ftw.usatoday.com – We’re just weeks away from the start of the 2018 NFL season, which means it’s time to explore the craziest foods hitting NFL concession stands — obviously.
For the third year of the crazy NFL food list, we’ve taken our search to every NFL stadium in hopes of finding the best new menu items for NFL fans. Last season, the trend was a breakfast-heavy menu. This year, we’ve seen a more traditional approach with some (enormous) twists.
Here’s a look at the 10 most outrageous NFL menu items that fans should look forward to enjoying this season.
10. Dungeness Crab Pretzel – San Francisco 49ers
If you’re visiting a coastal NFL city, might as well give seafood a try. The Dungeness Crab Pretzel includes knuckle and claw meat mixed with garlic aioli, dijon mustard, and chives on a butter-toasted pretzel baguette.
9. Fried PB&J – Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills probably have the craziest fans in the NFL, so naturally, they deserve some out-of-the-box food options come game day. The Fried PB&J gives them just that with a hand dipped and fried crust-less peanut butter and jelly sandwich that gets served on a stick with powdered sugar.
8. Red Zone Bratwurst – Cleveland Browns
Iron Chef (and Cleveland Browns fan) Michael Symon helped create this unique take on a bratwurst. The Red Zone Bratwurst is a beer bratwurst, caraway Cleveland kraut, spicy mustard and Tony Paco’s pickles.
7. Dessert Nachos – Detroit Lions
They had me at “dessert” and “nachos.” These two glorious — and objectively unrelated foods — morphed into one masterpiece with fried tortilla chips dusted with cinnamon and sugar, topped with a smoked chocolate cherry Nutella sauce, chocolate covered Michigan cherries, sprinkles, and whipped cream.
6. Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jambalaya may not seem like the most conducive meal for stadium enjoyment, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are determined to make it work. The Jaguars’ jambalaya includes braised chicken thighs, andouille sausage, Creole sauce, and veggies served with dirty rice.
5. Battle Red Tacos – Houston Texans
It was only a matter of time until an NFL team brought the made-for-Instagram Flamin’ Hot Cheetos trend into the stadium. And if you’re into Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, you’ll definitely want this colorful taco. The Battle Red Taco includes Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-crusted chicken tenders (because, of course), mango pico de gallo, Sriracha mayonnaise and flour tortillas.
4. Brat in a Blanket – Green Bay Packers
Has a more Green Bay brat ever been created? I’m inclined to say no. The Brat in a Blanket is a brat wrapped in melted cheese curds, topped with beer mustard in a pretzel bun. It covers all the Wisconsin food groups in one dish: Brats, beer, cheese and pretzels.
3. The Pit Bull – Washington Redskins
For Washington fans who want a major protein fix, the Pit Bull is the way to go. This dish is a foot-long, all-beef hot dog with horseradish mustard sauce, plenty of pit beef and giardiniera (an Italian relish of pickled vegetables).
2. Kingdom Inferno Chicken Sandwich – Kansas City Chiefs
Having spent my college days near Kansas City, I know that the winters are absolutely brutal. The Kingdom Inferno Chicken Sandwich comes in to make fans literally sweat through sub-freezing temperatures at Arrowhead. The sandwich includes hand-breaded chicken tenders, Carolina reaper pepper mayo, pepper jack cheese, sliced jalapeños, buffalo sauce and a brioche bun. The Carolina reaper is, of course, the world’s hottest pepper, and this sandwich packs the punch of jalapeños and buffalo sauce because it clearly needed more heat.
1. Gridiron Burger Challenge – Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals made this a one-horse race from the moment they unveiled the existence of this seven-pound behemoth. In case you missed it, the Gridiron Challenge Burger includes five third-pound burger patties, five hot dogs, five bratwursts, 20 slices of American cheese, eight slices of bacon, eight chicken tenders, 12 ounces of fries along with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and “tanker” sauce between 10-inch buns. The team is only making six per game, and if a single fan can eat that thing in an hour, he or she will get recognized on the videoboard and take home a Cardinals jersey.
While I’m not entirely convinced that burger even tastes good (it’s an overload of salty proteins), it is absolutely and utterly insane. And that’s what I’m looking for here at For The Win. I mean, look at the scale of this thing.
I’m worried for the health and wellbeing of whoever tries that burger.
With the NFL season kicking off this week I figured we would check in with what super crazy fat items are being sold across the nation on Sundays this fall. That Cardinals sandwich is absurd and if I saw anybody attempting to eat that I would literally slap it out of their hand to prevent that persons untimely death. I definitely would fuck up that chicken and andouille jambalaya from the Jags and that dungeness crab pretzel from the Niners.