Game Day isn’t complete without a tasty spread. Here are 25 favorite vegan appetizer recipes and sandwiches for the big game. The list includes dips, finger foods, spreads, and hearty sandwiches that require two hands to hold. Now you’re set for tailgating!
This time of year, football is inescapable – especially in the college town where I live. And while there are all kinds of rivalries and opinions, one place we can come together is over the appetizer table.
So today I’m sharing 25 favorite vegan appetizer recipes & sandwiches for Game Day.
Whether you’re tailgating, having friends over to watch the game on TV, or you know, just feeling snack-y, these enticing appetizer recipes and sandwiches will surely satisfy. There’s everything from dips and spreads to finger foods and filling sandwiches.
Seven layer dip
In addition to tailgating, it’s great for parties & holidays!
Take your tacos on the go with vegan walking tacos. Everyone can get in on the fun by adding the toppings they love most.
Chili cheese tater tots
Of course, if you already have chili made, vegan chili dogs are a must! Ladle 3 bean chili over a grilled or pan fried veggie dog. Don’t forget the pickle plank!
Chili dog pizza
Keep the chili love going with this chili dog pizza. It has all of the flavors of that classic combo on a cornmeal pizza crust. Just add your favorite toppings!
Spinach artichoke dip
There’s a reason that vegan spinach artichoke dip is a classic. With big chunks of artichokes in every bite, this one is sure to please the artichoke lovers out there. The base is made with cashews, making it wonderfully smooth.
Pineapple salsa takes only 10 minutes to make! Fresh, juicy, and a welcome addition to your appetizer line-up. Just add tortilla chips!
Hummus: Four Ways
Buffalo hummus with vegan blue cheese
I know, I know. Everyone expects the vegans to bring hummus to a party. But hey, hummus is tasty!
- Keep it classic with a basic easy hummus recipe.
- Turn it up a notch with the brininess of kalamata olives.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes and spices for the flavors of pizza. Then top it with any of your favorite pizza toppings for added texture and interest.
- Or go with everyone’s favorite tailgating flavor – buffalo.
Tortilla pinwheels with buffalo hummus
Put that buffalo hummus to use in tortilla pinwheels. It’s a fun finger food option that is loaded with fresh vegetables.
Buffalo Soy Curls sandwich
Keep that buffalo theme going with a buffalo Soy Curls sandwich. The Soy Curls come together in minutes in the air fryer. Load the sandwiches up with vegan blue cheese dressing.
Soy Curls also work beautifully for a vegan BBQ sandwich. Top it with a mound of cool & creamy cole slaw.
Taquitos with jackfruit carnitas
Crispy vegan taquitos are filled with wine-infused jackfruit carnitas. Cook them in the oven or in the air fryer.
Baked taquitos with sweet potatoes
Loaded potato slices with cashew cream
Vegan fried ravioli isn’t just for restaurants anymore! Using the air fryer, it’s ready in about 20 minutes. Pull out some jarred marinara & get dunking!
Crispy fried pickles
Fried pickles with non-dairy ranch is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Make them in the air fryer or in hot oil on the stove.
In my pre-vegan life, I often got crab rangoon at a Chinese restaurant in Des Moines. Now you can make this simplified version of vegan crab rangoon at home with just a few ingredients.
Pierogi-style vegan quesadillas are stuffed with potatoes, onions, non-dairy cheese, and kraut. And on the side, there’s homemade non-dairy ranch for dipping.
Refried bean quesadilla
Or for a more standard quesadilla experience, make a refried bean quesadilla. With a simple spread of homemade refried beans and non-dairy cheese, this appetizer is as easy as it is delicious.
Jackfruit Philly cheesesteak
For a heartier option, a vegan Philly cheesesteak is a heavy-duty sandwich that screams comfort food. It’s packed with savory jackfruit, cashew cheese, sautéed onions, and peppers.
Air fryer bagel pizzas
Pick up a dozen bagels at your favorite bakery, slice them, and then let your guests add their favorite toppings for air fryer bagel pizzas. They’re ready to go in about 10 minutes!
Banh mi sandwich
This vegan banh mi sandwich is packed with seasoned seitan, carrots, radishes, cucumber, and cilantro. It’s a delicious mix of hearty, cool, and crunchy.
Originally posted December 2017. Content and photos updated September 2019.