These finger foods will help you build the best platter for your next party. From canapés to kid-approved pigs in a blanket, there’s something for everyone.

Collage of 4 easy finger foods

Wondering what to serve for your next soiree? Whether you’re hosting a group of close friends for Super Bowl or having your family over for a big reunion, it’s a must to have a table full of small bites and appetizers for them to nosh on before the main course. In this article, you’ll find our best, easy finger food ideas to inspire your next spread. 

Different Finger Foods

Plainly put, fingers foods are any snacks you can eat with your hands! They can range from casual to fancy and never require a fork or knife. Some of the most common options include: 

Gauging How Many Finger Foods to Make

Perhaps the most puzzling part of whipping up a finger foods menu is deciding how much to make. As a general rule of thumb, try to allot 2-3 servings of each dish per person. The goal is to allow your guests to mix and match several different small bites without getting too stuffed before the main course.

Note: A good chunk of these finger foods are made in an air fryer. If you need a recommendation, we love this model by Cosori. It has a tray big enough to feed four and it’s super quiet.

21 Finger Foods for a Crowd

1. Amazing Shish Kabob Recipe (with Beef)

These beautiful skewers consist of tender chunks of beef alternated with colorful bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. To make these into finger foods, simply slice your skewers in half for smaller portions.

Shish Kabob with beef and veggies
Amazing Shish Kabob Recipe (with Beef)
Beef Shish Kabobs mean it’s summertime! Even though the prep is quick-and-easy, they always come out so darn impressive. Fire up your grill!!!
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Shish Kabob with beef and veggies

2. Gyoza Recipe (Japanese Dumplings)

These juicy dumplings are stuffed with ground turkey, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, and garlic. After a boil and pan-fry, the texture is unreal and best paired with a salty dipping sauce. 

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Gyoza Recipe
Gyoza are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Skip ordering takeout and make these Japanese, pan-fried dumplings in the comfort of your own home.
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Gyoza on a plate with soy sauce

3. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Video)

These no-guilt chicken wings are incredibly juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Your guests will have no idea that you didn’t deep-fry them! 

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
These air fryer chicken wings are crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside. By tapping the magic of the air fryer, you nix the need for heaps of oil and get perfect wings in a fraction of the time.
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Air Fryer Chicken wings in a cooling tray

4. Pizza Rolls Recipe

These classic pizza rolls feature soft pizza dough stuffed with mozzarella cheese, salty pepperoni, and tangy marinara sauce. 100% kid-approved finger foods and best served with a bowl of light ranch dressing for dipping. Or, add a couple of leaves of fresh basil to make them more “adult”. 

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Pizza Rolls Recipe
Skip frozen pizza snacks and whip up this tasty pizza rolls recipe instead. Each morsel is packed with melty cheese, pepperoni, and tangy marinara sauce!
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Baked pizza rolls and sauce on the side

5. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Copycat Recipe)

This recipe for savory lettuce wraps is a copycat of PF Chang’s famous appetizer. Great for the low-carb lovers in your life and just downright delicious. 

Chicken Lettuce wraps on a plate
PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Copycat Recipe)
PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps Copycat can be made at home in just 25 minutes. This is way quicker than takeout and you can never beat a delicious homemade meal.
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Chicken Lettuce wraps on a plate

6. Air Fryer Potato Wedges (Extra Crispy)

There’s only one downside to potato wedges and that’s having to deal with the splattering oil of the deep fryer. With an air fryer, you can skip the mess all together and get the crispiest wedges on the planet!

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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Air Fryer Potato Wedges give you all the crispiness of french fries with no need for deep frying. All you need is four ingredients and 20 minutes and you'll have the perfect side dish.
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air fryer potato wedges on a plate

7. Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

There’s nothing quite like buttery buffalo sauce on a crispy chicken wing. In this recipe, you’ll skip the extra fat from the oil and get wings that rival your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget the blue cheese dressing, celery sticks, and carrots!

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings
These air fryer buffalo wings are supremely juicy and crispy. No deep frying required!
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air fryer wing with buffalo sauce with ranch

8. Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Chips

These cheesy, veggie chips are ridiculously binge-worthy. The combination of the nutty, parmesan breading and the juicy zucchini will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds. 

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Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Chips
Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Chips are a healthy take on a diner favorite. Get ready to satiate your craving without all the guilt.
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Air fryer parmesan chips on a plate

9. Air Fryer Potato Chips Recipe

Forget snagging a bag of greasy chips from the store. These potato chips are thin, crispy, and super fresh tasting! Make the prep that much simpler by employing the help of a mandolin slicer and serve them with french onion dip. 

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Air Fryer Potato Chips Recipe
These air fryer potato chips are so crispy crunchy, you'll fool yourself into thinking you just cracked open a fresh bag from the store.
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Air Fryer Potato chips in basket

10. Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites (Only 3 Ingredients)

Do you typically wait to eat pork belly until you go out to a restaurant? Make it at home is so easy and affordable! All you need? Pork belly, salt, and black pepper. 

