Youth Group Food Ideas (That Aren’t Pizza)

There’s something (awesome) about Youth Group and pizza that just works. It’s a cheap and delicious way to feed a lot of people, that’s for sure! It seems to be a favourite with our students, too (I’m pretty sure over half the food at our last D Group meeting was pizza).

However, even pizza in all it’s awesomeness can become monotonous (gasp!) and leave you hanging out for something fresh (even if it’s still classified as ‘takeout’). If this is happening in your Youth Group, then this post is for you! Here’s 19 Youth Group food ideas that aren’t pizza:

Sick of always having pizza at youth group? Here's some new ideas you can try to feed a large crowd for cheap! Tansquared Youth Ministry

Snack Ideas

  • Popcorn – quick, easy, and cheap!
  • Scroggin (trail mix) – so many different options here. Make up your own mix of nuts, dried fruits, and sweets in a big bowl and let your students help themselves. Alternatively have each food item in it’s own bowl and let each student make their own scroggin mix in a paper cup.
  • Hot chocolates – definitely a win in the winter, topped with cream and marshmellows. Yum!
  • Home baking – there’s just something about home baking that makes people feel loved and welcomed! If baking isn’t your forte, find someone in your church to take care of this for you.
  • Chips & dips – don’t just limit it to chips though! Make up a platter of crackers, veggie sticks, and dips for your students to pick away at during the evening. For something a bit different, try this bacon chips and guac recipe.
  • S’mores – enough said! Here’s a recipe for oven baked s’mores, and one for a s’mores snack mix.

Meal Ideas

  • Breakfast/Brunch – go all out with a cooked breakfast! This is a favourite at anytime of the day.
  • Soup & cheese rolls – soup is an easy way to warm up on a cold winter night, and paired with cheese rolls is just perfect! (Cheese rolls are a local favourite here in NZ, and you can find a recipe here).
  • Nachos – another great way to fill hungry tummies on a cold night!
  • Hot dogs – you can make this as simple as frankfurters and bread rolls, or go all out with mustard, cheese, and onions, too! And a bonus- any leftover bread rolls can be frozen for another time.
  • Pasta bake – cheap and goes a long way! Here’s a recipe that feeds 20+ people for less than $10.
  • Pancakes or waffles – this is a great one to get your students involved with as they can help you cook them! Use multiple electric frypans or waffle makers so you can spread out around the kitchen (instead of all being cramped around a stovetop).
  • Meatball Sandwiches – another great one for your students to help prep. Here’s a super easy recipe!

“Build your own” Ideas

For these ideas, simply provide all the ingredients or ask your students to contribute by bringing their favourites. Then get creative together!

  • Ice cream sundaes – Perfect for a dessert night! Provide the ice cream and toppings and let your students create something amazing.
  • Scroggin – As mentioned above, have a mixture of nuts, dried fruit, and sweets available and let each student make their own scroggin mix in a paper cup.
  • Pizza– ok, this last one is actually a pizza. But definitely a more fun idea that just ordering takeout pizza! You can either have individual bases for each student to make their own, or provide large bases for 2 or 3 students to share.

Festive Themed Snacks

  • Peppermint bark – basically chocolate and candy canes. Find a recipe here.
  • Christmas kebabs – quick and easy, recipe here!
  • Watermelon cookies – Simply slice a watermelon and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.

And when all else fails.. Pinterest is a gold mine of great ideas!

Let’s talk:

  • What youth group food ideas would you add to this list?

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