15 Blackstone Griddle Appetizer Recipes You Must Try

If you’re a cooking enthusiast and love having friends over for gatherings, then you know the joy of revisiting your tried and tried appetizer recipes can often bring. But have you ever considered taking your cooking game up a notch? It’s time to introduce you to the pleasures of griddle cooking, more specifically, cooking appetizers on Blackstone Griddle.

I’ve shared a list of my top favorite 10 Blackstone appetizers recipes that are not only easy to make but will also impress your guests with your cooking prowess at your next gathering.

Benefits of Making Appetizers on a Blackstone Griddle

There’s so much buzz about cooking appetizers on a Blackstone Griddle. With its versatility, you can grill, sear, griddle, and sauté to your heart’s content, all on a single surface. You can make appetizers, main meal and even desserts on your griddle.

  • Even Heat Distribution: Blackstone Griddles ensures every inch of your surface gets the same amount of heat. This consistency results in evenly cooked appetizers, leaving you with no raw or burnt surprises.
  • Ease of Use: Thanks to its flat surface, flipping and turning your appetizers becomes a breeze. Even novices can easily manage delicate items like seafood or mini sliders without breakage or loss!
  • Capacity: Hosting a party? No problem! The expansive cooking surface allows you to whip up large batches of appetizers at once. A real-time saver when you want to keep up with hungry guests.
  • Versatility: From sizzling bacon-wrapped jalapeño to seared shrimp skewers, the Blackstone Griddle accommodates a wide variety of foods. Unleash your creativity and let your appetizers steal the spotlight at your gathering.

Ingredients And Tools Needed for Griddle Cooking

If you’re as excited as we are about cooking on a Blackstone Griddle, you’ll need to stock up on a few essentials. Here’s our nifty checklist of must-haves that will take your griddle cooking to the next level.

  • Ingredients: Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients. If you’re cooking meat, opt for the best cuts. Freshly picked vegetables provide maximum flavor and nutrients. The quality of your ingredients will directly influence the taste of your recipes – make no compromises on this!
  • Griddle Spatula: Choose a broad, flat spatula. Its surface makes it perfect for flipping pancakes or burgers effortlessly. Invest in a spatula that is sturdy and easy to handle.
  • Griddle Scraper: Cleanliness is king! Get a heavy-duty scraper for an immaculately clean griddle surface after each cooking session. This handy tool will remove burnt food and excess oil, ensuring your next culinary endeavor is neither hindered nor flavored by the previous one.

15 Blackstone Appetizer Recipes

1- Blackstone Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

BLACKSTONE GRILL HOW TO MAKE JALAPENO POPPERS STUFFED WITH CREAM CHEESE &  SHRIMP WRAPPED IN BACON - YouTube

Start your meal with this deliciously spicy appetizer. Wrap jalapeño peppers with bacon and cook on your Blackstone Griddle for a smoky and fiery bite.

Keep the peppers on the griddle until the bacon is crispy to ensure an explosion of flavors with each serving.

Ingredients:

  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Blackstone grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes using a spoon.
  3. In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese until well combined.
  4. Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture, smoothing it out with the back of a spoon.
  5. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño half with a half slice of bacon, securing it with a toothpick.
  6. Place the bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers on the preheated Blackstone grill, making sure they are evenly spaced.
  7. Grill the jalapeño poppers for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender.

Got a Blackstone for Christmas and made bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers on  it. Hope this is welcomed here! : r/grilling

  1. Once cooked, remove the jalapeño poppers from the grill and let them cool slightly before serving.
  2. Serve the Blackstone bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers warm as a delicious appetizer for your party or gathering. Enjoy!

2- Blackstone Shrimp Scampi Skewers

Mojo Marinade Shrimp Skewers with Rice | Blackstone Griddle - YouTube

Ideal for a protein-packed appetizer, these Shrimp Scampi Skewers are a must-try. Marinate jumbo shrimps in a mixture of garlic, lemon, and herbs before threading them onto skewers. Cook until they develop a beautiful sear and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon for a zesty kick.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, minced garlic, lime juice, chopped cilantro, honey, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper to create the marinade.
  2. Place the peeled and deveined shrimp in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the shrimp, making sure they are evenly coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
  3. Preheat your Blackstone grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Thread the marinated shrimp onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a little space between each shrimp.
  5. Once the grill is hot, place the shrimp skewers on the griddle in a single layer, making sure they are not overcrowded.
  6. Grill the shrimp skewers for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are pink and opaque, and have nice grill marks.
  7. Once cooked through, remove the shrimp skewers from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
  8. Serve the Todd’s Mojo Blackstone Shrimp Skewers hot, garnished with additional fresh cilantro if desired. Enjoy as a delicious appetizer or main dish!

