20 Memorial Day Appetizers to Fill Up On

Kick off the holiday with these tasty bites, dips and apps.

April 19, 2023

Snacks and Small Bites for Memorial Day

Memorial Day fare is known for burgers, hot dogs and patriotic desserts—but there is so much more to this holiday (not that we don’t want a few of the classics on the menu, though!). So, why not impress your guests with an array of appetizers? Bite-size treats, mini dishes and an assortment of dips will get your taste buds tingling—but still leave room for other delicious eats all day long. Can’t wait for the main event? The Pioneer Woman puts all the deliciousness of a bacon cheeseburger into one tiny bite with this clever appetizer. It’s perfect for when you want to eat other Memorial Day treats and not be too full.

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Deviled Egg American Flag

Who doesn’t love a stars-and-stripes-themed version of a classic? Plus, this patriotic snack easily serves a crowd!

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Savory caramelized onions add a nice touch (and major flavor) to the homemade version of this satisfying dish.

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Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta

This bruschetta has it all: zesty, garlic-rubbed bread; creamy ricotta; sweet, honey-roasted tomatoes and smoky grilled eggplant. It's like a party in your mouth!

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Grilled Pizza with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Top homemade pizza dough with mozzarella, tomato and basil, then grill it to perfection.

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Mini Lobster Rolls

Giada’s miniature version of this Maine classic will tide you over until it’s time to dig into the other BBQ favorites. (Or, you can just munch on these all day long!)

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Blue Deviled Eggs

These blue-cheese-topped deviled eggs are a deliciously salty spin on a classic, crowd-pleasing dish.

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Bite-Size Burgers

Make anything bite-size and it’s automatically more fun! Plus, these mini burgers will cook faster on the grill and leave more room on your plate for other tasty bites.

Get the Recipe: Bite-Size Burgers

Star Spangle Layered Dip

The only patriotic duty you’ll have this holiday is to create this flag-shaped dip for all your guests to enjoy with some chips, crudités, or crackers!

Get the Recipe: Star Spangle Layered Dip

Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Entertain your guests with these fun, pull-apart pigs in a blanket made easy, thanks to store-bought, refrigerated crescent dough.

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Grilled Oysters with Lemon Dill Butter

Ina makes a simple herb butter a combination of good butter, freshly squeezed lemon juice and dill and adds some to each oyster before grilling. It's the perfect summer appetizer: celebratory and so delicious.

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Pimiento Cheese Dip

You’ll want to snack all day on this creamy, cheesy dip. Better make a double batch!

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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

This recipe calls for large jalapeños, which fit more filling than smaller ones and tend to be sturdier. Best of all, the molten cheese won’t spill out of these poppers thanks to the way they are filled.

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Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Kebobs

Make room on the grill for these cheese and watermelon kebabs! The combination of charred halloumi and sweet fruit is so refreshing and delicious.

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Honey-Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Forget the hot dogs and burgers and grill up these delicious shrimp skewers instead. Their spicy-sweet flavor is guaranteed to be a hit at any get-together.

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Charred Scallion Dip

Katie transforms a standard onion dip into an explosion of flavor by swapping out plain ol' onions with charred scallions.

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Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

Swapping a hot dog for a carrot takes a bold dose of spices to tame the vegetal sweetness and transform the carrot into a savory treat. Bake the puff pastry until really brown and crisp, so it is fully cooked through and contrasts with the soft carrot.

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Spicy Ranch Snack Mix

Molly’s zesty take on a bag of snack mix! Load up on pretzel snaps, Cheddar bunnies, oyster crackers, sriracha peas and white Cheddar balls ― then drizzle your butter-and-spice mixture over the mix and bake.

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Buffalo Deviled Eggs

This egg-cellent appetizer tastes just like Buffalo wings!

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy and tasty, these stuffed mushrooms are full of flavor. A mix of sweet Italian sausage and Parmesan gives them their savor and scallions on top add a touch of freshness.

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