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).

thanksgiving Dips

Appetizer 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
4.89 from 9 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Hummus Recipe
If You Need A Quick Healthy Snack Or Party Appetizer, You Can Whip Up This Homemade Hummus In 5 Minutes Or Less!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer 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
4.89 from 9 votes
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Appetizer, Snack 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 10 votes
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Dressing Ranch Dressing Recipe
Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip on platter with strawberry on top with other fruits around it
Dessert, Snack 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 20 votes
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A Few warm dips that are great too:

Appetizer 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
4.96 from 66 votes
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Appetizer Velveeta Spinach Dip Recipe
Cheesy Velveeta Spinach Dip is a simple 5 ingredient dip that everyone will love! It's quick, easy, and SO tasty!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Crack Chicken Dip Recipe
Bacon, Ranch, and cheese make this Crack Chicken Dip irresistible! It's savory, gooey and perfectly dippable.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 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.

Appetizer Turkey Veggie Tray Recipe
This adorable Turkey Veggie Tray is so simple, even the kids can help! It's a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving spread.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.97 from 131 votes
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Appetizer 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 2 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Fried Zucchini Recipe
Restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite! It's simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch or marinara.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 55 votes
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Appetizer 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 17 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
Spinach Dip Bites are crunchy, bite-size treats are cheesy and buttery, making them a great appetizer. They are a hit every time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.75 from 31 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Puffs Recipe
Buttery spinach puffs are cheesy and savory with pops of bacon. As you can imagine, they are a hit at parties!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.84 from 31 votes
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Appetizer Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe
These delicious Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups are made from a rolled tortilla filled with Ranch Veggie dip, and chopped veggies, making them the perfect bite-sized party appetizer!
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Simple, quick and delicious Caprese Kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer 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 17 votes
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Appetizer Best Charcuterie Board
We all love to graze during holidays and parties, and what better way to do it than with a Charcuterie board?! Customize with all your favorite meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits and dips!
5 from 7 votes
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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.

Appetizer Crockpot Meatball Recipe
Sweet + savory Crockpot Meatballs are packed with flavor, and perfect for parties. They are SO easy, yet SO tasty!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 26 votes
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Appetizer 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 18 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course 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
4.98 from 41 votes
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Appetizer 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 16 votes
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Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls Recipe
This simple 3-ingredient appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor! Everyone will love these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
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
4.93 from 54 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Recipe
BBQ 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!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies Recipe
With only 5 minutes of prep and 3 ingredients, these Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies are by far one of the easiest appetizers! And they taste amazing!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Appetizer, Breakfast Sausage Roll Recipe
Sausage mixed with delicious seasonings, all wrapped up in puffy pastry make these Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls delicious and addicting!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.34 from 3 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.

Appetizer Pull Apart Bread Recipe
This pull apart bread is a favorite appetizer. With cheese, butter and seasonings, there is cheesy, delicious goodness in every bite!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer 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 23 votes
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Appetizer 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
Appetizer Bruschetta Recipe
This yummy Homemade Bruschetta is simple and perfect for any party! It includes fresh ingredients and is the perfect Italian appetizer!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Snack 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
4.83 from 39 votes
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We know that everyone likes to graze on food and snacks while they wait for the main food to be finished, and we are so glad they are so many easy appetizer options.

Whether you choose a dip or bite-sized snack or something else, we feel like you can never go wrong with a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board.

What’s great about them is you can easily customize it based on your favorite food. We love to do a mix of fruits and veggies and dips, but the best part about them is – anything works!

Here is what you’ll need for it:

30+ Thanksgiving Appetizers – Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

5 from 6 votes
Customize this Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board with all your favorite meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits and dips!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 217 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Equipment

  • Large Wooden Serving Board

Ingredients

  • 2 small cups dip, I like Ranch and Veggie Dip
  • 15 slices deli pepperoni
  • 8 slices Prosciutto
  • 9 slices deli salami
  • 1/4 cup Colby jack cheese cubes
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese cubes
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • handful blackberries
  • 1/3 cup broccoli florets
  • 8-10 grape tomatoes, any color
  • 1-2 apples, cubed
  • 12-15 sugar snap peas
  • 6 strawberries
  • 12-15 baby carrots
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup candied almonds
  • handful pita chips
  • 8 round crackers, such as Ritz, Toasteds, Multigrain
  • 4-5 grissini breadsticks
  • 12-15 seasoned crisp crackers
  • 1/4 cup mini blue corn chips
  • handful bagel chips, any flavor
  • 1/4 cup pretzel snaps, or sticks or twists
  • Have serving prongs or toothpicks near the tray

Instructions
 

  • Place the small bowls of dip on opposite sides of the board.
  • Fold, or roll the deli meats. Place the pepperoni along one side of the tray. Put the salami along a different side and the prosciutto on a third side.
  • Add the different cheese cubes on opposite sides of each other.
  • Place the different types of crackers and pretzels around the board.
  • Finally, fill in any empty spots with the nuts and produce.
  • Be sure to place out serving prongs, toothpicks and small plates near the tray.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have 7 siblings and calculating food is always a challenge when are families all get together for the holidays. I really love the tips here about, not just what to make, but how much to bring.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this amazing and super easy to make thanksgiving appetizers recipes! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    What a beautiful charcuterie board!! Those are always a hit with my family. They love gathering around & munching on all the delicious snacks.