When it comes to entertaining, it’s all about the bacon. Bacon appetizers and bacon snacks for the win! Is there anything guaranteed to win more hearts than this salty favorite?

Bacon appetizers run the gamut. We’ve got bacon dips, bacon hors d’oeuvres, and even classic cheeseballs!

This round-up is a complete guide to all the best bacon snacks and appetizers you need. Bonus: they are all simple, easy to throw together, and so delicious!

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If you love a little sweet to balance out your love for the salty, you might be just as much of a bacon fan as me! In our house, we love bacon far beyond breakfast. it makes a protein-packed snack and a fabulous appetizer, too.

In my years in the catering business, I quickly learned that anything would bacon would tend to be the first items that were gone. And with good reason! It’s just so good.

These appetizers are particularly delicious for your game day celebrations! Don’t miss my Super Bowl round-ups… 80+ Amazing Game Day Recipes, 35 Dip Recipes, and this adorable Super Bowl Bingo game, too.

Today I’m rounding up all the best bacon appetizers and bacon snacks I’ve created over the years. Be sure to use the drop-down table of contents menu to help you navigate this post!

The Best Bacon Appetizers

Find all our favorite easy bacon appetizers, including make and bake or make and serve recipes for convenience!

First, a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to bacon!

Tips

  • Bacon is widely available in traditional and thick cuts. Most of these recipes will work with either, but you’ll want to watch your baking time for thicker slices of bacon!
  • Center cut is also an option, and features less fat than traditional bacon. Use it in recipes that don’t need any extra fat or moisture, if you’d like!
  • Bacon is much easier to chop when it’s cold! In fact, you can slice and dice directly from the freezer for many of these recipes – so easy.
  • While bacon is certainly not a low fat food, it is low in carbs. This makes many bacon appetizers an excellent option for guests on a low carb diet. Just be sure to serve plenty of veggies for dipping (and balance).

Bacon Dips

Bacon Cheese Dip

Incredibly easy Bacon Cheese Dip that’s always a favorite for game day or get togethers! This creamy mix of bacon, cheddar, cream cheese and sour cream topped with green onion is irresistible!

bacon dip

Bacon Aioli

Creamy, craveable and perfect for dipping, this bacon aioli is going to rock your world. It’s salty, savory and totally decadent!

Slather it on your favorite burgers and sandwiches or dip your fries and veggies. Any which way you use it, this bacon aioli recipe is such a delightful surprise!

Bacon aioli in a small white bowl on a marble surface.

Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Incredibly easy, five ingredients sweet bacon wrapped chicken bites that are just as easy to make as they are to eat. Perfect for game day entertaining! This easy chicken appetizer is a real crowd pleaser that can be made ahead of time and served with your favorite dip.

Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Little Smokies

Little Smokies are the easiest appetizer! They’re made with just three ingredients in minutes! This Little Smokies recipe is the perfect party food to serve a crowd.

Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon

These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with decadent cream cheese… it’s the ultimate combination of sweet and savory flavors. Textural, creamy and oh-so-delicious, you’re going to love this incredible appetizer!

Stuffed dates are one of the easiest hors d’oeuvres you can make, while still creating an incredible presentation and experience.

A pan full of baked bacon wrapped dates.

Bacon Cheese Balls

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

This Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheeseball is so cute and festive for the holidays and beyond! For Christmas, shape it into a charming reindeer if you want to take it to the next level.

Regardless, it’s a savory bacon appetizer everyone will clamor over. 

Marble surface, bacon ranch cheese ball with a spreader knife to the side.

Bacon Herb Cheese Ball

It’s a simple and delicious cheese spread recipe with almonds, cream cheese, mayonnaise, bacon pieces, dill weed and green onion. When it marinates refrigerated overnight, magic happens!

And isn’t it especially cute when shaped into a little hedgehog? Who can resist!

A hedgehog cheese ball on a white plate, garnished with fresh rosemary.

More Amazing Bacon Snacks

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

An easy recipe for Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes – an incredible crowd pleasing appetizer or easy side dish.

Smashed Red Potatoes are boiled, smashed, and baked with olive oil, cheese and bacon until crisp and topped with sour cream and chives for an irresistible and memorable appetizer!

smashed red potatoes topped with cheese bacon sour cream and chives

Stuffed Mushrooms

These bacon and cream cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an easy crowd pleasing appetizer made with just a few simple ingredients. This stuffed mushroom recipe is perfect for parties and perfectly poppable! You can’t stop at just one!

Stuffed Mushrooms are such an incredible hors d’oeuvre that are always a crowd pleaser. They take just 15 minutes to make before putting them in to the oven to bake!

An oval white platter filled with bacon stuffed mushrooms

Caramelized Bacon Skewers

If there was ever a perfectly simple bacon appetizer that guests will love to grab, it’s this one! Caramelized bacon skewers are so easy to make, and so incredibly delicious to eat. It’s hard to stop at just one – I dare you to try!

Caramelized bacon skewers on a white platter.

Bacon Popcorn

Bacon popcorn is the ultimate savory snack. It feels like such a treat but it’s so easy to make with just two ingredients! It’s so easy to add a little extra flavor to your homemade stovetop popcorn. Perfect for movie night and Super Bowl entertaining!

A white bowl filled with popcorn with bacon pieces

Bacon Jam

Bacon jam is a culinary masterpiece that combines the intense flavors of bacon and caramelized onion.

Add supplementary ingredients of espresso, cider vinegar, and sweeteners to make a condiment that doesn’t stop! It just keeps working to provide stellar flavor for dish after dish!

Jalapeño Poppers

Learn how to make easy and delicious baked jalapeño poppers. These are an excellent game day appetizer, and always one of the most popular hors d’oeuvres to serve for any occasion.

Learn how to make them, the easy way! Many stuffed jalapeños are fried, but ours are baked. This creates a lighter, cleaner appetizer with all the same flavor you crave.

Stuffed jalapenos on a white plate.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts

This Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe is bursting with flavor! Brussel Sprouts with pancetta and shallots are sautéed into a fragrant, textural bacon snack that will leave your family begging for more.

Close-up of sauteed brussels sprouts, pancetta and shallots.

More Bacon Appetizer Ideas

Add crispy, crumbled bacon to any of these amazing appetizer recipes!

collage of bacon appetizers
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Bacon Appetizers

When it comes to entertaining, it’s all about the bacon. Bacon appetizers and bacon snacks for the win! Is there anything guaranteed to win more hearts than this salty favorite?
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 1 see each individual printable recipe link for specific ingredients

Instructions 

  • Select your favorite printable bacon appetizer recipe and click through.
  • Organize and prep all the ingredients.
  • Combine, bake or create in under 30 minutes. Many of these bacon appetizer recipes can even be made ahead!

Tips

  • Bacon is widely available in traditional and thick cuts. Most of these recipes will work with either, but you’ll want to watch your baking time for thicker slices of bacon as they will take longer to crisp!
  • Center cut is also an option, and features less fat than traditional bacon. Use it in recipes that don’t need any extra fat or moisture, if you’d like!
  • Bacon is much easier to chop when it’s cold! In fact, you can slice and dice directly from the freezer for many of these recipes – so easy.
  • While bacon is certainly not a low fat food, it is low in carbs. This makes many bacon appetizers an excellent option for guests on a low carb diet. Just be sure to serve plenty of veggies for dipping (and balance).

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