27 Easy Ballpark Recipes That Are All A Grand Slam

sonoran hot dogs

Baseball season is one of the most delicious times of the year, but between the tickets, the beers (or ice cream), and the requisite hot dogs at the stadium, it can also be a pretty expensive time of the year, too. So we say, why not bring the stadium home with some ballpark-approved recipes? This isn't all peanuts and Cracker Jacks either – we've got all the best burgers, nachos, and treats (like caramel corn and copycat Klondike Bars) you'll need this season to root for your favorite team all the way until the World Series.

Is it really a day at the ballpark if you don't get a juicy hot dog with all your favorite toppings? We think not, so don't leave things up to chance. Make sure you've got your hot dogs on lock (or better yet, do a hot dog board!) Some of our favorite hot dogs (that go beyond just ketchup and mustard) include the iconic Chicago-style hot dog (especially for the Cubs and White Sox fans), a Sonoran hot dog (for the Dodgers, Angels, and Padres fans), or something everyone will like, like some vegan chili dogs, corn dogs, and grilled beer brats. More of a burger person? We've got plenty of ways to top a burger, as well as an ultra clever french fry board and loaded fries that'll round out your spread.

Whatever you do, don't forget the drinks and treats! Homemade frozen Cherry Coke slushies are the best of both worlds, but we are not opposed to these boozy watermelon sour slushies when we really want to take the meal into Home Run territory.

Beer Cheese

Warm, creamy dips are required on any game day, but if you really want to start the party, put out a pot of beer cheese. Spiked with lager and Dijon mustard, this smooth and glossy cheese dip will be devoured by fans everywhere.

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beer cheese in a black pot topped with chives, surrounded with soft pretzels

Chipotle Pulled Pork

Chipotle chiles add a smoky heat to a classic pulled pork sandwich. This would be the biggest hit at your game day get-together or a great way to spice up a potluck gathering while still being easy enough to serve for a regular dinner. This pulled pork is saucy and spicy, but the creamy coleslaw helps calm the heat. Pile it high on some hamburger buns or serve it in toasted tortillas for a change. Either way, this will be an instant win.

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chipotle pulled pork

Homemade Lemonade

While we love adding fruity twists to this warm-weather drink, this recipe is our go-to when we’re looking for simple, classic, and ridiculously refreshing. If you usually go for picking up a container of Minute Maid, then you may be surprised by just how easy (and delicious) classic lemonade is to make at home. All you need is the perfect ratio of 3 simple, staple ingredients—plus water—to create this sweet-tart summer favorite, exactly how you like it.

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homemade lemonade with lemon slices

Sonoran Hot Dog

Our take on this Mexican-inspired hot dog is based off of versions made in Arizona where it's a standard—warm pinto beans, fresh jalapeño salsa, onion, tomato, mustard, and mayo. The split-top bun is essential to the look, but the hot dogs can be prepared on regular buns; you can simply split the tops yourself and load 'em up!

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sonoran hot dogs

Copycat Klondike Bars

This homemade version of the classic summer dessert comes together with a no-churn ice cream and a simple two-ingredient chocolate topping. One bite and the thin chocolate layer will shatter in your mouth, revealing the light vanilla ice cream inside. What more could you want on a hot day?

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copycat klondike bars

French Fry Board

Forget charcuterie, we've found our newest obsession: French fry boards. You can fill them with whatever type of fries you like best. We just recommend a good variety. As for sauces, you can do better than just ketchup. Think: peri peri sauce, mango chutney, spicy mayo, and honey mustard!

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french fry board with condiments
Erik Bernstein

Kettle Corn

Now you don’t have to wait for the carnival to come back to town! If you're new to this ballpark fave, kettle corn is popcorn that is cooked or mixed with sugar and salt instead of just salt. The combination makes for an perfectly sweet-salty treat that’s ideal for movie night, an afternoon sugar craving, or on the snack table at your next picnic or barbecue.

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kettle corn, sweet and salt popcorn, homemade kettle corn

Frozen Cherry Coke Slushies

This childhood favorite is peak 7-Eleven nostalgia in the best possible way. Frozen cherries are blended with Coke (both frozen into cubes and straight up) with a splash of lime juice for a surprisingly balanced and totally drinkable frozen drink. The optional addition of a little booze makes for the perfect poolside or patio pounder on a sunny afternoon.

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cherry coke blended frozen slushies topped with a lime wedge and maraschino cherry

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade soft pretzels are better than any concession stand pretzel you can find. Soft and pillowy, they are a dream for dipping in mustard or nacho cheese, or skip the pretzel salt and toss them in a little cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat!

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homemade soft pretzels


This end-all-be-all recipe is loaded with nachos supreme-inspired toppings—melty cheese, ground beef, two types of beans, and pickled jalapeños to name a few—but we use this as a jumping-off point to add all of our favorites. Switch it up with your favorite cheese and toppings to make this game day snack completely your own.

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nachos supreme delishcom
Parker Feierbach

Grilled Beer Brats

Did you know? It takes almost zero cooking skills (you do have to know how to turn the grill on) to get perfectly charred brats topped with flavor-packed caramelized onions and peppers. First, the brats get charred on the grill. Then they finish off in a simmering beer bath alongside the veg. Use whatever beer you like to drink, but not IPAs (India Pale Ales), which are brewed to be hoppy (i.e. bitter).