3- Blackstone Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus on the Blackstone Griddle
Blackstone Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

For fans of green veggies with a twist, these Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles are a delight. Bundle fresh asparagus spears together and wrap in bacon. Griddle until the bacon is cooked and the asparagus is tender. Drizzle with a balsamic glaze for a sweet and savory flavor profile.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed
  • 6-8 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: balsamic glaze for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Blackstone grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Divide the asparagus spears into bundles, about 4-5 spears per bundle, depending on the size of the asparagus.
  3. Take a half slice of bacon and wrap it tightly around each asparagus bundle, starting at one end and spiraling down to the other end. Secure the bacon with a toothpick if necessary.
  4. Brush the bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the bundles on the preheated Blackstone grill, seam side down, and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the bacon is crispy and the asparagus is tender, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  6. Once cooked through, remove the bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
  7. Optional: Drizzle the bundles with balsamic glaze for added flavor and presentation.
  8. Serve the Blackstone bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles hot as a tasty appetizer or side dish. Enjoy!

4- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Want to whip up a quick and tasty appetizer? Try Blackstone Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Skewers! It’s super easy – just marinate chicken chunks in a yummy teriyaki sauce, thread them onto skewers, and grill them up on your Blackstone griddle.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, grated ginger, and sesame oil to create the marinade.
  2. Place the chicken chunks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it is evenly coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
  3. Preheat your Blackstone grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Thread the marinated chicken chunks onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a little space between each piece.
  5. Once the grill is hot, place the chicken skewers on the griddle in a single layer, making sure they are not overcrowded.
  6. Grill the chicken skewers for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have nice grill marks, basting with any remaining marinade as they cook.
  7. Once cooked through, remove the chicken skewers from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
  8. Serve the Blackstone grilled teriyaki chicken skewers hot, garnished with chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy as a delicious appetizer or main dish!

5- Blackstone Stuffed Peppers

How to Make Stoplight Stuffed Bell Peppers | Blackstone Griddles - YouTube

Looking for the perfect appetizer to kick off your game night or weekend BBQ party? Try our Blackstone Spotlight Stuffed Peppers!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers (any color), halved and seeds removed
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (from tops of peppers)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite blend)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Blackstone grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and diced bell pepper and cook until softened about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef or turkey to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, cooked rice, and diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is heated through and well combined. Remove from heat.
  5. Brush the halved bell peppers with olive oil and season the insides with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon the meat and rice mixture evenly into each pepper half, pressing down gently to pack it in.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of each stuffed pepper.
  8. Place the stuffed peppers on the preheated Blackstone grill, cover, and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Once cooked through, carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
  10. Serve the Blackstone Spotlight stuffed peppers hot as a delicious and satisfying appetizer. Enjoy!

6- BBQ Meatballs On Blackstone

These BBQ meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any occasion. They’re easy to make and sure to impress your guests. I like to make them while hosting a backyard cookout, a casual gathering with friends, or even on weekend night dinners.

Meatballs on the Blackstone : r/blackstonegriddle

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Blackstone griddle to medium heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, chopped onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix until well combined.
  3. Roll the meat mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter, and place them on a plate.
  4. Once the griddle is hot, lightly oil the surface to prevent sticking.
  5. Carefully place the meatballs onto the hot griddle, leaving a little space between each one to allow for even cooking.
  6. Cook the meatballs for 6-8 minutes, flipping occasionally with a spatula, until they are browned on all sides and cooked through.
  7. Once the meatballs are cooked, reduce the heat to low and pour the barbecue sauce over them.
  8. Use a spatula to toss the meatballs in the barbecue sauce, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  9. Allow the meatballs to simmer in the barbecue sauce for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce is heated through and slightly thickened.
  10. Once done, remove the meatballs from the griddle and transfer them to a serving platter.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, and serve the BBQ meatballs hot as a delicious appetizer or snack. Enjoy!

7- Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta | Food Channel L - YouTube

Tender slices of grilled eggplant are topped with a flavorful mixture of diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar, creating a burst of Mediterranean flavors in every bite.

This Blackstone appetizer is perfect for entertaining or as a light summer snack, this Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta is sure to impress your guests and leave them craving more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Blackstone griddle to medium-high heat.
  2. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the griddle is hot, place the eggplant slices on the griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until tender and grill marks appear.
  4. While the eggplant is grilling, prepare the bruschetta topping. In a mixing bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well to combine.
  5. Once the eggplant slices are grilled to your desired doneness, remove them from the griddle and transfer them to a serving platter.
  6. Spoon the bruschetta topping generously over each eggplant slice.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top of each bruschetta, if desired, for added flavor.
  8. Serve the Blackstone Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta immediately as a delicious appetizer or light snack. Enjoy!

Griddled Caprese Skewers:

Enjoy this griddled interpretation of the traditional Italian salad. Skewer mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Griddle until mozzarella starts to melt and tomatoes are slightly charred. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Rolls:

An American-Chinese fusion, stuff egg roll wrappers with cooked ground beef, cheese, and bacon. Roll and cook on the griddle until golden brown and crispy. Serve with a side of your favorite burger sauce for dipping.

And the list goes on! If you followed through, your Blackstone Griddle has introduced you to new realms of appetizing delights. All these dishes bring forth the versatility of griddle cooking, and the best part? They’re easy to make, taste fantastic and are sure to impress your guests.

