The best NFL stadium food on offer to its fans, from Brat-in-a-Blanket at Lambeau Field to the Gridiron Burger Challenge in Arizona.
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Are you on the hunt for the best food at NFL stadiums? Well, we’re here to spill the beans… no beans on the list, don’t worry.
Normally, conversations around food and football focus on the tailgate scene.
But if you spend four hours or so inside the stadium on a Sunday, chances are you’ll be looking for something to satisfy your appetite.
Fortunately, NFL franchises know this, and many new stadiums offer some unique, mouth-watering items for fans. It’s not just your standard “hot dog and a pretzel” anymore.
Some are tributes to a particular city or region’s culinary favorites, while others are pure celebrations of excess and gluttony. So, here are some examples of the best NFL stadium food.
Arizona Cardinals Stadium Food: Gridiron Burger Challenge
If you’re still reading after this first item, well, this is the list for you!
Starting in the 2018 season, the Arizona Cardinals offered a new food item along with a challenge. For $75, fans could order a seven-pound Gridiron Burger that included the following:
- 5 1/3-lb. burger patties
- 5 all-beef hot dogs
- 20 slices of American cheese
- 5 bratwursts
- 8 slices of bacon
- 8 chicken tenders
- 12 ounces of fries
- Lettuce, Pickles, and Tanker Sauce all on a 10-inch bun
Whoa. How can this not feature on our list of NFL stadiums with the best food?!
If you somehow finished this behemoth, the ‘meal’ was free of charge. Plus you received a free Cardinals jersey and your picture on the scoreboard during the game!
With fan attendance policies affected by the pandemic, the Gridiron Burger Challenge slowed the past couple of seasons, and its status is uncertain for the 2022 NFL season. But if you’re giving this one a try – and you’re successful – we recommend requesting that free jersey a size larger than you previously wore!
Buffalo Bills: Donuts and Other County Fair-Type Fare
When football starts, that means cold weather is coming and it’s time to say farewell to summer.
Unless you’re at Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium, where state fair/carnival-type food offerings are available throughout the fall.
Fried peanut butter and jelly on a stick, chicken and waffles, funnel cakes, corn dogs – the Bills Mafia can choose from all these delights this fall as they watch their team try to claim that elusive Super Bowl title.
As an added bonus, Buffalo’s proximity to the Canadian border means selection like Beef on Weck Sidewinder Poutine (rare roast beef, cheese and scallions served over French fries with gravy) plus Canadian staple Tim Horton’s donuts and coffee available at stands throughout the stadium!
Green Bay Packers: Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and Other Local Favorites
If you could sum up the state of Wisconsin on one plate of food, it might be the Brat-in-a-Blanket.
A bratwurst, wrapped in melted cheese curds and topped with spicy beer mustard, served inside a pretzel bun. Hopefully you’re not counting calories, because you might go over your limit just looking at one of these.
The since-retired Horse Collar Sandwich, a 22-inch kielbasa served in semi-circular fashion on bread topped with beer cheese and sauerkraut, set the standard for Lambeau Field stadium food. The Brat in a Blanket is doing its part to keep that tradition alive.
Kansas City Chiefs: Brisket, Kingdom Inferno Chicken Sandwich
Chiefs football and BBQ go together like… well, like football and tailgating. Once inside Arrowhead Stadium, however, your options aren’t limited with several BBQ and brisket-related selections.
But locals rave about a selection called the Kingdom Inferno Chicken Sandwich. Breaded chicken tenders with pepper mayo, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and Buffalo sauce on a Brioche bun sounds like the perfect recipe to counter those bone-chilling Kansas City wind chills.
New York Jets: The Jumbo Jet Breakfast Sandwich
If you get a late start on your way to a New York Jets game, fear not. You can still enjoy breakfast once you arrive in a big way.
Meet the Jumbo Jet Breakfast Sandwich. It’s ten inches in diameter and features four eggs plus 2.5 lbs. of meat – a half-pound of Taylor ham (or pork roll to the locals), a 1 lb. chorizo patty and an extra-large breakfast sausage. With potato hash and spicy chimichurri sauce to top it off.
And in true New York fashion, it’s yours for just $50!
Philadelphia Eagles Stadium Food: Slim Chicken
You saw Philly on the list, and your mind went immediately to cheesesteaks. Surprise!
Instead, we’ll feature this delight that won a “Craziest Stadium Food” honor a couple years ago and removes that “all cheesesteaks, all the time” Philly reputation.
The only thing we can’t figure out is why ‘slim’ is part of the name. Too many of these beauties, and any notion of ‘slim’ goes right out the window.
It’s a chicken breast crusted in Frosted Flakes (yup, they’re grrrrr-eat!) and covered with sharp cheddar cheese and ghost chili honey-glazed bacon. And to top it all off? It’s all placed inside a sliced apple fritter.
No word on what this tastes like. The possibilities and combinations are a lot to consider, but there really is something here for everyone. We’re just wondering who came up with the idea for Frosted Flakes?
The Slim Chicken proves one thing – when it comes to trying new, creative ideas for stadium food, NFL teams and their vendors are nowhere close to running out of ideas. As the 2022 season gets ready to kick off, be sure to check out the concession stands at your favorite stadium to see what they’ll think up next. You sometimes find the best food at NFL stadiums!