The air fryer delivers holiday party appetizers with the crispy crunch of fried foods but without the mess and with a lot less fat. And at clean-up time, when the party's over, you'll be rewarded with a simple clean up. What's not to love? We've gathered together a collection of top-rated air-fryer appetizers to help make your holiday party the hit of the season.

The Best Party Appetizers for the Air Fryer

1. Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Stuffed with corn, beans, spinach, green chiles, and jalapeno Jack and Cheddar cheeses, these crispy egg rolls have unmistakable Southwest style. Try them with a Southwest Dipping Sauce.

Air Fryer Egg Rolls
Photo by Yoly

2. Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

"These little gems have all the flavors of traditional stuffing but are made in the air fryer," says Bren. "Slightly crunchy on the outside with a soft interior. They can be made well in advance or frozen for future use."

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls
Photo by Bren

3. Air Fryer Cauliflower Tots

These air-fried tots bring the party! They're tater tots made from cauliflower -- caulitots! They're ready for guests in about 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Tots
Photo by Yoly

4. Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

"These ooey, gooey mozzarella sticks are sure to impress," says Chef Wheeler del Torro. "Season with garlic salt and serve with marinara sauce for dipping."

Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole
| Credit: Soup Loving Nicole

5. Air Fryer Mini Peppers Stuffed with Cheese and Sausage

These colorful air-fried mini peppers stuffed with cheese and sausage are a great appetizer for holiday parties. "Delicious!" raves LynnL. "A big hit at our party!"

Air Fryer Mini Peppers Stuffed with Cheese and Sausage
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

6. Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas

"This addictive little snack is sure to disappear quickly," says France C, "so you might want to make two batches! These are best served immediately."

Air Fryer Buffalo-Ranch Chickpeas
Photo by France C

7. Air Fryer Avocado Fries

"Wonderfully crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside," says Bren. "Great with garlicky aioli." Soup Loving Nicole recommends semi-firm avocados for this recipe: "You don't want them too firm, but they have to be firm enough to hold up to the egg wash and breading process so avoid ones that are too ripe."

8. Stuffed Mushrooms with Sour Cream

"These stuffed mushrooms are far and away my favorite pre-dinner snack to serve at parties," says MumAndMe. "Sour cream and grated cheese help hold the stuffing together."

Stuffed Mushrooms with Sour Cream
Photo by MumAndMe

9. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Arguably the ultimate party snack! "Coconut shrimp come out great in the air fryer," says SUSUMILLER, "and are served with a simple spicy honey-lime dip."

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Photo by Yoly

10. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potato tots with a spicy kick. "The sweet and spicy were a nice contrast," says Buckwheat Queen. Enjoy with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots
Photo by fabeveryday

11. Zucchini Gratin

Zucchini slices are fried crispy in just one little tablespoon of oil and topped with a mixture of breadcrumbs, herbs, and cheese. To enjoy as an appetizer, lutzflcat suggests that you "cut the zucchini into chunks and stick toothpicks into them.

Zucchini gratin
Photo by Allrecipes

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