26 Best Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Need simple appetizers to satisfy your hungry guests? Find 26 Best Thanksgiving Appetizers that are perfect to serve before your holiday feast this year.

Charcuterie boards for Thanksgiving and Turkey and Pumpkin Cheese ball

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There is no question that the holidays and entertaining go hand and hand.  Between holiday parties, Thanksgiving dinner, or Friendsgiving, it can be a really busy time of year. And, since Thanksgiving is less than a month away, you may be starting to think about Thanksgiving dinner and all the delicious sides, desserts, and appetizers that you want to serve this year.

Sometimes, it can feel almost agonizing waiting for the turkey to be ready on Thanksgiving day, especially with all the delicious smells wafting through the air. So, serving some Thanksgiving appetizers can be the best way to satisfy your hungry guests.

Whether you are serving simple party dips and finger foods, or elaborate Thanksgiving-themed charcuterie boards, appetizers are the perfect way to start off the holiday festivities.

So, if you are looking for easy appetizers to make your Thanksgiving feast more special this year, try these 26 best appetizers for Thanksgiving. I’m sure you will find something in this list that you will love and want to make year after year.

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26 Best Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Find cold and hot appetizers for your Thanksgiving feast, everything from fall-themed charcuterie boards to turkey-shaped veggie trays, cheeseballs, croquettes and cranberry brie bites.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Boards

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with charcuterie boards, I love how they can be as simple as some crackers, cheese, and meats or a huge spread of various cheeses, veggies, fruits, and specialty meats, crackers, and breads. The best part is that they can usually be made up ahead of time, which means less stress on the big day.

Fall charcuterie board with pumpkins, grapes, crackers, bread, cheese and spread

Fall Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board-Modern Honey

This festive Charcuterie Board is perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving with friends and family. Learn how to pick out the perfect meats, cheeses, fruits, jams, crackers, and dips for your Fall charcuterie spread. 

Fall charcuterie board with sunflowers, crackers, nuts, salami, cheese, apples and olives.

Fall Charcuterie Board- The Rising Spoon

Need an easy & eye-catching appetizer for fall parties & holidays? Prep and assemble an easy charcuterie board with seasonal autumn ingredients in about 30 minutes.

Thanksgiving charcuterie board on round platter with olives, crackers, cheese, salami, and grapes.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board– Dinner at the Zoo

This Thanksgiving charcuterie board is full of meats, cheeses, and fall-themed treats. An easy and festive appetizer! 

Grazing table with crackers, salami, ham, cheese, tomatoes, strawberries and popcorn.

Grazing Table-Blackberry Babe

Hosting a big group for Thanksgiving? Make a grazing table! This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions and a printable shopping list.

Turkey shaped charcuterie board for Thanksgiving with crackers, pepperoni and cheese

Turkey Charcuterie Board– Two Kids and a Coupon

This easy turkey-inspired charcuterie board is fun and kid-friendly for your Thanksgiving feast.

Charcuterie skewers with rose shaped salami, pickles, cheese and grapes.

Charcuterie Skewers with Salami Roses- The Darling Apron

These individual charcuterie skewers with salami roses are the perfect appetizer for your next party. Skewers are stacked with cheeses, accompaniments, and the cutest mini salami rose that will wow the guests at your celebration.

Charcuterie appetizer cups with pepperoni, cheese, olives and crackers.

Charcuterie Cups- Spend With Pennies

Charcuterie cups are filled with a selection of meats, cheeses, grapes, pickles, and breadsticks or crackers arranged in clear plastic cups or glasses.

Thanksgiving cheese board with olives, cheese, pepperoni, crackers and spread.

Thanksgiving Cheese Board-Life as a Strawberry

This simple fall-inspired cheese board is tailor-made for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebrations. Use this step-by-step tutorial (with photos at every stage of the process) to build an amazing cheese plate for your holiday gathering.

Fall cheese board with white pumpkins, cheese, blueberries, grapes, breadsticks.

Autumn Cheese Board- The Forked Spoon

Elevate your gathering effortlessly with a stunning Vegetarian Autumn Cheese Board, showcasing an array of fresh fruits, crisp crackers, delectable dips, and curated cheeses. In mere moments, complement these cheese selections with choice wines and set the festive mood for Thanksgiving! 

Cranberry cheese platter with crackers, olives, ham, pepperoni, cheese blackberries and raspberries.

Cranberry Cheese Platter- Aspiring Winos

Cranberries anchor this fall-themed cheese platter, accented with delicious berries, nuts, and rosemary. Your guests will love it!

Turkey shaped veggie tray with carrots, beans, and peppers.

Turkey Veggie Tray- On My Kid’s Plate

This turkey veggie tray is an easy and fun platter to bring to any Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving party. The kids will love this fun turkey and you’ll have all your appetizer snacking ready to go as your Thanksgiving day feast cooks.