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Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites (Only 3 Ingredients)
Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites are heavenly. They're crispy on the outside and so juicy and tender on the inside. With just three ingredients, it couldn't get any easier.
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Pork belly bites on a plate with green onions

11. Easy Crab Puffs Recipe (Crab Ragoon)

If you are obsessed with Chinese takeout, you’ve likely sunk your teeth into a crab puff. Made with store bought wonton wrappers, these puffs are stuffed with crab meat, gooey cream cheese, and green onions. 

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Easy Crab Puffs Recipe (Crab Ragoon)
These crab puffs are filled with cream cheese and juicy crab meat. Perfect for your next Chinese "take-in" night or appetizer spread!
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12. Easy Cheeseburger Sliders

No one is ever too old for a simple meat and cheese slider. These mini-cheeseburgers are great to serve to both kids and adults. Add a little crispy air fryer bacon, tomato, and avocado if you’re feeling extra. 

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Cheeseburger Sliders
Cheeseburger Sliders come together so easily. Packed with rich, beefy flavor and cheese, these little burgers will disappear quicker than it took you to make them.
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A pile of sliders with pickled veggies

13. Grape Jelly Meatballs (5-minute Appetizer)

Grape jelly…and meatballs?! You read right! These sweet and salty meatballs might sound a bit strange, but they’re just right. 

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Grape Jelly Meatballs (5-minute Appetizer)
Grape jelly meatballs are the perfect mix of sweet, salty, and spicy. They're about to become your favorite no-fuss appetizer!
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Jelly Meatballs in a bowl

14. Easy Chicken Quesadillas (Fajita Style)

Juicy chicken, sautéed veggies, and gooey cheese make for one delicious quesadilla. Serve them cut into tiny triangles with salsa and sour cream for dipping and watch them disappear quicker than you made them. 

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Easy Chicken Quesadillas (Fajita Style)
Chicken Quesadillas are the best when it comes to a busy evening meal. They come with veggies, meat and lots of cheese that kids will love. Even better, it comes together in 20 minutes!
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Cooked Quesadilla with salsa and lime

15. Pigs in a Blanket Recipe – Quick! (Only 4 Ingredients)

Who can resist a cocktail wiener wrapped in puff pasty and baked to golden perfection? Pair them with ketchup and mustard for dipping, and it’s game over. Warning: You will witness adults trying to steal these from kids! 

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Quick Pigs In A Blanket
Let these 4 ingredient pigs in a blanket take you all the way back to childhood. Wrapped in crispy pastry, they’re perfect for dipping & 100% kid-friendly.
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Baked pigs in a blanket on a serving tray

16. Crab Mushroom Canapés

These creamy, cheesy crab and mushroom finger sandwiches are the epitome of comfort food. Despite how simple they are to put together, they always look so fancy. A must! 

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Crab Mushroom Canapés
These crab canapés are topped with a juicy crab meat spread of cream cheese, mozzarella, green onions, and mayo. Perfect as finger food for your next get-together!
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Prepared Crab Mushroom Canapés

17. Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers (Only 5 Ingredients)

Air fryer cheesy jalapeno poppers are always a crowdpleaser. Stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with a thick piece of juicy bacon, each popper is a dream. 

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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers are stuffed with cheddar cheese and cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon. This quick and easy recipe makes for the perfect appetizer or protein-filled snack.
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Air Fryer jalapeno Poppers on a plate

18. Easy Potato Skins Recipe (So Crispy)

Potato skins with crispy bacon bits, sour cream, melted cheese, and green onions. Enough said right? Make sure to pair them with some ranch dressing for dipping. YUM! 

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Easy Potato Skins Recipe (So Crispy)
Easy Potato Skins aren’t just a diner favorite. They are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as an appetizer for your next get-together.
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Potato skins on a tray

19. Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches (Canapés)

These little tea sandwiches are bite-sized versions of a traditional lox bagel. All the usual suspects are included – dill, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and thinly sliced cucumber. If you’re feeling up to, make the cured salmon from scratch. 

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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches (Canapés)
These smoked salmon tea sandwiches are little heavenly morsels of herbed cream cheese and salty salmon. The perfect finger food!
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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches on a serving tray

20. Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These juicy, no-guilt chicken nuggets will have you wondering why you ever bought packaged vanities from the grocery store. Great for the kiddos! 

Cooked chicken nuggets in an air fryer
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
Air fryer chicken nuggets are a guilt-free alternative to frozen store-bought brands. They are tender, juicy, and packed with protein!
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air fryer nuggets on a plate next to ketchup

21. Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Our famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich in slider form. Juicy beef, melted cheese, and sautéed peppers never go out of fashion. 

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Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
These tasty Philly cheesesteak sliders are packed with tender beef, gooey cheese and sautéed veggies. Kid-friendly and perfect for fun party snacking!
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Sliders packed with beef

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