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 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

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

Mild Curried Lamb Casserole with Almonds

Rating: 3 stars 8
Commonly referred to as bobotie in its native South Africa, this everyday dish is typically served over rice, with assorted accompaniments.

Quick Moussaka

Rating: 3.16 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.

Shepherd's Pies

Rating: 3.37 stars 92
These pies, filled with ground lamb and topped with potato, are hearty comfort food for the fall weather.

Lamb Kofta

These spicy ground-lamb meatballs are served with a cooling yogurt mint sauce.

Northern Indian Lamb Meatballs

Rating: 3.76 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.


Rating: 3.18 stars 122
This is the ultimate Greek comfort food, a hearty casserole of cinnamon-spiked ground lamb baked with penne and a Parmesan cheese sauce.

Stuffed-Pepper Bites

Rating: 3.76 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.

Eggplant and Lamb al Forno

Rating: 4.23 stars 22
This Mediterranean dish, layering eggplant and lamb, is a baked feast for cooler weather days.

Inspiration and Ideas

Lamb-and-Rice-Stuffed Cabbage
Savoy cabbage leaves are filled with a flavorful mixture of ground lamb, brown rice, pine nuts, dried currants, and fresh herbs, then neatly folded into rolls and baked in a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce until tender and fragrant.
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.

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Rating: 3.09 stars

These rice-and-meat-stuffed bundles are a traditional Greek appetizer.