30 BBQ Appetizers That Everyone Will Love

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Summer parties call for great company and delicious food that can be enjoyed outdoors. Treat your family and friends to these tasty BBQ appetizers that are perfect for a summer cookout and will keep guests happy until you are ready to serve the mains.

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    Grilled Eggplant Dip with Toasted Pita

    Grilled Eggplant Dip with Toasted Pita

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    Grilling eggplant adds a depth of flavor to the hearty vegetable that makes this dip stand out. The cooked eggplant is whirled with tahini, garlic, tomato, onion, lemon juice, and olive oil until smooth. Serve with pita bread wedges and raw vegetable sticks for dipping.

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    Beach Bread

    Beach Bread

    Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

    Beach bread is a popular appetizer in Florida, where locals and tourists enjoy this cheesy garlicky loaf with tomatoes. Make it easily on a sheet pan in the oven or use your grill.

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    Heirloom Tomato Tartine with Feta and Za'atar

    Heirloom Tomato Tartine with Feta and Za'atar

    Anita Schecter

    Seasonal heirloom tomatoes make a fabulous, multicolored topping for grilled crusty bread, along with salty feta cheese and citrusy za'atar seasoning in this tasty summer appetizer.

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    Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp

    Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp

    Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Juicy shrimp are marinated for about an hour in a spicy olive oil bath before being grilled to plump perfection. They only take minutes to cook and are sure to disappear quickly from your cookout table. Soak skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before using to prevent scorching.

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    Classic Olive Tapenade

    Classic Olive Tapenade

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    Salty and luscious, a black olive tapenade is a must at summer parties. Slather the delicious paste over grilled bread slices for a chic canape or serve alongside crackers and breadsticks for easy dipping.

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    Grilled Halloumi Cheese

    Grilled Halloumi Cheese

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    Grilling brings out the best in halloumi cheese, enhancing its delicious, salty flavor and adding a satisfying texture. Enjoy it simply or layer with sliced tomatoes and basil leaves on skewers for an elegant hand-held appetizer.

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    Grilled Nachos

    Grilled Nachos

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    Use your grill to turn out perfect nachos this summer! Cookout guests will enjoy digging into a big plate of crunchy, cheesy chips topped with crumbled bacon and red onion, plus some diced jalapeno chilies for extra heat.

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    Baked Artichoke Dip

    Baked Artichoke Dip

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    Baked artichoke dip is a classic party appetizer that is always a hit. The recipe is simple to make with a handful of ingredients, including canned artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, and two kinds of cheese. Make it ahead and store in the fridge, until you are ready to bake.

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    Fig Crostini

    Fig Crostini

    Molly Watson

    Figs are a fabulous summer fruit that deserve a spot on your backyard party menu. These tasty little toasts are so easy to make. Fresh figs are tossed with balsamic vinegar and black pepper, then piled onto toasted baguette slices. Top with crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese for serving, if you like.

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    Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad With Basil

    Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad With Basil

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    What would summer be without watermelon? Make the fruit part of your BBQ party with this simple, refreshing salad featuring juicy melon cubes, creamy mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, and tangy balsamic glaze.

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    Easy Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Skewers

    Easy Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Skewers

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    Delight vegan and vegetarian cookout guests when you break out a tray of these tasty tofu and vegetable skewers. They are high in protein and flavored simply with an Italian salad dressing marinade.

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    Cheesy Stuffed Potato Skins With Vegetarian Bacon Bits

    Cheesy Stuffed Potato Skins With Vegetarian Bacon Bits

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    Everyone likes potato skins and this cheesy, twice-baked version is sure to be a hit at your summer gatherings. Potato skins are fried until crisp, then stuffed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions, and vegetarian bacon bits.

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    Grilled Potato Chips With Garlic Aioli

    Grilled Potato Chips With Garlic Aioli

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    Turn your grill into a potato chip machine this summer! Thinly-sliced potatoes are cooked briefly on the grill until crisp and golden brown. Serve with the included recipe for a flavor-packed garlic-mayonnaise aioli dip.

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    Spanish Melon With Serrano Ham

    Spanish Melon With Serrano Ham

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    Sweet honeydew melon makes a refreshingly delicious complement to salty serrano ham. This no-cook tapas takes only minutes to prepare and looks elegant on your cookout table.

