Top 10 Favorite “Man” Foods + 50 Recipes To Go With Them

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This week we’re giving credit to the MAN.

Yes, the MAN.

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If you’re looking for a recipe that your man will love, you got to get into his mind first. When you get into his mind, you find that food is a big part of it. I had a difficult time with this early on in my marriage. When we first got married, the .99 Wendy’s chicken nuggets and the .99 side salad were considered a meal to me. That was a snack to him. Whenever I serve a soup, he asks where the bread is to go with it. Over the years I’ve learned that there is a science to his eating and a reason I can’t get rid of these stubborn 10 pounds. In honor of men everywhere, today we are giving you the top 10 “MAN” approved foods. I’ve included lot’s of great recipes to go along with each food because heaven knows it would’ve helped me twelve years ago when we first got married. It would have also saved our food bill too since we ended up eating out almost every night when dinner didn’t turn out. Even today I’m still trying to perfect and fine tune recipes like the classic roast. I’ve channeled some of the best experts to help you create the best man food out there. Fifty recipes. Ten categories.

It’s MAN food week. Oh, and don’t forget to keep coming back this week because we’ve got plenty of  NEW man approved meals for you.


oven roast

Oven Roast, Photo Courtesy Real Mom Kitchen


Coming in at number one is the classic American Sunday night dinner. Who doesn’t love a good roast? Okay me, but I’m a G-I-R-L so that doesn’t count. Add some potatoes, onions and carrots and dinner just got a whole lot better. Whether you cook your roast in the oven or the crockpot, you can’t go wrong with a roast.

Best Oven Roast (Oven) by Real Mom Kitchen

Campfire Pot Roast (Dutch Oven) by That’s Not What the Recipe Says

Fancy Pot Roast (Oven) by the Hungry Housewife

High Temp Roast Beef (Oven) by Just a Pinch

Perfect Pot Roast (Crockpot) by The Pioneer Woman


Turducken, Photo Courtesy Serious Eats


There is one meal that brings together not only family but a great football game and the right to spend the evening napping. It’s the ever popular Thanksgiving Dinner. While your man might have his favorite way of preparing it, for some you’re venturing out to start a new tradition. These recipes are made famous by some of our favorites.

Turducken Recipe by Serious Eats *If you are seriously not sure what a turducken is, check out Duck Dynasty. If you want a good laugh, check out John Madden’s Turducken Recipe.

Crockpot Turkey Dinner by Skinnytaste

Cider Brined Turkey Dinner by My Gourmet Connection

Pan Seared Turkey Cutlets by Family Fresh Cooking

Grilled Turkey Dinner by Dad Cooks Dinner

steak recipe

Steak with Tomatoes, Photo Courtesy of Novice Chef Blog


Need I say more? There is something about steak that just intrigues a man. It seems they are on the never ending quest to find that perfectly tender cut of meat to slice into. Perhaps that’s why there are so many extraordinarily good recipes to share that it was hard to find the right one.

Grilled Smoky Sweet Filet Mignon by Picky Palate

How to Turn Cheap Steak into Gucci Prime Steak by Steamy Kitchen *Love this tutorial by Jaden. So nice for some of us who can’t afford filet mignon style prices.

Ribeyes with Grilled Tomatoes by The Novice Chef Blog

Steak Bites by Pie Birds

The Perfect Grilled Steak by Chef John Folse

barbeque recipes

Barbeque Recipes, Photo Courtesy Taste and Tell Blog


There is nothing better than barbeque’d food. Men are smart when it comes to the barbeque as one of their favorite foods. You can’t go wrong with these incredible recipes hot off the barbeque!

BBQ Chicken Dip by Taste and Tell Blog

BBQ Shredded Beef by Chef in Training

Bush’s BBQ Baked Beans Clone by Canning Homemade

Chicken Barbeque Sandwich with Cole Slaw by A Southern Grace

Texas BBQ Beef Sandwich by Tyson

game time food

Game Time Food, Photo Courtesy Gourmet Traveller


We think that game time food has to have two elements–be small in a grab and go style so you can munch throughout the game and take from several of the top 10 man food areas. For example, sliders with onion rings, or pizza and chips.

