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.

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 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.

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.

Ground-Lamb and Potato "Chops" with Sambal Oelek

The recipe for these delectable potato patties filled with juicy lamb and coated in crisp breadcrumbs comes from Nik Sharma's "Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food." His take on the Goan specialty calls for flavoring the meat with sambal oelek and apple-cider vinegar instead of the traditional spices and coconut vinegar.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Rating: Unrated 22
These rice-and-meat-stuffed bundles are a traditional Greek appetizer.
Stuffed-Pepper Bites
Rating: Unrated 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.
Lamb Kebabs with Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce

Finely ground lamb is pressed flat onto skewers, grilled, and served with a tangy, herb-packed yogurt sauce in Martha's version of the Saudi Arabian dish mabshur.