Breakfast Tailgate Foods

Tailgating is an almost-essential part of the in-person football-game watching experience. In fact, according to the American Tailgate Association, as many as 30 percent of tailgaters never even get inside the stadium, instead choosing to continue the parking lot party. Traditional foods such as hamburgers, chili and hot dogs can be great for a late afternoon game, but when the game starts early, a tailgate-style breakfast might be in order.

No Cooking Required

Some easy additions to a breakfast tailgate are foods that do not require cooking at all. Muffins and bagels with a variety of flavored cream cheeses are a delicious option, as well as fresh fruit or a fruit salad. Yogurt and granola are also easy and tasty.

Heartier Fare

For an easy, make-ahead meal, try breakfast burritos. Wrap scrambled eggs, cooked bacon or sausage, some salsa and canned green chilies, shredded cheese and cooked hash browns in a flour tortilla. Wrap the burrito in foil, and refrigerate until game time. When it's time to serve, you can heat the burrito on the grill in foil. Instead of the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, large breakfast sausages can be grilled for a hearty start to game day.


Early morning games can be chilly, so warm drinks are a nice touch. Bring hot chocolate, spiced cider or mocha in a thermos. For those who want to enjoy an adult-only treat, pack bloody mary mix.

Tailgating Tips

There are some things to remember to be prepared for the perfect morning tailgate. Remember to bring plenty of paper plates, utensils, cups and napkins. Prepare as much food as possible ahead of time, doing any slicing, shredding or chopping the night before. Put all non-perishables in the car the night before.

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Emily Potter has written professionally since 1998. She has edited local magazines, such as "Family Living in Southeast Idaho," and worked as a reporter for the "Idaho State Journal." Potter has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Montana.

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