22 Delicious 4th of July Appetizers to Kick Off Your Party

Whip up these tasty (and patriotic!) starters.

4th of july appetizers - Cheesy Jalapeño Pretzel Bites
MIKE GARTEN

Make this year's 4th of July party the best ever by preparing some delicious 4th of July appetizers that will lure your guests to the food table the moment they walk in the door.

Whether your family prefers pigs in a blanket or guacamole and chips, this list has an appetizer for everyone. Not only does it include the basic party appetizers, like chicken wings and mini sloppy joes, we've also given your favorite foods a yummy new spin, like our lentil hummus and smoked salmon on potato chips.

Best of all, you can make these 4th of July appetizers a couple of hours before the party with plenty of time to get the house all decked out in red, white, and blue. And if you’re planning the menu for your neighborhood block party instead of a family barbecue, you can double and even triple the recipes to feed a crowd.

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4th of july appetizers - Whipped Feta with Cucumber Recipe
Kate Mathis
Whipped Feta with Cucumber

You can prepare this creamy six-ingredient dip for your guests to enjoy while the meat is grilling.

Get the recipe for Whipped Feta with Cucumber.

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4th of july appetizers - Salami-Wrapped Melon with Basil Recipe
Kate Mathis
Salami-Wrapped Melon with Basil

This sweet and salty snack is so easy to make. Enlist your kids to put these mini skewers together after you've cut up the cantaloupe.

Get the recipe for Salami-Wrapped Melon with Basil.

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4th of july appetizers - Frozen Tropical Fruit Kebabs
MIKE GARTEN
Frozen Tropical Fruit Kebabs

Take advantage of fresh fruit and create frozen kebabs—they're perfect for cooling down on hot summer days!

Get the recipe for Frozen Tropical Fruit Kebabs.

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4th of july desserts - Strawberry and Snickers Sticks
Mike Garten
Strawberry and Snickers Sticks

Sweet and savory come together in this delicious recipe. Simply cut up strawberries and Snickers bars and thread the pieces on kebab sticks.

Get the recipe for Strawberry and Snickers Sticks.

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4th of july appetizers - Cheesy Jalapeño Pretzel Bites
MIKE GARTEN
Cheesy Jalapeño Pretzel Bites

Add a spicy kick to your 4th of July menu with these pretzel bites stuffed with cream cheese, extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, and green jalapeños.

Get the recipe for Cheesy Jalapeño Pretzel Bites.

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4th of july appetizers - Sloppy Joe Sliders
Con Poulos
Sloppy Joe Sliders

These mini sloppy joes come together in 30 minutes. Dare you to eat just one!

Get the recipe for Sloppy Joe Sliders.

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4th of July Appetizers - Lentil Hummus
Lucy Schaeffer
Lentil Hummus

Give this crowd-favorite appetizer a makeover by using lentils rather than chickpeas and topping it with red pepper flakes.

Get the recipe for Lentil Hummus.

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4th of july appetizers - Hot Double-Onion Cheese Dip
Con Poulos
Hot Double-Onion Cheese Dip

Although it takes almost an hour for this dip to be ready, the taste will be worth it and your guests will be asking for the recipe as they leave.

Get the recipe for Hot Double-Onion Cheese Dip.

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4th of july appetizers - mini cheese popovers
Sarah Anne Ward/Studio D
Mini Cheese Popovers

For this mini cheese popovers recipe, you can use either Cheddar or Gruyère cheese, but who says you can't use both?

Get the recipe for Mini Cheese Popovers.

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4th of july appetizers - Smoked Salmon Bites
Raymond Hom
Smoked Salmon Bites

Potato chips are the base for this fancy-but-not-too-fancy recipe.

Get the recipe for Smoked Salmon Bites.

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4th of july appetizers - Chicken and Asparagus Roulades
Mark Ferri
Chicken and Asparagus Roulades

You only need three ingredients and 30 minutes to put this recipe together.

Get the recipe for Chicken and Asparagus Roulades.

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4th of july appetizers - Zesty Mini Crab Cakes Recipe
Chris Court; Food stylist: Justine Poole; Prop stylist: Lucy Tweed
Zesty Mini Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a summer staple, and these only take 15 minutes to make for your guests.

Get the recipe for Zesty Mini Crab Cakes.

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4th of july appetizers - Guacamole
Jonny Valiant
Guacamole

No party is ever complete without a bowl of guac. Plus, it's so easy to make and comes together in 10 minutes or less!

Get the recipe for Guacamole.

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4th of july appetizers - buffalo chicken dip
PARKER FEIERBACH
Buffalo Chicken Dip

You can add even more cheese to this already cheesy dip by topping it with feta.

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4th of july appetizers - pigs in a blanket
ETHAN CALABRESE
Pigs in a Blanket

If you want to add more flavor to this recipe, you can brush garlic powder over each little piggy before popping them in the oven.

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4th of july appetizers - grilled watermelon
CHELSEA LUPKIN
Grilled Watermelon

Add some smokiness to watermelon by grilling it for just 2 minutes. You'll get hooked.

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4th of July appetizers - buffalo wings
PARKER FEIERBACH
Classic Buffalo Wings

Add a touch of honey to the buffalo sauce to caramelize the wings. You might want to double this recipe because it's just that good.

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4th of july appetizers - fried pickles
Con Poulos
Fried Pickles

Crispy pickle spears are a fun French fry alternative.

Get the recipe for Fried Pickles.

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4th of july appetizers
CEDRIC ANGELES
Strawberry Tamales

Summertime calls for sweet corn and fresh strawberries! And yes, you can use both in the same dish with this delicious take on tamales.

Get the recipe for Strawberry Tamales.

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4th of july appetizers - Corn Pups Recipe
Con Poulos
Corn Pups

It's easier than you think to whip up these cute, carnival-style treats at home.

Get the recipe for Corn Pups.

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4th Of July Appetizer - strawberry pizza
CEDRIC ANGELES
Strawberry Pizza

Who says you can't eat dessert before dinner? This strawberry pizza recipe works as an appetizer when you slice and serve.

Get the recipe for Strawberry Pizza.

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4th of july appetizers - Deviled Eggs sailboats
Photo credit: Con Poulos; Food stylist: Vivian Lui; Prop stylist: Philipa Brathwaite
Deviled Egg Sailboats

Hoist the sails with tortilla chips, celery leaves, sliced pepper, or onion. To keep the cucumber from falling over, stake it with a celery stick.

Get the recipe for Deviled Egg Sailboats.

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