By Mackenzie Schieck

Time to fire up easy, crowd-pleasing grilled appetizers.

Takin' it to the patio for summer? Need a party snack that's easy but impressive? These grilled appetizer recipes are what you're looking for. They're perfect party bites plus they keep the prep simple so you can focus on sun, fun, and friends. You'll save even more time by doing some of the work in advance — chopping veggies, mixing marinades and sauces. And the bonus benefit? With grilled appetizers, clean up is easy, too. Let's get right to a few party tips and favorite recipes!

Grilled Appetizer Party Pointers

1. Share the work. There's always that friend who asks how he/she can help. Take them up on it and turn party-prep into a pre-funk as you chop, skewer, and marinate. Have drinks, snacks, and music on hand to fuel the fun.
2. How much to make. Plan to serve at least 5 different kinds of appetizers for a group of 10 to 12 people. For more people, increase the number of appetizers.
3. Mix it up. Include appetizers that don't have to be grilled so guests have things to nibble on while the cooked foods are on the grill. Try cheeses, dips, nuts, etc.

10 Easy Grilled Summer Appetizers

1. Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp

These tasty numbers take only 10 minutes to prep and are ready in just six. Be sure to allow for up to four hours of marination time.

Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Related: Get easy tips to cook shrimp so they turn out juicy and delicious.

2. Thai Chicken Satay

This recipe's submitter suggests buying "the chicken tenderloin strips which are already boned, skinned and a nice size piece without slicing to save time." But even if you don't, you're only looking at 10 minutes of prep time.

Thai Chicken Satay | Photo by ohjarrod

3. Pesto-Stuffed Grilled Portobellos

A great option for a vegetarian grilled appetizer, this recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep and comes out nice and cheesy.

Pesto-Stuffed Grilled Portobellos | Photo by France C.

4. Grilled Eggplant Rollups

Reviewers are raving about these tasty bites. Catherine Theresa says, "Easy to make and tastes great Don't cut the eggplant too thin because it gets thinner as you grill it and can tear when you spread the goat cheese on it."

Grilled Eggplant Rollups | Photo by France C.

Related: If you're new to cooking eggplant, check out these easy prep and cooking tips for eggplant.

5. Grilled Prosciutto and Peach Flatbread Pizza

This bruschetta looks fancy pants, but does not take a fancy pants amount of time to prepare. And to cut down on time even more, make the balsamic sauce ahead of time. Then all you do is grill the flatbread, top with peaches, prosciutto, and basil, drizzle with sauce, and serve.

Grilled Prosciutto and Peach Flatbread Pizza | Photo by SunnyDaysNora

6. Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce

A zesty marinade does all the heavy lifting in this recipe. Once you've whisked it up, it's just about marinating time (plan for a couple hours) and minutes on the grill. Even the meat-eaters in your crowd might be surprised by how tasty tofu can be when you sauce it up just right.

Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce | Photo by Christina

7. Grill Master Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are marinated in soy sauce and Italian dressing for at least four hours, making this is a great option for a make-ahead grilled appetizer. Prep the night before for some extra grill-time ease.

8. Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Use whatever vegetables you'd like in this versatile recipe that just takes 15 minutes to prep. This is a good one to make in the morning or early afternoon, as it needs at least two hours to marinate.

Marinated Chicken Kabobs | Photo by James

Related: Get more marinade recipes, plus tips for marinating meat, vegetables, and seafood.

9. Steak on a Stick

It's all in the marination time for this teriyaki beef appetizers, then a quick grill finishes them off. Reviewers suggest using a low-sodium soy sauce in the marinade to control the saltiness.

Steak on a Stick | Photo by LYNNINMA

10. Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

A little bit sweet, a little bit savory, a lot delicious. This is a great one for the "just drinks" crowd—easy to whip up, looks amazing, and is a perfectly-sized small bite to accompany summer sippers.

Related: Get more top-rated bruschetta recipes and refreshing summer drinks to go with them.

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