Go big with bacon or go home
It's football season in America, which means that it's time for over-the-top tailgates. And even though you can find some monstrous dishes in the parking lots before the game, these days, the best food at NFL games might be served up in the stadiums themselves. But we're not just talking classic game day fare like nachos and burgers. At stadiums around the country, you can find gourmet doughnuts, oversized breakfast sandwiches, and bacon-wrapped anything. Yes, some of the most insane food at NFL stadiums are actually breakfast foods, and the best breakfasts at NFL stadiums could make anyone excited about going to a football game.
Over the last few years, NFL stadiums have really upped their food offerings, expanding them to include more gourmet choices, like these breakfast dishes. The chefs at these stadiums also draw inspiration from the cities in which they're based, using regional meats and local ingredients to make each of these over-the-top monstrosities special in their own way.
Really, there are few better ways to a Sunday in the autumn than watching football and eating deliciously over-the-top food. So if you're looking for a breakfast that's bigger than the game itself, here are nine monstrous breakfast dishes you can only find at NFL stadiums.
Waffle Mac (FedExField, Washington Redskins)
2016 is the year that the chefs at FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, got really into waffles. As executive chef Mark Spooner told Redskins.com, "We have a waffle concept. We're doing a mac and cheese waffle, so it literally is mac and cheese inside a waffle, and then we don't stop there. We put a bacon cheddar sausage inside of that, so it's a portable sandwich." But the the highlight of this brunch-friendly, waffle-centric menu might be the "Red and Gold" fried chicken and red velvet waffles. It's a sandwich tribute to the team colors—boneless fried chicken tenderloins served on a red velvet waffle with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Tailgate Stack (Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs)
Called the Tailgate Stack in honor of the tradition of eating ridiculous amounts of meat in a parking lot, this monstrous open-faced breakfast sandwich is available at Arrowhead Stadium at Kansas City, Missouri. It's made with burnt ends, those pieces of brisket that are signature to the city's style of barbecue; cheddar cheese sauce; bacon; syrup; and a fried egg. It's all stacked up on a piece of fried bread, so good luck eating it all without making a mess.
Rise and Shine Slider (EverBank Field, Jacksonville Jaguars)
Though Jaguars fans can get a chicken and waffle sandwich, with a buttermilk and hot sauce-marinated chicken breast, the breakfast highlight has got to be the Rise and Shine Slider. It's a double meat patty, topped with breakfast sausage links, a fried egg, and a Tabasco aioli for some spice, all served up on a freshly baked biscuit.
Animal Style Frites (FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland Browns)
There are animal-style fries, but then, there are animal-style frites, served at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Created by chef Jonathon Sawyer, these fries come smothered in brown peppercorn gravy, mozzarella cheese, pancetta, and whole grain mustard. The breakfast twist? It comes topped with a fried egg, naturally.
Club Burger (Soldier Field, Chicago Bears)
If you're a fan of burgers for brunch, make your way to Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Available in the stadium's United Club locations, the club burger is your classic breakfast burger: a fresh Angus patty, topped with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and a fried egg, all on a brioche bun.
The Big Blue Donut (Ford Field, Detroit Lions)
On of the rare sweet options on this list of breakfast monstrosities, the Big Blue Donut from Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, stands out. It's basically exactly what it sounds like: a nine-inch Michigan cider mill doughnut that's coated in bright blue frosting with white sprinkles, in honor of the home team's colors. The doughnut is meant to serve three or four people, but there's really nothing stopping you from tackling it alone.
Tim Hortons (New Era Field, Buffalo Bills)
Tim Hortons is admittedly not the fanciest, or even the most monstrous, breakfast option on this list, but it deserves a mention because, well, it's Tim Hortons. The beloved Canadian chain of coffee shops with its Timbits and dozens of varieties of doughnuts has found a home at New Era Field in Buffalo, New York—because sometimes, you just need a hot cup of coffee to go with your sports, especially when you're watching the game in the cold of Buffalo, New York.
Patrick Cudahy Pack House's Pig Skin (Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers)
If you visit Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and you're a fan of anything breakfast, you must check out the brand new bacon concession stand. Run by beloved Wisconsin-based bacon company Patrick Cudahy, the Pack House serves the Pigskin for bacon-obsessed football fans. It's a bacon-wrapped potato that's topped with chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, and even more chopped bacon. And in classic Wisconsin fashion, with a meaty twist, there are bacon-crusted cheese curds, served with a side of bacon-ranch dressing.
Jumbo Jet Bagel (MetLife Stadium, New York Jets)
The granddaddy of all the NFL breakfast monstrosities has to be the Jumbo Jet Bagel at MetLife Stadium, only available during New York Jets home games. The dish made a splash when it was unveiled in 2015 since it was huge—a ten-inch everything bagel topped with literally pounds of meat. For this season, the Jumbo Jet Bagel has been resized for individual portions, but it's still a monster. There's a slab of Taylor Ham, a spicy chorizo patty, a breakfast sausage patty, potato has, a fried egg, American cheese, and some of the stadium's special green sauce called Jet Fuel, all stacked on an everything bagel. So sure, it's definitely a lot of breakfast meat—but it's football season, so go big, or go home.