Buffalo Cheese Fries by Tidy Mom

Five Can Queso by Burnt Apple

Hooters Onion Rings by David Lebovitz

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds by Leopard and Lavendar

Steak Sandwich with Game Chips by Gourmet Traveler

burger recipe

Burger Recipe, Photo Courtesy of Jamie Cooks it Up!


Can you really go wrong with a burger? Considered an all American classic, burgers are a classic staple at almost any restaurant. Whole TV series are devoted to the search for the perfect burger. But is there really such a thing?

30 Gourmet Cheeseburger Recipes by Cheese and Burger

Arby’s Beef and Cheddar Recipe by Burnt Apple

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Burger by C and C Marriage Factory

French Onion Burger by Jamie Cooks it Up!

White Castle Mini Hamburgers by Living on a Dime

pizza recipes

Pizza Recipe, Photo Courtesy Two Peas and Their Pod


You can pretty much bring a pizza home at least once a week and not hear any complaints about it. There is something about mixing and matching toppings and sauce a top a doughy crust that makes a man happy. It’s filling, it’s plentiful, and it’s delicious.

BBQ Chicken Pizza by Two Peas and Their Pod

Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Siri

Easy Pizza Monkey Bread by Barbara Bakes

Pizza Bagel Bites by Kevin and Amanda

Pizza on the Barbeque by An Italian Canadian Life

bacon milkshake

Bacon Recipe, Photo Courtesy of Adventures in Cooking


The bacon craze will never go away. In fact, that’s why there are whole stores devoted to everything bacon. If you get requests or cravings for bacon at all meals, try out one of these recipes.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos by Brown Eyed Baker

Chicken Bacon Quesadillas by Delish

Dulce de Bacon Milkshake by Adventures in Cooking

Double Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon by Closet Cooking

Maple Bacon Dutch Baby by Burnt Apple

tomato salad

Side Dish, Photo Courtesy of Aris Menu

#9: SIDES 

Sides are an important compliment to any dish, and a man knows that sides are necessary. Why enjoy a steak without the mashed potatoes? Who can eat a hamburger without a side of pickles or chips? Should you even take a bite of hot dog without a side of beans to go with it? Yes, sides not only compliment, they challenge your meal to become better.

Corn and Black Bean Salad by Aris Menu

Homemade Pizza Factory Breadsticks by Six Sisters Stuff

Honey Barbeque Baked Beans by She Knows

Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon by Michele’s Woman Cave

Twice Baked Potato Bites by Martha Stewart

peanut butter cookie

Peanut Butter Recipe, Photo Courtesy of Burnt Apple


After looking at some of these recipes, you can see why peanut butter is a man’s best friend. Wait, that’s a dog. But dog’s like peanut butter too, so bring on these incredible peanut butter recipes! Just refrain from letting the dogs have a share of any of these recipes.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake by Life, Love and Sugar

Peanut Butter Twix Bars by 24/7 Moms

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by Tastes Better From Scratch

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by Burnt Apple


How to Feed a Man by Modern Mrs. Darcy

Man Food Recipes by Recipe Girl



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  1. Heather Who Needs a Cape? says:

    Oh this list is so fun! I need to have the bacon milk shake 🙂 YUM!

    Thanks for linking it up at our Super Sunday Party! Hope to see you next week!

  2. So many great looking recipes!! Thanks for including me!

  3. What a great list! Thanks for including my dip!

  4. Such a great idea for Father’s Day! Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ Better With Age

    PS: I’ve added your link to a Father’s Day round-up post I just did and it will be also posted on my FB page tonight.

  5. Wow what a great list! Definitely pinning this for later! And thank you for sharing this on my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!

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