20+ Easy Party Appetizers You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

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When you're in a pinch but need to prepare an awesome party appetizer, easy is the way to go. By following some simple tips, and by thinking creatively, your guests will be blown away by your chef skills – but they never need to know how easy it was to make!

To help get you started, I have compiled a drool-worthy list of easy party appetizers that you can cook in 30 minutes or less.

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In most cases, these recipes only require a few simple ingredients and very little prep, so all you have to do is allocate half an hour of your time and your good to go.

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Whether you are prepping for a holiday gathering, are hosting a big summer BBQ, or need some awesome bites for the Superbowl – there is always a good reason to make some finger food.

In my honest opinion, you don't even need a party as an excuse to make these delicious snacks.

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Here are 20+ Easy Party Appetizers You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

1. Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures.

There's something about the combination of juicy steak, peppers, onions and all the gooey cheese that completely trigger a craving in me that is hard to deny on a lazy Friday night. So it's only natural that it would make a great party app.

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2. Cranberry Brie Bites

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 21 Minutes

Recipe by: Kitchen Sanctuary

I will eat brie ANYTHING, especially when paired with a puff pastry like this!

CALLING ALL CHEESE LOVERS!

These little beauties only require 5 simple ingredients and are the perfect holiday offering when you need something super simple but oh-so-delicious. However, I'm afraid my guests don't even stand a chance of getting any.

3. Italian Roast Beef Sliders

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Chelsea's Messy Apron

These flavor-packed Italian beef sliders had me at ‘seasoned buttery topping.' You guys know I love me some sliders, and the beauty of these ones is that you can make them ahead of time and bake them right before you're ready to serve them up.

While I'm pushing these as a party appetizer, they'd be great as a quick dinner too.

If you love sliders and have more time, you've got to try my Sous Vide French Onion Short Rib Sliders.

4. Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

You can literally never go wrong with bruschetta, and that's just a fact. This version is jam-packed with garlic and basil, with the perfect balance of fresh tomatoes and onions.

If you're in a rush, this is one of the easiest, fastest ways to knock your guests' socks off with little effort. One of the most popular recipes on Life She Lives!

5. Cucumber & Dill Smoked Salmon Cups

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

Cucumber and Dill Smoked Salmon Cups make for a light and refreshing appetizer, fit for an afternoon brunch or for anyone that gets that smoked salmon craving from time to time.

This is one of my go-to recipes for day-time get togethers or Easter!

6. Super Speedy Tzatziki

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 15 Minutes

Recipe by: Sweet Peas and Saffron

I am wild, and I mean WILD, about Tzatziki. And when you can make it in just 15 minutes with 6 simple ingredients, you've got yourself a total winner.

I love Tzatziki in the most traditional way, on a gyro, but it's also so good with some simple pita bread as a yummy party zip.

7. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

Chicken tenders aren't only for dinner – they make an awesome appetizer as well. Especially for game day!

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are a super simple, family friendly dish that will have picky eaters asking to eat at home rather than a trip to the closest drive thru! Not only that, but they are way healthier than deep frying.

If you're looking for a quick meal to make weeknight cooking or party prep a breeze, look no further. Minimal ingredients, minimal prep, and a quick cook? Say no more.

8. Easy Red Salsa

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 10 Minutes

Recipe by: Minimalist Baker

Salsa NEVER fails. It will always be well-received, and it will always be finished.

If you're in a rush and have a spare bag of tortilla chips in your cabinet, this may be the dish for you! It's quick, it's easy, it's spicy and totally flavorful.

Plus, your guests will appreciate the homemade dip over its jarred counterpart. There truly is something special about homemade salsa.

9. Air Fryer Pita Chips

TOTAL PREP & COOK TIME: 11 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

If you're here to find a vehicle for your favorite dip, look no further. These air fryer pita chips are SO easy to make, requiring just 5 ingredients (or less, up to you), and about 10 minutes of your time.

They are so delicious and so worth it!

10. Cheesy Southwestern Egg Rolls

TOTAL PREP & COOK TIME: 24 Minutes

Recipe by: Fox Valley Foodie

Anything fried and cheesy will get my attention, and these yummy eggrolls sure did the trick.

Bold seasonings, shredded chicken, and the freshest produce… yes, please!

As Fox Valley Foodie so eloquently says, “whoever said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny” hasn’t sunk their teeth into these outrageously Cheesy Southwestern Egg Rolls.”

Couldn't have said it better myself.

11. Goat Cheese Crostini with Candied Walnuts & Caramelized Onions

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

If you want something that looks a little fancier than it is, these crostinis are a surefire way to class-up your event… without a whole lot of work.

I love anything that can be plopped on top of a piece of bread. I also love bites that have a friendly balance of sweet and savory. If it pairs well with cheese, then it pairs well with me. That's what I always say.

12. Butter Board

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 5 Minutes

Recipe by: Aubrey's Kitchen

This sweet and spicy butter board is the perfect party appetizer. The best part is, it’s ready in less than 10 minutes and so pretty!

13. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 23 Minutes

Recipe by: Garden in the Kitchen

This is the kind of appetizer that you can also eat as a side dish… with any meal. Seriously, I would totally down these with my breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Bacon dishes are always a favorite since it compliments pretty much everything. Top it with sea salt flakes and I'm willing to bet these will fly off their platter in a matter of minutes.

14. Pigs in a Blanket

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 27 Minutes

Recipe by: Chelsea's Messy Apron

This simple and classic kid-friendly appetizer is made better with a to-die-for seasoning and dipping sauce.

The everything bagel flavor coupled with a sour cream, mustard and mayo sauce is so good you'll find yourself popping a few in your mouth before serving them up to your guests!

Where was this appetizer when I was growing up?

15. Zucchini Fritte (Fried Zucchini)

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 10 Minutes

Recipe by: Lynn's Way of Life

Crispy, crunchy, and so easy to make, Zucchini Fritte are a great appetizer to make for your family!

If you are new to deep frying, this recipe is a great one to try out since it is so simple! 

16. Cheddar Dill Pickle Dip

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 5 Minutes

Recipe by: Fox Valley Foodie

Yes, you read that recipe right, and yes it only takes 5 minutes.

If you're a REALLY last minute person, but still want to bring something unique to the table, this easy dip is for you!

17. Strawberry Balsamic Wonton Bites

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 17 Minutes

Recipe by: Sweet Peas and Saffron

If you're looking for something light, healthy and refreshing, this is the party appetizer for you.

Think summer BBQs and 4th of July parties – when it's hot, you don't want something heavy!

18 “Loaded” Deviled Eggs

TOTAL PREP & COOK TIME: 25 Minutes

Recipe by: Life She Lives

Deviled eggs are the perfect dish to bring to a break, brunch, or… any gathering, really.

The special twist on this classic is that they're loaded. Think of your favorite baked potato toppings and flavorings stuffed in a hard-boiled egg.

Yes, yes, and yes.

19. Spicy Korean Style Cauliflower Wings

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Minimalist Baker

Love wings? Then you're going to LOVE these cauliflowers wings! Yes, you read that right… no chicken here! All veggie.

I love substituting with cauliflower where I can, and this recipe totally delivers on that front. All you need is 30 minutes and 8 ingredients – can't beat that!

20. 30-Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Pinch of Yum

What's your appetizer style? Not all apps need to be grab-and-go bites!

These sesame roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. If you love cooking with sesame oil like me, you're going to really enjoy this recipe. Feels-like-fancy, but so easy!

21. Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 25 Minutes

Recipe by: Homemade Hooplah

Yup, at it again with the goat cheese. What can I say, it's one of my favorites!

These tender and sweet mini peppers are filled with the fresh and tangy flavor of goat cheese but made even better with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. AKA get in my belly!

22. 7-Layer Bean Dip

TOTAL PREP & COOK TIME: 20 Minutes

Recipe by: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Another perfect recipe if you've got a bag of tortilla chips that need some extra love.

Layer dip is the quintessential party appetizer, but there's a yummy add-on to this mixture that takes your average dip to the next level.

Whether you're hosting Super Bowl weekend or simply want an easy snack for the kids, this app will never fail you.

23. Spicy Popcorn Chicken Bites

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Pinch of Yum

These crispy chicken bites are crusted with POTATO CHIPS. Um, yum! Not only that but they are Buffalo Bleu flavor which adds an extra kick on top of the cayenne pepper.

Let's be serious, who DOESN'T like crispy chicken bites. I'm betting no one. These are easy, tasty, and an all-around crowd pleaser.

24. Grilled Peach & Burrata Bruschetta with Prosciutto

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 25 Minutes

Recipe by: Food Worth Feed

This Grilled Peach & Burrata Bruschetta with Prosciutto is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for Summertime dinner parties!

25. Mushroom Vegetarian Dumplings

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 25 Minutes

Recipe by: The Feathered Nester

These vegetarian mushroom dumplings are full of flavor– with earthy mushrooms, salty soy sauce, and a hint of green onion.

Add the spicy garlic chili oil on top, and you’ve got the perfect vegan party appetizer!

26. Pizza Sliders

TOTAL COOK & PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Recipe by: Little Sunny Kitchen

Hawaiian rolls filled with melty mozzarella cheese, sauce, and pepperoni make delicious pizza sliders that everyone loves!

These are great as an easy weeknight dinner, or an appetizer for a party.

27. Lemony White Bean Dip

Recipe by: Rainbow Plant Life

This Lemony White Bean Dip is creamy, garlicky, and so flavorful, you won’t be able to stop eating it!

It’s gourmet but quick and easy to make with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for an appetizer or sharing plate, or even as a spread for sandwiches and pita.

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