20 Memorial Day Appetizers to Kick Off Your Holiday BBQ

These easy-to-make bites are called party starters for a reason.

Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten

Give a warm welcome to the summer season with a Memorial Day party to remember. Before you start grilling burgers and mains, kick things off with light, refreshing, and delicious appetizers, featuring the season's best flavors. And even though it's tempting to fill your plate with cheese dip, guacamole, and fried tomatoes, remember there are still plenty of picnic-friendly sides, desserts, and boozy drinks to enjoy.

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Cherry Tomato Confit - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Cherry Tomato Confit

Grab a handful of tomatoes straight from the vine (or ya know, the produce section) to make homemade bruschetta.

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Zucchini Tots - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Zucchini Tots

Packed with grated pecorino, these summer-friendly bites also get a cheese lover's stamp of approval.

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RELATED: 60 Quick Summer Dinner Recipes for Easier Weeknights

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Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

Before you dig into burgers and sides, keep things light (but delicious!) with these customizable lettuce wraps.

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Egg Salad Blini Bites - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Egg Salad Blini Bites

Since you know you'll be filling up on potato and pasta salad (and just about everything else), start off small with these egg-topped pancake minis.

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RELATED: 30+ Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

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Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese

Because once summer hits, one type of tomato is never enough. This salad blends grape and heirloom tomatoes for a fresh, refreshing bite.

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RELATED: How to Plant and Grow Tomatoes This Summer

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Peach and Prosciutto Skewers - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Peach and Prosciutto Skewers

Serve up summer's favorite fruit with a salty, creamy combo of prosciutto and mozzarella.

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Grilled Onion Dip - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Grilled Onion Dip

Grab a handful of pita or naan bread and get your dip on. Or if you're looking for something on the lighter side, use carrots and other veggies instead.

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RELATED: 31 Easy Dip Recipes That Will Win Over Your Party Guests

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Asparagus, Burrata, and Prosciutto Tartines - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Asparagus, Burrata, and Prosciutto Tartines

Forget avocado toast: Stack layers of cheese, thinly sliced meat, and greens on crusty bread for the ultimate party starter.

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RELATED: 28 So-Easy Appetizers That Are Healthy and Delicious

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Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette - Memorial Day Appetizers
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Make Mom proud by getting your veggies in early with this colorful spread.

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RELATED: 18 Grilled Vegetable Recipes That Belong at Every BBQ

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Rainbow Rolls - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Rainbow Rolls

Earn presentation points by wrapping basic vegetables — carrots, bell peppers, avocados, and more — in rice spring roll wrappers.

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Smoky Guacamole - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Smoky Guacamole

If it was up to you, you'd grill everything you eat in the summer. Well, that makes this guacamole made with grilled avocados a dream come true.

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RELATED: How to Make the Ultimate Guacamole for Your Next Party

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- Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

This fresh take on cheesy pizza gets summer's stamp of approval (and yours, too).

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Chili-Honey-Garlic Shrimp Kebabs - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Chili-Honey-Garlic Shrimp Kebabs

Give your summer go-to — shrimp — a blast of flavor with a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired glaze.

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RELATED: 18 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Eat All the Shrimp

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Summer Veggie Rolls - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Summer Veggie Rolls

Put your garden's bounty to work by wrapping chopped veggies in wide zucchini or squash ribbons.

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RELATED: 40 Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

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Fried Green Tomatoes - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Fried Green Tomatoes

To give your picnic bold Southern flavor, bust out your skillet and fry a batch of these panko-crusted tomatoes.

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Mini Shrimp Rolls - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Mini Shrimp Rolls

Add crunch to these small (but mighty) sandwiches by mi in crushed potato chips with citrusy shrimp.

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RELATED: 33 Memorial Day Recipes for the Perfect Three-Day Weekend

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Spring Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Spring Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip

Bring some color and crunch to your plate with a medley of vegetables, including snap peas, cucumbers, and carrots. Oh, did we mention the cheese dip?

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Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

If you thought your party dip could use a summer makeover, just add charred sweet corn.

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RELATED: 20 Easy Grilled Corn Recipes to Round Out Your Summer BBQ

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Frico Cups - Memorial Day Appetizers
Mike Garten
Frico Cups

Everything tastes better when placed in baked parmesan cheese cups. Here's all the proof you need.

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Roasted Olives with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs - Memorial Day Appetizers
Eric Wolfinger
Roasted Olives with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs

Take your party to Tuscany with this Italian-inspired spread of assorted Cerignola and Castelvetrano olives.

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