Ground Lamb Recipes

A great ingredient to build on for quick dinners, ground lamb is super easy to work with and super versatile. It makes delicious kebabs, burgers, meatballs, and casseroles and lends itself well to Greek and Indian flavors.

Staff Picks

Cottage Pie

Rating: 4 stars 101
A traditional cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes. We used potato slices, which saves time and looks good, too. For a shepherd's pie, use lamb. Or, try a turkey twist: Add 2 cups finely minced turkey meat along with the peas.

Colcannon Shepherd's Pie

There's a delicious twist on this take on shepherd's pie and it's guaranteed to delight. The usual flavorful ground lamb filling dotted with peas and speckled with parsley is topped with a mashed potato mixture spiked with thinly sliced Savoy cabbage. The mash is better known as Colcannon, a classic Irish side dish made of mashed potatoes and cabbage (sometimes kale is also used). The simple topping takes this comfort food favorite to new heights. 

Quick Moussaka

Rating: 3 stars 264
Our take on this classic Greek casserole uses a mixture of ricotta and feta cheeses instead of the conventional white sauce, which is made from butter, flour, and milk.

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce

Parsley can be so much more than a garnish! Here, it adds fresh flavor to each component of these Greek-inspired lamb burgers: the patties, the yogurt-feta sauce, and the chopped tomato salad.

Lamb Meatballs with Cucumbers and Herbs

Flecked with coriander, cinnamon, and cumin, lamb meatballs rest on a bed of dill, parsley, and mint in this composed salad that takes cues from Middle Eastern cuisine. Serve them with a swipe of labneh and quick-pickled red onions and golden raisins—and enjoy the culinary journey. This recipe is featured in the cookbook Salad Freak: Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession ($26.99,

Shepherd's Pies

Rating: 3.5 stars 92
These pies, filled with ground lamb and topped with potato, are hearty comfort food for the fall weather.

Zucchini, Tomato, and Lamb Lasagna

Rating: 4 stars 22
Using zucchini instead of lasagna noodles helps lighten the dish -- and also makes it gluten-free.

Northern Indian Lamb Meatballs

Rating: 4 stars 25
Simmered in a silky tomato-based sauce, these delicate lamb meatballs have sweet prune centers. Indian flatbread and pickled carrots are, respectively, mild and mouthpuckering foils for the curry.

Eggplant and Lamb al Forno

Rating: 4 stars 22
This Mediterranean dish, layering eggplant and lamb, is a baked feast for cooler weather days.

Stuffed-Pepper Bites

Rating: 4 stars 17
Make the most of the bags of mini bell peppers cropping up at markets everywhere. Food director Lucinda Scala Quinn came up with this quick appetizer.

Inspiration and Ideas

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Rating: Unrated 22
These rice-and-meat-stuffed bundles are a traditional Greek appetizer.
Grilled Kofta Kebabs
If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling. To make lamb and turkey koftas at the same time, combine all the ingredients except the meat first, then transfer half the mixture to another bowl and add one pound of each meat to each bowl.
Mini Greek Lamb Burgers
Rating: 3.5 stars 55

These lamb sliders are topped with cool and creamy tzatziki for a Greek twist on a classic.