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    Bruschetta

    Bruschetta

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    Bruschetta is a popular Italian appetizer that makes the most of seasonal fresh tomatoes, rich-tasting olive oil, and herbaceous basil leaves. The ingredients are scattered over toasted Italian bread slices with a little garlic and salt to lift all the flavors.

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    Spicy Pickled Asparagus

    Spicy Pickled Asparagus

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    Serve these pickled treats as a garnish for bloody Marys at your cookout or as an easy finger-food appetizer. The cool, crunchy asparagus stalks have a surprising hit of spice your guests will love. Make them a week ahead or more for best results.

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    Mini Pizza Bites

    Mini Pizza Bites

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    Make cookout guests smile when you serve these mini pizza bites that need only a few ingredients and can be tweaked with your favorite toppings. They are simple to prepare with a can of crescent roll dough or mini phyllo shells and jarred pizza sauce.

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    Mini Taco Bites

    Mini Taco Bites

    Laurel Randolph

     

    Get the party started with these bite-sized Mexican-style appetizers that include everyone's favorite taco flavors with none of the usual mess. The taco filling can be easily customized, with helpful suggestions included in the recipe.

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    Wonton Wrapped Shrimp

    Wonton Wrapped Shrimp-

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    Sweet raw shrimp are marinated in a Thai-inspired sauce with brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, coriander, and chili, then wrapped in wonton envelopes for frying until golden in this winning recipe. Serve warm with extra marinade on the side for dipping.

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    Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Bean Dip

    Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Bean Dip

    Jolinda Hackett

    Go gourmet at your next cookout with this incredibly tasty sun-dried tomato and goat cheese dip. Made with white beans and garlic, it makes a delicious spread for pita triangles, vegetable crudites, or toasted baguette slices.

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    Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Darlene Schmidt

    Based on the traditional Thai basil chicken dish, these fun lettuce wraps make a flavorful party appetizer. Guests will enjoy loading up lettuce leaves with the aromatic filling for a tasty, hand-held snack.

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    Grilled Herb and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

    Grilled Herb and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Stuffed mushrooms are a popular party appetizer that are simple to prepare on the grill. The meaty caps are filled with a tangy mixture of cheddar cheese, pimientos, panko breadcrumbs, and fresh herbs, then grilled until tender on the bottom and gooey on top.

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    Tandoori Paneer Tikka

    Tandoori Paneer Tikka

    The Spruce Eats

    Soft chunks of mild paneer cheese are marinated in store-bought tandoori masala and threaded onto skewers with bell peppers and onions for grilling in this Indian-style appetizer.

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    Jalapeno Poppers

    Jalapeno Poppers

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    Restaurant-style jalapeno poppers are sure to please cookout guests. The hot little peppers are scooped out, stuffed with a creamy filling, breaded, then deep-fried until golden and crunchy.

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    Chile and Cheese Flautas

    Chile and Cheese Flautas

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    Flautas (that's Spanish for flutes) are a popular Latin American treat that make a great party app. Flour tortillas are stuffed with green chiles, cheese, and corn, the rolled and pan-fried until they are golden-brown and crispy.

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    Lemon Basil Hummus

    Lemon Basil Hummus

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    Homemade hummus is so economical and easy to make in a food processor and this fresh-tasting version with seasonal basil and zingy lemon will wake up palates before the main course at your summer parties. Serve with pita triangles, crackers, or raw veggies for dipping.

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    Vegan Tofu Spring Rolls

    Vegan Tofu Spring Rolls

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    Vietnamese-style vegan spring rolls make a refreshing, no-mess party appetizer on hot summer days. Store-bought spring roll wrappers are filled with firm tofu, crunchy fresh vegetables, bean thread noodles, and aromatic fresh herbs.

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    Flatbread Pizza with Sun dried Tomatoes, Olives and Goat Cheese

    Flatbread Pizza with Sun dried Tomatoes, Olives and Goat Cheese

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    Thin-crust pizza lovers will gobble up this easy appetizer. It is made with baked or grilled lavash flatbread that's topped with sun dried tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, and tangy goat cheese crumbles.

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    Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill

    Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill

    Diana Rattray

    Sweet pickled shrimp make a great cold appetizer on warm days. Plan to prepare them at least four hours before your party or up to 24 hours in advance. Serve with cocktail toothpicks for guests to help themselves.

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    Mac and Cheese Bites

    Mac and Cheese Bites

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    Delight kids and adults alike with these cute little macaroni and cheese bites. Bake them up easily in a muffin tin in the oven and serve for a fun, cheesy portable snack.