4th of July Appetizer ideas

21 Amazing 4th July Appetizers For Celebrating Holiday!

When planning your 4th of July menu, think about incorporating your favorite summer foods in creative ways. Whether that means a fruity pizza, a festival-themed snack, or an all-red summer salad, 4th of July appetizers are meant to strike that perfect balance of light but filling — so your guests can save room for the firework-decorated cookies, but won’t be hungry as they wait for the burgers to be ready. The majority of these recipes are super quick to prepare, so you can come back to them time and time again throughout the summer, even after you’ve taken down your red, white, and blue decorations.


21. Jalapeno Corn Dip

 Jalapeno Corn Dip

This Jalapeno Corn Dip takes minutes to make! Sweet corn, peppers, jalapenos, and cheese – don’t forget the corn chips! I made a couple of different variations, experimenting with the base ingredients.  The first one I tried had mayonnaise in it, and I decided on my next try to leave that out and go with cream cheese.  It’s always nice when you are leaving a dip out at room temperature so you don’t have to worry about mayonnaise. I also adjusted the level of heat, which comes from the jalapeño and cayenne pepper. I tried using different cheeses, like cheddar and Monterey Jack, and a combo of both. These recipe is a perfect 4th of july appetizers that are great for these holidays.
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20. Sausage and Stuffing Balls

Sausage and Stuffing Balls

This Sausage Stuffing Ball recipe was actually shared years ago on the blog as part of a Christmas post, but it’s so good that it deserves to have a post of its own! They were an instant hit at our family Christmas gathering that year and since then, have made the menus of multiple parties, holiday celebrations, and “just because we wanted them” snack times! These Sausage Stuffing Balls make a great appetizer, but they are also really good served with some boiled eggs and toast. The recipe is super simple and delicious and very unlike the traditional sausage ball recipe made with biscuit mix and cheese. These can be mixed in a bowl, but I’m going to share how to do it my way. It’s a lot easier and it’s one less dish to wash!
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19. Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheese Balls

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheese Balls

This Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe is full of all of your favorite jalapeno popper flavors like crisp smoked bacon, spicy minced jalapeno, sharp cheddar, and smooth cream cheese.  The holiday season is quickly approaching and everyone should have a few great 4th July appetizer recipes. I just love a good cheese ball.  I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love it?  There is just something really special about a hunk of soft creamy blended cheese with spicy jalapenos, crisp smoked bacon, and sweet chopped scallions.  In a hurry?  No problem make it up to five days in advance but save the outer toppings for about twenty minutes prior to serving. Serve with assorted crackers, crostini, carrots, celery, pretzels, or apple slices.
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18. Patriotic Deviled Eggs

 Patriotic Deviled Eggs

Patriotic Deviled Eggs – CRAZY good deviled eggs. Eggs, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, dry mustard, pepper, onion, and paprika. Dye the hard-boiled eggs red and blue for a fun patriotic snack or 4th of july appetizers! Aren’t these Red, White, and Blue Deviled eggs cute?! I saw a few blog posts around Easter for dyed hard-boiled eggs. I thought they were so cute so I decided to give them and try for the 4th of July. They looked and tasted great! These deviled eggs would be a great addition to your holiday BBQ next week. The dying process is very simple and doesn’t require any vinegar. It requires only three ingredients – peeled hard-boiled eggs, water, and food coloring. I let the eggs sit in the dye for about 2 hours and then sliced them for deviled eggs. They had a great ring of color around the edge of the egg. I thought they looked great! The possibilities are endless!
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17. Mini Tortellini Kabobs

Mini Tortellini Kabobs - fourth of july appetizer recipes

Simple Mini Tortellini Kabobs are a great antipasto appetizer when you’re just snacking at home with the family or having friends over. They are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at your next get-together – everyone loves them! Little antipasto skewers are always a big hit. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat! Ha. We love their versatility, too, using your favorite Italian deli meats and cheeses. These particular ones are made with salami and provolone. My family goes sort of bonkers every time I make them. Whip them up a few hours before you need them, so the pasta can marinate and absorb all that awesome flavor from the dressing.
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16. Roasted Chickpeas and Avocado Salad

Roasted Chickpeas and Avocado Salad

This Roasted Chickpea and avocado salad is a great way to use up your veggies and enjoy a great-tasting salad loaded with fiber. Easy to make salad recipe with a homemade Greek yogurt dressing that’s simple and delicious. Roasted chickpeas are perfect to add over salads for added fiber and protein. This roasted chickpea salad recipe is loaded with veggies, topped with roasted chickpeas, and avocados, and then tossed in with a delicious homemade creamy Yogurt Dressing. The homemade Dressing is simple and made with Greek yogurt, honey, mustard, chives, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, oil, and lemon juice. This chickpea avocado salad recipe makes for a perfect healthy lunch or light dinner you can enjoy any day of the week.
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15. Artichoke Bruschetta

