51+ Best Air Fryer Appetizers for Game Day

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An air fryer excels at making crispy, bite sized appetizers! You can make appetizers for football game day or just for a fun family dinner.

This collection of 40+ air fryer appetizers has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a classic showstopping blooming onion, chicken wings or just looking for a way to heat up frozen tater tots!

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The best thing about an air fryer is that it lets get fried food taste with less oil, which means less calories. And nowhere is that more important than in making appetizers, since so many of the most delicious appetizers are fried.

🎉Appetizers Aren’t Just for Parties

We tend to think of parties when we think of appetizers, but they are great anytime. Make 3 or 4 air fryer appetizers and a selection of dipping sauces for dinner one night and your family will think it is a brilliant idea!

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But football, and especially the Super Bowl, is the perfect time to make some appetizers to eat while you enjoy the game, or the commercials, even if you aren’t hosting a big party.

chicken wings on a wooden cutting board

🍤How to Serve Air Fryer Appetizers

The best way to serve these air fryer appetizers is to set up a few serving platters with a selection of finger foods for easy grab and go. Serving lots of finger food means fewer dishes to clean up – which is always a win.

A basic rule of thumb is to have 3-4 different types of appetizers for 8-10 people. I like to include at least one semi-healthy choice among the appetizers, even if it is just carrot and celery sticks.

Along with the appetizers include a selection of dipping sauces in a collection of pretty bowls! Here are some of my favorite dipping sauces:

Additionally, some appetizers have condiments that just have to be included if you are serving them! If you are making chicken wings you need Blue cheese dressing. And a blooming onion has to have blooming onion sauce!

🍟Best Air Fryer Appetizers for Game Day

Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes topped with cheese, bacon bits and chives.
Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Twice baked potatoes are filled with mashed potatoes, sour cream and cheese and topped with bacon and chives and cooked in the air fryer.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Blooming onion on a plate with sauce in the background.
Air Fryer Blooming Onion. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This air fryer blooming onion looks difficult to make, but it really isn’t.Make this restaurant quality appetizer at home.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Blooming Onion

Air Fryer Ravioli

Crispy air fryer ravioli on a plate with one dipping into a sauce.
Air Fryer Ravioli. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These crispy bite size breaded and air fryer ravioli are delicious dipped in marinara sauce and would be perfect for your next game day party.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Ravioli

Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Egg roll cut in half and dipped into sweet chili sauce.
Air Fryer Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make crispy homemade egg rolls in an air fryer! These takeout favorites are crispy on the outside and filled tasty pork and cabbage.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Air Fried Pearl Onions

Air fried pearl onion on a toothpick with more fried onions on a plate in the background.
Air Fried Pearl Onions. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make air fried pearl onions for bloomin’ onion taste with less effort! These cute bite-sized onions are breaded and air fried for a crispy snack. Easy to make and perfect for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Air Fried Pearl Onions

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

Air fryer lemon pepper wings on a cutting board with celery.
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer lemon pepper wings are a delicious and crispy chicken wing appetizer. Easy, keto friendly, three ingredient recipe. Air fry frozen wings too!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers on a platter with a bowl of dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer jalapeño poppers feature jalapeño halves stuffed with a cream cheese filling and topped with bacon. Perfect party appetizer for a game day gathering.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryer sweet potato fries in three metal fry containers with dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These tasty air fryer sweet potato fries are a fun & healthy alternative to french fries. Enjoy sweet potato fry taste at home with fewer calories.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Southwest Egg Rolls

Plate of southwest egg rolls cut open to show the filling of beans, chicken, corn and cheese.
Southwest Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer southwest egg rolls – just like Chilis egg rolls! Chicken with corn, beans, onions, cheese & spicy Tex Mex seasoning dipped in sauce.
Get the Recipe: Southwest Egg Rolls

Sweet Chili Wings

Bowl of Thai sweet chili wings on a gray and white napkin.
Sweet Chili Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Sweet chili wings have tender, crispy chicken covered in a sticky, sweet & spicy sauce! You’ll be licking the sauce off your fingers and reaching for another!
Get the Recipe: Sweet Chili Wings

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Closeup of a pile of fried green tomatoes on a plate.
Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer fried green tomatoes have a crispy outside coating of cornmeal & panko with a juicy tomato inside. A fun appetizer to make & eat!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fryer Cheese Bites

Cheese bite coated in hot cheetos on a plate with a black and white checked napkin.
Air Fryer Cheese Bites. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Flaming Hot Cheetos Air Fryer Cheese Bites are cheese cubes are coated in crushed Cheetos and air-fried. These are crispy with gooey melted cheese inside for a delicious snack.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Cheese Bites

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

A person dipping fried shrimp into a bowl of dip.
Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is the perfect appetizer for your next game day party! Make this copycat Bonefish Grill recipe for crispy shrimp with a spicy sauce.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Bowl of zucchini chips with parsley in front of two bowls of dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer zucchini chips are an easy to make healthy snack. Zucchini is coated with panko or pork rinds & parmesan for a crispy snack.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings

