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10 Luau Finger Food Recipes

Whether you live in Hawaii or are going to a luau-themed party, these luau finger food recipes are sure to be a hit.

Bright, easy, and impossibly delicious, these dishes are guaranteed to please a crowd.

Grilled Pineapple Meatball Skewers
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Hawaiian food uses many bold flavor combinations to make rich, succulent dishes that are unlike recipes found anywhere else.

And you’ll notice a lot of grilled foods, pineapples, and tropical flavors here.

Trust me, these luau finger food recipes will make your next BBQ or pool party a certified hit!

1. Grilled Pineapple Meatball Skewers

These delicious skewers take less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook.

They’re so simple to make that even your kids can help if they enjoy cooking.

If you want to make homemade meatballs, you can, but there’s really no need when the pre-cooked meatballs taste just as good. 

Mix your seasoning sauce and coat the meatballs in them.

Then assemble your skewers, alternating between a meatball and a slice of pineapple each time.

Once you pop them on the grill, you can have them done in about 5 minutes.

2. Fruit Kabobs

When I make finger foods for a party, I always try to find the ones that look the prettiest and take the least amount of effort to make.

For a luau party, these rainbow fruit kabobs fit the bill perfectly.

You don’t have to cook anything. Just grab all your various fruits and layer them on the skewers.

Try to layer them in a way that maximizes all the different colors. 

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Serve them with homemade fruit dip if you want to make it.

Otherwise, store-bought fruit dip, yogurt, whipped cream, or even honey make great dipping sauces.

3. Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Making these tiny, beautiful cupcakes is so easy!

Put a bit of brown sugar, some crushed pineapples, melted butter, and a cherry in a muffin tin.

Then spoon in pineapple cupcake batter on top of all of that.

Bake them for about 20 minutes, and then get ready to delight everyone you know with these topsy-turvy treats.

4. Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Mayo

Even hot dogs taste better when they’re Hawaiian-style hot dogs.

I’m not sure whose idea it was to pile pineapples, teriyaki mayo, peppers, and onions on top of hot dogs, but that person is a genius.

These Hawaiian hot dogs are incredible. Just don’t assume you’ll be able to pick them up and eat them.

These things are stuffed full of good stuff, so you’ll need utensils.

5. Aloha Burgers

It’s unbelievable how effortless it is to turn some foods from “regular” foods into “Hawaiian” recipes.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as adding some teriyaki sauce and a slice of pineapple. 

That’s the case with these aloha burgers. They’re bacon cheeseburgers with a bit of a Hawaiian flair.

Just be sure to marinate and heat your pineapple slices before adding them to the burgers.

That’s what makes them taste so juicy and delicious.

6. Spam Musubi

These tasty treats combine two unlikely things: Japanese rice balls (musubi) and Spam.

Somehow, though, it works. The presentation is really what sells me on these.

They look so adorable, like the perfect showroom food.

Thanks largely to the homemade sauce of soy, rice vinegar, potato starch, sugar, water, and sake, they taste great, too.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, replace the Spam with firm tofu.

7. Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kabobs

The secret to this recipe, too, is in the marinade.

First, marinate your ham slices overnight in the ginger, brown sugar, fruit juice, and soy sauce mixture. 

Then arrange your skewers, alternating pieces of diced ham with slices of pineapple.

Use your leftover marinade to coat the skewers while they’re on the grill. 

Doing this will give them a gorgeous, shining glaze that makes them prettier. It also makes them taste even better and more succulent. 

You’ll know the skewers are ready when the pineapples are nearly caramelized. 

8. Easy Hawaiian Dip

This sunny Hawaiian dip is so scrumptious, you’ll want to make it for every party this year.

Between the cream cheese, pineapple, ham, and onions, it’s hit all the notes – creamy, sweet, salty, it had it all!

Top tip: double up the base to make two dips. One with meat and one with fruit!

9. Pineapple Cream Popsicles

Anything with the phrase “two-ingredient” in the title is something that I’m going to enjoy.

These two-ingredient pineapple cream popsicles are no exception. 

All you’ll need is a can of coconut milk and five cups of either partially thawed frozen pineapples or fresh pineapples. 

Blend all of that until it’s smooth; then pour it into your popsicle molds and freeze them. 

The recipe as-is makes about a dozen popsicles.

However, if you’re making them for a party, you may want to double the recipe because these things fly off the table fast!

10. Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites

If the thought of bacon-wrapped pineapple bites doesn’t make your mouth water a little, then I’m not sure what to think about you. 

These things are hands-down my favorite luau finger food option, which is why I saved them until the end.

They always say to save the best for last, right?

They take about 30 minutes to make.

You’ll only need four ingredients: a pound of thick-cut bacon, half a pineapple, cut into chunks, a cup of brown sugar, and one-fourth cup of hot sauce.

Then you wrap the pineapple in bacon, roll the whole thing in brown sugar, and drizzle a little hot sauce over each one.

Bake them for about 20 minutes, and then they’re ready to serve.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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