Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, heading out to a professional game is always a memorable experience. Feeling the energy from the fans and seeing pro athletes right in front of you is nothing short of exciting, but the true star is the food. There really is nothing quite like stadium food and there are some people who go to games just to indulge in their favorite stadium foods. No judgment here! It’s not something you get to do every day, after all.
The world is still living through a pandemic and as a result, a trip to the stadium to see some games while you chow down on a corn dog is kind of out of the question. We understand if you’re missing these treats, so we’re here to not only celebrate these beloved stadium staples but also give you some easy recipes so you can recreate these dishes right at home.
Here are the stadium foods we’re missing the most right now—and we’re sure you are, too.
Oh, the hot dog. Slathering up a hot dog with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, and all your favorite fixings is simply a stadium classic. Instead, you can fire up the grill and try making your own at home. Trust us—if you take one bite and close your eyes, you can just picture that stadium.
Get our recipe for Easy (and Healthy!) Hot Dogs.
OK, we know a corn dog is a hot dog that is just covered in batter, but still, it deserves a spot on this list.
Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.
Biting into a warm, soft, lightly salted pretzel as you cheer for your favorite team? Nothing better. Now, you can do that right from your own couch.
Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. (This version even uses whole wheat flour and is ready in just 30 minutes!)
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If there is one item you will find on the menus of every food stand in a stadium, it’s French fries. We’re not mad at it! Fries are a classic stadium staple for a reason, as they’re easy to eat in between all the cheering and standing up and down that tends to happen at games. Now, it’s up to you to make a delicious version of these spuds yourself!
Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Oven-Baked French Fries.
What is the best food to pair along with those fries? Chicken fingers, of course. It doesn’t matter how old you are, when you’re in a stadium, there is nothing better than the great combo that is some chicken fingers and fries. Although you might not want to share this meal, it’s one that is easily shareable, which makes it ideal for game-time.
Get our recipe for The Crispiest Oven-Fried Chicken.
Crunchy chips slathered in creamy cheese that you can just eat with your hands is part of the magic of nachos. Nothing like cheering for that touchdown or goal while you’re chowing down on some of these.
Get our recipe for Mouthwatering Steak Nachos.
One of the best parts of going to a baseball stadium for a game is the fact that you often will see plenty of people enjoying some soft serve ice cream that is served up in little plastic helmets. They make for great keepsakes and, well, it’s just a fun element you can only get a game. Might have to stock up on some goodies that represent your team to really serve your ice cream the right way!
Get our recipe for Homemade Ice Cream You Can Make Without a Machine!
A churro is one of those sweet treats you don’t see everywhere, and there is something about the sugary-goodness of one that you can get at a stadium.
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
Treating yourself to a juicy burger when you’re in a stadium is a must. Again, it’s easy to hold in one hand as you hold a drink in the other that you sip on between bites. Just be careful not to let any of it fall as you’re watching the game! Now that you’re in your living room.
Get our recipe for a Scrumptious Cowboy Burger.
Those jumbo bags of popcorn at any sporting event are nothing short of iconic. You can whip up a batch yourself and why not pour some in bags to really give you the feeling that someone is tossing it to you as you eagerly wait in your seat?
Get our recipe for Trail Mix Popcorn.
A lobster roll is a true indulgence that you can get in some stadiums. It’s a nice way to get your seafood fix in a convenient sandwich!
Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.
Wings pair well with just about any and every sport, so it’s no wonder they’re a classic stadium menu item. At least at home, you don’t have to worry about walking far from your seat to stock up on more napkins, as wings can get messy. A bit of an upside, right?
Get our recipe for The Best-Ever Buffalo Wings.