Plate of air fryer ranch wings with tongs in the background.
Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer ranch chicken wings are a tasty game day snack! They are tender and crisp with lots of ranch flavor which makes them perfect for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

Closeup of someone dipping a pretzel bite in mustard sauce.
Air Fryer Pretzel Bites. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make air fryer pretzel bites from canned biscuits! These easy pretzel bites are perfect for dipping in hot mustard sauce and enjoying for your next game day party.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac and cheese bites with broccoli on a wooden cutting board.
Mac and Cheese Bites. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Bite sized creamy Mac & Cheese topped off with bacon and fried onions. These air fryer mac and cheese bites are crispy on the edges and soft and creamy in the middle. Quick and easy!
Get the Recipe: Mac and Cheese Bites

Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Crispy pasta chips on a plate with sauce.
Air Fryer Pasta Chips. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These air fryer pasta chips are crunchy, crispy and addictive! Make these easy-to-make, kid friendly pasta chips fast. Just boil pasta, toss with oil, season and air fry.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Air Fryer Meatballs

Plate of frozen meatballs with toothpicks sticking out of them.
Air Fryer Meatballs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Easy air fryer meatballs are quick to make & tasty. Have homemade meatballs ready in about 20 minutes. Eat as is, make a meatball sub or combine with pasta.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Meatballs

Air Fryer Potato Skins

Plate of potato skins topped with cheese, bacon and chives.
Air Fryer Potato Skins. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer potato skins have crispy edges, melty cheese and bacon with delicious potato flavor. Ready in 15 minutes and a great game day snack!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Potato Skins

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Red basket full of air fryer fried pickles with pickles in the background.
Air Fryer Fried Pickles. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer fried pickles are crispy outside and soft and tangy inside. The air fryer gives these a great crunch and taste, similar to fried pickles you’d get at your favorite restaurant.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Tater tots in the basket of an air fryer.
Air Fryer Tater Tots. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Using an air fryer to cook tater tots makes them crispy without deep frying. This dish is great a side dish or an appetizer dipped into spicy ketchup.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Tater Tots

Air Fryer Tortellini

Bowl full of air fryer fried tortellini with cheese sprinkled on top.
Air Fryer Tortellini. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Crispy air fryer tortellini are delicious! Cheese tortellini is coated in panko and for a dish that has a crunchy texture filled with melty cheese. Serve with dipping sauces.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Tortellini

Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

Tater Tots on skewers with cheese and bacon added.
Loaded Tater Tot Skewers . Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Loaded tater tot skewers are the ultimate game day appetizer! Crispy tater tots are topped with cheese & bacon and served on skewers. Air fryer recipe
Get the Recipe: Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

Stuffed Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Ham and cheese biscuits cut in half with mustard dipping sauce.
Stuffed Ham and Cheese Biscuits. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Stuffed Ham and Cheese Biscuits are a delicious appetizer. Flaky biscuits are stuffed with ham & cheese filling and drenched with butter – YUM! Cook in the air fryer in 15 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Stuffed Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Air Fryer Tofu

Fried tofu on a plate with one bitten into and a bowl of dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Tofu. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These crispy air fryer tofu nuggets are a quick & easy vegetarian recipe. Tofu is seasoned and air fried for healthy tofu that is ready in 15 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Tofu

Air Fryer Shrimp

Platter of shrimp after air frying with drawn butter in the background.
Air Fryer Shrimp. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This delicious recipe for air fryer shrimp is quick and easy! The air fryer makes juicy and crisp shrimp, perfectly cooked.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Shrimp

Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe

Chinese chicken egg rolls on a cutting board.
Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Skip takeout and make egg rolls at home! These sweet & sour chicken egg rolls with sweet & sour chicken rolled up in an egg roll wrapper. Air fryer recipe.
Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Buffalo chicken egg rolls on a wooden cutting board with celery and sprinkled with blue cheese.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These Buffalo chicken egg rolls are a fun way to combine an egg roll with spicy chicken wings! Simple recipe with only 6 ingredients!
Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

Plate of BBQ chicken wings in front of an air fryer.
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken wings are perfect for a game day snack or dinner! Sweet and sticky honey barbecue sauce coats the wings for a delicious, crispy appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Corn Ribs

Corn ribs with fresh herbs being dipped into a creamy sauce.
Air Fryer Corn Ribs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer corn ribs make corn fun, perfect for dipping into sauce! Corn is sliced, coated with butter & spices and air fried for a trendy Tik Tok favorite.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Corn Ribs

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Crab rangoon in the air fryer basket.
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer crab rangoon are a delicious side dish. These crispy crab bites combine crab with cream cheese in a fried dumpling! Surprisingly easy to make.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Air Fryer Green Bean Fries

Top view of green bean fries on a cutting board with dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Green Bean Fries. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer green bean fries are a delicious crispy appetizer. Beans are coated in panko and Parmesan and air fried with no added oil! Fun game day snack!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Green Bean Fries

