicy and cheesy combo and feed the whole team, er, we mean gang. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

Cookie Dough Dip

Even the sweet stuff can get in on the fun, especially when you transform this cookie dough dip into a sprinke-coated football. Spread it on apples or pretzels to satisfy your sweet tooth before the game. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

Pastry Sliders

Give your standard burgers a spin by putting them between football shaped puff pastry buns. Use cookie cutters to form your burger, cheese and toppings to match. (via Pizzazzerie)

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

Since you’re tailgating in a parking lot, you won’t have room for bowls of dip. Solve the problem by spooning hot buffalo dip into pastry cups, with a dollop of sour cream and chives on top. (via Blahnik Baker)

Potato Chip Cups

Make “potato chip” cups by using a muffin tin to shape strips of thinly sliced fresh potato. After they’ve baked and cooled, fill them with guac, salsa… or whatever your heart desires! (via Yummily Yours)

Pull Apart Pretzel and Beer Cheese Dip

What’s better than homemade soft pretzels? Pretzels that you can make in a skillet while simultaneously making the beer cheese dip to go with them. (via Host the Toast)

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

It’s cheesy, it’s “fried” and it’s veggie loaded. Mac and cheese is sandwiched between two slices of zucchini, then breaded and oven “fried” (read: baked) to perfection. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Southern tailgaters will be no stranger to this fan favorite, but even they’ll fall in love with the twist of adding caramelized onions to the sweet cornbread batter. (via On Sugar Mountain)

Focaccia Pizza

These pizza triangles, made on herby and thick focaccia bread, can be easily made in the oven or grill depending where you tailgate. (via Just a Taste)

Bacon Hot Dog

As football season wears on, you’ll grow tired of your standard dog. Call an audible and switch things up with this bacon and onion topped hot dog. (via Creole Contessa)

Chipotle Cheddar and Corn Fritter Burgers

Here’s your burger game plan: Make a chipotle-spiced patty, smother it in fresh cheddar cheese and top it with sweet corn fritters and guacamole for game time success. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Garlic Parmesan Ranch Pretzels

You’ll need all the energy you can get cheering on your team this season. Carb-load with this flavor bursting pretzel bites. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Football Whoopie Pies

Save room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on these chocolate whoopie pies. (via Everyday Occasions)

Mozzarella Cheese Balls

When mozzarella sticks morph into one-bite dippers that’ll have you going back for seconds and thirds and fourths and… (via The Apple Crate)

Chili Cheese Chips

This is not your average potato chip. It’s baked in chili spices and smothered in cheese. We nominate this chip for the next Heisman! (via Bakeaholics Mama)

Popcorn Shrimp

We won’t blame you if you miss the first quarter to finish off a basket of these lightly fried and super crispy shrimp. (via The Galley Gourmet)

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

Whatever your tailgate burger style, sandwich your patty between these spicy buns. Feel free to skip the cheese topping, since buns come fully loaded. (via The Growing Foodie)

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Who said all sliders had to have a burger patty between the bun? Use this soft poppy seed bun to sandwich melted cheese, tomato and country ham instead. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Macadamia Pretzels

Use storebought pretzels, macadamia oil and a homemade spice blend to make this crunchy, nutty and spicy flavored snack. (via Delicious by Dre)

Tailgate Fries

Made in a foil pouch, you can heat up these pockets filled with French fries, pulled pork and coleslaw on your tailgate’s grill. (via Life’s Ambrosia)

Pizza Puffs

Make these pizza puffs with any toppings you desire — peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni. The point is, it all goes great in these mini-muffin sized bites. (via Lief Currents)

Mexican Potato Skins

Unlike standard potato skins, these guys aren’t packed with bacon and cheese. Instead, they’re loaded with Mexican flavors, like black beans, green chiles and enchilada sauce. (via Life Currents)

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

You won’t want to pass the plate once you’ve dug into these bacon-wrapped spuds. (via The Right Recipe)

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip puts all other dips to shame. It’s made with sweet caramelized onions, hoppy beer, cream cheese, sour cream and smokey bacon. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This one is a three-for-one when it comes to bar food favorites. Crispy onion rings, smokey bacon and a spicy Sriracha glaze combine for one mouthwatering bite. (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

Touchdown Brownies

These brownies are everything you could want in a tailgate dessert — gooey chocolate bars loaded with sweet caramel, chocolate chips, salty pretzels and toasted pecans. (via The Baker Mama)

Walking Taco Burger Sliders

Taco meets burgers in these easily transportable sliders. You can chow down on the salsa and tortilla topped patties while you make friends with the tailgate next door. (via Brown Sugar)

Spicy Grilled Wings

No worries on how to get crispy and juicy wings in a parking lot. This recipe calls for making the smothered and spicy wings right on the grill. (via Or Whatever You Do)


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