15 of the Easiest Grilled Appetizers You'll Ever Make
Takin' it to the patio for summer? Need a nibble that's easy but impressive? These grilled appetizer recipes are what you're looking for. They're perfect little bites, plus they keep the prep simple so you can focus on sun and fun. 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 these grilled appetizers, clean up is easy, too.
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.
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.
Great Grilled Garlic Bread
"So simple and so good. My wife and I always freeze our leftover baguettes, and sometimes, they do not thaw quite as fresh. So, I tried grilling the bread and used the abundance of fresh basil I have in my garden. It was a hit the first time we tried this and still is. It's now our summertime favorite for fresh and leftover bread alike." — SABMAN
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 Prosciutto and Peach Flatbread Pizza
This bruschetta looks fancy pants but does not take a lot 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 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 of hours) and minutes on the grill. Even meat-eaters might be surprised by how tasty tofu can be when you sauce it up just right.
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.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
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.
"This recipe exceeded my expectations. I'd give extra stars to the addition of the jalapeno peppers, especially the jarred jalapenos. The brine flavor of the jarred jalapenos really rounds out the flavor," writes HomeChef.
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.
Italian Grilled Eggplant with Basil and Parsley (Melanzane Grigliate al Basilico e Prezzemolo)
"This Italian side dish, aka contorno, couldn't be easier! We make this often during the summer when we have an abundance of basil and parsley growing in our garden. Works well with zucchini, too!" —Kim's Cooking Now
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.
Grilled Spicy Halloumi Cheese
"Halloumi cheese has always been a family favorite. Dipping it in Sriracha sauce kicks it up to another level," Yoly says.
"The salami grills up crispy with a bacon-like flavor. I use pepper jack string cheese cut to the length of the jalapeno. The only other ingredient these need is an ice-cold beer." —bd.weld