17 Appetizer Ideas Perfect for Any Fourth of July Barbecue

17 Appetizer Ideas Perfect for Any Fourth of July Barbecue
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When you think of Independence Day food, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a spread of red, white, and blue desserts. You know what else you should be thinking of, though? Fourth of July appetizers. Chances are, your party starts in the afternoon and goes until the fireworks, so guests are going to need plenty of easy food to snack on.

The best part about these Fourth of July appetizers is that they don’t all necessarily need to stick to that same red, white, and blue theme. Summer is a bounty of fresh produce (all colors!), and it would be a shame to limit yourself, you know? Plus, nobody will turn their nose up at less-colorful classics like sliders, hot dogs, and cheese dips.

Even if your menu is already planned, it’s worth browsing the list below for a little Fourth of July appetizer inspiration. Maybe you’ll see something you hadn’t thought of before; maybe you’ll just remember an old favorite you’d forgotten about. Either way, these crowd-pleasers are ready to celebrate Independence Day with you and your friends.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Strawberry Feta Bruschetta

The Sweetest Occasion.

1. Strawberry Feta Bruschetta

Use summer berries to make sweet and savory bruschetta.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Caprese Skewers

Dinner at the Zoo.

2. Caprese Skewers

Skip caprese salad and go straight for these hands-only caprese skewers.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Watermelon-Feta Flag Salad

Taste of Home.

3. Watermelon-Feta Flag Salad

Easier than a flag cake and just as patriotic, this flag salad is the perfect centerpiece for your appetizer spread.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Honey, Ricotta, and Peach Crostini

The Suburban Soapbox.

4. Honey, Ricotta, and Peach Crostini

These sweet, creamy crostini take advantage of peaches at peak season.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Watermelon Fries

Abbey’s Kitchen.

5. Watermelon Fries

This creative dish works as an appetizer or as part of a dessert spread (alongside plenty of cakes and pies, of course). Cut watermelon fries, then serve ’em up with a coconut-lime dip.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | The Ultimate Patriotic Cheeseboard

Eat Yourself Skinny.

6. The Ultimate Patriotic Cheeseboard

Cheeseboards are a must-have at any good party. This red, white, and blue cheeseboard is the one you should serve on the Fourth of July.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Chili Lime Shrimp Cups

Inspired Taste.

7. Chili Lime Shrimp Cups

Store-bought wonton wrappers make these crunchy shrimp cups a total breeze.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Summer Corn Salad

Lil Luna.

8. Summer Corn Salad

Nothing tastes like summer the way a bowl of corn, tomatoes, and cheese does.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Hot Dog Sliders

Taste of Home.

9. Hot Dog Sliders With Mango-Pineapple Salsa

You don’t need special dogs or buns for these hot dog sliders, you’ll just cut regular ones in half!

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Goat Cheese Tomato Dip

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10. Goat Cheese Tomato Dip

This baked dip hits the spot, even on a warm day.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Tequila Jalapeño Shrimp

We Are Not Martha.

11. Tequila Jalapeño Shrimp

Get the party started with some tequila-marinated shrimp.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Watermelon, Blackberry, and Feta Skewers

A Healthy Life for Me.

12. Watermelon, Blackberry, and Feta Skewers

These mini skewers are the easiest way to go red, white, and blue.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Mini Hasselback Potatoes

Bowl of Delicious.

13. Mini Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are perfect for soaking up maximum dipping sauce.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches

Basil and Bubbly.

14. Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches

These two-ingredient prosciutto-wrapped peaches area guaranteed hit, and perfect if you’re scrambling last-minute.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Black Bean and Corn Salad

Hall Nesting.

15. Black Bean and Corn Salad

Straight up or eaten with tortilla chips, you can’t go wrong with black bean and corn salad.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Mini BLT Sandwiches

Oh How Civilized.

16. Mini BLT Sandwiches

I mean, how cute are these tiny BLTs!?

STYLECASTER | 17 Fourth of July Appetizers That Every Barbecue Needs | Baked Cheeseburger Sliders

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17. Baked Cheeseburger Sliders

It’s tough to been a sheet pan of cheesy sliders.

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