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grilled beer brats
Andrew bui

Loaded Fries

A true legend in the game day appetizer hall of fame, these loaded fries are the simple, classic appetizer that you can turn to again and again. This recipe is not only topped with all of the staples you know and love (crispy bacon, melty cheese, and scallions), but we added a few extra special touches that truly make this app the MVP.

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crinkle fries on a sheet pan topped with melted cheese, bacon, ranch, and banana peppers

Fruit Popsicles

In the heat of summer (or during a sunny baseball game), nothing satisfies quite like a fruit popsicle. This classic strawberry version is big on fruit flavor and not too sweet.

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strawberry fruit popsicles

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicago is as picky about hot dogs as New York is about pan pizza. The specific toppings are as important as the order in which they get layered. It's been "dragged through the garden," as the locals say, and we know you'll love it so very much.

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chicago style hot dog
Joel goldberg

Nacho Cheese

There is something so enticing about nacho cheese from concession stands: silky smooth, pleasantly tacky, clings to every chip, fry, and bite. Even if you aren't hungry, it's impossible to pass up. Now you can make it at home anytime the craving hits. We even dedicated a nacho casserole to the sauce! Serve this cheese with homemade chips, soft pretzels, or top your favorite nachos with it!

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nacho cheese
Parker Feierbach

Easy Churros

We don't often feel like getting a deep fry going. But when you have an easy churro recipe this delicious, it's absolutely worth it. They only take a few minutes to fry and will actually still taste good at room temp, making them a great party dessert!

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churros on a platter with chocolate dipping sauce

Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Tenders

If you’re looking for a kid-approved twist using chicken tenders, enter this cornflake-crusted chicken recipe. Perfectly sliced chicken is coated in a blend of crispy cornflake crumbs, and seasoned just right for the extra pop of flavor. The golden-brown exterior showcases the distinct texture of those crunchy cornflakes. These tenders aren’t just a meal; they’re an adventure on a plate.

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cornflake crusted chicken tenders dipped in honey mustard

Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers might seem like the obligatory vegetarian alternative at a grill-out, but that doesn’t mean they can’t taste glorious in their own right. Whether charred on the grill or cooked to caramelized perfection in a cast-iron pan, these veggie burgers will make even meat lovers decide to go meatless for a meal.

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veggie burger topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and chipotle mayo on a wood board

Boozy Sour Watermelon Slushies

For when you just can't get enough of arguably the best Sour Patch Kids flavor—watermelon! Feel free to infuse any of your favorite flavor of the candy in vodka too—you really can't go wrong.

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boozy sour watermelon slushies

Caramel Popcorn

Making from-scratch caramel corn couldn't be easier—no need to hit the ballpark for it. You start with popped popcorn and then make a simple caramel sauce by boiling butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup for a few minutes in a small saucepan. Pour that over the popcorn and toss until combined, then bake! Baking at a low temperature for about an hour is key to caramel corn with that irresistible crunch.

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caramel popcorn
Andrew Bui

Soft Pretzel Bites

Using canned biscuits to make pretzel bites is the best hack ever. The pretzels won't look gorgeous as they come out of the boiling water, but don't worry—they will brown and crisp up and be oh-so-beautiful when they come out of the oven!

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soft pretzel bites

Best-Ever Burger

Whether you load yours up with all the burger toppings imaginable or prefer to keep it simple, the best cheeseburger first and foremost must nail the basics. We’re here to give you our recipe for the best burger possible, from the well-seasoned patty to the best cheese. Fire up the grill—our go-to recipe will be the base for your favorite burgers at cookouts all summer long.

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best ever burger
Erik bernstein

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

As with all great cookies 'n' cream ice creams, this one has the perfect ratio of creamy vanilla ice cream to chunks of cookies. We used chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), but you could mix in an equivalent amount of cookie chunks (chocolate chip, perhaps?) for a different flavor.

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no churn cookies and cream ice cream

Vegan Chili Dogs

We have to be honest, this meatless version might be better than meat-full chili dogs. Sure it's hard to replicate the snap of a true hot dog with plant-based ingredients, but this complex chili is world changing. You're going to want to put it on way more than just veggie dogs. We see chili mac, tamale pie, and plenty of chili fries in your future.

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vegan chili dogs
Suzanne Clements

Funnel Cake

No need to wait for baseball season to start to enjoy this tasty treat. We were shocked at just how easily these came together and taste like they came right from your favorite fair vendor. Try our Flamin' Hot Cheetos funnel cake next!

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funnel cake
Hearst Owned

Frito Pie

If you’re unfamiliar with this classic snack, let us set the record straight: these are more like a portable loaded chili (or taco) than a pie. We load ours up with homemade chili with ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and plenty of toppings. If you’re looking for an easy way to add some fun to your weeknight dinner or need a game day snack, then these staple portable meals are for you.

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frito pie
Park Feierbach

Classic Corn Dogs

No one can deny the crispy, slightly sweet, perfectly fried lure of a corn dog. Surprisingly, they're easy to make at home. The batter fries up quickly and super crispy. These will transport you right back to being a kid at a baseball game.

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classic corn dogs
Parker feierbach

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