Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Slider in a small cast iron pan to serve.

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders

Using pretzels in place of bread crumbs makes these Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders extra special for your next game day event! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PepsiCo.

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Slider in a small cast iron pan to serve.
Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders are a fun spin on the classic recipe. They’re the perfect appetizer (or even the main event!) for a game day dinner party.

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Slider in a small cast iron pan to serve.

My little guy brought up an interesting point the other day.

“Mom! I think the best part about going to a football game is all the good food at the stadium.”

His observation was one I had to agree with, though as you and I both know, that hasn’t always been the case. When it comes to stadium food, there has definitely been a renaissance, and I love that it has improved, for the most part, for the better. You can get all kinds of interesting eats, with foods inspired from a melting pot of flavors. That all said, I still prefer game day eats of the homemade variety.

Pretzels spilling from an open bag onto a counter top surface.

Let’s start with sliders. I can’t help it. Sliders = game day, don’t you think? And with dungeness crab season underway here on the west coast, crab cake sliders are in order. They’re perfect as an appetizer, or even the main event, when hosting a game day dinner party.

But to take it to the next level, I took inspiration from a cozy dinner my husband and I shared a couple of years ago when we were back in NY. One of the most popular dishes at David Burke’s restaurant, Townhouse, is a pretzel crusted crab cake – so I thought I would bring a little of his spin as I made this batch of Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders the other day.

Pretzels added to a food processor.

Pretzels ground in a food processor.

Using the pretzels in place of bread crumbs has a two-fold advantage: there is already some salt, so I can skip the seasoning, and when you get some extra nuggets of crunch, it makes the crab cakes extra special.

Ingredients to make crab cake sliders--crab meat, cilantro, parsley, and crushed pretzels.

Mixing together ingredients for Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders.

Coating crab cake sliders with crushed pretzels.

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders are perfect for those game day dinner parties. I served mine on a bed of spicy hummus, with bacon and sunflower sprouts – they’re certainly not stadium food, and you don’t have to wait in line. Between you and me, maybe that’s the best part!

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders in a cast iron skillet.

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders in a row on a serving board.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea

Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus

So tell me – what are your favorite stadium foods? Have you ever tried them at home? What do you like to serve at your game day dinner parties? I’d love to know!

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders served up in small cast iron skillets.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PepsiCo. The opinions and text are all mine.


Crab Cake Eggs Benedict
Chickpea Crab Cakes
Dairy Free Crab and Corn Chowder
Dungeness Crab Salad
Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder

Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders

Use pretzels to coat Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders and add some extra crunch! A perfect game day appetizer.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 sliders
Calories 534kcal


  • 2 cups pretzels I used Rold Gold Original Pretzels
  • 10 oz fresh Dungeness crab meat or your favorite crab, cooked
  • 1/3 cup celery finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • slider buns
  • 2 cups fresh sprouts or fresh micro greens
  • 4 small slices cooked bacon to serve
  • Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus to serve
  • 1 avocados sliced, quartered and peeled, for garnish


  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the pretzels until you have crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, place the pretzels in a resealable bag and pound with a rolling pin. Place the crumbs in a shallow dish.
  • Pick through the crab meat and remove all shells. Gently squeeze the crab meat between a few layers of paper towels to remove excess liquid. Combine the crab, celery, cilantro, parsley, and lemon zest in a bowl and stir. Add the mayonnaise and stir until it is well incorporated. Diving the mixture into portions, forming 4-5 patties. If you have a 2 inch ring mold, that helps to form even patties, 2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches high. You can also use a standard sized ice cream scoop and your hands to form the patties. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to cook and serve.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the tops and bottoms of the crab cakes with the pretzel crumbs. Heat olive oil in the skillet, add the crab cakes and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until the cakes are golden brown on both sides.
  • To serve, place a dollop of hummus (or mayonnaise or your preferred sauce) on a bun. Top with a slice of bacon, one crab cake, and top sprouts and the top bun. Serve with with avocado slices and enjoy immediately.


For an extra kick: In step 4, serve the sliders with Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus.
Make ahead tip: Make the crab cakes ahead of time and keep chilled in the refrigerator. Reheat in a 350° oven for about 10-12 minutes until heated through.


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1325mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg
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Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake Sliders are sure to be a hit at your next game day dinner party!


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  1. Liren Baker

    Thanks, Julie! They’ll be perfect for NYE, too! There’s something about crab cakes that makes it celebration worthy!

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