Air Fryer Mini Pizzas

3 biscuit pizzas on a cutting board.
Air Fryer Mini Pizzas. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Have a fun pizza night with irresistible Air Fryer Mini Pizzas! Make the crust from refrigerator biscuits, add toppings and cheese, and cook 4 min. for an easy snack or meal!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Mini Pizzas

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Pulling apart an air fryer mozzarella stick to show the gooey cheese inside.
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are a fun snack! These golden-brown goodies are crispy outside and ooey-gooey inside, making them an irresistible treat.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Spring Rolls

Closeup of crispy spring rolls cooked in air fryer.
Air Fryer Spring Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Crispy air fryer spring rolls are a quick appetizer for dinner or parties! Easy to make and perfect for serving with your favorite dipping sauce.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Spring Rolls

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritter getting dipped into sauce.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make zucchini fritters in air fryer! Just grate up a few zucchini, mix in some simple ingredients, and air fry the fritters for guilt-free comfort food.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bite size chestnuts wrapped in bacon on a toothpick.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make bacon wrapped water chestnuts in the air fryer for a tasty and simple appetizer recipe. Coated in a sweet sauce these are sweet and crispy.
Get the Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Cajun Wings

Chicken wing flat with Cajun spices.
Cajun Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Crispy Cajun wings are coated in a tasty blend of Cajun spices. Great snack for Mardi Gras, dinner with friends, or a game day. Air fry or oven bake.
Get the Recipe: Cajun Wings

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

Cheeseburger egg rolls cut in half and dipped into sauce.
Cheeseburger Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make crispy cheeseburger egg rolls in 30 minutes in the air fryer! These delicious snacks have the flavor of a cheeseburger in the form of an egg roll. Includes a simple recipe for a dipping sauce!
Get the Recipe: Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

Garlic Cheese Balls

cheese balls after baking
Garlic Cheese Balls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Use refrigerator biscuits to make these garlic cheese balls. Filled with gooey mozzarella cheese for a fun side dish or game day snack. Air fryer or oven.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Cheese Balls

Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels

Puff pastry pinwheels on a round wooden cutting board.
Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Elevate your game day menu with jalapeno popper pinwheels. Crispy puff pastry is filled with a creamy filling with lots of bacon and jalapenos. These are easy to make in the oven or air fryer.
Get the Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels

Old Bay Wings

Chicken wings are sizzling on a baking sheet during the finger food frenzy.
Old Bay Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Old Bay wings are a delicious and flavorful twist on traditional chicken wings. The Old Bay seasoning gives them a bold and spicy taste, perfect for game day!
Get the Recipe: Old Bay Wings

Shrimp Egg Rolls

Egg rolls on a plate with dipping sauce.
Shrimp Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make Air Fryer Shrimp Egg Rolls! These crispy delights are packed with shrimp and veggies. Perfect as a snack or party appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Egg Rolls

Meatball Crescent Rolls

Meatballs wrapped in dough on a wooden cutting board.
Meatball Crescent Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Wrapped in buttery crescent dough, each meatball crescent roll is filled with a savory, juicy meatball and melted cheese. Perfect for an appetizer or game-day snack.
Get the Recipe: Meatball Crescent Rolls

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Bbq chicken wings with celery and ketchup.
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Get crispy, spicy wings without the hassle of deep-frying. Air fryer buffalo wings recipe deliver all the flavor with no guilt. Juicy inside and crispy outside.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Chicken taquitos with sour cream on a plate.
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos are fun to make and to eat. Get an irresistible crunch with every bite, along with a spicy Buffalo filling. Perfect for parties or a quick weeknight dinner.
Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo tenders with blue cheese and celery.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Turn up the heat with Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders! The perfect blend of crunch and zesty buffalo flavor, made healthier in the air fryer. A protein-packed meal or a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls

Plate of ham and cheese pizza rolls.
Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls are bite-sized bundles of melty cheese, salty ham, and golden brown pizza crust – the perfect appetizer, after-school snack, or easy lunch
Get the Recipe: Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls

chicken wings on a wooden cutting board
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51 Best Air Fryer Appetizers

Published By Anne
Find all the best air fryer appetizer recipes, including this easy recipe for air fryer chicken wings!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken wings thawed if using frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Lay the wings on a paper towel lined baking sheet and pat them dry.
    2 pounds chicken wings
  • Put the wings in a large bowl and drizzle the oil over the top of them. Toss to coat them with oil.
    1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Mix the salt, seasoned salt, paprika, black pepper, dried parsley and onion powder in a bowl.
    1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Add the seasoning to the bowl with the wings and toss to coat them well.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Place the wings in the air fryer basket. Don’t crowd the basket, if you have a small air fryer cook the wings in batches.
  • Cook at 380 F for 10-15 minutes, taking the basket out to shake every 5 minutes.
  • The wings will be brown and crispy when done.
  • Serve the wings with your favorite dipping sauces.

Notes

The two biggest keys to getting crispy air fryer chicken wings are:
  • Patting the wings dry before adding the spices
  • Preheating the air fryer before adding the wings

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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