Artichoke Bruschetta

Artichoke Bruschetta features toasty baguette slices topped with a creamy artichoke spread and then broiled until bubbly for an easy 4th of july appetizers that’s fancy enough for a party! If you’re a fan of warm, cheesy artichoke dip, think of this Artichoke Bruschetta as a recipe that takes that classic appetizer to the next level. Because while the additional step of smearing artichoke spread onto baguette slices and then broiling is quick and simple, it makes a HUGE impact…presentation-wise and flavor-wise!
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14. Strawberry Blueberry Salad With Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

 Strawberry Blueberry Salad With Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

There’s something so refreshing about salads in the summer. This mixed greens (or spinach) salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette is made with all the fresh summer berries – strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Topped with some goat cheese, blue cheese, or feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette, this salad recipe is always a hit at my summer cookout. This berry salad with balsamic vinaigrette combines lettuce, summer berries, and crumbled cheese to create a light and refreshing dish that is perfect for a summer dinner or cookout. The tang of balsamic vinaigrette dressing is the perfect complement to the sweet berries, and the cheese adds some creaminess to the texture. I like to add some walnuts or pecans as well, which finishes it off with a little crunch.
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13. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These perfectly crispy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts are easy and quick to put together and only call for a handful of ingredients! Best of all they’re ready in only 20 minutes! Really quick and easy to make! Does anyone else think brussels sprouts are an underrated side dish? There are so many different ways to prepare them, from baking to frying. Regardless of how you whip them up, my favorite way to serve them will always be roasted, loaded with garlic powder and parmesan cheese, and drizzled with good olive oil. My brussels sprouts were quite small and roasted whole easily, but if your sprouts are big try cutting them in half or even into quarters before tossing with oil and spices and baking.
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12. Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Cup

 Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Cup - 4th of july appetizer recipes

These Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Cup Appetizers are the perfect finger food for New Year’s Eve and holiday parties. They’re easy to make and perfectly savory! They are so perfectly savory – the addition of parmesan and fresh thyme just takes these little appetizers over the top! And if you love mushrooms even a little bit, you are going to LOVE these Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Cup 4th of July Appetizers! There’s just something special about finger food, isn’t there? I love hosting winter parties and get-togethers and I almost always do an appetizer spread instead of the main meal. I have so many favorite appetizer recipes, some of which I’ve shared with you before like this Apricot Baked Brie and these Thai Peanut Salad Wonton Cups. But these Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Cup Appetizers are my new fave!!
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11. Loaded Southwestern Sweet Potato Fries

 Loaded Southwestern Sweet Potato Fries

Need a healthy upgrade to french fries? These Loaded Sweet Potato Fries are sure to hit the spot! With the Southwestern twist, their flavor packs a punch! French fries are my absolute weakness!  Potatoes in general are one of my favorite 4th of July appetizers because you can be entirely creative when incorporating them into dishes. They work well for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (hello, sweet potato pie)!  Essentially, they’re perfect food! Did you know that there is a difference between a sweet potato and a yam?  I’ve always thought they were basically the same, orange-fleshed potato.  That’s until recently discovered white sweet potatoes. The orange variety is marketed as yams.  White sweet potatoes look like regular potatoes but have sweet flesh. It’s kind of a mind trick when you’re eating them. That’s why I thought they would make great french fries!
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10. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with Bacon

 Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with Bacon

This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with Bacon is a perfect side dish for your BBQ or grilling event! Easy to make and packed with great flavors for a fun and unique pasta salad recipe. This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with Bacon has become a house favorite! The combination and balance between the dill, bacon, cheese, and red onion is just too yummy! No one flavor overpowers the others so you can taste every bit of goodness that is in there. This pasta can easily be made into a vegetarian pasta salad by omitting the bacon. And with classic flavors, it is still a perfect side dish for any grilling recipe! I love to make it with burgers or my Three Pepper Dry Rub Chicken.
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9. Honey Apricot Goat Cheese

Honey Apricot Goat Cheese - 4th of july appetizers

This Goat Cheese Log with Apricots and Honey is sure to be a hit at any party or holiday gathering! This easy appetizer recipe features fun flavors and can be made ahead of time or as fast as 30 minutes! This Apricot Honey Goat Cheese Log is simple to make and a must-make party appetizer. Cheese logs are always a hit during the winter holiday months, BUT this cheese log features all the summertime flavors making it great for summer occasions as well. This appetizer can be made ahead of time, or be ready in about 30 minutes great for the party planner or the last-minute recipe type of person. My favorite way to enjoy cheese is drizzled with some honey, and basil and spread on a crunchy bagel chip. I hope you and your guests love this recipe as much as I do, enjoy!
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8. Avocado Cucumber Shrimp

Avocado Cucumber Shrimp

This is such an easy shrimp appetizer recipe but it is a mouthwateringly good and special occasion worthy. It will be the talk of your next party! These shrimp appetizers have plump juicy cajun shrimp over creamy avocado on a crisp slice of cucumber. These shrimp cucumber bites are a delicious mouthful! The flavor profile of these shrimp appetizers is similar to our shrimp avocado salad (one of our most popular shrimp recipes!), so if you enjoyed that, you will go crazy for these shrimp cucumber bites! My husband and son loved these! This recipe yields 20-22 cucumber bites (depending on how many shrimp are in a pound of shrimp). The homemade cajun spice sears onto the shrimp giving it an amazing spicy kick. If you prefer a milder appetizer, you can easily cut the paprika and cayenne in half.
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7. Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey.

 Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey…my new holiday 4th of July appetizers. They’re quick and easy, and everyone loves these sweet and savory bites. Sweet dates stuffed with creamy goat cheese, wrapped in salty bacon, then tossed in rosemary honey that’s hinted with just a touch of spice. Bake these bites up in the oven until the bacon is crisping and “candied”. There never seems to be enough of these bites…addictive, festive, and perfect for holiday entertaining! I had to give these a special touch. SO, I added in rosemary honey that’s hinted with cayenne pepper. The honey gives these dates a sweet, savory, and spicy taste. The salty bacon with the sweet and spicy honey makes for the best combo, but beware, these are highly addictive. Yes, this is the third time I’ve used addictive in this post, but it truly best describes these dates.
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6. Cuban Sliders

Cuban Sliders - 4th of july appetizers

Loaded with meats and cheese, Cuban Sliders are filling and satisfying enough to be a meal! They are also a great appetizer for your next big gathering. If you love sliders as much as I do, check out my Italian Sliders and Reuben Sliders! I also have a homemade Hawaiian rolls recipe that would be perfect for sliders! Sometimes a ham and cheese sandwich just doesn’t cut it, although I have ham and cheese sliders that are pretty darn good! Anyway, to step it up a notch, I made these Cuban Sliders that are more of a meal than finger food. Of course, I had to sample one immediately, and the flavors did not disappoint! These sliders are so loaded with meat, I actually needed a fork to pick up the meat that had fallen out of the slider!
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5. Spinach-Artichoke Dip Wonton Cups 

Spinach-Artichoke Dip Wonton Cups 

These easy spinach artichoke cups will quickly become a party food staple! Perfect for holidays, baby showers, and even just a quick late-night snack – everyone will absolutely love these crunchy and creamy spinach dip cups! I’m a big fan of spinach artichoke dip. It’s one of my favorite Christmas and 4th of July appetizers! I pretty much order it anytime it’s on a menu, and I feel like I’ve perfected the baked spinach dip recipe at home! I even made a spinach and artichoke pasta inspired by my favorite dip combination. These spinach dip cups elevate a normal spinach artichoke dip you’d serve with chips (or bread) because they combine the crunch and the creamy dip all in one bite. I’ve served them at numerous parties over the years, and they’re always a huge hit!
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4. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

These Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs are an incredibly easy recipe to make. They require just three simple ingredients and can be made right on the stovetop, or for convenience, in your slow cooker. Serve these BBQ Meatballs on their own as a hearty appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or serve them with rice for a simple weeknight meal. This dish not only looks beautiful but it’s one of the most simple things you can make. A can of sweet and tart cranberry sauce is mixed with a spicy barbecue sauce…and that’s it! If you have the time, you can make your own homemade meatballs, but for simplicity, I often use frozen meatballs.
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3. Italian Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

 Italian Tomato & Basil Bruschetta - 4th of july appetizers

Tomato Basil Bruschetta is a refreshing Italian appetizer packed with so much flavor. Serve on toasted Italian or French loaf. A crowd-pleaser. Make sure you drain the tomatoes so your bread doesn’t get soggy. This is the key to making a really good bruschetta… Add balsamic vinegar, this adds a hint of sweetness. Be sure to use an Italian or French loaf. The loaf should be slightly hard, not too soft. Bruschetta should be crunchy. Lastly, use a garlic clove to brush olive oil on each piece of bread before toasting. This adds a hint of garlic flavor to the bread.
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2. Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread is a flavorful holiday appetizer with cream cheese, cranberries, apricots, and orange zest ready in minutes! This Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread has all the ease of making a traditional Cheese Ball but is packed full of the classic holiday flavors of cranberry and orange. It’s one of the many cheesy holiday 4th of July appetizers that will go just as perfectly on your Thanksgiving table as it will on your leftover turkey sandwiches. Cranberry Cream Cheese is one of the easiest appetizer recipes you’ll ever make. All you do is mix the ingredients together in a large bowl until they are completely mixed and voila! You’re ready to serve it. It can be made ahead of time, so if it’s getting down to crunch time for a party, you can throw it together the day before and move on to the next thing on your list.
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1. Bacon Crackers

Bacon Crackers - 4th of july appetizers

The salty-sweet-savory-spicy crunch of these bacon crackers will push all of your buttons. The name of this recipe tells it like it is. They’re basically crackers with candied bacon on top, plus a little pepper to make sure you really get hooked. Let’s face it, cheese and crackers just don’t make for a crackin’ party. But put bacon on a cracker, and that’s an appetizer that every carnivore can get behind. As tempting as a nice thick piece of bacon might sound, thinner bacon actually works best for this recipe, since thick-cut bacon takes longer to crisp up and might make the crackers burn. Don’t be shy with the brown sugar–it helps to weigh down the bacon so it doesn’t curl up, and there’s no illusion that these bacon crackers are a healthy food anyway.
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