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Great company and tasty air fryer football food are key ingredients to the best game day parties. Whether you’re hosting or attending, these easy air fryer recipes are a great way to fuel up as you cheer for your favorite team. This collection includes more than 25 healthy, tasty, and delicious appetizers, main dishes and side dishes that the whole cheer squad will enjoy this football season.
Most of these are ready in under 30 minutes and use a handful of common ingredients. You can also make some of these easy football food recipes ahead of time if needed. In this post, I’ll share various finger foods you can easily and quickly make in your air fryer with minimal prep.
- Recipes for the whole family: These are simple and easy recipes for the whole family to enjoy on game day while you root for your favorite team
- Healthy Options: If you’re searching for a better way to celebrate big games like Super Bowl Sunday, I’m sharing healthy air fryer football food recipes that use less oil and deliver fried-food flavor and taste minus deep frying.
- Tasty Air Fryer Recipes: This is a curated collection of finger foods you can make in the air fryer—lots of common foods (including several in my keto tailgate food recipes) do not include air fryer instructions.
Below are some of my favorite air fryer game day recipes.
Air Fryer Super Bowl Recipes
Host the ultimate game day party with this collection of easy air fryer super bowl recipes and air fryer football food. Includes appetizers, main dishes and options for dips.
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
These crispy chicken wings are a game changer and one of my favorite recipes. You won't believe that they don't use a deep fryer or batter. They come together in about 30 minutes.
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Enjoy your Buffalo Wild Wings special guiltlessly as you root for your team. These use my easy homemade buffalo wing sauce and go well with my homemade blue cheese dressing dip.
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
These jalapeno poppers are the best Super Bowl bites. They are wrapped in bacon and include a ranch cream cheese fulling.
Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites
Bite-sized air fryer football food like this is convenient to eat as you focus on the game. Use 4 simple ingredients to make juicy bites in under 15 minutes.
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
While most of these recipes don't require special air fryer accessories, I prefer to make this in a round insert or directly in the bottom of the cooking pot that comes in multi-cookers like Ninja Foodi and Instant Pot. This recipe includes just three main ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
If you thought that you couldn't make frozen foods in your air fryer, then you must check out this main dish. I use my Ninja Foodi, chicken dry rub recipe, and a little bit of olive oil to make this option.
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
These garlic parmesan chicken wings are as juicy as they come—a low-carb version of the restaurant delicacy.
Marinated Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer
Make healthy air fryer football food using a simple homemade marinade and chicken wings. These take less than 30 minutes in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Scallops
Try these 4-ingredient bites if you’re looking for super easy and quick game day air fryer recipes. Top them with my lemon garlic butter sauce for the ultimate flavor.
Air Fryer Ribs Recipe
These fall-off-the-bone ribs always win even when your team loses, so you don’t feel the pain. They use 3 main ingredients and are super tasty.
Keto Low-Carb Onion Rings
Make these 25-minute, crunchy, and delicious keto onion rings to guiltlessly snack on through the game.
Air Fryer Keto Crab Cakes
Make your Mary-land style crab cakes at home with more crab and fewer carbs in 30 minutes. Enjoy them with my homemade keto tartar sauce.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
This is probably the easiest of all the game day air fryer recipes. The eggs will be ready in under 15 minutes, and you can use them to make deviled eggs.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
These bite-sized chicken tenders have fried-chicken flavors and crispiness without deep frying or breading. Pair them with my low carb keto ranch dressing, Greek yogurt ranch dip (which can use greek yogurt or sour cream), or spicy mayo.
Air Fryer BBQ Wings
Forget the grill. These juicy air fryer bbq wings are made easier courtesy of your air fryer. They are the perfect addition to your game day grub because of their smokey taste and 30 minute cook time.
Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower
If you're looking for something like tater tots, but want your football party foods to be low carb, then try roasted cauliflower as a great game day snack.
Air Fryer Garlic Shrimp-Hawaiian Style
This is a hit if you’re looking for extra awesome air fryer Super Bowl recipes. The dish is flavor-packed and will be ready in a few minutes.
Air Fryer Salmon Bites
This air fryer football food is the epitome of simplicity and delight. It requires 7 ingredients and comes together in under 10 minutes.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites
Enjoy these garlicky chicken bites with the whole family as you cheer for your team. They are tender, juicy, and simply delicious.
Air Fryer Brats
Here’s a simple 1-ingredient protein recipe that makes all the difference. Game-day brats will be ready in 15 minutes. I personally find them to be a great alternative to hot dogs, which you can also make in your air fryer.
Air Fryer Kreole Beef Kabobs
These timeless beef kabobs are perfect football game snacks. Easy to make, convenient to serve a crowd, and fun to eat.
Crispy Air Fryer Old Bay Chicken Wings
Old Bay chicken wings are an everyday- favorite for most people. They’re crispy and refreshingly tasty.
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings
These are perfect if you’re looking for healthy air fryer football food ideas. You can never go wrong with lemon chicken wings.
Keto Fried Pickles In The Air Fryer
You need less than 10 ingredients and about 20 minutes to whip up keto game-day snacks. Indulge guiltlessly and enjoy the match.
Air Fryer Roasted Shishito Peppers
These 3-ingredient Japanese favorites are effortlessly crowd pleasers. They are easy to make and will be ready in 10 minutes.
Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers
Foods that cook from frozen like this are lifesavers. Your game-day frozen turkey burger comes together in less than 15 minutes.
Keto Avocado Fries In The Air Fryer
Keto avocado fries are simple and delightful football game snacks. They use a handful of common ingredients.
Common football foods include classic appetizers and what many might call junk food. Typical options include chicken wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, French fries (or sweet potato fries, if you’re being fancy), chips and dips like cheddar cheese queso and guacamole.
Most meats and vegetables do well in the air fryer. You can cook chicken, tilapia, steak, shrimp, pork ribs, meatballs, mushrooms, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and potatoes. You’ll notice that most of these also make great air fryer football recipes.
If you’re looking for air fryer Super Bowl recipes or regular-day options to enjoy on a daily basis, you need to know what you cannot cook in the air fryer. For starters, anything that doesn’t fit in a single layer in the air fryer basket isn’t suitable. There should be enough space for the hot air to circulate. Other foods that don’t work well in an air fryer are:
– Raw grains: Raw grains need to be cooked/immersed in water, yet air fryers use hot, dry air.
– Fresh greens: These will cook unevenly because an air fryer uses high-speed air.
– Whole roasts: Most whole roasts won’t fit well in the basket of your air fryer.
– Battered foods: Wet batter is messy and will also not set well in an air fryer. Recently, there are options for air fryer batter that you can purchase for breading and making crispy foods in your air fryer
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