50+ Easy 4th of July Appetizers to Start Your Backyard BBQ off Right

Your party menu deserves these 4th of July apps.

4th of july appetizers
Mike Garten

Before you dig into burger recipes, great grilling recipes and hot dogs, kick off your holiday family barbecue with these easy, fun 4th of July appetizers. Follow these easy recipes full of summer's freshest produce — zucchini, corn, watermelon and more — to make a flavor-packed party spread that's just as colorful as it is delicious. Whether your family prefers to keep it classic (shall we say, all-American?) with pigs in a blanket and grilled veggies, or go fancy with homemade (and best) dips, start your Independence Day menu with these crowd-pleasing party starters.

chili honey garlic shrimp kebabs
MIKE GARTEN
1 of 54
Chili-Honey-Garlic Shrimp Kebabs

If you're serving some savory barbecue later on, these sweet-and-savory shrimp kebabs will get every in the mood for more grilled goodness.

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grilled chicken wings
Mike Garten
2 of 54
Grilled Chicken Wings

Toss everyone's favorite app on the grill then coat in a homemade peach bourbon BBQ sauce for a little extra summer flair.

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goat cheese and cherry caprese
Mike Garten
3 of 54
Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese

Take your average Caprese salads up a notch by pairing tangy goat cheese with ripe and watery heirloom and grape tomatoes.

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shrimp ceviche
Mike Garten
4 of 54
Shrimp Ceviche

Serve this light and citrusy appetizer is best served with crispy plantain chips for easy scooping.

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blt pasta salad
Mike Garten
5 of 54
BLT Pasta Salad

Inspired by everyone's favorite summer sandwich, this easy appetizer is a serious crowd-pleaser.

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parmesanchive chips
Mike Garten
6 of 54
Parmesan-Chive Chips

It can't get any easier than dressing up store-bought potato chips with a sprinkle of cheese and herbs.

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cowboy caviar recipe
Mike Garten
7 of 54
Cowboy Caviar

A healthy and hearty make-ahead dip, this recipe, loaded with beans, corn and avocado, is the ultimate side dish to bring to your 4th of July backyard party

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blt bites
Mike Garten
8 of 54
BLT Bites

Meet the easiest appetizer you'll want to make on repeat. Blue cheese brings a cooling creaminess to the classic flavor combo.

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fiery feta foil packs
Mike Garten
9 of 54
Fiery Feta Foil Packs

If your 4th of July celebrations involve a campfire, build these cheesy packets of goodness and cook right over the flame.

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taco cups
Mike Garten
10 of 54
Taco Cups

Layer beef and cheese on crunchy wonton wrappers, bake until bubbly, then top with salsa and sour cream. It's a one-bite party!

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egg salad blini bites
MIKE GARTEN
11 of 54
Egg Salad Blini Bites

These mini pancakes give you the perfect amount of egg salad per bite, but that won't stop your guests from asking for seconds.

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roasted red pepper hummus
Mike Garten
12 of 54
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasting your own peppers gives this easy appetizer a rich, smoky flavor and some show-stopping color.

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best ever spinach and artichoke dip
Mike Garten
13 of 54
Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Lighter than the usual gooey baked version, this super fresh no-cook dip is made with tons of fragrant herbs, walnuts for crunch and cheese for a hit of savory flavor.

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fried green tomatoes
MIKE GARTEN
14 of 54
Fried Green Tomatoes

These crunchy panko-crusted tomatoes are a savory Southern favorite — but you can enjoy them wherever you live.

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grilled veggies with honey thyme vinaigrette   4th of july appetizers
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
15 of 54
Grilled Veggies With Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

This grilled medley gets a summer makeover thanks to a sweet, herby drizzle.

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corn pups
Con Poulos
16 of 54
Corn Pups

Whip up mini, carnival-style treats at home in only 25 minutes.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

goat cheese appetizer
Mike Garten
17 of 54
Goat Cheese Appetizer

Serve this no-cook appetizer, coated in fresh herbs and pink peppercorns, with plenty of crackers or crispy baguette.

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crab cakes with mango relish on a white plate
Mike Garten
18 of 54
Crab Cakes With Mango-Avocado Relish

Spoil guests with these savory crab cake bites, made with fresh sweet crab meat and topped with a crunchy mango-avocado relish that’s delicious enough to serve on its own.

Get the recipe for Crab Cakes With Mango-Avocado Relish »

spinach and yogurt dip
Mike Garten
19 of 54
Spinach and Yogurt Dip

This cooling creamy dip combines plain yogurt with spinach and mint for a tangy, fresh option at the appetizer table. Pass the pita!

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gingery shrimp toasts
Mike Garten
20 of 54
Gingery Shrimp Toasts

With Asian-fusion flavors, these crispy toasts pack a lot of punch in an appetizer-sized bite.

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peach and prosciutto flatbreads
Mike Garten
21 of 54
Peach and Prosciutto Flatbreads

Who knew everything you needed to make your pizzas taste wood-fired was already in your backyard? Fire up your grill to give these flatbreads a beautiful char.

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gingery pork and chive wontons
mike garten
22 of 54
Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons

We would say you should definitely save these restaurant-level savory pork wontons with spicy chili oil, but we doubt you'll have any leftover.

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caramelized lemon dip
Gabriel Boone + Ashley Rodriguez
23 of 54
Caramelized Lemon Dip

The beauty of this dip is that it is equally delicious with chips or vegetables. Made with lemon, sour cream, mint and pickled peppers, its bright and zippy with a faint heat.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

charred salsa
MIKE GARTEN
24 of 54
Charred Salsa

While salsa is often the go-to pre-meal snacking option, this recipe outshines its store-bought equivalents with a unique, smokey taste.

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melon wedges with sumac, lime, and chiles
Danielle Daly
25 of 54
Melon Wedges With Sumac, Lime and Chiles

Turn sweet summer melons into a savory treat with chiles and flaky salt.

Get the recipe from Prevention »

grilled pizzas
Mike Garten
26 of 54
Best-Ever Grilled Pizza

This family dinner favorite can easily transition to an appetizer — just slice thin pieces and dig in!

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best ever spinach and artichoke dip
MIKE GARTEN
27 of 54
Spinach and Artichoke Dip

It's not a party without spinach and artichoke dip. This recipe replaces cream cheese with protein-packed cannellini beans for a secretly healthy snack.

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christmas appetizers asparagus, burrata, and prosciutto tartines
Kate Sears
28 of 54
Asparagus, Burrata and Prosciutto Tartines

Avocado toast has met its match: Top small slices of crusty bread with greens, cheese and prosciutto.

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zucchini tots
Mike Garten
29 of 54
Zucchini Tots

Like the potato ones, but summer-friendly. Balance the tot's fresh flavor with homemade marinara sauce.

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pulled pork nachos
Mike Garten
30 of 54
Pulled Pork Nachos

Cheesy, zesty nachos, topped with guacamole and homemade salsa, are the perfect appetizer for a crowd.

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