Want to create tempting appetizers for your next weekend barbecue?
Here are 37 best BBQ appetizers that will get your guests’ mouth water!
Hosting a barbecue usually means grilling burgers, hotdogs, and smoking the occasional brisket and ribs, but what about BBQ appetizers?
As it turns out, you can also make appetizers using your BBQ grill, which you can also serve during your barbecue!
Making appetizers using your barbecue and serving it while you’re grilling the usual burgers and hotdogs will show your guests your amazing cooking skills.
It also shows them that you can do a lot with a barbecue grill.
This list of recipes also gives you a chance to play and experiment with your barbecue grill, so to speak, and try out new dishes with it.
Some of the recipes you’ll find here are pretty innovative, like the Bacon Wrapped Pickle Spears and Grilled Watermelon Skewers.
There are also some that you won’t believe can be made with a barbecue grill, until you try them, like #25 and #36!
A few of these recipes you may already be familiar with, but they’re so yummy, I just needed to add them to this list.
Ready to try out these appetizers at your next weekend event?
Let’s jump right into these recipes!
Salsa has always been considered a side dish, but did you know that it can also be served as an appetizer?
Just place the smoky, tangy, and sweet mélange on top of toast or crackers, and you’re good to go!
When you’re looking for a grilled appetizer that’ll be great for a luau, here’s one!
The fantastic thing about this dish is it’s so versatile.
So, should you have leftovers, you can serve them with rice, and it becomes a meal.
For the perfect combination of spicy, savory, and smoky, this is what you should make!
This is a party favorite and will be a sure hit at your barbecue.
Another fruity appetizer that gets a smoky upgrade thanks to the grill.
This crostini can be made ahead of time and served as people arrive at your party.
Here’s an appetizer that you can tweak according to your taste.
Want to add more veggies, more cheese, and more meat?
You can do it with this dish!
Want to give your guests a yummy selection of appetizers on a single platter?
This is one idea you can try.
You can even create a “make-your-own-crostini” table and fill it with plates of grilled crostini, a variety of toppings, and cold cuts.
Another dish that’s great as an appetizer, as a snack for game day, and as a side dish for any meal is this grilled skillet recipe.
As with most dishes with lots of toppings and ingredients, this can be modified to suit your taste.
One of the easiest ways to barbecue fruit and cheese cubes is to skewer them.
And that’s how you get luscious grilled cheese, watermelon, and peach cubes for an appetizer!
If you’re looking for a vegetarian appetizer for your next barbecue, this is one you can make while you’re heating up your grill.
These are great to make for your vegan and vegetarian guests.
While we’re on the subject of vegan and vegetarian appetizers for a barbecue, let’s add this recipe to the list.
All the veggies and the baguette in this dish are grilled, providing you with the smoky and slightly charred flavor that makes each bite memorable.
Yet another versatile dish that can either be an appetizer or a main dish is this grilled pizza with fresh ingredients.
To serve as an appetizer, just cut it into bite-sized pieces!
Cheesy, earthy, and super satisfying, this is a dish that you can also make in the oven.
To serve these warm, and grill them alongside your other barbecued favorites, make the filling in advance so you can just fill the mushroom caps and pop them on the grill before guests arrive.
If you’re planning on serving this, make sure to have enough for seconds and thirds!
Yes, it’s that good and is one of those appetizers that will have people coming back for more.
Smoked and then grilled, these wings are to die for!
With amazing flavor all the way to the bone, this is one dish that friends and family will surely ask for every time you have a barbecue.
Bacon-wrapped pickles in your smoker?
If you’re a fan of fried pickles, or simply love snacking on these sweet, sour, crunchy cured veggies, you should really try making this.
Here’s an appetizer that you can also serve as a side dish.
While this salad is sweet, tangy, and mild, you can always amp up the flavor with some pepper flakes or a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
Serve family style or in lettuce cups for individual servings.
This appetizer dish is crazy simple; it’s mind-boggling!
Yet, it’s utterly mouthwatering and fantastic for anything, from barbecues to formal dinners.
Here’s a smoky and spicy dip that you can serve with your favorite crackers, chips, and veggie sticks.
The BBQ is used twice in this recipe–once to smoke the chicken and the second time to melt the cheese in the dip.
This appetizer is another one you can serve when you have guests who are vegetarian.
To keep it strictly all veggies, you can omit the grated parmesan at the end.
When you want a surf-and-turf-style grilled appetizer, this is it!
You can add some fire to the savory and smoky flavor of the Cajun rub by adding a teaspoon of cayenne powder.
Now, here are four smoked cheese balls you can make simultaneously!
Making four balls with different toppings all at once will give you and your guests lots of cream cheese choices for your crackers or chips!
Ribs are the ultimate finger food for any occasion.
Marinate overnight for more flavorful ribs, but if you’re pressed for time, a few hours in the marinade should work well too.
How about a Mexican-style appetizer that you can make on your outdoor grill?
This is one of those BBQ appetizers that is made from start to finish on the grill.
From Mexico, let’s now travel to India with this hearty, spicy, vegetarian appetizer.
This recipe is so adaptable; not only can you make it on your outdoor grill, but you can also make it in your air fryer, oven, and stovetop grill.
Want to add some Italian flavor to your barbecue menu?
Here’s a crostini that’s topped with prosciutto, goat cheese, vegetables, and herbs coated with agrodolce.
Let’s close this list out with one of the easiest and simplest recipes you can try on your barbecue.
This is made with a combination of potatoes, which are sliced in wedges and grilled till soft and replete with grill marks.
The dip here is curry aioli, but you can always substitute it with your favorite dip.
The bottom line
As you can easily see, this list of BBQ appetizers consists of a wide variety of dishes that range from simple to complex, vegetarian to non-veg, and classic to unusual.
It also has recipes that use the BBQ as a grill, hot smoker, cold smoker, and even as a pizza oven.
This just shows how versatile your BBQ can be.
This list gives you ideas on how you can further utilize your BBQ to make more than just your usual burger patties and grilled sausage links.
So, when you think about firing up your barbecue grill, try one or more of these appetizer recipes and wow your family with your culinary expertise.
- Grilled Pineapple Salsa
- Bacon Wrapped Sausages
- BBQ Pork Loin Sliders
- Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Skewers
- Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
- Margarita Shrimp Kebabs
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Grilled Peach Crostini
- Grilled Loaded Potato Skins
- Grilled Crostini Platter
- Grilled Loaded Nachos
- Grilled Fig With Goat Cheese
- Grilled Watermelon, Peach, & Halloumi Skewers
- BBQ Meatballs
- Zucchini & Hummus Roll-Ups
- Veggie BBQ Skewers
- Grilled Tomato Bruschetta
- Olive & Tomato Grilled Pizza
- Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms
- Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken
- Smoked Chicken Wings
- Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pickle Spears
- Grilled Corn Salad
- Grilled Artichokes
- Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Lemon & Garlic Grilled Broccoli
- Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Bites
- Smoked Cream Cheese Balls
- Vietnamese Style Ribs
- Avocado Bruschetta
- Pulled Pork Nachos
- Street Corn Flatbread
- Tandoori Paneer Tikka
- Grilled Zucchini Canapes
- Grilled Vegetable Agrodolce Crostini
- Smoked Deviled Eggs
- Grilled Potato Wedges With Dip
- Pick one or more options from our list of BBQ Appetizers here!
- Start creating your new favorite dish.
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