Five Essential Super Bowl Finger Food Ideas

There are a ton of Super Bowl finger food ideas out there, but these five essential recipes are no-brainers for your gameday party.
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Whether you’re into the commercials, excited for the actual football game or just watching for the halftime show, there’s one thing that everyone’s Super Bowl Sunday has in common: the food. When it comes to grubbing on game day, party hosts (and guests) are searching for simple, easy-to-eat and bite-sized snacks to chow down on, from the pregame show, through the halftime performance and all the way to the final whistle. That’s why we all turn to finger foods, those delicious, hand-held appetizers that are made to be eaten with your hands while you do other things, like watch the game or chat with friends. And if you’re in search for the best Super Bowl finger foods, you’re in luck.

While there are a ton of Super Bowl recipes out there—you’ll find more than 80 here, from drinks to mains to desserts—we’ve narrowed down the five touchdown-worthy, go-to Super Bowl finger foods that are sure to satisfy your hungry guests.


Soft pretzels

Giant soft pretzels are a staple at sporting events and they also happen to go great with an ice-cold beer. This recipes uses yeast, milk, honey, butter and bread flour to create a dough that you can use to form your pretzels into any shape.


  • 1 package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling

See the full recipe here.


Everything Spice Pigs in a Blanket

Using store-bought pizza dough to wrap cocktail franks into the classic pigs in a blanket appetizer. Then kick it up a notch by adds everything bagel spices on top.


Pigs in a Blanket

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 28 ounces beef cocktail franks
  • One large ball pizza dough, at room temperature (available at most pizzerias)
  • 2 egg yolks beaten with 2 tablespoons cold water

Spice Mix

  • 1/4 cup coarse dried garlic flakes
  • 1/4 cup coarse dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt

See the full recipe here.


Sticky Baked Chicken Wings

For the ultimate game-day snack, bake chicken wings in the over (instead of deep-frying) and toss them in a spicy glaze made with gochujang, the Korean red pepper paste.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 5 pounds chicken wings, split
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Thinly sliced scallions, toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for serving

See the full recipe here.


Warm Cheesy Artichoke Dip

This classic game day dip comes together quickly—simply pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor and serve it up with pita chips or veggies.


  • 2 1/2 cups canned, drained artichoke hearts (two 14-ounce cans)
  • 1 cup shredded muenster cheese
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus one teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

See the full recipe here.


Sesame-Soy Nut and Pretzel Mix

Combine salty nuts, pretzels, cereal and popcorn with a zesty mixture of spices for a crunchy snack mix that will be devoured by the fistfuls during the game.


  • 1 cup unsalted miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup whole-wheat cereal squares (such as Chex)
  • 3/4 cup wasabi peas
  • 2/3 cup unsalted roasted cashew halves
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 cups unsalted air-popped popcorn

See the full recipe here.

For more Super Bowl recipes, check out our recipe guide featuring ideas for drinks, appetizers, dips, desserts and more.