With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here is a list of 30 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that will amaze your guests including bacon deviled eggs, artichoke dip and cranberry meatballs.

Start your Thanksgiving off right with appetizer recipes so good that you’ll almost forget about dinner!

A group of images of Thanksgiving appetizer recipes like pigs in a blanket, baked brie and cheese ball bites.

Whether you are hosting a holiday feast this year or you just want to bring something special, don’t forget the appetizers. There is nothing better than the smell of turkey in the oven and an amazing snack at your fingertips. For everybody watching a game or chatting in the kitchen, a bowl of something to munch on is a must. Since we’re celebrating on this day, I also offer some festive jello shots for the adults!

I have gathered up the best list of Thanksgiving snack recipes that will delight friends and family. I love hearty appetizers that are loaded with melty cheese, savory and the perfect way to get your guests ready for the main meal. There are plenty of options like cheese bombs, garlic knots, fried mushrooms and pigs in a blanket.

When oven and stove space is scarce, cold snacks are fantastic. They tend to be a little on the lighter side, and many of them are make-ahead which is always important when you’re planning a big meal! Try some cold recipes with minimal ingredients like pesto dip, cheese ball bites and the classic bacon deviled eggs. Pair your snacks with some Thanksgiving punch for ultimate enjoyment!

Whatever you do, don’t forget the homemade Chex mix. I am always astonished how good that crispy, savory snack can be.

Don’t let the holiday appetizer be an afterthought, pick some of these amazing snacks now. Have fun with your munchies and try something new. Sometimes I think appetizers are the best part of the whole meal! Need more help with your Thanksgiving menu? Be sure to check out my guide on how to cook a turkey. You can also try some of my favorite side dishes such as roasted butternut squash, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin soup. As a bonus, I’m including an extra recipe at the end for the most quick and easy Thanksgiving appetizer platter!

30 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

A collection of images of Thanksgiving appetizer recipes like a cheese ball, bacon deviled eggs and bacon wrapped dates.
These antipasto skewers are an assortment of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto a stick for a super easy yet elegant appetizer.

Antipasto Skewers

These antipasto skewers are a variety of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto sticks. An easy yet elegant appetizer.
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A skillet of artichoke dip with a hand reaching to take a serving.

Artichoke Dip

This artichoke dip recipe is a blend of three types of cheese, artichoke hearts, garlic and herbs, all baked together to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy appetizer idea that always gets rave reviews!
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A plate of bacon deviled eggs garnished with sliced chives and smoked paprika.

Bacon Deviled Eggs

These easy bacon deviled eggs are a classic recipe dressed up with the addition of bacon bits and chives. Plus learn my tricks for the best deviled eggs ever!
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A plate of bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with goat cheese, covered in bacon, then brushed with maple syrup before they go into the oven to bake to perfection. A super easy and unique 5 ingredient appetizer!
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These cheese ball bites are the perfect appetizer for any gathering.

Cheese Ball Bites

These ultra creamy cheese ball bites are made with three types of cheese and rolled in assorted toppings. An easy make ahead party snack that always gets rave reviews!
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A bowl of creamy dill dip surrounded by potato chips and vegetables.

Dill Dip

Dill dip is a creamy herb flavored snack that pairs perfectly with potato chips and vegetables. Best of all, it’s ready in just 5 minutes!
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A serving plate of bacon wrapped smokies with parsley and a side of ketchup.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

These bacon wrapped smokies are cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon, then coated in brown sugar and spices and baked to perfection. An easy appetizer option that's great for feeding a large crowd.
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Baked brie cut open with cheese spilling out.

Baked Brie

This baked brie is topped with raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and candied pecans, then is wrapped in puff pastry and baked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy appetizer option that is sure to impress your family and friends.
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A cheese ball with a serving scooped out.

Cheese Ball Recipe

This cheese ball recipe is made with cream cheese, white cheddar cheese and spices, all blended together and rolled in chopped pecans. A classic appetizer that's easy to make and always a hit at parties.
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The best cheese board with assorted cheeses, bread, crackers, fruit and nuts.

The Best Cheese Board

A guide to creating the best cheese board with a variety of different cheeses, crackers, fruit and accompaniments. An easy and impressive appetizer for any gathering, and this one always gets rave reviews!
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A group of snacks for Thanksgiving like crockpot little smokies, garlic knots and fried mushrooms.
A stack of cheese bombs with melted cheddar cheese oozing out of them.

Cheese Bombs

These cheese bombs are biscuit dough wrapped around cheddar cheese, then topped with garlic herb butter and parmesan and baked to perfection. An easy snack or side dish that’s perfect for all the cheese lovers in your life.
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Crab stuffed mushrooms with cremini mushroom caps filled with a creamy seafood filling.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

These crab stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with flaked crab and three types of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant appetizer that can be assembled ahead of time!
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A crock pot full of cranberry meatballs.

Cranberry Meatballs

These slow cooker cranberry meatballs are a 5 ingredient appetizer that are sure to be the hit of any party!
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A sheet pan of fried mushrooms garnished with parsley.

Fried Mushrooms

These fried mushrooms are coated in a light and crispy seasoned beer batter, then deep fried to golden brown perfection. The ultimate party snack that's always a huge hit!
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A bowl of grape jelly meatballs served with cocktail forks.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

These grape jelly meatballs are homemade meatballs tossed in a two ingredient sauce and slow cooked to perfection in the crock pot. A quick and easy appetizer or dinner option that always gets rave reviews!
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These easy garlic knots are smothered in butter, garlic, herbs and parmesan and are baked to golden brown perfection. A quick side dish for any meal!

Garlic Knots with Parmesan

These easy garlic knots are smothered in butter, garlic, herbs and parmesan and are baked to golden brown perfection. An easy side dish for any meal!
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Chex mix in a white serving bowl.

Homemade Chex Mix

Your search for the perfect homemade Chex mix ends here – this from scratch Chex mix is made with cereal, crackers, pretzels and nuts, and is SO much better than the recipe on the box!
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Make your own ranch dip and skip all the MSG and preservatives in the store bought kind.

Homemade Ranch Dip

This homemade ranch dip is full of all of the familiar herbs and spices, but has no preservatives like the store bought version. The homemade ranch powder is easy to make and keeps in the fridge for months! 
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A bowl of crockpot little smokies with a fork in it.

Crockpot Little Smokies

These little smokies are cocktail sausages simmered in the crockpot in a sweet and savory barbecue sauce.  A super easy slow cooker appetizer that takes just minutes to put together and always gets rave reviews.
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A plate of mini quiche filled with meats, vegetables and cheeses.

Mini Quiche

This mini quiche recipe is bite sized pastries filled with eggs, cheese, meat and vegetables. An elegant appetizer or brunch option that can be customized in so many different ways to suit your tastes.
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A collection of recipes for holiday snacks like potato skins, sausage cheese balls and a veggie tray.
A bowl of pesto dipped topped with tomatoes and served with breads and vegetables.

Pesto Dip

This pesto dip is a blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, basil pesto and seasonings that are combined to create a rich and creamy dip in just minutes. The easiest last minute appetizer option that pairs well with bread, veggies or can even be used on a sandwich or as a salad dressing.
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A plate of pigs in a blanket served with ketchup.

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket is a classic party snack made with cocktail wieners wrapped in crescent dough, which are baked to golden brown perfection. An easy appetizer option that can be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
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A serving plate of potato skins topped with bacon and sour cream.

Potato Skins

This recipe for potato skins is Russet potato halves topped with cheese and bacon, then baked to crispy perfection and finished with sour cream and green onions. A classic appetizer that's easy to make and always a crowd pleaser!
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A plate of prosciutto wrapped asparagus garnished with fresh parsley.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This prosciutto wrapped asparagus is fresh asparagus stalks flavored with savory prosciutto, then broiled to crispy perfection. A 4 ingredient appetizer or side dish that's easy, yet elegant and always gets rave reviews.
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Pumpkin dip served with apples, gingersnap cookies and graham crackers.

Pumpkin Dip

This light and fluffy pumpkin dip is made with pumpkin puree, warm spices, cream cheese and whipped topping. It’s the perfect dessert or appetizer for any fall gathering and takes just 5 minutes to make.
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A platter of sausage cheese balls with honey mustard sauce for dipping.

Sausage Cheese Balls

These easy sausage cheese balls are the perfect party appetizer, they’re packed full of savory flavor!
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Sausage stuffed mushrooms filled with Italian sausage and three types of cheese.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These sausage stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with Italian sausage, herbs and three kinds of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant party snack that can be assembled ahead of time!
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A Thanksgiving charcuterie board made with meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit and fall themed sweets.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

This Thanksgiving charcuterie board is a display of meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, fall fruit and seasonal treats. A super easy yet impressive appetizer offering that is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving gathering.
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A large veggie tray with assorted fresh and steamed vegetables, ranch dip and hummus.

Veggie Tray

This homemade veggie tray is an assortment of colorful vegetables paired with a variety of flavorful dips. A crudite platter is a must-have for any party or gathering, it's always a big hit with both kids and adults alike!
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These beer brat bites are the perfect party snack.

Beer Brat Bites

These beer brat bites are juicy bratwurst sausages that are grilled to perfection, then sliced and tossed in a beer glaze. An easy appetizer that’s sure to be the hit of any holiday party!
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Surprise your friends and family with some new appetizers that will set the stage for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner! Give these snacks a try, and maybe make a little extra for yourself. I won’t tell.

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  1. Wow, really love the way this page is laid out! Ive read through many blog posts where its difficult to follow a link to a particular site for the recipe and there is always an entire page of story before you get to the good stuff. Well done, this is going to help out my Thanksgiving Day preparations.

  2. What a fantastic list of appetizers. They all look so good. I need to start preparing now because my family is going to want all of these.

  3. A wonderful list of so many great recipes. I like to snack on dips and little smokies! Bring on the holidays!

  4. This is a fantastic collection of appetizers! I never know what to do for Thanksgiving appetizers so I’m bookmarking this for inspiration.

  5. Oh my gosh, I am drooling just scrolling thru all these tasty bites! These are all such great picks – it’s so hard to choose a favorite.

  6. I’m saving this post. We’re going to host Thanksgiving party this year and will try some of these recipes. Awesome share!

  7. I make several appetizers when hosting guests for Thanksgiving and this year I really wanted to come up with a few new ones. This list is exactly what I needed! Now to narrow down the options.

  8. I am always looking for new recipes to try. I will have to start with the Cheddar and Chive Pumpkin Cheeseball. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  9. This is such an amazing list! I love to go all out with the appetizers, and so many of these would be amazing for our Thanksgiving! Those cranberry feta pinwheels sound so incredible! Yum!

  10. I need to try doing a few new appetizers this year. The Pigs in Puff Pastry Blankets might be fun and I know I’d like the cranberry meatballs.

  11. I want to try the pumpkin cheesecake ball, it sounds different and interesting. I am sure it will be a hit at the Thanksgiving gathering!

  12. Oh yummy! These all look so good! I haven’t planned out our Thanksgiving dinner yet, so I may pick one hot and one cold appetizer from your list. Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is absolutely amazing! There is so much Thanksgiving deliciousness here! I can’t wait to put out a ton of appetizers this year.

  14. You have so many great ideas here. I am going away for thanksgiving, but having a small pre-thanksgiving get together beforehand, so these are perfect.