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Grill It Like It's Hot: 16 Appetizers to Kick Off the Fourth of July

Jul 3 2016 - 1:00pm

The warm weather and long days mean it's time to dust off the grill and start sizzling up the good stuff. The grill can be used for more than main-course meats — get a party started by serving these killer grilled appetizers hot off the grill. Whether they're stuffed with rich cheeses or wrapped in savory bacon, these apps are bound to be crowd-pleasers.

Grilled Brie With Cherry-Thyme Relish

Grilled bread on grilled brie [1]? The only thing that makes this app even better is the addition of cherry relish.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini

It can be tough getting your veggies in at a cookout, but now it's a cinch thanks to this grilled zucchini recipe [2].

Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs

Whet the palates of your guests with supersavory shrimp and chorizo kebabs [3].

Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Pasta Salad

Guests will gladly (albeit inadvertently) help you clear out your fridge with this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pasta salad [4] featuring grilled veggies.

Pancetta-Wrapped Asparagus

Get those veggies on the grill by making grilled pancetta-wrapped asparagus [5]. Your guests will gladly gobble their veggies up and beg for seconds!

Grilled Parmesan Polenta Chips

Offer a new type of "chip" at the table with these ones made of polenta [6].

Jalapeño Poppers

Stuffed with bacon, cream cheese, and jalapeño, these grilled jalapeño poppers [7] will rile up a crowd with their rich, spicy flavors.

Vegetable Kebabs

It may be another story after the burgers and brauts, but at least you can start the party in a healthy direction with veggie kebabs [8].

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

Chicken wings aren't the only thing that taste great slathered in buffalo sauce. Try out grilled buffalo shrimp [9], and watch the skewers disappear in no time.

Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast

Why stop at grilled corn when you can top it on a generously slathered piece of avocado toast [10]?

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Nectarines

Pretty much anything wrapped in bacon will be a crowd-pleaser, and these bacon-wrapped shrimp and nectarines [11] look and taste decadent, yet the recipe only contains those three ingredients!

Mobile-Style Oysters

A traditional Southern dish from Alabama, these Mobile-style grilled oysters [12] are stuffed with rich flavors from parmesan, garlic, lemon, and Tabasco.

Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches

Simple yet Summer appropriate, pancetta-wrapped peaches [13] offer a satisfying start to a Summer party with tangy, smoky, and sweet flavors.

Grilled Clams

Even those finicky about shellfish will gladly munch on grilled clams [14], which are filled with breadcrumbs, garlic, tomato, and pine nuts.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños

Precious bite-size apps that burst with spicy, salty flavor, bacon-wrapped jalapeños [15] have a secret cream-cheese surprise inside.


Originating in Argentina, provoleta, or grilled provolone cheese [16], can be served with charred bread and nduja [17], a spreadable salami.

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