By Vanessa Greaves

Get over your fear of frying! Here's a healthier way to indulge in crispy fried finger food for your next tailgate. When you make these tempting snacks in your air fryer, you'll use just a hint of oil compared to a deep-fryer — but you'll still get the kind of crowd-pleasing fan food your pals will cheer for. Check out some of our favorites.

20 Tailgate Party Snacks From Your Air Fryer

1. Air-Fryer Fries

Hand-cut potato sticks (peeled or unpeeled) are air-fried and seasoned for an almost guilt-free snack. This recipe works well with sweet potatoes, too. Recipe creator Betty Soup offers three ideas for seasoning:

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
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2. Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

"Crunchy, cheesy fried zucchini chips without the guilt of deep frying. This is the perfect way to make use of those abundant zucchini from the garden! Serve with marinara sauce for dipping." — Soup Loving Nicole


3. Air-Fried Taco Dogs

"Hot dogs cooked in an air fryer inside their buns, then topped with taco fixings, will redefine Taco Tuesday. The air fryer renders the hot dogs crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside." — Buckwheat Queen

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4. Potato Hay

"Excellent recipe. The timing was perfect. At 13 minutes the potatoes were crispy outside and soft inside." — Buckwheat Queen

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5. Air-Fried Onion Rings

"This was the first time using my Air Fryer, and they came out pretty good. I would make the slices at least 1/2 inch wide because the breading masked too much of the onion flavor." — Deb C

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6. Air Fryer Avocado Fries

"Wonderfully crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Great with garlicky aioli." — Bren. Tip: Choose avocados that are ripe but firm enough to batter and fry.

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7. Air-Fried Buffalo Chicken

"This is a very good recipe. I love the yogurt and hot sauce mix." — Buckwheat Queen

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8. Sweet Potato Chips in the Air Fryer

"Sweet potato chips are prepared in no time in the air fryer. They turn out wonderfully crispy and delicious. Serve straight out of the air fryer with your favorite dip or sandwich." — Bibi

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9. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots

"Pretty tasty. My kids liked these a lot. They go very well with hamburgers. The sweet and spicy were a nice contrast." — Buckwheat Queen

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10. Air Fryer Spicy Dill Pickle Fries

"Go bold and use your favorite spicy dill pickle spears for these tasty fries. They are easy to make and will be sure to please anyone that likes spicy food. Serve with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce." — bd.weld

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11. Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

"Made exactly as written and these turned out pretty good. The one tip I do have is to leave a good amount of space between each stick. I did leave a space but didn't allow enough. With the cheese being frozen, I didn't anticipate them bubbling up as much as they did. Once they bubble into one another it is impossible to separate them. These take a bit of time and effort but are worth it in the end." — Soup Loving Nicole

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12. Air Fryer Buffalo-Ranch Chickpeas

"This is a highly addictive spicy snack that is simple to make and will disappear quickly. I recommend making 2 batches. You'll thank me later." — Soup Loving Nicole

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13. Air Fryer Shrimp a la Bang Bang

"This is my take on a popular dish from a restaurant chain." — Soup Loving Nicole

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14. Rosemary Potato Wedges for the Air Fryer

"Try these rosemary potato wedges in your air fryer. They are quicker and just as tasty as roasting them in your oven, and you don't need to heat up the whole house to do them! I used the recipe for Papa's Seasoning Salt from this site. Serve with your favorite aioli or dipping sauce." — Bibi

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15. Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

"An American classic goes vegan. Shoestring fries, your favorite vegan chili, and a creamy faux cheese sauce will make you think you are eating greasy spoon grub, but there's nothing greasy about it. Get your forks ready!." — Buckwheat Queen

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16. Air-Fryer Tempura Veggies

Use this master recipe to air-fry your favorite vegetables to crispy/tender perfection with just a smidgen of oil.

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17. Air Fryer Corn Nuts

Recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole says you can add the spices of your choice to her basic recipe. Ideas include Cajun seasoning, ranch powder, BBQ seasoning, chili powder, taco seasoning, and so on. Buckwheat Queen raves, "Ladies and gentlemen grab your remotes and cold beers, the perfect snack has arrived. The recipe works perfectly for light and super crunchy corn nuts, not hard like store bought. I used tajin spice and loved it."

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18. Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

"These were the best wings I've ever made. We devoured the whole 3 pounds I made. They were delicious and a lot less greasy than regular wings either fried or baked." — teechurkids

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19. Air-Fried Korean Chicken Wings

Here's another take on tailgate party wings. Recipe creator Yoly says, "These Korean-style air-fried wings are crispy, sticky and spicy. Cooked in an air fryer they are ready in less than 30 minutes."

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20. Air Fryer Spicy Roasted Peanuts

These cruncy, spicy, salty homemade roasted peanuts are ready in only 30 minutes. You'll want to make a big batch because they're sure to go fast.

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More: Get our entire collection of air fryer recipes.