Antipasto platter with different types of cheese, olives and tomatoes.

Antipasto Platter- Get Inspired Everyday

Italian flavor and no cooking needed, this Antipasto Platter is the ultimate entertaining recipe.

Mezzo board with tortillas, peppers, tomatoes, grapes and cheese.

Meeze Board– Fit Mama Real Food

Let’s build a healthy mezze board together! This Mediterranean mezze platter is perfect for entertaining a large crowd for a light meal, or an entire meal for the family. Not only are they beautiful, but this version is also nourishing and super simple to put together.

Vegan cheese board with cheese, grapes, blueberries, crackers, apples, pretzels and spread.

Vegan Cheese Board-My Quiet Kitchen

Have dairy-free or vegan guests coming for Thanksgiving? This recipe offers tips for creating a beautiful and delicious vegan cheese board that everyone will enjoy.

Pumpkin shaped dip with various types of cookies for dipping.

Pumpkin Buttercream Cookie Charcuterie Board- Sustain My Cooking Habit

Introducing pumpkin buttercream icing for your cookie charcuterie board – the ultimate dip for your favorite cookies!

Caramel apple charcuterie board with apple slices, candy, caramel and pretzels.

Sweet and Savory Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board– DelMarvalicious Dishes

This Sweet and Savory Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board is a charcuterie board and dessert board combined highlighting the best of fall produce: apples!

Dessert charcuterie board with strawberries, chocolate, raspberries, blackberries and pretzel rods.

Dessert Charcuterie Board-Rainbow Plant Life

A dessert charcuterie board is a fun and festive way to enjoy holidays at home this year! Fill up a big board with your favorite sweet treats, fresh berries, chocolate candies, and homemade treats like brownies or truffles, to satisfy your sweet tooth! It’s a great, stress-free way to entertain for any holiday occasion.

Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

Looking for no-fuss appetizers to serve before your holiday feast? These easy Thanksgiving appetizer ideas are sure to keep your guests happy while they wait for the big meal. Find cranberry dip, and brie bites. As well as crostini, croquettes, and various cheeseball recipes.

Turkey shaped dessert cheeseball with chocolate chips.

Turkey Cheese Ball– Love From the Oven

This Turkey Cheese Ball is an exciting way to serve your company a finger-licking Thanksgiving appetizer or dessert. Made with a sweet cream cheese base and decorated to the nines to look like an adorable little turkey bird, this is a favorite recipe your friends and family will want for years to come.

Cranberry jalapeno dip in white baking dip with celery and chips on the side.

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip- Peel With Zeal

With its bright and colorful appearance, cranberry jalapeno dip is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering.

cranberry brie bites on wood board

Cranberry Brie Bites- Princess Pinky Girl

Cranberry Brie Bites are easy to make in 15 minutes using 5 simple ingredients. Perfect finger food for a holiday party or appetizer before the main meal, these adorable mini-filled pastries are deliciously sweet and tangy, creamy and crunchy, all at the same time.

Pistachio crostini appetizer on white and grey marble background

Pistachio, Feta, and Pomegranate Crostini- Recipes From a Pantry

This pistachio, feta, and pomegranate crostini is a combination of roasted nutty pistachios, salted feta, sweet ruby red pomegranate seeds, and crusty baked bread. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer everyone will enjoy.

Croquettes on grey round dish for a Thanksgiving appetizer

Goat Cheese Croquettes– The Littlest Crumb

These crispy goat cheese croquettes are an appetizer that everyone will love! Creamy goat cheese mixed with thyme, breaded with Panko, and fried until crispy and golden. Then drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with finely chopped walnuts and almonds.

Pumpkin and sage balls on a white plate

Pumpkin Sage Balls- This Wife Cooks

These pumpkin sage balls have all the flavors of fall that you love. A perfect appetizer bite to enjoy during the holidays.

Pumpkin shaped cheeseball with crackers on the side

Everything Bagel Pumpkin Cheese Ball– Delicious Table

Serve a “pumpkin-shaped” Everything Bagel Cheese Ball appetizer for your next Fall party, it’s always a hit! Easy to make ahead in 15 minutes, chill, and take to a gathering.

Cranberry cheeseball on wood cutting board

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball– Homeschool and Happiness

Ready for an easy cranberry cheese ball dip that will bring some flavor to your Thanksgiving appetizer table? This cranberry and pecan dip goes well with any type of cracker.

Cheese ball with crackers and apples on the side

3-Ingredient Cheese Ball- Borrowed Bites

All you need is 5 minutes and three ingredients to make this classic cheese ball! It’s a great make-ahead option for the holiday season!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of easy Thanksgiving appetizers and it’s inspired you to try one (or more) of these delicious appetizer recipes. Happy Holidays!

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