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: 3.75 stars
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

Colcannon, a classic Irish side dish of mashed potatoes mixed with chopped cabbage, adds intrigue to this otherwise traditional shepherd's pie.

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.

Zucchini, Tomato, and Lamb Lasagna

Using zucchini instead of lasagna noodles helps lighten the dish -- and also makes it gluten-free.

Quick Moussaka

Rating: 3.16 stars
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.

Mild Curried Lamb Casserole with Almonds

Rating: 3 stars
Commonly referred to as bobotie in its native South Africa, this everyday dish is typically served over rice, with assorted accompaniments.

Mini Greek Lamb Burgers

Rating: 3.31 stars
These lamb sliders are topped with cool and creamy tzatziki for a Greek twist on a classic.


Rating: 3.18 stars
This is the ultimate Greek comfort food, a hearty casserole of cinnamon-spiked ground lamb baked with penne and a Parmesan cheese sauce.

Northern Indian Lamb Meatballs

Rating: 3.76 stars
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.

Shepherd's Pies

Rating: 3.37 stars
These pies, filled with ground lamb and topped with potato, are hearty comfort food for the fall weather.

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.

Stuffed-Pepper Bites

Rating: 3.76 stars
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

Lamb Burger with Yogurt Sauce

This is a savory burger that has a Greek sauce to give it a Mediterranean flavor.

Lamb Kebabs with Herbed Yogurt

Ground lamb is spiced with cumin, sumac, coriander, and Aleppo pepper for these flavorful kebabs. The herbed yogurt is a bright. refreshing accompaniment.