Appetizers on the Grill
Kick your next summer party off the right way--with smoking good apps and snacks straight from the grill.
Crab-Stuffed Grilled Bell Peppers
This fast appetizer combines stuffed mini bell peppers and creamy crab dip into one pretty, portable bite. Use multicolored peppers for extra pop.
Summer Herbed Grilled Shrimp
Our finishing touches--a hit of herbs, peppery olive oil, and tangy vinegar--make these shrimp the freshest, most irresistible appetizer. Leave the tails on so guests have a handle for these tasty bites.
Mussel Bánh Mì Toasts
Toast isn’t just for avocado and jam. Go next level with this open-faced banh mi piled high with pickled carrot and radish, shichimi togarashi (a Japanese spice blend) laced mayo, and mussels simmered in a lemongrass-steeped coconut broth.
Wings are the quintessential handheld appetizer, and we don't mind getting a little sauce on our faces when it comes to these juicy, flavorful Wonder Wings. We've used an indirect-to-direct heat grilling technique to crisp up the exterior of the wings, while still keeping that tender interior. When it comes to sauces, these Wonder Wings are versatile – and none of these options will disappoint.
Smoky Red Pepper Dip with Grilled Crudités
Step aside, boring crudités--enter deliciously crunchy, lightly charred fennel and broccoli paired with grilled bread and juicy tomatoes. The long, slow cook time on the grill coordinates with the cooking of the chicken; you can also take things inside and use the oven for step 3.
Grilled Watermelon Pizza
For a fruity and finger-friendly appetizer, grill watermelon wedges and top with pickled onions, blue cheese, and pecans.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Grilled Okra
A sweet-tangy balsamic glaze makes this summertime appetizer irresistible. Using two skewers for the wrapped okra makes it easier to flip on the grill.
Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings
Skip the deep frying mess and go for the grill instead. Grilling chicken wings creates a delightfully crispy exterior and gives them added depth via delicious smoky char. These crisp grilled wings are delicious as is, so feel free to skip the Buffalo sauce or give them the lemon-pepper treatment instead. They’re the perfect snack for a Super Bowl party or other casual get together.
Grilled Camembert with Macerated Cherries and Rosemary
Camembert with Macerated Cherries and Rosemary is a gooey, melty, grilled treat. Tip: If you can't find Camembert cheese, Brie works as a nice substitute. Serve with table water crackers.
Grilled Baba Ghanoush
Grilling the eggplant adds a charred note to this classic Middle Eastern dip. Let the slices steam after cooking so the flesh becomes even more tender. Serve with toasted pita, sliced cucumber, or fennel.
Lobster Roll Bruschetta
Though we love the sweet flavor of lobster in this appetizer, you can easily substitute 1/2 pound of shrimp with delicious results.
Tomato and Peach Flatbreads with Basil
Grill the naan just until warmed through so the peaches and tomatoes stay juicy.
Forget shrimp cocktail--this will be your go-to party staple from now on. You could take the shrimp off the skewers for the platter, but the pick-up nature of kebabs is great for parties.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings with Cilantro-Lime Ranch
Make game day as smooth and stress-free as possible by preparing your wings the night before. Then when kickoff rolls around, all you have to do is toss the ginger, garlic, and Scotch bonnet seasoned wings on the grill, mix up the cilantro-lime ranch, and dig in.
Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini
You can use your grill for more than hamburgers. Prepare elegant appetizers perfect for a sophisticated dinner party or soiree. This Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini has grilled pear wedges sprinkled with pecans and rosemary. Drizzle on honey for a sweet finish to a beautiful appetizer.
Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta
This simple appetizer is a party favorite. Caramelized tomatoes enhance the flavor of the toasty bread and sweet rich ricotta. You can even set out toasts and toppings so guests can build their own bruschetta.
Roasted Corn Salsa
Roasted corn combined with tomatoes, onions, and parsley in sweet-hot vinaigrette will definitely have some kick. This summertime salsa has a Southwest influence and is a fun appetizer served with tortilla chips or on top of a grilled dish.
Steak Crostini with Avocado-Horseradish Mayo
For an appetizer that tastes just as good as it looks, this steak crostini is a definite must-serve. The grilled flank steak pairs beautifully with the avocado and wasabi spread. Add a sprig of oregano on top and you’ll get a pop of color and a pretty presentation.
Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs and Cheese
Thin slices of grilled zucchini give this appetizer a delicate air. Rolled up with goat cheese, herbs, and spinach, these sushi-like treats are full of flavor and color.
Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello
Bruschetta is a classic appetizer and the shrimp really are the icing on the cake. They’re mixed in a sauce featuring garlic, shallots, lemon juice, and limoncello. The hint of lemon will make this dish truly unforgettable.
Salty, savory, and crunchy--these addictive grilled pork crisps hit all the notes necessary for ultimate snacking satisfaction.
Grilled Grape Leaves Stuffed with Sausage and Goat Cheese
Grilled Grape Leaves Stuffed with Sausage and Goat Cheese is a quick Mediterranean-inspired appetizer that you can cook on the grill, giving you plenty of time for relaxing and having fun with friends.
Grilled Sardine, Tomato, and Mint Bruschetta
Grilled ciabatta topped with grilled marinated sardines, plump heirloom tomatoes, and vibrant fresh herbs... if there's any way to go wrong with that, we don't know what it is.
Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Glaze
Seafood Watch recommends using farmed oysters, which can be grown in protected areas and harvested with minimal environmental impact. Have your fishmonger do the shucking if you like; just ask that the juices be saved. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: If glaze stiffens, set it on the hot grill for a minute. Find rock salt at most large grocery stores.
Chevre and Mango Steak Bites
Cut chilled grilled steak when ready to assemble appetizers and slice it very thinly (less than 1/4 inch, if possible). The finished appetizers can be covered and chilled for up to 6 hours.
Grilled Asparagus-and-Ricotta Pizzettes
Slathered with pesto, dolloped with ricotta, and sprinkled with grilled asparagus, Grilled Asparagus-and-Ricotta Pizzettes make showstopping appetizers. Or serve these pizzettes for lunch or a light dinner—good anytime!