It’s not really summer without baseball, and there’s no game season without hot dogs.

ballpark food baseball summer

Maitane Romagosa/Thrillist

Summer is the season of baseball, which also means it’s the season of stadium food. We’re talking frosty beers dressed in team-specific koozies, all-beef hotdogs topped with squiggles of mustard, and endless bags of roasted peanuts cracked between pitches. Although there are no MLB games on right now, that doesn’t mean we have to remain deprived of the iconic dishes served at our respective home fields. Our team of in-house food experts has gathered all of our favorites, from Cracker Jacks to wings, cheese-smothered nachos, and more, in a handy list so you can live out your baseball food fantasies from the comfort of your own home. Until we can get back to the field, jumping up for rounds of the wave and cheering until we’re hoarse, this will have to do.

Hot dogs

It’s hard to think of a ballpark food more iconic than a hot dog. Piled high with classic condiments like mustard and relish or dressed up with something more regional, hot dogs have always been the MVP of any ballpark menu. Just about every team does it differently, but no matter who you root for, you can get your classic hot dog at home. Sure, there’s always Hebrew National or Nathan’s, but Fenway Franks and Phillies Beef Franks are also available online for shipping across the country. And no matter where you fall on the Crosstown Rivalry, you can order poppy seed buns, celery salt, and everything else you need to make Chicago-style hot dogs at home with this kit from Vienna Beef. — Liz Provencher, Editorial Assistant

Coney dogs

This Detroit-specific hot dog variety has a name that makes it sound like something you’d be eating in Brooklyn, not Michigan. But Greek and Macedonian immigrants who settled in the Detroit area in the early 20th century coined the name as an homage, inspired by the hot dogs of Coney Island they tasted while passing through NYC post-Ellis Island. The signature Coney is typically a Vienna-style all-beef dog with a distinctive snap, topped in a beanless chili, yellow mustard, and chopped onions. There’s widespread dispute about who actually invented the dog, as well as which version is best (American vs. Lafayette are located side by side in downtown Detroit to make matters worse). While the Coney didn’t originate as a baseball food per se, it can be found today at Comerica Park (where the Tigers play) in both its original form and fusion-inspired takes like a Coney dog egg roll. — Kelly Dobkin, Executive Local Editor

Lobster rolls

Lobster rolls may not be on top of your list when it comes to ballpark foods, but they’re available at baseball stadiums nationwide like Nationals Park, Citi Field, and Tropicana Field. And since summer has arrived, give it an official kickoff with this lobster treat that’s as easy to eat as a hotdog. — Tae Yoon, Local New York Editor

Shake Shack Goldbelly
Courtesy of Goldbelly

Shake Shack

If you’re a fan of the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, or New York Mets, there’s a good chance Danny Meyer’s beloved burger chain is on your game day menu. If you’re quarantining near a Shake Shack, you can easily get salty crinkle-cut fries or a hot dog split down the middle and loaded up with toppings by ordering pickup or delivery online. But if a burger doused in Shack Sauce is more your thing, and you’re far far away from an outpost, don’t fret. You can buy a DIY ShackBurger kit that comes with ingredients for eight burgers for $49, or make their recently released cheese sauce recipe at home. –– Liz Provencher, Editorial Assistant


Eating wings at the ballpark might feel like you’re waiting to cheer on a touchdown, but they’re the ultimate food for anyone who has a team they’re rooting for. As American as baseball, wings are a go-to item when watching sports of all types in any venue — stadium, bar, or at home in your living room with Michael Jordan on the screen —  for a reason. A 50 pack from Duff’s Famous Wings is a great start to any game day. — Tae Yoon, Local New York Editor

Best Ballpark Food & Stadium Concessions You Can Get Delivered Now

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: