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The Best Finger Foods + Recipes Of 2024

Epic appetizers are a must for entertaining year-round, but they’re especially important when you’re the one doing the hosting. If you need a little inspo, we love starting the party properly with delicious finger food ideas!

If you want to elevate your charcuteries and cheese boards a bit further, skewer those tasty bites with a toothpick so everyone can grab-and-go as they please. Making no-cook finger foods for parties also means you aren’t left with tons of dishes, so you can spend more time relaxing post-meal!

Scroll down for the 70 best finger food recipes – from mini BLT sandwiches to chicken and waffles –that are great for picnics, brunches, and parties.

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Chicken Finger Food Recipes Everyone Will Love

Easy Vegetarian Appetizers To Make For Your Next Party

Seafood Hors D’oeuvres Recipe Ideas For Your Party-Goers

Delicious Finger Food Ideas For Meat Lovers


Chicken Finger Food Recipes Everyone Will Love

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

These taquitos are sooo tasty, and are sure to be a total hit with your guests. A little spicy, a little cheesy, and super easy to prepare, all you need to make them is chicken, buffalo sauce, cheese, and tortillas. Serve them whole, or cut them in half to make them more manageable. (via Brit + Co)


Chicken Taco Wonton Cups

Chicken Taco Wonton Cups

Wonton cups stuffed with shredded chicken, salsa, taco seasoning, and cheddar, and topped with sour cream and green onion are the ultimate finger food of all finger foods. (via Feel Good Foodie)


Oven-Fried Southern Hot Honey Popcorn Chicken

Oven Fried Southern Hot Honey Popcorn Chicken

This recipe seamlessly combines sweet honey, flavorful garlic, and spicy chili powder for a chicken appetizer that will put everyone in a good mood! If you’re a fan of more mild food, mess around with the ingredient ratio to figure out which spice level you like the most. (via Half Baked Harvest)


Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets + Sauce

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets + Sauce

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to your weekly Chick-fil-A order, consider making it yourself! These nuggets make a great addition to any school or work lunch, and all you need to make the dipping sauce is mayo, honey, yellow mustard, barbecue sauce, and lemon juice. Easy peasy! (via A Spicy Perspective)


Chicken Caesar Salad Pinwheels

Chicken Caesar Salad Pinwheels

When you’re serving passable dishes, salads can be a bit too fussy for their own good. Get that creamy crunch you desire in an easy-to-eat package by rolling chicken Caesar salad in a tortilla and slicing into some finger food pinwheels! (via Food Fun Family)


Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Incorporate some zest into your pre-party apps. These lemon + pepper chicken wings can be eaten with ease – but be careful, they’ll be gone from the table fast. (via The Fast Recipe)


Beer and Bourbon BBQ Chicken Sliders

Beer and Bourbon BBQ Chicken Sliders

You won’t go back to regular finger foods once you’ve braised your chicken in beer and bourbon and slapped it on some small buns. This spirited combo has nothing short of an impeccable impact on the overall flavor of these sliders! (via Averie Cooks)


Hawaiian Chicken Bites

Hawaiian Chicken Bites finger foods

Bring your favorite pizza toppings to cocktail hour with these sweet and sour Hawaiian chicken skewers. Brush ’em with your favorite BBQ sauce and add a chunk of SPAM for authentic flavor! (via Rasa Malaysia)


Mini Chicken and Waffles

Mini Chicken and Waffles

There’s no shame in using frozen food to your advantage. For this easy finger food recipe, all you need is frozen chicken, mini toaster waffles, maple syrup, sea salt, and herbs. Cook the chicken according the the directions on the package and then dress ’em up by assembling on top of the heated mini waffles and sticking a toothpick through it. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

Easy Vegetarian Appetizers To Make For Your Next Party

Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese + Agave Bites

Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese + Agave Bites

This finger food recipe is almost too easy to believe! The tasty combo of goat cheese, sweet potatoes, and agave is a simple way to get a healthy dose of vitamin A and calcium, all while still getting a bit of sweetness. Not a fan of agave? Just swap for honey (or hot honey) instead. We’ll be making this all year long. (via Brit + Co)


Individual 7-Layer Dips

Individual 7 Layer Dips

The tiny version of this classic taco dip is an excellent finger food, appetizer, or snack. Change up the layers depending on food sensitivities or favorite toppings (we’d go with extra layers of guac!), or if you’re throwing a get together, wait until your guests arrive and have them assemble the dips themselves. (via Brit + Co)

Chocolate-Covered Cheese Bites

Chocolate-Covered Cheese Bites

Thanks to the mix of rich dark chocolate and savory cheese, these bites make for a wonderful sweet and salty treat ahead of dinner (with red wine, of course). This recipe is kid-friendly, since you can make the bites as small as you want. All you need is two ingredients and 30 minutes, which is basically the perfect combo. (via Brit + Co)

Mini Baked Potatoes

Mini Baked Potatoes

We love a baked potato as much as the next person, but sometimes having a giant potato is too much for a side dish, especially if the rest of your meal is already a bit heavy. If that’s the case, make these mini potatoes instead! You can still load up on all your favorite toppings, including gooey cheese and bacon bits. (via Brit + Co)

Fruit + Cheese Crostini

Fruit and Cheese Crostini

With figs, cranberry sauce, brie, and goat cheese, this elevated crostini will quickly become one of your go-to finger food appetizers. And considering we’ll eat anything with brie on it, it’s one of ours too! The recipe pairs the figs with goat cheese and cranberry with brie, but feel free to mix and match the flavors ’til your heart’s content. (via Brit + Co)

No-Bake Baileys Bonbons Recipe

No-Bake Baileys Bonbons Recipe

If you’re looking for no-cook finger foods for parties that are on the sweeter side, look no further than these boozy, chocolatey bites! With only five ingredients, you can make these in a snap, which is good, because they’ll be gone just as quick! Just make sure you serve them right away, or place them in an airtight container and keep ’em in the fridge until it’s party time. (via Brit + Co)

Goat Cheese + Strawberry Bites

Goat Cheese + Strawberry Bites

There’s nothing quite like a berry and cheese combo, and this recipe (which matches up rich goat cheese with tart, sweet strawberries) makes for the perfect spring snack. Plus with a mint leaf on top, they’re also just gorgeous to look at. (via Brit + Co)

Gluten-Free Baked Avocado Fries

Gluten-Free Baked Avocado Fries

Whether you’re cutting out potatoes or you just really love avocados, prepare to have your mind blown by these gluten-free “fries.” Top them with garlic salt and dip each one in the spicy aioli to take your appetizer to the next level. (via Brit + Co.)

Garlic Knots

Garlic Knots

Your guests will undoubtedly love these pillowy-soft garlic knots as a finger food starter. Make sure you supply the sauce, too! (via Brit + Co)


Figs with Goat Cheese

Figs with Goat Cheese

If a two-ingredient recipe is there, we’re there too. This finger food is crafted from just fresh figs and goat cheese. Serve them alongside a honey-balsamic dressing for an elegant added touch. (via Give Recipe)


Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls with Rosemary Skewers by Chef Genevieve LaMonaca

Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls with Rosemary Skewers by Chef Genevieve LaMonaca

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz goat cheese log
  • 16 rosemary sprigs

Directions:

  1. Start by finely chopping the dried cranberries with pecans. Add dried parsley, salt and pepper.
  2. Roll 8 oz of goat cheese into 16 balls, then roll them in the crumbs mixture.
  3. Skewer with a rosemary sprig for an extra festive touch!


Mini Cheese Balls

Mini Cheese Balls

These mini cheese bites have everything we love about cheese balls without committing to a giant appetizer that we might not be able to finish. Use a melon baller or a similar scoop to make the balls, and finish by rolling each one in pistachios for extra crunch and saltiness. (via A Spicy Perspective)


Caprese Pesto Tarts

Caprese Pesto Tarts Finger Food Ideas

Eat these tarts as a quick bite in the afternoon, or have them for dinner if you end up eating a big lunch! Cherry tomatoes, pesto, and burrata make the perfect finger food trio for a hot summer day. (via Half Baked Harvest)


Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips

Panko and Parmesan-coated zucchini slices crisp up *so* nicely in the air fryer. Dip them into a sour cream + Parm sauce for finger food snack time perfection. (via Feel Good Foodie)


Beet Salad on a Stick

Beet Salad on a Stick

Rest assured, your herbivorous friends and fam will flip for this bite-sized combo of beet, goat cheese, arugula, and walnut. We love this fall-inspired dish for Halloween, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving or even Christmas entertaining. Assemble your appetizer and drizzle each one with a honey-balsamic vinaigrette for an added burst of flavor. (via Salty Canary)


Plant-Based Sausage Rolls

Plant-Based Sausage Rolls

Use store-bought plant-based sausage to streamline this healthy finger food recipe, and get ready to marvel in excitement once you’ve crafted the tastiest app around. (via The Edgy Veg)


​Kugel Arancini 

\u200bKugel Arancini

Italian arancini gets a Jewish twist with these kugel arancini bites that replace rice with egg noodles and fills them with cheddar and mozzarella. (via Amanda Wilens)

Seafood Hors D’oeuvres Recipe Ideas For Your Party-Goers

Smoked Salmon Poke Bites

Smoked Salmon Poke Bites

If you’re not keen on ordering sushi, opt for these easy poke bites, which is basically single-serve deconstructed sushi. Topped with salmon, avocado, and ginger, you still get all your favorite sushi flavors, with the added crunch of the rice cracker. Let’s hear it for more no-cook finger foods for parties! (via Brit + Co)

Easy Crab Cakes

Easy Crab Cakes

Each bite of these finger food-sized crab cakes will leave you and your guests stunned. They surprisingly use a ton of recognizable ingredients (that you likely already have on-hand) to form the patties, all working together to highlight the crab. (via Brit + Co)

​Mini Lobster Rolls

\u200bMini Lobster Rolls

Instead of making a giant lobster dip for everyone, split it up into these tiny (and adorable) lobster rolls! Not only will you break it up into smaller portion sizes, but you’ll also completely eliminate the chances of double dipping. Win-win. (via Brit + Co)


Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Simplicity is essential when dealing with sweet, fresh shrimp. A brush of garlic and butter is all you need to enhance its flavor to epic restaurant-worthy levels. Skewer these bad boys for a finger food idea worth serving over and over again. (via Simply Recipes)

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Once you combine the tang of deviled eggs with salty slices of smoked salmon, you won’t want to make this famous food any other way. (via Kathryn’s Kitchen)


Blinis

Blinis

These blinis (or, to put it simply, tiny pancakes) get topped off with smoked salmon and caviar for a freakin’ fancy finger food. (via Clean Cuisine)


Party Shrimp

Party Shrimp

This recipe was crafted specifically for a par-tay, and it’s superb because it only takes like 5 whole minutes to whip up the shrimp. Each bite is bursting with flavor, too! (via The Endless Meal)


Cured Brown Sugar Salmon Skewers

Cured Brown Sugar Salmon Skewers

Succulent salmon is even tastier when it’s coated in brown sugar. Give the fish a quick sear, and each finger food bite will be infused with smokey, caramelized flavor. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)

Delicious Finger Food Ideas For Meat Lovers

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

bacon wrapped sweet potatoes

Bacon wrapped around anything immediately catches our eye, and if you feel the same way then you have to try out these bacon sweet potato bites! With only a little bit of salt and pepper, the natural flavors of the sweet potato and bacon come together flawlessly for an app that everyone will love. (via Brit + Co)

Mini Charcuteries

mini charcuterie cones Finger Food Ideas

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Grab your charcuterie must-haves, and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Toothpicks (or larger skewers, if you’re feeling extra hungry) will help you create kebabs that are sure to make all your guests’ mouths water. Our favorite combo is blackberries, brie, and salami, but feel free to play with *all* the meat and cheese combos. (via Brit + Co)


Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Tea Sandwich

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Tea Sandwich

Long live the BLT! To turn it into a bite-sized nosh, go for slices of roma tomatoes, and use a cookie cutter to create circles of white bread. These crust-free, dainty bites are the perfect hors d’oeuvre. For the spread, go for something creamy and tangy, like Japanese mayo. (via Oh, How Civilized)


Chinese Dumplings Recipe

Chinese Dumplings Recipe Finger Food Ideas

These dumplings are filled to the brim with veggies and meat, and the wonton dough only needs two ingredients! While the recipe does call for ground pork or turkey, you can easily leave that out to make these dumplings vegetarian-friendly. The best finger food ideas are stuffed into tiny pockets like these! (via A Spicy Perspective)


Manchego Cheese + Ham + Olive Bites

Manchego Cheese, Ham, and Olive Bites

These no-cooktapas bites are a quick way to satisfy rumbling bellies with minimal effort. Simply slice cheese into cubes, rip ham slices into narrow strips, and fold them on top of the cheese. Try drizzling with some honey after assembling for an added sweet touch! (via My Kitchen Love)


Mini Cheeseburger Appetizers

Mini Cheeseburgers

If you really want to make a statement, go all out and whip up mini cheeseburgers. Frozen rolls, a pound of ground beef, bacon, cherry tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, sesame seeds, and lettuce round out the ingredient list for this easy party appetizer. (via Pizzazzerie)

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Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy meatballs are a party must-have. It’s doubtful you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, you can serve them over rice for and easy lunch the next day. (via Gimme Some Oven)


Glazed Green Bean Bundles

Glazed Green Bean Bundles Finger Food Ideas

When glazed in a buttery brown sugar sauce, any vegetable suddenly becomes fun to eat. Add a crispy wrapping of salty prosciutto, and these once-humble green beans are now totally picnic-worthy. (via Blackberry Babe)


Antipasto Skewers Recipe

Antipasto Skewers on a cutting board

Wine lover? You can’t go wrong with some salty antipasto skewers to pair with your next glass. This is one of the best finger foods for parties to enjoy with wine. (via Tabitha Talks Food)


Filet Mignon Rosemary Skewers

Filet Mignon Rosemary Skewers

Here’s another way to use some fragrant rosemary sprigs! Skewer pieces of juicy prime rib, roasted mushrooms, and red pepper, so each finger food bite is infused with that woodsy rosemary aroma. (via Give It Some Thyme)


Oven-Baked Greek Meatballs

Oven-Baked Greek Meatballs

A platter of these savory Greek meatballs is a hearty appetizer or afternoon snack. To make these lamb meatballs, mix ground beef, ground lamb, finely grated onion, egg, parsley, crumbled feta, Panko bread crumbs, and garlic. Serve them alongside an oh-so creamy tzatziki sauce! (via A Fork’s Tale)

Find more delicious finger food ideas and appetizer recipes for your next get together on Brit + Co’s Food page, and follow us on Pinterest for more recipes!

This article has been updated from a previous post published in January 2019. Additional reporting by Chloe Williams and Meredith Holser.