Tips for Perfect Griddle Appetizers

Who doesn’t love a well-prepared appetizer to kick start a meal? With these straightforward and practical tips, you’ll master the art of turning out perfect Blackstone Griddle appetizers, time after time. Remember, great recipes are only as good as your technique, so let’s elevate your griddle game!

Control Your Heat

Knowing just how hot to get your Blackstone griddle is crucial. High heat is great for actions like searing a steak, but it can obliterate a delicate shrimp skewer. Judge the required heat based on your ingredients and always ensure your griddle is heated evenly across the surface.

Preparation is Key

Good cooking is about good timing. Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go onto the griddle. The last thing you need is to dice onions while your bacon is over-crisping. Keep it smooth and organized for stress-free griddling.

Clean As You Go

A clean griddle is a happy griddle. And it prevents unwanted flavors transferring onto your appetizers. So make it a habit to quickly clean your griddle between each batch of appetizers. Use a griddle scraper or brush to keep it clean.

Experiment with Flavors

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Shake up those taste buds with new spice blends, sauces, or even techniques. Stay open to the joy of culinary discovery—your guests will thank you for it.

With these tips in your griddling toolkit, you’re all set to deliver delightful appetizers on your Blackstone griddle. Happy griddling!

The Art of Plating Griddle Appetizers

One key aspect of truly remarkable cooking often overlooked by novices is the art of plating. With these tips, you’ll be serving up your Blackstone griddle appetizers like a seasoned pro.

1. Create a Balance of Colors

Try to include a diverse arrangement of vibrant colors on your plate. The contrasting shades not only creates visual appeal but can also highlight the freshness of your ingredients. For instance, a bright green basil leaf can add elegant contrast to the rich, velvety red of bruschetta.

2. Utilize White Space

Don’t overcrowd your plate! Leaving some white space here and there can actually accentuate the beauty of your dish. Think of your plate as a canvas, and your food as the painting, the whitespace is your frame and mat.

3. Bring in Some Texture

Texture is a vital part of an appealing plate presentation. Crunchy, creamy, fluffy, or stringy-all our senses play a part in our eating experience. For example, when serving a creamy dip alongside our appetizers say, bacon wrapped shrimp skewers, consider garnishing with an element of crunch, like crispy bacon bits or fresh green onions for contrast.

4. Play With Height and Depth

Who said the plate has to be flat? Pile garnishes on top, lean elements against one another, and don’t be afraid to let your food have the third dimension—height. As an example, when arranging the skewers, positioning them upright could bring a new twist to the presentation.

As a lover of good food myself, I know it takes more than just great taste to impress guests—presentation matters! It’s been demonstrated time and again that people eat with their eyes as much as they do with their mouths. So, go forth and impress your guests with these fantastic Blackstone griddle appetizers and their show-stopping presentation!

Conclusion

In wrapping up this culinary adventure, let’s reflect on the tantalizing recipes we’ve explored in this post. From sizzling bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers to savory scallops with mango salsa, there’s an appetizer here to please every palate, all prepared on your Blackstone Griddle.

And why stop here? The sky’s the limit when it comes to griddle cooking. Once you’ve tried these appetizers, feel empowered to experiment and create your own Blackstone Griddle masterpieces. Going forward, you’ll not only impress guests at your gatherings but also treat your family to restaurant-quality appetizers right in your backyard.

Remember, the secret to fantastic griddle cooking lies in passion, quality ingredients, correct temperatures, and, most importantly, practice. So, don’t get discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t live up to your expectations. Instead, consider it a stepping stone towards perfecting your griddle cooking skills.

As the saying goes, “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring the soul to the recipe”. I am confident that you, equipped with your Blackstone Griddle and these appetizer recipes, are well on your way to creating delightful dishes that resonate with your soul.

If you have questions, need some advice, or want to share your griddle cooking experiences, make sure to reach out. I’m always here to help fellow food enthusiasts amplify their love for cooking.

Stay hungry and keep griddling!

FAQ Section

What is a Blackstone Griddle?

A Blackstone Griddle is a versatile cooking appliance that provides a smooth, flat surface perfect for cooking a variety of foods. It’s design allows even heat distribution, making it great for cooking meat, vegetables, and even breakfast foods. Furthermore, its large surface area makes it a popular choice for preparing meals in bulk, perfect for social events and family gatherings.

Why are appetizers great to make on a Blackstone Griddle?

Appetizers are often small and quick to cook, which makes them ideal to be cooked on a Blackstone Griddle. The wide, flat surface area allows for several food items to be cooked simultaneously, speeding up preparation time. Furthermore, the even heat distribution ensures that your appetizers will cook equally and retain their delicious flavors.

What types of appetizers can be cooked on a Blackstone Griddle?

The versatility of a Blackstone Griddle allows for a multitude of appetizers to be cooked. You can prepare anything from bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, shrimp scampi skewers, to mini beef Wellington bites. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your culinary creativity.

How do I maintain a Blackstone Griddle?

Maintaining your Blackstone Griddle is important to ensure its longevity. Always clean your griddle after use, using a griddle brush or scraper to remove food residues. It’s also recommended to oil the griddle surface after cleaning and before storing to prevent rusting.

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