Thanksgiving Appetizers

Prepare all of your guests’ appetites by serving any of these Thanksgiving Appetizers before the big dinner! There are all kinds of options in this collection including dips, veggies, meats, and more!

Sharing all of our favorite appetizers perfect for turkey day! Some can even be made ahead but are perfect for guests as they arrive and wait for the rest of the food to finish!

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Turkey Day Appetizers

Appetizers should be served about an hour before dinner. They serve to wet your guests appetite in anticipation for the Thanksgiving Feast. Be prompt with dinner otherwise guests will continue to fill up with appetizers leaving less room for the delicious dinner that had been prepared. 

Here are some general appetizer tips:

  • Choose Appetizers that are easy to make as well as ones that can be made ahead of time. 
  • Remember, when planning your dinner schedule, to include time for heating up appetizers. 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring appetizers to help ease your to do list.
  • Divide the appetizers on to several plates or tiers and have them placed in various areas around the room. This way guests can partake from wherever they are.

How to choose appetizers: Balance the dishes by offering a mixture of hot and cold, protein and vegetables, light and heavy. Consider colors and textures as well.

Since Appetizers will be served before a large meal, plan for each person to have 4-6 appetizers. 

  • 3 appetizer dishes: <10 guests
  • 5 Appetizer dishes: 10-20 guests
  • 7 appetizer dishes: 20-40 guests
  • 9 appetizer dishes: 40+ guests

Thanksgiving Dips - Dill Veggie Dip in a Bowl

cold Thanksgiving appetizers

We love to have some appetizers out and ready when guests arrive so they have something to graze on before dinner. Most of these are cold appetizers that can be made ahead of time, or even dips that can be served with veggies (more below) or crackers (that can even be part of a charcuterie board).

Dips

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Bacon Ranch Cheese ball is the perfect partner for your veggie tray! With cheese, bacon, and ranch flavors, you can do no wrong!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Homemade Hummus Recipe
You can whip up this Homemade Hummus in 5 minutes or less! With just a few simple ingredients, this delicious hummus is perfect for dipping pita bread, fresh veggies, and tortilla chips.
Total Time: 7 minutes
1 from 1 vote
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Avocado Lime Ranch Dip Recipe
It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Dill Vegetable Dip Recipe
The perfect go-to veggie dip for parties and snacking. Use it for vegetables, chips, or whatever you feel like! Even if you don't like dill pickles, you'll love this Dill Vegetable Dip.
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Ranch Dressing Recipe
Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing - a staple for salads as well as for appetizers, veggies and more. This simple recipe is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip on platter with strawberry on top with other fruits around it
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Dip is one of the best fruit dip recipes you will ever try! It takes just 5 simple ingredients - cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, marshmallow fluff, and cool whip - and ALWAYS vanishes in minutes! Definitely a crowd favorite!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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A Few warm dips that are great too:

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo - this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 34 votes
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Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip Recipe
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip - one of the easiest and most delicious dips you'll ever make! All it takes is cream cheese, Velveeta, spinach, diced tomatoes, and bacon!!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.34 from 3 votes
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Thanksgiving Vegetable Appetizers - A Turkey Shaped Veggie Tray

Thanksgiving Vegetable Appetizers

In case you want to have a few veggie apps out, we have you covered. Here are some of our most popular veggie appetizers we like to make for Thanksgiving.

Turkey Vegetable Tray
The most festive vegetable tray you will ever make! Perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Both kids and adults will be impressed!
5 from 18 votes
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Veggie Cups Recipe
Quick and Easy Veggie Cup Appetizers - filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.
5 from 1 vote
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Fried Zucchini Recipe
Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Fried Green Beans Recipe
Crispy green bean fries making all of your appetizer dreams comes true! Breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and fried to crunchy perfection!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
This favorite appetizer is filled with spinach, artichokes, and three different cheeses, all baked into a crescent dough cup. Spinach Dip Bites are a hit every time they're served at a party or get together!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.72 from 21 votes
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Spinach Puffs Recipe
These puff pastry appetizers are filled with all the good stuff, including spinach, bacon bits and feta. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups
These Delicious Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Are The Perfect Appetizer For Your Next Game Day, Party Or Get Together. They're Filled With Ranch Veggie Dip, Chopped Veggies And Rolled Into A Flour Tortilla Making Them Bite-Sized And Party Ready!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Caprese Kabobs Recipe
A delicious appetizer made with just a few simple ingredients—fresh mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes with a simple balsamic drizzle!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Fried Green Beans Recipe
Crispy green bean fries making all of your appetizer dreams comes true! Breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and fried to crunchy perfection!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Cucumber Sandwiches | Lil’ Luna
Simple, quick and delicious Cucumber Sandwiches DIY Print and Color Calendars - great snack and activity for the kids to enjoy!
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Thanksgiving Meatball Appetizers - Crockpot Meatballs on a Plate

Thanksgiving meatball appetizers + more

Want something a little more hearty for an appetizer? Check out some of these favorites that are simple and great for the meat lovers.

Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Delicious 3-ingredient Grape Jelly Meatballs. They take just minutes to prep and are the perfect dinner or appetizer for any party or get together.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Basic Meatball Recipe
This Homemade Meatball recipe is way better than store bought, and easy too - they take minutes to put together! Made from ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs. These ground beef meatballs are perfect alone or mixed in with pasta!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 34 votes
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Sausage Stuffed Jalapeño Recipe
These sausage stuffed jalapeños are also filled with cream cheese and baked to perfection. Trust us when we say they're a must-have appetizer at your next party.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Crescent Sausage Bites Recipe
3-ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites - this simple appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor!
Total Time: 18 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites recipe
Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Are Simple, Quick , And Delicious. Chicken Smothered In Barbecue Sauce And Wrapped In Bacon Make For A Popular Appetizer At Any Gathering! These Savory Little Chicken Bites Vanish In Minutes!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies Recipe
Super easy and delicious Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies - perfect for parties! Mini smokies baked with brown sugar and pineapple juice.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls Recipe
Sausage mixed with delicious seasonings like basil, oregano, and thyme, all wrapped up in puffy pastry make these Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls delicious and addicting!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4 from 2 votes
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Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes - Deviled Eggs

MORE Thanksgiving appetizer recipes

There are so many other appetizers that are great for Turkey Day. From deviled eggs to your favorite crackers and dip, there are so many options. Here are a few other favs we love.

Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You'll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Pull Apart Bread Recipe
This pull apart bread is almost too good to be true! With cheese, butter and seasonings, there is cheesy goodness in every bite, making it a favorite appetizer idea.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels Recipe
Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels - a simple, delicious and addicting appetizer or snack everyone will love!! Crescent dough rolled with cheddar cheese and bacon - so yummy!!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bruschetta Recipe
This yummy appetizer is quick, simple and perfect for any party! This easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe only requires 5 ingredients!! Everyone loves how easy it is!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Jalapeno Jelly Recipe
Jalapeño Jelly is a delicious sweet and spicy spread for toast or crackers and can even be used as a glaze or sauce on meats.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Green Chili Cream Cheese Dip - Lil’ Luna
Green Chili Cream Cheese Dip - one of our favorite appetizers that is delicious and takes just 1 minute to make!!
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